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


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Superior Court Denies Bail Motion For Meek Mill

Records show the state’s Superior Court on Tuesday denied an appeal to free the 30-year-old rapper on bail.


Police: Elderly Woman Robbed Inside Home By 2 Men Posing As Utility Workers

Authorities are searching for a pair of men who police say robbed an elderly woman while posing as Philadelphia water employees in the city’s Rhawnhurst neighborhood.

KYW Newsradio 1060–12/12/2017

Temple Police Address Noise Complaint Response Following Student’s Murder

There are questions into how the Temple University police department responded to noise complaints inside the apartment building where authorities say student Jenna Burleigh was murdered.


Former Philadelphia DA Seth Williams Moved To West Virginia Prison

A new home for the convicted former top prosecutor of Philadelphia.


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Meek Mill Appeals To Higher Court

The legal saga of rapper Meek Mill continues.


Man Sentenced To Jail For 100 Years On Sex Trafficking Charges

A federal judge has sent 36-year-old Kevino Graham to jail for 100 years.


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Former DA Seth Williams Moved To Midwest Federal Prison

Seth Williams has been moved to a prison in Oklahoma City after spending several months in a small Philadelphia prison cell, following his plea agreement with the government. 


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Judge Denies Request To Release Meek Mill On Bail

A Philadelphia judge has denied Meek Mill’s attorneys’ request to release the hip hop star on bail.


Decades Old Cold Case Shares Eerie Connection To Recent Murder Of Temple Student

A murder case in Montgomery County has puzzled investigators for more than 25 years.


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Pa. Superior Court Denies Emergency Motion To Release Meek Mill

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has denied an emergency motion to get rapper Meek Mill out of prison. 


Main Line Payday Lender Found Guilty Of Racketeering, Fraud

A jury has convicted 76-year-old Charles Hallinan of racketeering, fraud and money laundering for a payday loan scheme. 


Travelers Head Home On Busiest Travel Day Of The Year

The turkey has been eaten, shopping bags filled, and now it’s time to go home.


Neighborhood Merchants Compete With Big Box Stores On Small Business Saturday

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a chance for neighborhood merchants to compete with big box chain stores.



Cherry Hill Police Crack Down On Holiday Thieves

A South Jersey police department is cracking down on shopping related thefts this holiday season – with a new approach to how they patrol their shopping district.


Episode 3 Of KYW’s Original Podcast ‘Gone Cold’ Revisits Unsolved Collingdale Murder

You can listen and subscribe to Gone Cold KYW on or wherever you get your podcasts.

KYW Newsradio 1060–11/21/2017

Misconduct Complaints About Philly Police Now Available Online

Philadelphia officials have launched a new “mode of transparency” as a way to enhance how police deal with the public.


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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge In Critical Condition Following Emergency Heart Procedure

The spokesman says Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.


Man In Critical Condition Following Police-Involved Shooting In Grays Ferry

Philadelphia police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting from over the weekend. 


21-Year-Old Art Student Found Dead In Cobbs Creek

Authorities say Kierra Johnson was strangled with something, like a rope or cord, and left in the creek, right off the Cobbs Creek Parkway, near Spruce Street.


Two Charged With Human Trafficking In Montgomery County

The duo was caught, with a little help from an Uber driver.


Philadelphia Continues Fight Against New Immigration Guidelines

Arguments continued in Federal court Thursday in the city’s fight for a preliminary injunction on the Department of Justice’s new immigration guidelines.


SEPTA Says One Main Line Train Station Is Expected To Be Shut Down Until December

The Villanova stop along the Norristown High Speed Line will be closed for the next six weeks.

KYW Newsradio 1060–10/29/2017

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Testimony Begins In Lawsuit Against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Testimony began Thursday in Philadelphia’s federal lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his decision to withhold money approved by Congress to help police departments fight crime.


2 Aides To Congressman Brady Plead Not Guilty To Conspiracy

Ken Smukler and Donald Jones both entered not guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy, falsifying documents and making false statements to federal authorities.


Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams To Be Sentenced Tuesday

Prosecutors argue Williams should get the maximum five years behind bars for the bribery charge he pleaded guilty to in June.


Thousands Of Law Enforcement Officials Gather For Philadelphia Conference

The gathering includes 15,000 officers from 150 countries sharing ideas, procedures and policies.

KYW Newsradio 1060–10/22/2017

Push To End Prosecution Of Children Lured Into Sex Trafficking

A bill has stalled in the state House Judicary Committee, but advocates are trying to persuade lawmakers to take another look.


Police Officers From Around The World Gather In Philly For Conference

The gathering includes 15,000 officers from 150 countries sharing ideas, procedures, and policies.


Over A Dozen Indicted In Take Down Of West Philadelphia Gangs

More than a dozen people from two rival gangs have been indicted in what the Feds call a major gun and drug-operation in West Philadelphia.


US Attorney’s Office Pushes For Some Popular Philly Restaurants To Meet ADA Standards

A review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District in Philadelphia prompted a dozen city restaurants to make changes to become compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 



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