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.

 

 

Drexel University students man a voter registration table on Tuesday at 33rd and Market streets. Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the November General election. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Drexel Students With Climate Change On Mind Mount Voter Registration Drive

On this final day to register to vote in Pennsylvania, a group of Drexel University students with climate change among their concerns staged a registration campaign at a familiar campus landmark.

10/11/2016

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Vandals Go On Spree Of Destruction In 2 Philly Neighborhoods

Police say under the cover of darkness, vandals drove up and down streets smashing windows of parked cars.

10/05/2016

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Philly Area Banks Lead Nation In ATM Overdraft Fees, Report Finds

If you do business with a Philadelphia area bank and you overdraw your account at the automated teller machine, you’re now paying the highest overdraft fees in the country.

10/04/2016

Paralympic swimmer Michelle Konkoly displays one of the medals she earned at the Rio 2016 games during a Tuesday visit with patients at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Local Paralympic Medal Swimmer Shares Her Comeback Story

The 24-year-old grew up in Chester County and toured the fifth-floor gym at Magee carrying her gold, silver and bronze medals.

10/04/2016

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)

The Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Is Sounding A Call To Prayer

Gill said a Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary is being observed on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral.

10/01/2016

SEPTA is holding a career fair on Saturday aimed at women with trade or mechanical experience. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

SEPTA Looking For Women To Join Workforce

The transit agency will stage the “Women Building SEPTA” career fair.

09/29/2016

Henrietta Hadley, of Philadelphia-based Promises Worldwide, asserts during a symposium in Manyunk on Wednesday that the mental health crisis in Philadelphia has reached epidemic proportions. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Manayunk Symposium Seeks To Tackle Mental Health Crisis

Identifying those who need help and getting them into treatment can be a challenge.

09/28/2016

Photo credit: KYW's Mark Abrams

Five-Below Announces Center City Headquarters Move

A Philadelphia-based retailer specialized in low-priced goods for the pre-teen and teen-age market announces a headquarters move to an iconic Center City location.

09/27/2016

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Philadelphia Welcomed Pope Francis 1 Year Ago Today

The pope came to Philadelphia to celebrate the closing of the World Meeting of Families event.

09/26/2016

Megan Bart, a Rutgers-Camden organizer for NJPIRG, distributes information on Wednesday in the campus center promoting the concept of "free" or "open source" textbooks for college students. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Rutgers-Camden Student Group Encourages Professors To Provide Free Textbooks

A student organization on the Rutgers-Camden campus is encouraging professors to buy-in to the concept of free books for their students.

09/21/2016

(credit: Mark Abrams)

Heavily Used Exit Ramp On I-95 To Shut Down For 9 Months

PennDOT’s Gene Blaum says the ramp will be closed for nine months for reconstruction.

09/19/2016

Rizzo is back... on stage (Photo credit: KYW's Mark Abrams)

The Play ‘Rizzo’ Is Back, Portraying The Life And Career Of Frank Rizzo

The play is called ‘Rizzo’ and the production is being revived after a successful run last fall.

09/15/2016

Linda Mead of the D&R Greenway Land Trust, announces the "River Days" initiative during an event at Philadelphia's Penn's Landing along the Delaware River on Wednesday.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

Environmental Centers Join Forces To Raise Awareness On Protecting Delaware River Watershed

Mead says the river has come a long way, but there’s more to be done to protect it.

09/14/2016

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Ham Radio Operators Reach Out To Public For Help In Project To Benefit Wounded Warriors

Bob Josuweit is president of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club and is helping to coordinate the project.

09/12/2016

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Delco College Not Giving Grades To Incoming Freshman

Swarthmore College freshman are taking their classes this semester on a pass-fail basis only.

09/09/2016

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