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.

 

 

Commodore Barry Bridge (credit: Oren Liebermann)

$100M Project Aimed At Preserving Commodore Barry Bridge Could Begin As Early As Next Year

The Commodore Barry Bridge is in line for a major makeover beginning next year if the Delaware River Port Authority approves a contract this week that would begin the five-year project.

12/07/2014

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Fewer Delays Expected As Phase Two Of PATCO Rehab Project Begins

The next phase of the PATCO rail reconstruction project is now underway and should not cause as many delays for riders.

12/05/2014

A photograph of the Lincoln letter, being unveiled in Philadelphia. (Image from PDF via Raab Collection, Philadelphia)

Handwritten Letter From Abraham Lincoln Unveiled In Philadelphia

Nathan Raab, operator of the Philadelphia-based Raab Collection, says the letter is dated Jan. 5, 1849.

12/03/2014

(Septa transit police chief Thomas Nestel shows a walkie-talkie handset with an embedded video camera and screen.  File photo by CBS3)

Septa’s Top Cop Eager To Deploy More Body-Worn Cameras For Officers

Septa Transit Police chief Thomas Nestel says the six cameras that were deployed back in July have been netting good results.

12/02/2014

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Travelers Hit Rails and Skies For Trip Home After Holiday Weekend

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is fast coming to an end and lots of people are taking to the skies or the rails for the trip home today.

11/30/2014

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput, in file photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Says He Knew of Pope Francis’ Planned Visit Early On

Archbishop Chaput is just back from meetings at the Vatican, where the pope confirmed a week ago he will be visiting Philadelphia at the end of next September.

11/24/2014

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Valley Forge Casino Admits To Management Lapses That Brought Huge Fines

Valley Forge Casino operators say they’ve made sweeping management changes in response to near record fines for state gaming law violations.

11/23/2014

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Set To Hear Case Of Monsignor Lynn

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in Harrisburg from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as it seeks the re-instatement of the child-endangerment conviction of Monsignor William Lynn.

11/17/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Online Registration Officially Opens For World Meeting Of Families In Philadelphia

Significant progress has been made in finalizing some of the plans for the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families planned for Philadelphia in September 2015.

11/11/2014

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

Speakers’ List Unveiled For 2015 Catholic Confab in Philadelphia — With One Still Pending

The World Meeting of Families, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia, has announced an all-star lineup of speakers. Will it also include the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States?

11/10/2014

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Same-Sex Marriage Could Dominate Bishops’ Debate

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput suggests the subject of same-sex marriage could dominate the debate at this week’s conference in Baltimore.

11/10/2014

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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

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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

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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

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