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Michelle Durham

Michelle DurhamShe’s reported from inside a burning building, from the flight deck of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, and aboard a submarine in the Persian Gulf, was the first reporter in FBI history to participate in New Agent classes at the FBI Academy, and received astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. And along the way, KYW’s Michelle Durham took her listeners with her.

For one special assignment for KYW Newsradio, Michelle underwent firefighter training at the Philadelphia Fire Academy.  Michelle was the first woman the fire department ever assigned to ride Engine 50 in North Philadelphia, where she helped put out fires.

Her series, “A Firefighter’s Journey,” won eight awards — including two Edward R. Murrow awards.  In the years since graduation, Michelle has continued her training, branching into Special Operations with FEMA’s Pennsylvania Task Force One.

Then, in 2007, Durham’s series “Delaware Valley on the Front Lines” took her to the Persian Gulf, where she interviewed service personnel from our area aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, in the desert, on an oil drilling platform off the Iran-Iraq coast, and aboard a submarine.  “Delaware Valley on the Front Lines” won four awards including an Edward R. Murrow and the Pennsylvania Associated Press’ coveted “Sandy Starobin” Award.

In 2008, following some FBI special agent training, Michelle was embedded with Philadelphia’s bank robbery squad for “Michelle Durham’s FBI Diary.”

While at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 2009, Michelle learned how to lift off and land the Space Shuttle, as well as how to dock it to the International Space Station, for “Inside NASA — The Delaware Valley Takes Flight.”  Her NASA series won several awards including an Edward R. Murrow.

Ask Michelle what she loves most about her job and she’ll tell you it is the ability to share knowledge while spreading a little joy along the way!  During her Persian Gulf coverage she brought in 5,000 cheesesteaks (fresh from South Philly) and 5,000 Tastykakes for her USS Enterprise shipmates to enjoy.  It was the first time the US Navy ever allowed an outsider to feed an entire ship.

Michelle lives in Lower Gwynedd, Pa. with her son Christian and daughter Caitlin.

Connect with Michelle Durham on Twitter: @MDurham_kyw

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‘How Was Your Commute?’ Is A Question Being Asked At Offices Throughout The Region

For most people, it hasn’t been as simple as it used to be thanks to the weather we’ve been suffering through.

02/20/2014

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Warm-Up Brings Threat Of Basement Flooding As Snow Melts

Owner of DWF Contractors Daryn Fredericks specializes in water remediation. He says he’ll be busy once the warm-up occurs.

02/18/2014

Stu Stern with S & H Hardware in Northeast Philadelphia. (Credit: Michelle Durham)

Sleds Becoming Hot Commodity This Cold, Snowy Winter

Stu Stern at S & H Hardware in Northeast Philadelphia says the sales of sleds have risen exponentially.

02/17/2014

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Sorry, No Credit For Interrupted Power, Peco Tells Customers

But a Peco spokesman added, “We would not be charging customers for using energy while their service is interrupted,”

02/12/2014

Keith Bell (credit: Michelle Durham)

Florists Scramble To Come Up With Valentine’s Delivery Plans Ahead Of Snow

How are area florists preparing to fulfill the hundreds of orders they have on one of their busiest days of the year?

02/12/2014

Penn State graduate, attorney Eileen Hurley. (credit: Eileen Hurley)

Attorney: Lawsuit Not An Option For Frustrated Energy Customers

Frustration among Delaware Valley area power consumers is high, particularly among those who were without power for days in freezing temperatures.

02/11/2014

(George and Charles work to clear the sidewalk in front of the National Museum of American Jewish History, at 5th and Market Streets.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

For Those Shoveling, Latest Snowfall Was a Real Backbreaker

“It has a lot of wetness to it — a whole lot of rain, so it’s more wet than the other snow,” noted one man who was clearing a sidewalk in center city Philadelphia.

02/03/2014

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New Jersey Officials Crackdown On Dangerous Handicap Car Modifications

An alert Garden State citizen’s call to New Jersey officials about potentially dangerous modifications to her vehicle ultimately helped over 80 people who faced the same situation.

02/03/2014

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Philadelphia Zoo Officials Already Have Summer Camps In Sight

Folks at the Zoo have already opened registration for their summer camp.

02/02/2014

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Fire Commissioner Urges Residents To Search For Potential Fire Hazards Around The Home

This bitterly cold weather that has gripped the Delaware Valley in recent days has sparked a number of fires and the Philadelphia’s Fire Commissioner is urging everyone take a look around their homes for potential hazards.

02/01/2014

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Wedding Planner: Event Insurance Might Be A Good Idea For Brides And Grooms

One wedding planner says the reason for the insurance is not for fear of the groom getting cold feet and the bride’s father being stuck with a large bill.

01/29/2014

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Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Paramedics Going The Extra Mile For Patients

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital has developed a unique program to serve its community.

01/27/2014

The Bolshoi Ice Dome arena, an ice hockey venue, in the Olympic Park in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.  Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympics that start on February 7, 2014 (Credit: MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Local Doctor Selected To Watch Over Olympic Hockey Players

A Rothman Institute physician is one of two local doctors who have been tapped to supervise the care of NHL Players skating on the Olympic Hockey teams of various countries.

01/20/2014

Ron, sitting at the Free Library of Philadelphia, displays a book he's reading from one of his favorite authors. (credit: Michelle Durham)

New Survey Finds More Readers Choosing Traditional Books Over Electronic Versions

A recent Pew Charitable Trust study found 69% of Americans preferred the traditional book to the 28% who liked ebooks.

01/18/2014

On left: Cynthia Quinton. Right: Donna Wallstin. (Credit: Michelle Durham)

Non-Profit Selling Bread To Fund Agricultural Summer Camp

A Moorestown, New Jersey organization, committed to exposing South Jersey children to the joys of farming and eating healthy foods, has undertaken a one-of-a-kind bread baking social enterprise.

01/17/2014

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