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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.



VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25:  Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing message from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on December 25, 2015 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his Christmas message Pontiff Sayd ' My thoughts turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Releases First Book On Catholic Church Vision

Pope Francis has released his first book in which he shares his heart and vision for the Catholic church.


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Electronic Drivers Licenses In NJ Could Become A Reality

The New Jersey legislature has approved a measure that would authorize a study of issuing electronic driver’s licenses in the Garden State.


Students and staff at the Academy at Palumbo High School conduct a town hall forum addressing the issue of Islamophobia. (photo credit Mark Abrams)

South Philadelphia Students Hold Town Hall On Islamophobia

Students at the Academy at Palumbo High School in South Philadelphia conducted their own Town Hall Tuesday afternoon to talk about what they say is a rise of Islamophobia.


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Late David Bowie Has Special Ties To Philadelphia

Bowie’s first live album “David Live” was recorded at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby as part of his Diamond Dogs tour.


Edie Ritchie, daughter of the 75-year-old woman shot and robbed New Year's Eve in the Mayfair section, speaks during a news conference at Philadelphia Police headquarters on Thursday.
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Phila. Police Release Video Of Car They Say Is Connected To Robbery, Shooting Of Elderly Woman

Philadelphia Police have released video of a car driven by a man believed to be connected to the New Year’s Eve day robbery and shooting of an elderly woman in the Mayfair section of the city.


Snow guns have been working hard at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in the Poconos where, thanks to frigid temperatures, the ski season is finally getting underway. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Thanks To Frigid Temperatures, Ski Season Finally Getting Underway In The Poconos

With frigid temperatures now gripping the region, snow guns have been working overtime since the weekend and the slopes in the Poconos are now white and ready for the start of the ski season.


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SEPTA Regional Rail Lines Delayed Due To Mechanical Issues

SEPTA trains operating through Center City were running up to 60 minutes late due to mechanical issues on a Warminster regional rail train that developed problems en route to 30th Street Station at rush hour.


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Pennsylvania Communities To Mark Arrival Of New Year In Unique Ways

Times Square has the ball drop, and Philadelphia has fireworks, but across Pennsylvania, a few towns have their own unique ways of celebrating the arrival of the new year.


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New Regulations For Pennsylvania CDL Holders

Thanks to recent changes in state and federal regulations, Pennsylvania’s commercial drivers’ license holders now will have to navigate some new hurdles.


An entrance to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia (credit: Mark Abrams)

Local Priest Explains Why Christmas Should Really Be Celebrated

On this Christmas Day, the rector of Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Cathedral says there is a reason to push aside the hopelessness and gloom gripping our world- and celebrate the light that chases away that darkness.


File Photo of Syrian refugees. (credit: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

New Poll Takes Snapshot Of Mood On Refugees

Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute took the temperature of more than 1,100 registered voters across the country last week.


Barricades and a truck signal the shutdown of the Aramingo Avenue ramp to I-95 southbound. The ramp will be closed for reconstruction until next September. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Southbound Ramp To I-95 At Betsy Ross Bridge Interchange Closes For Reconstruction

The Aramingo Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-95 was shut down Monday and will be closed until September 2016.


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A Puerto Rican Group Prepares For Their Debut In The New Division Of The Mummer’s Parade

Members of Los Bomberos De la Calle assembled in the second-floor gathering area of Christ Church on Venango Street in North Philadelphia to coordinate the Puerto Rican bomba and plena music with a group of dancers.


Pope Francis acknowledges faithful as he parades on his way to celebrate Sunday Mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Credit: Matt Rourke-Pool/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Celebrates His 79th Birthday

Pope Francis celebrated his 79th birthday Thursday and a man who spent time with him during his two-day visit to Philadelphia says the pontiff is a man who is energized by his mission.


Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput circulates among children and their families on Thursday during the Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children in the Sheraton in Center City. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Archbishop’s Annual Christmas Benefit For Children Marks Its 59th Year In Philadelphia

Hundreds of youngsters were immersed in the holiday spirit during the Archbishop’s annual Christmas benefit for children Thursday afternoon in Center City.




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