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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

(Stu Stern, of S&H Hardware, shows incandescent bulbs he has for sale in his store.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

NE Philly Merchant Prepares For Expanding U.S. Ban on Incandescent Bulbs

Owner Stu Stern of S&H Hardware says he has stockpiled plenty of incandescent bulbs. Manufacture of 60- and 40-watt incandescents is banned in the US after January 1st.

12/18/2013

(Rev. Frank Schaefer, at right of lectern in dark suit, with some of his supporters at the Arch Street United Methodist Church on December 16, 2013.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

Pa. Methodist Minister Says He Won’t Quit, Even After Same-Sex Marriage Rebuke

Rev. Frank Schaefer, in dark suit, was surrounded by supporters after annoucing he won’t abide by Methodist Church rules banning same-sex marriages and won’t give up his credentials.

12/16/2013

(Credit:	 Jeffrey Hamilton/Getty Images)

Growing Number Of Practices Offering Financing For Fertility Treatments

A growing number of fertility specialists are offering financing, but does that pose an ethical issue for the physician?

12/16/2013

(Ashlyn Delson is marketing director at Willow Grove Mall.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

From Amateurs and Professionals, Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so we asked some local shoppers how they will get it all done.

12/13/2013

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Financial Expert: The Rich Get Wealthy By Working, Not By Buying Lottery Tickets

“Buying lottery tickets is really a pipe dream because the odds are so far against you,” he said.

12/13/2013

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

Local Attorney Weighs In On TX Teen’s Deadly DWI ‘Affluenza’ Defense

Lawyers for 16-year-old Ethan Couch told the judge their client suffered from “affluenza.” They claim the life that Couch lived, one of privilege with no rules or consequences, led to this horrific incident.

12/12/2013

(Photo by Debra Rothenberg, used with permission)

Springsteen Photo-Biographer Shares Her ‘Boss’ Experiences

The book, Bruce Springsteen, In Focus 1980 – 2012, has been a labor of love for author-photographer Debra Rothenberg.

12/11/2013

(Katrina Hall looks on as Santa gives a little extra love to her prematurely born daughter, Addison.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

For Some Families, Holiday Season Can Be Both Joyful and Stressful

Santa Claus paid a visit to some of his littlest followers at the intensive care nursery of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden.

12/11/2013

Meg Sharp Walton Credit:  Michelle Durham

Delaware River Mansion Decks The Halls For A Special Christmas Celebration

Executive Director of Glen Foerd on the Delaware Meg Sharp Walton describes the origin of this year’s Celtic theme.

12/11/2013

(Gina Gorski of Northeast Philadelphia and her five kids, in 2011 photo.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

When Kids Get A Snow Day, Working Parents Forced To Scramble

Fortunately, many companies these days are offering their employees options.

12/10/2013

(Haddonfield, NJ looked like a Currier & Ives landscape on Sunday afternoon when a surprise snowstorm dumped 5-10 inches on the region.   Photo by Steve Butler)

Weathercasters Offer a ‘Mea Culpa’ on Surprise Sunday Snow Blast

What went wrong with the forecast? Accuweather’s Elliot Abrams offers an insider’s peek.

12/09/2013

Ann Cantania, owner of Ten Pennies Florist and Decorators in South Philly, stands under mistletoe. (Credit: Michelle Durham)

Mistletoe: The Story Behind A Christmas Tradition

Placing mistletoe under a doorway is a Christmas tradition, but do you know why? And what is mistletoe? It has quite a romantic history.

12/06/2013

(Credit: Michelle Durham)

Villanova Display Memorializes Philadelphia’s Victims of Gun Violence

Villanova students couldn’t help but pause at the hundreds of t-shirts comprising the “Memorial to the Lost,” each with the name and age of a victim.

12/05/2013

Jacqueline Cervino, Nazareth Academy High School Art teacher and her Nazareth Panda helpers! (credit: Michelle Durham)

Gift Of Time Could Make For Perfect Present This Holiday Season

The holiday shopping frenzy is underway — but some children are hoping that instead of a fancy gift under the tree — you’ll choose to spend time with them instead.

12/04/2013

(In a promotional video, an Amazon mini-helicopter lifts off after dropping a small package in front of a home. Image used with permission)

Near Amazon’s Warehouse in Del., Excitement Over Eventual ‘Drone’ Deliveries

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says his company envisions being able to deliver small packages within 30 minutes of your purchase if you live close enough to one of their warehouses.

12/02/2013

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