Kristen Johanson

johanson_kristen 300wKristen Johanson is a reporter for KYW Newsradio.

She joined the KYW Newsradio news team after spending four years on the assignment desk at our sister television station, CBS-3, as planning editor.  She also worked as a field producer for several breaking stories.

Before that, Johanson worked for the Philadelphia arm of the newsgathering consortium Local News Service.

A native of Ambler, Pa., Johanson received a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communication from Towson University, where she was also a four-year, Division I swimmer and served as captain in her senior year. She was also secretary for two years for the Towson Athletics Department’s “Proud Athletes Who Serve.”

Johanson is a member of two professional organizations, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

On the side Kristen enjoys cooking, running and is an avid yogi. She has a deep passion for environmental conservation, adding that her love is for the City of Philadelphia and the people in it.

You can follow her on Twitter @KristenJohanson and e-mail her story ideas at


Federal Appeals Court Says ‘No’ To Halting Margate Dune Construction Project

A federal appeals court has denied the town’s motion to suspend the dune building project along the shoreline. 


Philly’s Top Cop Praises Unique Summer Program At Kensington Library

The drug-prevention program, CADEKids saw a need, and organized a summer-activity program to teach neighborhood children about making good decisions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/15/2017

Philly Nonprofit Provides Fun-Filled Day Out Of Hospital For Children With Severe Illnesses

The event was organized by the non-profit The Casey Cares Foundation


‘Nothing But Outrage Here’: Philly’s NAACP President Denounces Violence In Charlottesville

Rodney Muhammad says the recent chaos and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia reminds him of 1908’s deadly race riots in Springfield, Illinois — which prompted the creation of the NAACP.


Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Controversial Margate Dune Project

A federal judge is now deciding what to do about the dune construction project in Margate, New Jersey after the Army Corp of Engineers filed a motion to be heard in court Wednesday.


Ex-US Rep. Chaka Fattah Appeals 10-Year Prison Term

Former PA Congressman Chaka Fattah Appeals 10-Year Prison Term

Chaka Fattah and his attorneys argue that the dismissal of a juror during trial and another 2016 Federal bribery case help bolster his appeal.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/08/2017

Philly Police Review Missing Persons Policy

Nearly 300 children have been reported missing in Philadelphia so far this year, but only one Amber Alert has been activated in the state.


‘It’s Got To Stop’: Margate Residents Battle Controversial Dune Project

Margate has been losing its fight with the state over the construction of sand dunes, but now the town has another reason to complain.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/30/2017

18-year-old Tyrik Robinson and 19-year-old Nacir Breland

Police: 2 Arrested After Officer Fires Shot At Carjacking Suspect

Police are investigating two carjackings that ended with the arrests of two suspects early Thursday morning. 


Congressman Bob Brady’s Lawyer Speaks Out

The lawyer for longtime Democratic Congressman Bob Brady is speaking out after federal prosecutors tied his client’s campaign to a payoff scheme involving the 2012 race.


Bob Brady

Former Congressional Campaign Aide Pleads Guilty To Hiding Cash From Feds

The money was routed through two political consultants who falsified invoices intended to justify the payments, officials said.


West Philly Man Is Sentenced For Shooting Police Officer In 2015

Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Allison Borgatti says this was a good sentence.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/24/2017

Philly Art Exhibit Brings Attention To Sex Trafficking, Drug Cartels

Inside the “Twenty Two Gallery” at 22nd and Latimer, two dozen black and white photos hang of Mexican sex workers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/23/2017

Bucks County First Responders Possibly Exposed To Carfentinil

A possible exposure to a potent opioid is being blamed for sending four Bucks County first responders to the hospital.


Philadelphia Issues Code Red Heat Health Emergency

The city is in a ‘Heat Health Emergency’ and will be for the next few days as temperatures hover around 100 degrees.


NJ Investigators Release Findings On Ventnor Police Involved Shooting

It was October 3rd, 2016. Police were called to a home on Burghley Street in Ventnor for a man shooting a gun inside his parent’s house.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/18/2017

PPD Adds New Blood To Combat Rise In City Homicides

“This is about getting people who are killers off the street and holding them responsible for things they have done,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/18/2017

seth williams

How Much Seth Williams’ Trial Will Cost Taxpayers

Seth Williams is behind bars awaiting his October sentencing hearing, after pleading guilty last month to a Federal bribery charge and, he’s left behind a hefty legal bill for Philadelphia taxpayers.


Philadelphia’s ‘Last Don Standing’ Speaks About Life In The Mob

Former Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale is speaking out about the mafia, prison time, and his only regret.


Mural Dedicated Of Fallen Philadelphia Police Officer

It’s been more than two years since Philadelphia Police Srgt. Robert Wilson III was killed during a botched robbery inside a video game store.


Firefighters Burn Down House In Delco, For Research

Dozens of firefighters throughout the region gathered in Delaware County to watch and learn how a structure burns.


Police Launch Investigation Following Violent Fairhill Arrest

The incident happened Monday, shortly after midnight on East Elkhart Street, near Ella Street.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/12/2017

Beloved South Philadelphia Park Gets Much Need Face Lift

Tuesday, city officials and neighbors held a ceremony to rededicate the space.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/11/2017

Philadelphia Murder Rate Reaches 5 Year High

Authorities are trying to target some of the more violent districts using an old tactic.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/10/2017

PA Police Departments On Lookout For Aggressive Drivers

Nearly five dozen Philadelphia suburban police departments will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.


Groups March In Philly For And Against Trump

Two groups, at opposite ends of the political spectrum, marched through Center City on Sunday to voice opinions on the current President.


seth williams

Juror Shares Reaction To Seth Williams’ Guilty Plea

Seth Williams is now in prison. The former Philadelphia District Attorney pleaded guilty to one count of bribery, and acknowledged misconduct in the rest of the 28 counts, which have been dismissed.


Day 7 Of Testimony In Seth Williams Trial Focuses On Campaign Finances

Wednesday was the seventh day of witnesses taking the stand and it was a close examination of the district attorney’s spending.


Joe Sullivan

Philadelphia Deputy Commissioner Testifies In Seth Williams Trial

Williams has entered a not guilty plea to bribery and corruption charges.


Authorities: Fire That Killed 9-Year-Old In Chester County Ruled Accidental

Flames broke out around 5:45 a.m. Sunday at a home along the unit block of Buckwalter Road in East Coventry.



More From CBS Philly

Small Hotel Getaway
Eclipse 2017

Watch & Listen LIVE