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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.

 

 

(One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash last May at US 130 and Rt. 33 in East Windsor Township, NJ.  Credit: Chopper 3 HD)

Traffic Fatalities Decline in 2013 in NJ, Pa. From Previous Year

New Jersey State Police say that traffic deaths were lower in 2013, especially in South Jersey counties, than they were in 2012.

01/30/2014

(Kathleen, of center city, thinks QB Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday's Super Bowl.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Eagles Fans Energized For Super Bowl Despite Lack of Hometown Team

Even though Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be occupying the sidelines for this Sunday’s Super Bowl, many local football fans say they’ll be watching the game because it’s tradition.

01/30/2014

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Local Band To Mark 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles Arrival In America

A South Jersey band which has earned a reputation as one of the top Beatles tribute acts in the country, with thousands of shows in 30-plus years, is preparing for a special performance and anniversary in Atlantic City next month.

01/26/2014

(Samuel Snyderman, the third generation of a family that runs an auto repair and filling station at 2nd and Vine Streets.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Expert’s Advice: Make Sure Your Car Can Handle Ultra-Cold Weather

Samuel Snyderman, of Snyderman’s Gulf, at Second and Vine Streets in Old City, says these very low temperatures can be really hard on car batteries and other components.

01/22/2014

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Train Derailment Temporarily Shuts Down Stretch Of Schuylkill Expressway

Seven cars on a CSX freight train from Chicago to Philadelphia derailed early Monday morning in the area of the South Street Bridge, prompting a shutdown of a stretch of the Schuylkill Expressway.

01/20/2014

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Camden County Officials Deploy New Protocols For Emergency Responses To Schools

The four-tier approach starts with the lowest level called a “lockout,” going next to “shelter in place,” to “room clear,” to the highest level – a “lockdown.”

01/16/2014

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Philadelphia Pitches Tourists With Its New ‘Phillyosophy’

Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, says the new ads feature photos promoting city locations or activities and contain a catchy line while retaining the “With Love, Philadelphia” slogan.

01/08/2014

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Regional Power Grid Operator Asks Users To Cut Back Electric Usage

The Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland Interconnection (known as “PJM”) is asking for cutbacks on your electricity usage between 3pm and 7pm today.

01/07/2014

(The temperature is headed down to the single digits by Tuesday morning.  File photo by Christopher Furlong/ Getty Images)

Roller-Coaster Weather Plunge Ahead: From Upper 50s to Single Digits in 24 Hours

Commuters will have to brace for a taste of the Arctic freeze now gripping the midwest.

01/06/2014

(Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Philadelphia.  Photo from Archdiocese of Phila.)

Archdiocese Leasing Of Cemeteries To Be Subject Of Court Hearing Monday

The proposal by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to sign a long-term lease with a Levittown company to manage 13 cemeteries will be subject of a court hearing on Monday.

01/05/2014

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Wholesale Gasoline Tax in Pa. Goes Up By 9.5¢/Gal.

The tax rises 9.5 cents today, then another 9.5 cents in 2015.

01/01/2014

(An oversized Peeps marshmallow chick, right, is dropped by crane on New Year's Eve in Bethlehem, Pa., to fireworks accompaniment.  Photo provided by Just Born Inc.)

Bethlehem, Pa.’s Pick For New Year’s Eve ‘Drop’ Is Its Local Confection

In New York, they drop a huge, crystal-encrusted ball to mark the arrival of the new year. In Bethlehem, Pa., it’s the “Peeps chick drop.”

12/31/2013

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Hike In Pa. Turnpike Tolls Begins This Weekend

Tolls for drivers who use the Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up starting Sunday.

12/31/2013

Eagles linebacker Najee Good signs an autograph during a gathering for patients and families at Magee Rehab in Philadelphia on Monday. (Photo by Mark Abrams/KYW)

Eagles Players, Cheerleaders Host Playoff Pep Rally For Patients At Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

A trio of Philadelphia Eagles, and a group of cheerleaders descended on Magee Rehab Monday afternoon to light up the fans for playoff football at the Linc.

12/30/2013

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Gov. Corbett Ends Pursuit of British Firm To Privatize Pa. Lottery

Gov. Tom Corbett is ending his pursuit of the operator of the British national lottery to run the Pennsylvania Lottery in a privatization deal.

12/30/2013

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