Mark 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.
Those planning for the pope’s two-day visit were stunned to learn recently that many pilgrims from the Southeast Asian nation already have made arrangements to make the trip.
Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families Philadephia, says she’s not surprised by the announcement. But she doesn’t believe it will affect attendance here.
It’s official: the World Meeting of Families organization is now recruiting thousands of volunteers to help with events surrounding the pope’s visit and a big family conference in Philadelphia at the end of September.
When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia for two days at the end of September his pastoral mission will have a dual purpose.
A replica of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some Christians to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ is now on public exhibition at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Philadelphia.
William Madges, a theology professor at St. Joseph’s University, says he wasn’t really surprised to hear of the pope’s plans to visit Cuba before coming here.
Pennsylvania officials are stepping up their vigilance of turkey and chicken flocks in the state in the wake of an outbreak of a deadly bird flu that has infected millions of turkeys and egg-laying hens in parts of the Midwest and the plains.
A spokesman for the Montgomery County, Md., state’s attorney’s office says 41-year-old Nyia Parler waived her extradition hearing and was being processed for return to Philadelphia.
The list is a tightly guarded secret, at least for now.
With this year’s Passover observance concluded, Philadelphia’s Jewish community is already thinking ahead to the impact of the World Meeting of Families event and the visit of Pope Francis.
Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams engaged in a dialogue with 60 students at City School about the danger of using electronic devices to hurt someone by either words or photos.
Gospel singer-choir director Deitrick Vaughn Haddon who appears on “Fix My Choir” with former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, auditioned voices during an open call at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus.
“I think we have an extraordinary group of people organizing this,” says Chaput.
ESM Productions led by Scott Mirkin will be responsible for the Saturday, Sept. 26 Festival of Families, which will include an appearance by the Pope, and the Pontiff’s Sunday, Sept. 27 mass in front of the Art Museum.
With the Liberty Bell as a backdrop and the pealing of the Centennial Bell in the tower of Independence Hall, re-enactors joined staff at Independence National Historical Park in commemorating the anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.