Mike Dunn

Mike DunnMike 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

(City Council president Darrell Clarke.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Bill Takes Aim At Unruly Behavior By Temple U. Students

Council president Darrell Clarke, who represents the area around Temple University, says neighbors face public drunkenness and related issues on a regular basis.

10/09/2014

Councilman Curtis Jones File Photo (Credit: CBS3)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Plan Hearing On Whether Local Officials Are Prepared For Ebola Threat

The Ebola crisis is prompting Philadelphia City Council to plan a hearing on this region’s ability to respond to a pandemic.

10/09/2014

(Amy Kurland, Wilson Goode, and Ed Rendell watch as Mayor Nutter signs the executive order.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter’s Executive Order Bolsters City’s Anti-Corruption Office

“It enhances protections for whisteblowers by strengthening confidentiality provisions, to prevent retaliation, and to ensure that employees feel comfortable reporting misconduct,” Nutter said.

10/07/2014

(Photo by Mike Dunn)

New Jury Waiting Room, For Civil and Special Cases, Opens in Phila. City Hall

Formerly, all Philadelphia residents called for jury duty have reported to the Criminal Justice Center, packed into a first-floor waiting room there.

10/07/2014

(People come out from the US Supreme Court on the day the court announced that it will not hear the five pending same-sex marriage cases, paving the way for gay and lesbian marriage in more states.   Photo by Alex Wong/ Getty Images)

A Philadelphia Gay Leader Elated With Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Action

“I did not expect to see this in my lifetime,” said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Philadelphia-based Equality Forum.

10/06/2014

(Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, left, and Rebecca Swanson, of L&I, at a meeting of Council's "Streets and Services" Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. L&I Pushes Back Against Councilwoman’s Plan For Street Vending

The city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections says street vendor spots are assigned by a neutral lottery, not by a neighborhood group, and L&I would have no way to control what could be subsequent chaos.

10/06/2014

(credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia’s Disabled Community Calls On Harrisburg For More Handicapped Accessible Cabs

Members of Philadelphia’s disabled community turned out in City Council this past week in hopes of prodding state lawmakers to put more handicapped accessible taxis on city streets.

10/06/2014

City Hall File Photo (Credit: Kathy Orr)

Can Philadelphia Lure More Industries To City Using Unused Land?

Decades after most industries left Philadelphia, City Council plans to look at how unused land might coax them back.

10/05/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter signs a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Local Group Praises Philadelphia’s New Pot Decriminalization Law

A handful of members of PhillyNORML were on hand as Mayor Nutter signed into law a bill that takes possession of small amounts of pot out of the court room.

10/05/2014

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in 2012 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Plan Aims To Help Residents Who Don’t Speak English Well

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez wants to change Philadelphia’s Home Rule Charter so that every agency and department would be required to have a plan for working with residents who don’t speak English well.

10/04/2014

(Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown discusses cellphone buyback machines with reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilwoman Says New Deal Will Replace Proposed Ban on Cash-For-Cellphone Kiosks

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown fears that the cash-for-cellphone kiosks would prompt a rise in thefts of mobile phones.

10/02/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter signs a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Signs Pot Decriminalization Bill Into Law

At the bill-signing today, Nutter repeatedly stressed that the change does NOT make marijuana legal.

10/01/2014

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Firm Hired To Analyze Proposed Sale of PGW Finds Several Issues With Deal

A consultant hired by Philadelphia City Council to analyze the proposed sale of PGW finds several big concerns with the deal, including the possibility that the buyer could simply flip PGW to another buyer.

10/01/2014

(A print ad placed in local newspapers by UIL Holdings, which has offered to buy PGW for nearly $2 billion.  The copy reads, 
"Philadelphia is facing an important decision.  UIL investing in Philadelphia Gas Works means a faster fix of the dangerously outdated gas lines under the city -- the second oldest system in the country.  Repairing the system means preventing catastrophic accidents.  And that means keeping families and businesses safe.")

Councilwoman Says PGW Bidder Using “Scare Tactics” To Push Sale

A print ad sponsored by UIL Holdings, the Connecticut-based firm that wants to buy PGW from the city, claims the city’s gas infrastructure is “dangerously outdated.”

09/30/2014

(A photo of Lit Brothers' department store from about 1972 shows a static mesh sign atop the building.)

Former Lits Store, Onetime Queen of Market East, Getting A New LED Advertising Crown

A digital electronic billboard long planned for the top of the old Lit Brothers building, at 8th and Market Streets, is now just three months away from reality.

09/29/2014

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