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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.



Pope Francis waves before departing Philadelphia on September 27, 2015 at the end of his six-day visit to the US.   AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

After Papal Visit, Tourism And Hospitality Industry In Philadelphia Looks To The Future

Panelists from the tourism and travel industry gathered at Temple University Tuesday to offer perspectives on what the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting Congress had on the city.


Fr. Dennis Gill, rector of the Cathedral Basilica, stands by the altar used by Pope Francis for his open-air Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Archdiocese Searching For Home For Parts Of Altar Used During Papal Mass

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is looking for a home for some of the key components which made up the setting for the Papal Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway.


Pope Francis celebrates mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Takeaway From Papal Visit One Week Later

In the seven days since he’s been gone, much has been said about the man who touched the heart of tens of thousands.


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Philadelphia-area Taking Precautions As Experts Monitor Hurricane Joaquin

Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania, says her agency already is mobilizing.


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With Pope Gone, Road Crews Head Back To Work On Projects In Region

PennDOT’s Gene Blaum says days before the pope arrived road work on area highways was suspended. 59600754


Pope Francis greets faithful as he celbrates Mass at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. (credit:  VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Archdiocese Hopes Pope’s Visit Will Have Lasting Impact

Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia was short – only two days – but a top official of the archdiocese says the hope is the “Francis Effect” will linger.


Pope Francis speaks at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on September 26, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Preview: Papal Mass On The Parkway

Pope Francis is the main celebrant of the Mass, and will be joined at the altar by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and Vatican Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family.


Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, daughter of the WMOF patroness, speaks with KYW's Mark Abrams on Wednesday. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Daughter Of Modern Day Saint Talks About Her Mother’s Life

The daughter of a modern-day saint speaks of the courage and the deep faith of a mother who gave her life so she could live.


Archbishop Charles Chaput and Archbishop   Vincenzo Paglia embrace at the start of the World Meeting of Families. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Top Church Leaders Speak During Opening Of WMOF Conference

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput was joined by Vatican Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia in emphasizing the commitment of more than 17,500 people from around the world to the spiritual and material needs of family.


Mural artist Cesar Viveros encourages WMOF pilgrims from Uruguay to use their best brush strokes on a panel for a mural commemorating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

WMOF Mural Could Make History

The World Meeting of Families is hoping to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records by the end of the week.


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Philadelphia Prepares To Take World Stage With WMOF, Papal Visit

The largest Roman Catholic religious convention of its kind convenes on Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with more than 17,000 people from countries around the globe registered to take part.


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Preparations For A Pope: 2 Top Church Leaders In U.S. Discuss Papal Visit

Two top church leaders in the United States discussed the upcoming papal visit.


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Preparations For A Pope: Archbishop Chaput Discusses Upcoming Papal Visit

For Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, the big events are finally here, the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis.


(Comcast's current headquarters building, at 17th and JFK Boulevard, in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by William Thomas Cain/ Getty Images)

Comcast Unveils ‘Eternally Rome’ Video At Center City Headquarters

In recognition of the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia next weekend, Comcast debuted a new video on Thursday which will play on its “Comcast Experience” wall inside the lobby of its Center City Headquarters.


Edward Turzanski, a national security and intelligence analyst, stands with the podium used by President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address. It is on exhibit at the Union League. Pope Francis will use the same podium to deliver a speech on religious freedom and immigration outside Independence Hall on Sept. 26. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Preparations For A Pope: National Security, Intelligence Analyst Discusses Measures For Papal Visit

KYWs Mark Abrams speaks with a national security and intelligence analyst about measures being put into place in Philadelphia for the visit of Pope Francis the last weekend of September.




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