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.

 

 

Chris Christie, in file photo. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

In New Hampshire, Christie Talks Economy And Testing The Political Waters For A Presidential Run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in New Hampshire testing the presidential waters and talking about the economy.

05/16/2015

Deadly train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. (credit: CBS)

NTSB: Amtrak Train Increased Speed By 30 MPH In 49 Seconds Before Crash

Federal investigators say they’re making progress in their probe into what may have caused the Amtrak train accident Tuesday night at Frankford Junction.

05/14/2015

Deadly train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015. (credit: CBS)

Family Desperate For Information About Baltimore Man They Say Was On Derailed Train

Family members of 45-year-old Robert say he boarded the Amtrak train in Baltimore for a business trip to New York.

05/13/2015

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4 Officers Struck By Car In Olney; Suspect In Custody

Four Philadelphia police officers were injured after they were struck by a car following a violent struggle with a male suspect Tuesday afternoon.

05/12/2015

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Scores of Teachers Being Laid Off in Camden School District

Camden schools superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard says the evaluation and budget process had been going on since January, and all those who will lose their jobs at the end of this academic year were notified yesterday.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

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Pope Francis Likely Staying With “Men In Black” During Visit To Philadelphia

Pope Francis is coming to Philadelphia at the end of September. But he won’t be staying in Center City in one of the five-star hotels while he’s in town.

05/11/2015

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 19:  Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience  on November 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his speech Pontiff appealed for peace in the Middle East.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

New Book Chronicles The Impact Of The Election Of Pope Francis

Now a veteran international journalist who covers the papacy is enjoying success with his new book, The Francis Miracle, chronicling the impact of the election of Francis.

05/09/2015

(An ensemble of six musicians demonstrates for students how music can bridge cultural gaps during a "Live Connections" program inside the World Café, in University City.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

In West Philadelphia, Students Learn To See Music as a Cultural Bridge

Students from Comly Elementary School, in Northeast Philadelphia, were among a select audience taking part in a “Live Connections” session at the World Café, in University City.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/07/2015

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Two Phila. Mothers Charged After Babies Are Rescued From Rooftop Peril

Philadelphia police say charges have been filed against the mother of a toddler who was found on the roof of a home in Frankford and a teenage girl whose baby was trying to crawl out of an apartment window onto the same roof.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/05/2015

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Pilgrims From Vietnam Coming In Big Numbers To See Pope, Take Part In WMOF In Philadelphia

Those planning for the pope’s two-day visit were stunned to learn recently that many pilgrims from the Southeast Asian nation already have made arrangements to make the trip.

05/04/2015

Pope Francis (File photo by Osservatore Romano/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Catholic Leaders Not Fazed By Pope’s Added Mass, in Washington, DC

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families Philadephia, says she’s not surprised by the announcement. But she doesn’t believe it will affect attendance here.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/28/2015

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he holds mass in St. Peter's Square. File photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Ten Thousand Volunteers Sought To Pitch In During Pope’s Visit to Philadelphia

It’s official: the World Meeting of Families organization is now recruiting thousands of volunteers to help with events surrounding the pope’s visit and a big family conference in Philadelphia at the end of September.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/27/2015

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Two-Day Visit Of Pope Francis To Philadelphia Has Twofold Purpose

When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia for two days at the end of September his pastoral mission will have a dual purpose.

04/27/2015

Rev. John Fields, communications director for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Philadelphia, stands near a replica of the Shroud of Turin, on public exhibition at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Northern Liberties.
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Replica Of The Shroud Of Turin Goes On Public Exhibition In Philadelphia

A replica of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ is now on public exhibition at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Philadelphia.

04/25/2015

Pope Francis (File photo by Osservatore Romano/ Getty Images)

Local Theologian Sees Pope Francis’ Visit to Cuba Conforming With Pontiff’s Pastoral Views

William Madges, a theology professor at St. Joseph’s University, says he wasn’t really surprised to hear of the pope’s plans to visit Cuba before coming here.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

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