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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.

 

 

Union Carpenters demonstrate Wednesday outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center entrance at Broad and Cherry streets in Philadelphia. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Carpenters Locked Out Of Pa. Convention Center Since May Seek End To Dispute

On Wednesday, picketers were walking and making noise at the Convention Center’s Broad and Cherry streets entrance.

08/20/2014

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Credit Card Scammers Working The Phones

The state attorney general’s office says it’s been happening all across Pennsylvania the past few weeks.

08/20/2014

Body found in home on Mole Street in Philadelphia on August 15, 2014. (credit: John McDevitt)

Murder of Longtime Congregant Shocks Rodeph Shalom Synagogue Community

Rodeph Shalom rabbi Jill Maderer says 65-five-year-old Lee Stanley had deep ties to the synagogue and its activities. His father had been cantor there.

08/19/2014

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SEPTA Bus Catches Fire Near Penn’s Landing

SEPTA says it is a Route 33 bus and no passengers were aboard when the flames broke out.

08/19/2014

File Photo of John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States. (Credit: BOB MULLIGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Incident Decades Ago Echoes Unrest In Ferguson

It’s a piece of the past that echoes today, given the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

08/18/2014

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Road Work Set To Begin On Roosevelt Boulevard

A major PennDOT paving project begins tonight along the Roosevelt Boulevard and it could affect the morning commute for drivers for the next few months.

08/11/2014

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PennDOT To Begin Repairs On 4 Bridges Along Spring Garden Street

The spans carry Spring Garden Street over the Schuylkill Expressway, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail.

08/09/2014

(John Pomponio of the EPA, left, and Michael Roles of Clean Water Action, right, listen as Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown presents a resolution from City Council.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Philadelphia Groups Back Effort To Clarify EPA’s Role For Clean Water

Environmentalists and activists gathered today at Boathouse Row to tout the importance of new rules clarifying the reach and control of the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers over major waterways and the streams and creeks that flow into them.

08/06/2014

A Septa subway train.  (Credit: Jay Lloyd)

All-Night Weekend SEPTA Subway And El Service Extended To Nov.

SEPTA launched the pilot subway service on weekend nights starting June 15th, with plans to evaluate the experiment by summer’s end.

08/06/2014

Independence Hall File Photo (Credit: John McDevitt)

Federal Study Shows History Still Big Economic Engine For Philadelphia

A study released by the National Park Service shows Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia continues to play a critical role in boosting the city’s economy.

07/24/2014

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Congressmen Inspect Central Pa. Facility Housing Immigrant Children

Congressmen Jim Gerlach, Pat Meehan, and Charlie Dent (all R-Pa.) visited a children’s home in western Berks County where children were being placed by the government.

07/22/2014

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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

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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

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