Mark Abrams

Mark AbramsMark Abrams is a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family, serving as a reporter, anchor and editor.

A graduate of Kutztown State College, he got his start in the industry in the mid-1970s as a talk-show producer, later serving as a reporter, news anchor, and news director for the former WHUM in Reading, Pa.

He was lured to the print side of the media business in 1981, working for nearly 18 years as a reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers. He covered a variety of beats and assignments including city and county government and politics, the police desk, transportation, public utilities and state regulatory agencies.

Abrams is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was selected to pursue studies in two important areas: (1) the nuclear industry and the impact of the Three Mile Island accident; and (2) the information superhighway.

In addition, Abrams is an adjunct professor at Temple University where he teaches writing for mass media and broadcast newswriting.

Abrams has worked for a number of stations in Philadelphia including WPEN and WIP, serving as a weekend news anchor at both of those stations.

He also appears as a reporter for Berks Community Television coverage of the Berks County primary and general elections on Comcast Cable.

In April 2005, Mark traveled to Rome for KYW Newsradio, where he provided extensive coverage of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI following the death of John Paul II.

It wasn’t Mark’s first trip to Rome. In 2000, he covered the pilgrimage for the canonization of Philadelphia’s St. Katharine Drexel for KYW Newsradio.

Mark is an avid amateur radio operator. He is the proud father of four children.

 

 

Rev. John Fields, communications director for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia, stands near a replica of the Shroud of Turin, on public exhibition at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Northern Liberties.
(credit: Mark Abrams/KYW Newsradio)

Replica Of The Shroud Of Turin Goes On Public Exhibition In Philadelphia

A replica of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ is now on public exhibition at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Philadelphia.

04/25/2015

Pope Francis (Photo by Osservatore Romano/Getty Images)

Local Theologian Sees Pope Francis’ Visit to Cuba Conforming With Pontiff’s Pastoral Views

William Madges, a theology professor at St. Joseph’s University, says he wasn’t really surprised to hear of the pope’s plans to visit Cuba before coming here.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

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Bird Flu Affecting Midwest Poultry Raising Concerns Among PA Agriculture Officials

Pennsylvania officials are stepping up their vigilance of turkey and chicken flocks in the state in the wake of an outbreak of a deadly bird flu that has infected millions of turkeys and egg-laying hens in parts of the Midwest and the plains.

04/22/2015

(Nyia Parler.)

Woman Heading Back to Phila. To Face Charges of Abandoning Disabled Son

A spokesman for the Montgomery County, Md., state’s attorney’s office says 41-year-old Nyia Parler waived her extradition hearing and was being processed for return to Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

More Than A Dozen Sites Competing For The Attention Of Pope Francis This Fall

The list is a tightly guarded secret, at least for now.

04/20/2015

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he holds mass in St. Peter's Square. File photo. (Credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Convergence Of Religious Events In Philly This Fall Has Jewish Community Thinking About Logistics

With this year’s Passover observance concluded, Philadelphia’s Jewish community is already thinking ahead to the impact of the World Meeting of Families event and the visit of Pope Francis.

04/18/2015

(DA Seth Williams engages in a dialogue  with middle schoolers at the City School, in West Philadelphia, on the subjects of bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Phila. DA Williams Warns Schoolkids About Bullying and Cyberbullying

Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams engaged in a dialogue with 60 students at City School about the danger of using electronic devices to hurt someone by either words or photos.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

Deitrick Haddon, seated at table, auditions an aspiring member of a special choir he is putting together in Philadelphia for a Mother's Day weekend concert at Temple University. Haddon is co-host of the reality TV series "Fix my Choir" on Oxygen. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Reality Show Co-Host Holds Choir Auditions For Upcoming Performance In Philadelphia

Gospel singer-choir director Deitrick Vaughn Haddon who appears on “Fix My Choir” with former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, auditioned voices during an open call at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus.

04/15/2015

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. File photo by KYW's Mark Abrams.

Nervous, But Optimistic: Chaput Confident In City Planning Efforts Ahead Of Pope’s Visit

“I think we have an extraordinary group of people organizing this,” says Chaput.

04/15/2015

(credit: Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

World Meeting Of Families Hires Major Events Company To Produce Papal Events On The Parkway

ESM Productions led by Scott Mirkin will be responsible for the Saturday, Sept. 26 Festival of Families, which will include an appearance by the Pope, and the Pontiff’s Sunday, Sept. 27 mass in front of the Art Museum.

04/12/2015

Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, speaks during ceremonies on Thursday in front of the Liberty Bell marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of surrender documents which ended the Civil War. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Philadelphia Marks 150th Anniversary Of The Surrender Which Brought Nation’s Civil War To An End

With the Liberty Bell as a backdrop and the pealing of the Centennial Bell in the tower of Independence Hall, re-enactors joined staff at Independence National Historical Park in commemorating the anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.

04/09/2015

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he holds mass in St. Peter's Square. File photo. (Credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Harrisburg Diocese Chartering Dozens of Buses to Philadelphia in September for Pope’s Visit

Joe Aponick, a spokesman for the Diocese of Harrisburg, says they are opening bus ticket sales today for members of parishes within the diocesan territory.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Volunteers From Business And Community Groups Preparing For Pope’s Visit, World Meeting Of Families

Volunteers from business and community groups are working behind-the-scenes on the logistics for the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.

03/30/2015

(New Jersey activists join counterparts from Philadelphia for a demonstration demanding mandatory sick leave for low-wage workers.  They gathered outside the Union League, in Philadelphia, where New Jersey governor Chris Christie was to take part in a PAC-sponsored fundraiser.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Activists Dog Philadelphia Fundraiser For Gov. Christie, Pushing For Mandatory Sick Leave Laws

“(Christie)’s been clear about his opposition. He’s been saying it all around the state, at events as he travels,” noted Dena Mottola Jaborska, from New Jersey Citizen Action.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/25/2015

(credit: Warminster Police)

Bucks County Teacher Accused Of Having Sexual Relationship With Student

A Bucks County High School Social Studies teacher is free on bail after being charged with engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female student and planning to meet her at a Bensalem hotel for sex.

03/24/2015

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