Mike Dunn is City Hall bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060. He covers the mayor, City Council, and every other aspect of the city’s political landscape.
Mike has been with KYW since 1990. His reporting specialties have also included keeping an eye on SEPTA and covering the city’s cultural institutions.
In 2001 Mike received a Society of Professional Journalists award for arts and culture reporting, for his coverage of the opening of the Kimmel Center.
He came to KYW Newsradio from the Voice of America, where he served as a United Nations correspondent from 1985 to 1990. Dunn has been based in New York City and Washington, DC at various times in his career prior to coming to KYW.
Dunn has a BA degree from the University of Maryland. He graduated from Neshaminy High School in Bucks County.
Mike and his wife have one daughter. They live in Philadelphia.
Connect with Mike Dunn on Twitter: @MikeDunnKYW
A committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission today will weigh in on a developer’s plans for the building on the same block as the Betsy Ross House.
Anthony Clark — one of three officials who oversee Philadelphia elections — has reached a settlement agreement with the city’s Board of Ethics in a matter involving his brother, Alex, who works in Anthony Clark’s office as a trades helper.
The City of Philadelphia, along with Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties, are in the process of dropping ‘ReadyNotifyPA’ and switching to a new system for emergency notification to residents.
Even with approval of the new money for schools, Council President Darrell Clarke is continuing to voice his displeasure with the answers provided by District officials during hearings.
When City Council recessed Thursday, it brought to a close a packed legislative agenda. A host of issues remain, but they will not be tackled until the fall.
Philadelphia City Council adjourned for the summer this past week after rejecting some key initiatives of Mayor Nutter.
It was in August of last year that Ed Neilson was sworn in to City Council, to fill the seat made vacant by the resignation of Bill Green.
It could lead to more digital billboards, though fewer outdoor signboards overall.
Councilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the Gallery shopping mall, says final passage of the Gallery renovation measures was a long time coming.
A packed agenda Thursday in Philadelphia City Council, as lawmakers today hold their final meeting before adjourning for the summer. Among the items up for a final vote: a school district bailout and a tax break for the owners of the Gallery.
Mayor Michael Nutter’s plan to purchase land in Northeast Philadelphia on which to build a new prison has collapsed in City Council.
“Be prepared to walk” was the message from Mayor Nutter and other officials who spelled out transportation plans for the World Meeting of Families in September.
On the north apron of City Hall, fencing has been installed to prevent pedestrians from getting close to what is about to become a major work zone.
Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones is concerned that residents all too often call in exterminators when they find a bee hive on their property and the exterminators aren’t trained to remove the hive without killing the bees.
It will be a rare mid-summer special election, to fill three vacancies of Philadelphia seats in the state House.
“I didn’t necessarily know that (parking enforcement officers) have a lot of extra time on their hands,” candidate Melissa Murray Bailey says. “And if they do have extra time on their hands, then we should be looking at how we’re allocating our resources.”
Included is a side deal that guarantees higher wages for baggage handlers and other employees of private contractors at PHL.
Sixth District councilman Bobby Henon, whose district includes the land that the city intends to buy, originally planned to call the measure up for a vote, but then changed his mind.
The sponsor of a controversial City Council plan for a nickel fee on all plastic and paper bags says he’s tabling the idea — at least until the fall.
City Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school district bailout that falls short of what school officials wanted.
The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants to demolish two blighted, high-rise towers in the neighborhood known as Sharswood, and put up townhomes in their place.
The developer, RAL Companies, says the plans are preliminary, but their attorney (at right in photo) told the committee that whatever form the project takes, its impact will be tremendous.
A deadly fire escape collapse in Center City 18 months ago has prompted a proposal in City Council to require building owners to have their fire escapes inspected every five years.
City Council opposes Mayor Nutter’s plan to raise property taxes by nearly ten percent, and seems headed for providing only $70-80 million of the requested $103 million.
The lawmakers seem intent on trimming the school district’s $103-million request to about $80 million, but how they’ll raise even that amount is very unclear.
The plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.
Unlike traditional “speed bumps,” they are designed so that fire engines, first responders, and certain other wide-track vehicles won’t be affected by them.
Rental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn’t allow it.
Council President Clarke wants a new form of government that would elevate the status of planning and development.
So-called “dark money” was a huge concern in the primary, according to the city’s Chief Integrity Officer Hope Caldwell.