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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

(Gregory Conley defends e-cigarettes during comments to Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia City Council Passes Restrictions on Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Ignoring the pleas of e-cigarette users, City Council has unanimously approved a measure that bans the devices from public spaces in Philadelphia.

03/27/2014

file photo (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Council To Cast Final Vote On Electronic Cigarette Ban

City Council today is expected to cast a final vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city’s existing ban on smoking in public

03/27/2014

(The March 26, 2014 meeting of the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Commission OKs Nutter Administration Plan To Put EMTs in Fire Department

The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.

03/26/2014

(Parking meters in Manayunk.  File photo by KYW's Steve Tawa)

Rate Hike Proposed For Philadelphia Parking Meters

None of this affects the core of center city and University City, where multi-space kiosks are used rather than the old-style meters.

03/20/2014

(credit: John Ostapkovich)

Nutter’s Aides, Council Discuss Labor Union Contract Negotiations

City Council opened six weeks of hearings on Mayor Nutter’s new budget by focusing on the still-unsettled labor contract for the largest municipal workers union.

03/20/2014

(Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Watchdog Group Calls For Independent Probe of Pa. Legislative Sting Controversy

Ellen Kaplan of the Committee of 70 says the matter of the quashed sting needs to be investigated, and a public accounting needs to be made.

03/18/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Tom Corbett, and Archbishop Charles Chaput, discussing their upcoming trip to the Vatican.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

City Council To Take Look At Philadelphia’s Ability To Host Major Events

Amid talk of a Pope visit and discussion of whether Philadelphia should host a political convention again, City Council plans a hearing on whether the city and region are up to the task of hosting such mega-events.

03/18/2014

(City councilmembers, union leaders, and others gather in City Council chambers for the housing plan announcement.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Lawmakers Announce Plan For Construction of 1,500 Low-Cost Homes

City Council president Darrell Clarke and six other district councilmembers are proposing that the city government borrow $100 million to finance construction of 1,500 new, affordable properties over the next three or four years, mainly in gentrifying neighborhoods.

03/17/2014

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Looks To Change LOOP Program

City Council will take a look at extending exemptions for longtime Philadelphia residents whose property taxes jumped tremendously under last year’s reassessments.

03/16/2014

(Philadelphia city councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals Board

Pay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.

03/16/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

City Council President Rejects Request For Hearing On Council’s Own Budget

Despite a plea from a political watchdog group, City Council has no intention of holding public hearings on its own budget.

03/15/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz testified in favor of a citywide ban on e-cigarettes in public places.   Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Ban of E-Cigarettes in Public Places

The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Donald Schwarz, said he supports the Council measure which would prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces.

03/13/2014

(File photo: Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke speaks to reporters in City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Tussling Over Love Park Plan as City Council OKs Sale of Underground Garage

Council president Darell Clarke is voicing opposition to a councilman’s plan that would let skateboarders back in an area of the park once the makeover is finished.

03/13/2014

(CSX vice president Quintin Kendall testifies at a City Council hearing on the January 20th derailment.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

After Derailment, Railroad Official Defends Phila. Bridge Maintenance

CSX officials today told a City Council committee that despite a January freight train derailment on a bridge over the Schuylkill River, the aging bridge itself is safe.

03/12/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter delivers his 2014-2015 budget address to City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter Renews His Calls To State Lawmakers To Let The City Tax Cigarettes For Cash-Strapped Schools

The 2014 edition of the Philadelphia school district budget crisis will soon get underway and Mayor Nutter is renewing his call for Harrisburg to let the city tax cigarettes.

03/10/2014

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