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.



Democrat Jim Kenney, hoping to become Philadelphia's 99th mayor, casts his ballot late Tuesday morning in Old First Reformed Church in Old City.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

Democrat Jim Kenney Cast His Ballot In Old City; Urges Others To Vote

Kenney walked into Old First Reformed Church on Race Street in Old City shortly after 11 a.m., greeting poll workers and exuding confidence.


(Photo Credit Thinkstock)

Memorial To The Lost On Display In University City

A memorial to the victims of gun homicides in Philadelphia last year has been erected in front of Tabernacle Church in University City.


(Credit: Thinkstock)

Delaware County Launches Its Own Job Stimulus Program

It’s called the “On-the-Job Training” program and is a partnership led by the Delaware County Office of Workforce Development.


Bishops raise their hands during a papal mass for the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at St Peter's basilica at the Vatican. (credit: ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Church Leaders End Synod In Rome; Skirt Issue Of Communion For Divorced Catholics

Vatican observers say the synod exposed divisions among top church leaders over the approach to such issues as communion for Catholics who are divorced or those remarried outside the church.


Philadelphia DA Seth Williams speaks with fourth-graders at William Cramp Elementary School in Kensington on Thursday.  (photo credit Mark Abrams)

Phila. DA Urges Students To Speak Up If They See Bullying

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams went back to school Thursday with a message about the consequences of bullying. The district attorney minced no words as he told the fourth graders at the William Cramp Elementary School in Kensington that bullying can change lives for the worse.


Philip and Bernice Slosburg celebrate 64 years of marriage during a renewal of vows ceremony at Paul's Run in Northeast Philadelphia on Wednesday. Caregiver Ellie Nardone, center, congratulates the couple.  (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

21 Couples Renew Wedding Vows During Special Ceremony

Twenty-one couples who live at Paul’s Run retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia renewed their wedding vows Wednesday during a special recognition of long-time married couples.


WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24:  Pope Francis waves to crowd from the balcony of the US Capitol building, after his address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, September 24, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  Joining him are, ( L to R)Arch Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, House Speaker John Boehner Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
(Photo by Evy Mages/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Gets Big Poll Bump In Wake Of First U.S. Trip

A Marist College poll conducted in the aftermath of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States found Americans not only embraced the Holy Father as a transformative figure, but agree with him on some controversial issues.


Dr. Walter Tsou, former Philadelphia health commissioner, discusses a report on fracking released Tuesday by Penn Environment during a news conference at the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Health Leaders Weigh In On Fracking Report

Two Philadelphia health professionals are conceding the latest report released by an anti-fracking environmental group has no direct impact on residents living in the city.


File Photo. PennDOT crews prepare trucks ahead of a snow storm. (Credit: John McDevitt)

PennDOT Prepared In Event Of Early Winter

With the arrival of freezing temperatures in the Philadelphia region, can the first flakes of snow be far behind? PennDOT crews are prepared just in case.


PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Pope Francis (R) celebrates mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis wrapped up his United States tour with the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass during on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Philadelphia’s Papal Choir Staging Reunion

The choir will stage a concert inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday.


Pope Francis Philadelphia

Philadelphia Archdiocese Seeking Inspired Men To Become Priests

The Philadelphia Archdiocese is hoping the goodwill generated by the recent visit of Pope Francis will give a big boost to a campaign to recruit candidates for the priesthood.


Drew Katz, left, and his sister, Melissa, right, unveil a portrait of their father, Lewis, during ceremonies on Tuesday dedicating the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

Temple University Honors Lewis Katz By Naming Medical School After Him

Before he died in a plane crash more than a year ago, Katz donated $25 million to his alma mater.


Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (credit: Mark Abrams)

Speculation Grows About Potential Elevation Of Chaput To Cardinal

In the wake of a successful papal visit to Philadelphia, speculation is growing in some church circles about the potential for Archbishop Charles Chaput being elevated to the rank of cardinal.


Students, teachers and parents release Monarch butterflies during an event Thursday at Pennrose Elementary School in southwest Philadelphia.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

Release Of Monarch Butterflies Highlights Philly’s New Designation As Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership City

Students from the Pennrose Elementary School gave nature a little lift with the release of Monarch butterflies to celebrate grants for more environmental activities in the vicinity of the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.


Pope Francis speaks with the Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. (Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Archbishop Chaput In Vatican For Synod On The Family

Fresh off the Pope’s visit here, Philadelphia’s archbishop Charles Chaput is in the Vatican for the next three weeks.




Taz Goes Big!
Download Now!

Listen Live