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.

 

 

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President Obama Visits Philadelphia To Campaign For Tom Wolf

President Obama comes to town this afternoon to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf with just two days until election day. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the rally in North Philadelphia.

11/02/2014

Ana Flores (left) of the Mexican Cultural Center of Philadelphia and Erika Carillo, of the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, place items at an altar being erected at the Penn Museum for this Saturday's Day of the Dead observance. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Penn Museum Hosts Mexican Observance Of Day Of The Dead Holiday

The Penn Museum in University City will once again host the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration this weekend.

10/30/2014

(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Two Years Later, Wait To Return Home Continues For Some Hurricane Sandy Victims In South Jersey

It has now been two years since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey, causing a path of destruction from which many are still recovering. For hundreds of residents of Atlantic County, the wait to go home continues.

10/29/2014

(credit: Mark Abrams)

SEPTA Commuters Keeping Fingers Crossed After Strike Authorization Vote

SEPTA Riders are a little nervous after hearing the news about the potential for a strike.

10/27/2014

(File photo:  a front-end loader fills a Penndot plow truck with salt.  Credit: CBS3)

PennDOT Gears Up For Winter

PennDOT’s Gene Blaum says the 36 salt sheds around the region are receiving deliveries with the aim of filling them up by the time the first snowfall hits the area.

10/20/2014

(Pa. Supreme Court justice Seamus Caffery, in file photo, provided)

Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery Says He’s Being Railroaded by Chief Justice

Justice Seamus McCaffery, caught in a porn e-mail scandal, is accusing the court’s chief justice, Ron Castille, of trying to use the scandal to take him down.

10/16/2014

(Pope Francis arrives for his speech last week to cardinals and bishops gathering at the Synod on the Families, at the Vatican.  Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP/ Getty Images)

St. Joe’s Theology Expert Says, Don’t Read Too Much Into Bishops’ Statement

A Philadelphia-based theology professor says the bishops, , despite their statement about welcoming gays, aren’t proposing any change in Catholic doctrine on homosexuality at this time.

10/14/2014

(Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo)

La Salle Professor Says Columbus Almost Died Years Before His New World Trip

“He ends up being wounded and he has to swim six miles to get to the coast of Portugal,” says Brother Edward Sheehy.

10/13/2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praises the courage of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to take on the tough issues during his first term. Christie spoke Thursday at a Corbett campaign rally at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Gov. Christie Campaigns With Gov. Corbett In Wayne

With less than a month to the election, the GOP faithful rallied behind Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett late Thursday afternoon at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne.

10/09/2014

(credit: State of Pennsylvania)

Today Marks Deadline To Register To Vote In Pennsylvania’s General Election

It’s not a presidential election year, but in the commonwealth voters will be going to the polls on November 4 to elect candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, the state House and Senate, and for U.S. Congress.

10/06/2014

(Yanay, a sixth grader at Independence Charter School, stands with Marcus Allen of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Yanay spoke about her big "sister" Allison, who has been visiting and mentoring her for two years.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Local Big Brothers Big Sisters Gets $125,000 Donation From First Niagara Bank

Yanay, a sixth-grader, has had a Big Sister for two years. “My ‘big’ is important to me because I don’t have any brothers or sisters,” she said, “so it was nice to have that attention.”

10/02/2014

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Panel’s Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse Released

While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.

09/25/2014

Students from West Catholic Prep try out the new artificial turf practice field Wednesday at the Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Drexel University, West Catholic Prep Celebrate Official Opening Of New Athletics Field

Brother Richard Kestler, West Catholic Prep’s president, says his team and coaches, were invited to share the new field, outfitted with artificial turf, with their Drexel neighbors.

09/24/2014

(Garnet Valley Middle School.  File photo)

Delco Schoolteacher Charged With Sexual Contact With Former Student, 15

Physical education teacher William Barber, 38, is charged with having sex with the fifteen-year-old girl inside his office on September 12th.

09/23/2014

(Artist's rendering of the proposed 9/11 memorial to be built across from the county courthouse in Doyletown, Bucks County.)

Design Unveiled For Bucks County 9/11 Memorial Site

Ryan Manion Borek, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, says the memorial’s centerpiece will be a 20-foot section of steel I-beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

09/23/2014

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