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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.

 

 

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he holds mass in St. Peter's Square. File photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Harrisburg Diocese Chartering Dozens of Buses to Philadelphia in September for Pope’s Visit

Joe Aponick, a spokesman for the Diocese of Harrisburg, says they are opening bus ticket sales today for members of parishes within the diocesan territory.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Volunteers From Business And Community Groups Preparing For Pope’s Visit, World Meeting Of Families

Volunteers from business and community groups are working behind-the-scenes on the logistics for the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.

03/30/2015

(New Jersey activists join counterparts from Philadelphia for a demonstration demanding mandatory sick leave for low-wage workers.  They gathered outside the Union League, in Philadelphia, where New Jersey governor Chris Christie was to take part in a PAC-sponsored fundraiser.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Activists Dog Philadelphia Fundraiser For Gov. Christie, Pushing For Mandatory Sick Leave Laws

“(Christie)’s been clear about his opposition. He’s been saying it all around the state, at events as he travels,” noted Dena Mottola Jaborska, from New Jersey Citizen Action.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/25/2015

(credit: Warminster Police)

Bucks County Teacher Accused Of Having Sexual Relationship With Student

A Bucks County High School Social Studies teacher is free on bail after being charged with engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female student and planning to meet her at a Bensalem hotel for sex.

03/24/2015

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he holds his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph by saying the saint is a model for all fathers and educators.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Fundraising Efforts Escalate Ahead Of Pope’s Visit To Philadelphia

So far, corporate and community fundraising has netted more than $30 million of the $45 million goal.

03/23/2015

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Accident That Claimed Life Of Phila. Man On Section Of Appalachian Trail Prompts Words Of Caution For Hikers 

Last weekend’s death of an experienced Philadelphia hiker on a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maryland prompts a group, which oversees the trail, to remind hikers to always be aware of their surroundings.

03/22/2015

Pope Francis (File photo by Osservatore Romano/ Getty Images)

Interest Growing In Many Regions Outside Of Philly For Papal Visit

The Roman Catholic Allentown Diocese, whose territory goes all the way up to the Chester, Montgomery and Bucks County lines, is holding events Sunday at four churches throughout the region to generate participation in the pope’s visit and world meeting.

03/21/2015

(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

North Philly Church Cautiously Optimistic Pope Francis Might Visit

Parishioners and priests of St. Peter the Apostle church in North Philadelphia believe Pope Francis might briefly stop by to honor America’s first saint when he visits Philadelphia in September.

03/20/2015

Israel Deputy Consul General Elad Strohmayer addresses high school students at Girard College on Wednesday. Strohmayer spoke about Israel's elections this week and the democratic process in the Jewish state. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Israeli Consular Official Discusses Election With Students In Philadelphia

The Deputy Consul General of Israel based in Philadelphia dissected Tuesday’s rough-and-tumble election in his home country and the contrast of the democratic process for students at Girard College on Wednesday.

03/18/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Survey: Philadelphians Want Public School System Fixed, Not Circumvented

“(Philadelphians) have an extremely low opinion of the performance of the public school system, and … they favor replacement of the School Reform Commission with an elected school board,” says a spokesman for the Pew Charitable Trusts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (credit: Steve Tawa)

Ukrainian Archbishop Pitches Vatican For Papal Stop During Pope’s Visit To Philadelphia

The archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church based in Philadelphia says he’s reached out to the Vatican directly, asking Pope Francis to put his cathedral on the list of stops the pope plans to make when he visits in September.

03/16/2015

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.  (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

As Philly Visit Looms, Church Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Election Of Pope Francis

Today the Pope marks the second anniversary of his election as leader of the world’s of more than one-billion Roman Catholics.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/13/2015

(Pope Francis, in file photo by Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

U.S. Government Takes Charge of Security for Pope Francis’ Visit to Philadelphia

The head of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia organization says the federal government has declared the visit by Pope Francis and activities leading up to his arrival a “national security special event.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/11/2015

Vatican Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia during an event in center city Philadelphia on Monday is surrounded by students from St. Peter the Apostle School in North Philadelphia. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Vatican Aide Says Pope Visit To Liberty Bell Likely

When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia this September for the World Meeting of Families a high-level member of his advance team says a visit to the symbol of the nation’s liberty will be on his agenda.

03/09/2015

(It's a slow go for drivers on Lancaster Avenue in Paoli on Thursday morning.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Sudden Onslaught of Snow Catches Some Morning Commuters By Surprise

Once it came, the snow began piling up quickly, making for a challenging morning commute.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/05/2015

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