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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.



File photo of horse-drawn buggy. (credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

PAC Reaches Out To Amish To Vote

An unusual get-out-the-vote effort is under way in Pennsylvania today.


Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Archdiocese Of Philadelphia To Mark End Of ‘Year Of Mercy’

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia this weekend will bring to an end a year-long observance that had its roots with Pope Francis.


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Another Frustrating Evening Commute As SEPTA Strike Continues

On Day 2 of the SEPTA strike, the lines were long at regional rail stations and commuters were frustrated by what some called organized chaos.


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SEPTA Strike Prompts ‘Pedal Power’ In Center City

Don’t forget your helmet…


Jen Groover is behind the PopUp StartUp set up in a storefront on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Photo credit: KYW's Mark Abrams

A Pop-Up Store For Entrepreneurs In Center City

A local entrepreneur is pulling out all the stops in an effort to jump start local small businesses.


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Front Glass Shattered At Popular Center City Clothing Store

Officers responding to the well known men’s and women’s clothing store in Center City found part of a car bumper on the sidewalk among the shattered glass along with a mannequin and some clothing items.


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Vatican Issues New Guidelines On Cremation Practices

While the Catholic Church prefers burial of the dead, it has come to an acceptance of cremation.


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Toomey, McGinty Return To Debate Stage For Final Showdown

It’s expected the state of the presidential race will figure prominently in some of the discussion.


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Convention Focuses On Role Of Immigrants In Neighborhoods, Economy

The convention runs Thursday and Friday and will highlight efforts to embrace immigrants and integrate them into the local and regional economy.


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Crash Involving Tractor Trailer Hauling Pallets Of Beer Temporarily Closes EB Schuylkill Expressway

The tractor trailer and a car became entangled in an accident on eastbound 76 before 1 a.m.


Emmylou Harris poses with young refugees at Adi Harush refugee camp in northern Ethiopia, June 8, 2016. The camp is home to refugees from Eritrea, and a significant percentage of the population are unaccompanied children. (Christian Fuchs — Jesuit Refugee Service/USA)

An Eleven City Tour Supporting Jesuit Refugee Services Stops In Philly

Griffith said Philadelphia is the second-to-last stop on the tour, which wraps up in Washington D.C. on Friday.


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New Federal Regulations Of Overtime Go Into Effect Soon

The Fair Labor Standards Act outlines the overtime regulations released in May.


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PA Turnpike Now Accepts Credit Cards As Payment Option

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has started accepting credit cards as a payment option at all toll booths.


PA House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, greets students at St. Thomas Aquinas School in South Philadelphia on Wednesday. Turzai announced a proposal to boost corporate tax breaks for businesses making contributions to scholarship programs for parents to send their children to private and Catholic schools. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Pa. Speaker Proposes Boost In Scholarship Tax Breaks

Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai was in South Philadelphia Wednesday to promote his proposal to increase a business tax credit program that allows for contributions to tuition scholarships for private and Catholic schools.


Drexel University students man a voter registration table on Tuesday at 33rd and Market streets. Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the November General election. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Drexel Students With Climate Change On Mind Mount Voter Registration Drive

On this final day to register to vote in Pennsylvania, a group of Drexel University students with climate change among their concerns staged a registration campaign at a familiar campus landmark.




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