Jim Melwert

Jim Melwert

Jim Melwert is the Suburban Bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060, based at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

A graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School, in Montgomery County, Melwert has a journalism degree from Temple University.

His professional career began in the KYW newsroom, as a desk assistant and production assistant.

After a stop at WKOK-AM in Sunbury, Pa., Melwert worked at the Radio Pennsylvania Network, in Harrisburg, as a reporter and as sports director.  He returned to KYW Newsradio in 2007, as a general assignment reporter.

He has won numerous awards in his career, including from the Pennsylvania AP Broadcasters and the Philadelphia Press Association.

Melwert is also a living organ donor, having supplied a kidney to his aunt in 2006.

That certainly hasn’t slowed him down. Since he gave up one kidney, Jim has done an “Ironman” (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run), a 10km swim, and several 5K swims and other triathlons.

Melwert lives with his wife and daughter in Collegeville, Pa.

You can follow Jim Melwert on Twitter @Melwert1060.

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Schuylkill Expressway Shooting Suspect Kymere E. Corbin. (credit: CBS)

New Charges Added Against Son Accused of Shooting Father in Car on Schuylkill Expressway

At a preliminary hearing, attempted murder was added to the list of charges against Kymere Corbin. He is accused of shooting his father from the back seat of a car the father was driving.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/24/2015

(The parents of Kenton Iwaniec present breathalyzers to Montco sheriff Russell Bono.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Breathalyzers Donated to Montco Sheriff To Check Defendants Arriving For Court

“Some individuals actually come to court under the influence of alcohol, and some of them drive to court that way,” Montgomery County sheriff Russell Bono tells KYW Newsradio.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/24/2015

(Photo provided by Montco DA)

Royersford Man Charged With Videotaping Children in Bathroom

According to court documents, the images showed the victims undressed, showering, or using the toilet, often with the camera placed to get specific and close-up shots.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

(Bike rental station at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, in Oaks, Pa.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Montco Starts Its Bike-Rental Program at Two Park Locations

It’s on a much smaller scale, but bicycles can now be rented with a smartphone app along two biking trails in Montgomery County.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(Photo illustration.  Credit: Thinkstock)

Swastika Incident at a Montco Middle School Ignites Concern

The Upper Dublin school district, in Montgomery County, was getting in touch with community leaders after a Jewish student was taunted with a swastika at a middle school in Dresher, Pa.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(File photo from Chopper 3)

Guilty Plea in DUI Crash That Killed Elderly Bucks County Woman Last November

Kelly Sanfratello, of Quakertown, Pa., was behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler when she ran a red light at Easton Road and County Line Road in Horsham on November 21st of last year.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

(The Arcola Road Bridge, now demolished, was closed in August 2013 after failing an inspection. Work has begun rebuilding its replacement, with a target date of next spring.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Pa. Lawmaker Says His District’s Bridge Projects Aren’t Getting Enough Attention

Pennsylvania state representative Mike Vereb is asking Penndot’s acting secretary to reprioritize two bridges in his district, both over the Perkiomen Creek.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/20/2015

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New Program Aimed At Helping Low Income Students Who Excel In Science And Math

The nearly six hundred thousand dollar grant is called “Supporting Inclusive Excellence in Biology, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience.”

04/19/2015

Josh Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County commisioners, speaks to reporters about train safety efforts.  Commissioner Bruce Castor is at left, and commissioer Val Arkoosh is at right.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Montco Leaders Say They Are Upgrading Capabilities to Deal With Train Derailment Oil Spills

With recent high-profile derailments in the news, county officials gathered Friday to give an update on emergency preparedness.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

(Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Road Project To Add Big Delays To Already Congested Area Along Montco, Chesco Border

Road work on a bridge will close Valley Forge Road in Phoenixville beginning next week until at least this fall.

04/17/2015

(Rocks are placed temporarily around the collapsed roadway where a sinkhole undermined the Plymouth Road Bridge.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

PennDOT Presses For Replacement of Plymouth Rd. Bridge By August 31st

Government officials expect the bridge, closed since a sinkhole opened last month, to be reopened by the end of the summer and say the contractor will be fined $20,000 a day if it isn’t.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman, shown with a kilogram of heroin, a handgun, and $10,000 cash found in an investigation that was started by an intercepted phone call to a Mexican drug trafficker.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Montco Drug Task Force Intercepts Kilo of Heroin in Norristown, Pa.

Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says the heroin has a street value of more than $300,000.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

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Battle Over Montco Prisoner’s Prior Prison Record in His Attempted-Murder Trial

Is Michael Call targeting child molesters in prison? That’s the argument being made by county prosecutors, although the inmate’s attorneys say the alleged assaults are not connected.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

(Photo from Upper Merion PD)

Defendant Seeks To Overturn Death Sentence in 2012 Montco Double Murder of Toddler and Grandmother

Rhagu Yandimuri was sentenced to death last year for killing ten-month-old Saanvi Venna and her grandmother in King of Prussia in 2012.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/13/2015

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After 2 Lose Colwyn (Pa.) Borough Jobs, Council Plans Meeting to Regroup

Colwyn Borough Council voted Thursday night to fire borough manager Paula Brown and code enforcement director Daniel Rutland, prompting Brown to lock herself in her office for nearly 24 hours.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/13/2015

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