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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.

 

 

(credit: Warminster Police)

Bucks County Man Charged With Raping Two Pre-Teen Girls

Elmer Yanes, 31, of the 1200 block of Lisa Drive, was committed to the Bucks County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail after being arraigned on charges of rape, aggravated indecent assault, and related offenses.

07/22/2014

(Credit: La Salle University)

New Leader Of Christian Brothers Has Philadelphia Roots

The new superior general of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools has strong ties to Philadelphia.

07/21/2014

At the center of the reliquary is a glass ampoule that contains the Saint John Paul II’s blood in its liquid form.  It was a gift presented to the Knights of Columbus by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz longtime personal secretary of Saint John Paul II and current Archbishop of Krakow. (credit: Saint John Paul II National Shrine)

Vial Of Blood From Recently Canonized Saint Pope John Paul II On Display In Philadelphia

Father Dennis Gill, the director of the Office for Divine Worship in the archdiocese, says the relic will be on display the entire weekend inside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Parkway.

07/19/2014

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Elderly Couple Found Dead Inside Their Strawberry Mansion Home

Investigators say they were no signs of forced entry into the home and no visible injuries to either the man or the woman.

07/17/2014

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel shows off the new camera installed in the microphones of the hand-held radios three officers will carry during a 60-day test of the technology. (credit: Mark Abrams)

SMILE! You Might Be On A Septa Police Officer’s Camera

Three SEPTA police officers are now wearing body cameras attached to the microphones of their two-way radios as they patrol the transit system.

07/16/2014

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Strange Odor Forces Evacuations From Montgomery County Townhomes

Authorities are continuing to investigate the source of a noxious odor which caused the evacuation of more than 100 people Sunday night

07/14/2014

(Photo by Mark Abrams)

Eager Patrons Descend on New OTB Parlor in Blackwood, N.J.

It’s called Favorites, and it’s located inside the former Stone Grille on the Blackwood-Clementon Road in Gloucester Township.

07/02/2014

(The Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, on Logan Circle, in the spiritual headquarters of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  File photo)

Phila. Archdiocese Selling 7 Nursing Homes and Senior Facilities

It’s a significant development that would net the financially troubled church in Philadelphia some $95 million.

07/01/2014

(Peco's operations center.  File photo by KYW's Michelle Durham)

Electrical Power Restored to Thousands in Bucks County

A Peco spokesman reports power went out Tuesday morning, shortly after 11:15am.

06/17/2014

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SEPTA Regional Rail Riders Breathe Sigh Of Relief As Work Week Begins

SEPTA’s regional rails were back in business for the Monday morning commute, thanks to a presidential executive order that derailed a strike by some 400 locomotive engineers and electricians.

06/16/2014

(The East Lansdowne Community Center was the site of Thursday's veterans' benefits fair for those living in eastern and central Delaware County.   Photo by Mark Abrams)

Organizations Take Part in Benefits Fair For Delco’s Military Veterans

Veterans and their friends came to find out what’s available.

06/12/2014

Participants in the Philadelphia After School Partnership take part in a Scrabble tournament at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Young Scrabble Tournament Participants Say Game Teaches Much More Than Just Strategy

Youngsters who take part in Philadelphia’s After School Activities Partnership put their Scrabble smarts to the test during a competition inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

06/11/2014

Officer Charles Ramsey, with his mother, Dr. Sylvia Ramsey. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Commissioner Ramsey’s Son Among Philadelphia Police Academy Graduates

Commissioner Ramsey says his son, a Penn State graduate who had been working as a probation officer, finally decided to join the “family business.”

06/04/2014

Joe Blaisse (credit: Blaisse family)

WWII Vets Project Earns Newtown Square Scout National Recognition

The junior at Archbishop Carroll High School recruited them for what he called one final mission – a trip to recognize their service

06/04/2014

(Elwood, in file photo, provided)

South Jersey Fundraiser Recalls Legacy of ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’

Karen Quigley is a special education teacher at Gloucester County College, and owned contest-winning dog Elwood. She is starting a scholarship fund for students with special needs.

06/03/2014

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