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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(Photo by Mike Teiper)

Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Chime In on Philadelphia School District Problems

The six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia mayor took part in a forum hosted by the Business Association of West Parkside.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(Ash Wednesday at Jefferson Station. Credit: Jim Melwert)

Local Clergy Bring Ash Wednesday Ceremony To Jefferson Station

This is the third year that clergy from Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Society Hill are here at Jefferson Station, formerly known as Market East, on Ash Wednesday.

02/18/2015

(Pedestrians deal with subfreezing cold at 15th and Market Streets, in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Dangerous Cold Grips Philadelphia Region

Being outside for even a few minutes Monday morning was long enough for fingertips and ears to start burning from the chill.

02/16/2015

(A car and its owner brave the cold.  KYW file photo)

Cold Weather Creates Extra Stress On Your Car’s Major Parts, Expert Warns

“In really cold weather like this, the metal is so brittle, you can hit a bump the wrong way and break springs,” notes Hugh Snyderman, second-generation owner of a Gulf station in Old City Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

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

Convention Center Expected To Play A Big Role During 2016 DNC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in the Wells Fargo Center, but city officials expect the Pennsylvania Convention Center to get a lot of use.

02/13/2015

(A sign placed by Septa at the Regional Rail station in Langhorne, Pa.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Septa Completes Installation of Suicide Hotline Signs at All Rail Stations

The final signs were unveiled today at the Langhorne station, in Bucks County.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(FDR accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Franklin Field, in West Philadelphia, in 1936.  Photo from FDR Library)

Philadelphia Will Extend Its Long History of Hosting Political Conventions

The Democratic convention has been held here twice previously, and the Republican convention six times.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(Dr. Eugene Richardson speaks to students at William Penn Charter School.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Visiting a Philadelphia School, a Tuskegee Airman Tells World War II Unit’s Story of Triumph

Dr. Eugene Richardson shared his story with students and faculty at Penn Charter, describing how he first became interested in flying when he was just five years old.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Workers prepare to depart for Harrisburg from 16th and JFK Blvd.   Photo by Jim Melwert)

Philadelphia Workers Attend Minimum-Wage-Hike Rally in Harrisburg

Organizers hope the rally will help get a minimum wage hike on the agenda of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(A City of Philadelphia "mini-plow" vehicle salts a side street near the scene of a water main break in Kensington.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Water Main Break In Kensington Leaves Icy Mess

Crews are on the scene of a water main break in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

02/06/2015

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

Pa. Lawmakers Holding Montco Hearing on Revising Statewide Public School Funding Formula

It’s part of an ongoing series of meetings of the Basic Education Funding Commission, created by a 2014 law with the goal of coming up with a formula for distributing state funds to school districts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/05/2015

Pulitzer Prize winner and 'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House November 5, 2007 in Washington,. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Author Set To Release Second Novel 55 Years Later

It’s called “Go Set a Watchman,” written by Author Harper Lee before “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

02/03/2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) and his wife Mary Pat Christie are greeted by Britain's Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne in Downing Street on February 3, 2015 in London, England. (Credit: Carl Court/Getty Images)

Christie’s Vaccination Comments In England Draw Some Local Flak

With the measles outbreak now infecting more than 100 people from 14 states, potential presidential candidates are weighing in on the issue of vaccination.

02/03/2015

(Vice president Joseph BIden, in file photo by  Mandel Ngan/ AFP/ Getty Images)

On Heels of Obama Visit, VP Biden Meets With House Democrats in Philadelphia

Biden sounded like a coach trying to rally his team after a tough loss.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/30/2015

(Photo by Jim Melwert)

New Safe Driving Program for Philadelphia Schools Gets Thumbs-Up From Students

The production is called Cinema Drive. It uses 3D video and interactive questions to teach teens the dangers they will face behind the wheel.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/28/2015

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