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 arrives for his speech last week to cardinals and bishops gathering at the Synod on the Families, at the Vatican.  Photo by Andreas Solaro/ AFP/ Getty Images)

St. Joe’s Theology Expert Says, Don’t Read Too Much Into Bishops’ Statement

A Philadelphia-based theology professor says the bishops, , despite their statement about welcoming gays, aren’t proposing any change in Catholic doctrine on homosexuality at this time.

10/14/2014

(Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo)

La Salle Professor Says Columbus Almost Died Years Before His New World Trip

“He ends up being wounded and he has to swim six miles to get to the coast of Portugal,” says Brother Edward Sheehy.

10/13/2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praises the courage of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to take on the tough issues during his first term. Christie spoke Thursday at a Corbett campaign rally at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Gov. Christie Campaigns With Gov. Corbett In Wayne

With less than a month to the election, the GOP faithful rallied behind Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett late Thursday afternoon at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne.

10/09/2014

(credit: State of Pennsylvania)

Today Marks Deadline To Register To Vote In Pennsylvania’s General Election

It’s not a presidential election year, but in the commonwealth voters will be going to the polls on November 4 to elect candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, the state House and Senate, and for U.S. Congress.

10/06/2014

(Yanay, a sixth grader at Independence Charter School, stands with Marcus Allen of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Yanay spoke about her big "sister" Allison, who has been visiting and mentoring her for two years.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Local Big Brothers Big Sisters Gets $125,000 Donation From First Niagara Bank

Yanay, a sixth-grader, has had a Big Sister for two years. “My ‘big’ is important to me because I don’t have any brothers or sisters,” she said, “so it was nice to have that attention.”

10/02/2014

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Panel’s Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse Released

While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.

09/25/2014

Students from West Catholic Prep try out the new artificial turf practice field Wednesday at the Drexel's Vidas Athletic Complex. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Drexel University, West Catholic Prep Celebrate Official Opening Of New Athletics Field

Brother Richard Kestler, West Catholic Prep’s president, says his team and coaches, were invited to share the new field, outfitted with artificial turf, with their Drexel neighbors.

09/24/2014

(Garnet Valley Middle School.  File photo)

Delco Schoolteacher Charged With Sexual Contact With Former Student, 15

Physical education teacher William Barber, 38, is charged with having sex with the fifteen-year-old girl inside his office on September 12th.

09/23/2014

(Artist's rendering of the proposed 9/11 memorial to be built across from the county courthouse in Doyletown, Bucks County.)

Design Unveiled For Bucks County 9/11 Memorial Site

Ryan Manion Borek, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, says the memorial’s centerpiece will be a 20-foot section of steel I-beam from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

09/23/2014

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel talks about plans to deal with potential problems at next weekend's Puerto Rican Day parade and festival. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Upcoming Puerto Rican Day Festivities Prompt Warning From Philadelphia Police

With Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day parade and festival less than a week away, police are issuing a warning to those who might want to crash the party.

09/22/2014

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Road Work Closes Ramp From Spring Garden Street To WB Schuylkill Expressway

A traffic ramp used by tens of thousands of drivers daily to get from Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia onto the westbound Schuylkill Expressway is being closed today for more than two months for reconstruction work.

09/22/2014

(Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput, third from left, speaks with reporters at the Vatican.  Image from Vatican TV)

Planning Goes On While Awaiting Pontiff’s Official Word on Phila. Visit, Chaput Says

Philadelphia’s archbishop is in Rome for planning sessions for the World Meeting of Families event, scheduled for next September in Philadelphia.

09/16/2014

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Police: Baby Of Pregnant Woman Shot Dead In Frankford Dies

The newborn baby of a pregnant mother who was shot and killed in Philadelphia’s Frankford section has died, police say.

09/15/2014

(Janet Haas announces the William Penn Foundation's historic grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

William Penn Foundation Donates $25 Million to Free Library of Philadelphia

There was a standing ovation from library, civic, and community leaders as Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation delivered the news.

09/11/2014

Joanna Otero-Cruz, executive director of El Concilio, talks about the upcoming Puerto Rican Day parade and festival during a City Hall news conference on Wednesday. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Organizers Of Philadelphia’s Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade And Festival Invite Entire Community To Take Part

Joanna Otero-Cruz, executive director of El Concilio, says this year’s parade will feature some 1,500 participants.

09/10/2014

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