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 waves at the faithful on St. Peter's square on April 15, 2014 after his weekly general audience at the Vatican. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Has Some Personal Preparations Before His Visit Next Month

John Allen is an Associate Editor for the Boston Globe and author of the book “The Francis Miracle.” He’s also an editor and writer for the newspaper’s on-line publication ‘Crux’, chronicling activities of the Vatican and the Catholic church.


Gov. Tom Wolf, seated left at the head of the table, and Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, right, discuss the state budget impasse. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Governor Wolf Slams Republican Lawmakers For Impasse On State Budget

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf used a stop in Norristown, Montgomery County Tuesday to slam Republicans in the state legislature for creating what he calls a budget crisis for the state and failing to work with him to resolve it.


Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, announces during a Tuesday news conference, the launch of ChristiansAtRisk,org, to raise funds to help persecuted Christian minorities in the Middle East. (credit: Mark Abrams)

Knights Of Columbus Steps Up Efforts To Aid Persecuted Christians In Middle East

Responding to the call of Pope Francis, the Knights of Columbus meeting in Philadelphia is ramping up fundraising efforts to help persecuted minorities in the Middle East.


File photo: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. (credit: CBS)

Commissioner Ramsey Advocates For Police Body Camera Funding

Philadelphia’s top cop is pushing for funding to help equip police officers nationwide with body cameras.


The Pennsylvania Convention Center  (File photo by Randall E. Scott)

Pa. Convention Center To Host International Convention Of The Knights Of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s organization which promotes charitable works, convenes its international convention in Philadelphia this week.


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World Meeting Of Families Philadelphia Staging Family Film Festival

A family film festival with a heavy emphasis on titles with a Philadelphia connection will be held during the World Meeting of Families the last week of September.


Diane Melley of IBM, discusses features of the new "Go Philadelphia" app for the upcoming World Meeting of Families congress and visit of Pope Francis in September.
(credit: Mark Abrams)

WMOF Organization Launches Mobile App As Guide For Papal Visit

Your smartphone can now be your new guide to the upcoming visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families events in Philadelphia.


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SEPTA Sales Of One-Day Regional Rail Papal Passes Suspended For Remainder Of Week

Technical problems forced the transit agency to suspend online sales of its special passes Monday less than two hours after the transit agency began selling them.


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SEPTA Temporarily Suspends Sales Of One Day Regional Rail Papal Passes

Technical problems forced SEPTA to suspend online sales of its special passes for regional rail service during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia less two hours after the transit agency began selling them.


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SEPTA Regional Rail Passes For Papal Visit Go On Sale Online

The one-day passes cost $10 a piece and are being sold only online through a link at the transit agency’s website.


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Local Professor Co-Creates Exhibit Focusing On Pope John Paul II And His Outreach To The Jewish Community

St. Joseph’s University theology professor William Madges is among a handful of academics who conceived the exhibit, “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People.”


Pope Francis, in file photo. (credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Plans Underway To Help Aid Homeless During Papal Visit

Project Home’s Will O’Brien says up to 150 people a night stay out on the Ben Franklin Parkway during warmer weather.


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Wells Fargo Aims To Solve Rise In Elder Financial Abuse

Wells Fargo launched a cross-country bus tour in Philadelphia to raise awareness about elderly financial abuse.


(Photo Credit: KYW's Mark Abrams)

An Argentine Priest Has Nothing But Excitement For Pope Francis’ September Visit

Father Felipe Doldan splits his time between parish work in the Diocese of Camden and supervising biblical studies in Argentina.


Bob Josuweit, president of the Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club. (credit: Mark Abrams/KYW)

Local Ham Radio Operators Among Those Celebrating Independence Day Weekend With Special Worldwide Event

Radio operators in Philadelphia and beyond are celebrating this Independence Day holiday weekend “hamming it up” with a special worldwide event.