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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


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.

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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. 


Extensive Drug Ring Bust In North Philly, Camden Nets 15 People

Fifteen people have been indicted on racketeering and drug charges, accused of funneling cocaine and heroin from Mexico to both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Dana Mueller Philadelphia Firefighter Honored With 2017 Firefighter Of The Year Award

Philadelphia Firefighter Honored With 2017 Firefighter Of The Year Award

A Philadelphia firefighter was honored with “Firefighter of the Year” Tuesday morning during a ceremony in Old City. 


Delco SWAT Teams Take Part In Training Competition

Three teams: Haverford, Upper Darby, and Central Delco competed in tactical and training exercises.


Gone Cold Episode 2: Carol Reiff

Episode 2 of Gone Cold digs into the Gloucester Township Police Department’s investigation of Carol Reiff’s disappearance, and ultimate death.


Philly Bars To Hold Music Festival Fundraiser For Hurricane Relief

The local charity “A Few Good Eggs” will host a full day of music at two Curran’s Irish Inns: one in Tacony and the other in Bensalem.


Former Philly Judge Admits Brady’s Campaign Paid Him For Leaving Race

Former city judge Jimmie Moore pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of filing a false campaign finance report.


Former Philadelphia Judge Expected To Plead Guilty In ‘Campaign Debt Pay-out Scheme’

Former Philadelphia Judge Jimmie Moore has been charged with one count of falsifying documents.

KYW Newsradio 1060–10/01/2017

Children’s Book Educates Kids On Danger Of Hurricanes

A children’s book written 25 years ago following Hurricane Andrew is making a comeback to help the youngest affected by the recent rash of terrible storms.


Chester County Man Accused Of Killing Neighbor Faces New Charge

The Chester County man accused of murdering his neighbor during an argument last month faced a judge Thursday afternoon.


Family Still Searching For Answers In Murder Case, 9 Years Later

Twenty-four-year-old Matt Novak was shot and killed on September 28, 2008 after celebrating Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.


Delaware County Produce Company Takes Philly Iron Chef To Court

A wholesale produce company in Folcroft called Farm Art has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/26/2017

FBI Report: Violent Crimes Increase In Pennsylvania, Drop In New Jersey

New Jersey’s overall violent crime rate has dropped more than 4% percent last year. Pennsylvania’s has slightly increased, according to the FBI’s 2016 crime report released on Monday.


Philadelphia Holds Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Philadelphia held it’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, with much of the focus on the island’s devastation after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean island last week.


New Philly Police Program Trains Officers To Resolve Stressful Situations

It’s called Reality Based De-escalation Training – instructors teach cops how to lawfully deal with volatile scenarios.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/10/2017

Local Power Companies Head To Florida To Help Repair Damage Caused By Hurricane Irma

More than one million electric customers in 24 counties were without power Sunday morning as Irma slammed into the Florida Keys.


Philadelphia’s Archdiocesan High School Teachers Vote In Favor Of New Contract

Philadelphia’s Archdiocesan high school teachers voted Tuesday morning on whether they’ll return to the classrooms on Wednesday for the first day of school.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/05/2017

Several Notable Court Cases Will Resume This Fall

Courts in both Philadelphia and New Jersey will be bustling with hearings, trials and sentences this fall.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/04/2017

Security Measures Underway For Made In America Festival

Philadelphia police are preparing for another Made In America concert this weekend – now in it’s 6th year on the Ben Franklin Parkway.


Judge Rules Names Of Philly Officers Involved In Shootings Can’t Be Immediately Released

A judge is now allowing Philadelphia’s police union to challenge the release of an officer’s name, if they are involved in a shooting.


Shawn Yarbray

Lawyer: Councilman David Oh Stabbing Was Case Of ‘Mistaken Identity’

The man accused of stabbing a Philadelphia Councilman in May was in court Thursday, and maintains his innocence — his lawyer says it’s all a case of mistaken identity. 


Real Estate Group Gives One West Philly School A Back-To-School Makeover

Inside the Morton McMichael School in Mantua, dozens of volunteers drill, paint, clean and spackle.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/22/2017

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.



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