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

(Councilman Bobby Henon speaks with reporters outside City Council chambers.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Agrees To Delay Vote on Land Purchase for Future Prison

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.

06/11/2015

(credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Plan Forcing City Stores To Charge Fee On Bags Given To Customers Withdrawn…For Now

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.

06/11/2015

School Superintendent William Hite, SRC member Bill Green and SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff waited as City Council prepared to vote on additional school funding. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Okays School Bailout, But With $25-Million Catch

City Council on Wednesday gave initial approval to a school district bailout that falls short of what school officials wanted.

06/10/2015

(PHA president Kelvin Jeremiah testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Property Seizures, Relocations Expected From PHA’s North Philly Plan

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.

06/10/2015

(A panel testifies in favor of the development project of RAL Companies at 13 and Fairmount.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Redevelopment Project Adjacent to Divine Lorraine Hotel Gets Council OKs

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.

06/09/2015

(Credit: Justin Udo)

City Council To Consider Mandatory Fire Escape Inspections Following Deadly Collapse Last Year

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.

06/07/2015

(Philadelphia City Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Rejecting Mayor’s School Bailout, Council Eyes Hikes in Parking and Business Taxes

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.

06/04/2015

(Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite, in 2014 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. City Council Rules Out School District’s Full Cash Request

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.

06/04/2015

(An artist's rendering of the new entrance to what is now the Gallery shopping mall, at 9th and Market Streets.  Image provided by PREIT)

City Council Initial Approval of Gallery Shopping Mall Remake Moves Forward

The plan includes a huge city tax break for the owner, worth $55 million.

06/03/2015

(An asphalt speed cushion.  Photo by Richard Drdul, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license, via Wikimedia)

Philadelphia Streets Will Begin Sprouting Speed-Control ‘Cushions’

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.

06/02/2015

(The Airbnb.com web site, showing rentals available in Philadelphia.)

Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Regulating, and Taxing, Airbnb Room Rentals

Rental of rooms or entire homes through web sites like Airbnb is currently illegal in Philadelphia, because the zoning code doesn’t allow it.

06/01/2015

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

Clarke’s Restructuring Plan Advances After Compromise With Mayor

Council President Clarke wants a new form of government that would elevate the status of planning and development.

05/29/2015

Hope Caldwell at council's Law and Government committee. (Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Gives Initial Thumbs Up To New Rules On Independent PACs

So-called “dark money” was a huge concern in the primary, according to the city’s Chief Integrity Officer Hope Caldwell.

05/29/2015

Artist's rendering of PREIT's plan to renovate the Gallery shopping mall at 9th and Market streets. (Credit: PREIT)

Plans To Makeover Gallery Shopping Mall Hit City Council Roadblock

The Gallery’s owner, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, or PREIT, needs City Council approval of six bills that allow the renovation of the Gallery to move forward.

05/28/2015

Jim Kenney, acknowledging his win in the Democratic mayoral primary on May 19th.  File photo from CBS3)

Kenney, Anticipating Likely November Victory, Begins Work on Hiring

Kenney says he’s not taking a victory in the mayoral race for granted, but he does plan to meet with Mayor Nutter shortly about personnel.

05/27/2015

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