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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

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets. File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Taxes Under The Microscope Amid School District Cash Crisis

Amid the latest Philadelphia School District cash crisis, City Council plans to put the Nutter Administration’s tax collection efforts under the microscope.

05/26/2014

(Mayor Nutter, announcing his intention to sell PGW.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter’s Plan To Sell PGW Prompts Strong Response In City Council

One lawmaker this past week lashed out at a state agency which has given its thumbs-up to Mayor Nutter’s plan to sell PGW.

05/25/2014

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Celebrations Ensue After Living Wage Charter Change Approval

By Mike Dunn PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia voters this past week approved a change in the city charter requiring city subcontractors to give raises to their workers. The success of that referendum prompted a celebration [...]

05/25/2014

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.

05/24/2014

(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke, chairing a session at which a revised plan for funding Philadelphia's public schools was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Lawmakers Add a ‘Plan B’ To Philadelphia Schools Funding Measure

City Council president Darrell Clarke has decided to play it safe, adding a fallback provision to his plan to send sales tax proceeds to the cash-starved school district.

05/22/2014

(A Philadelphia voting machine.  File photo)

Few Problems Reported in First Hours of Philadelphia Voting

“Typical” is how a Philadelphia elections official describes the problems that have cropped up so far in the first couple of hours of voting.

05/20/2014

City Hall (FILE PHOTO credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Voters To Fill Vacant City Council Seat

In Philadelphia today, three candidates are vying to fill the City Council seat made vacant when at-large Councilman Bill Green resigned to become chairman of the School Reform Commission.

05/20/2014

(Mayor Nutter announces a new configuration for Philadelphia Traffic Court.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

DA’s Office Put In Charge of Prosecutions at Philadelphia Traffic Court

Philadelphia officials today unveiled details on the long-planned overhaul of the city’s corruption-tainted Traffic Court.

05/19/2014

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Voters To Decide On Important Ballot Questions In Tuesday’s Primary

The most controversial of the questions being put to city voters involves changing the charter’s “resign to run” provision.

05/19/2014

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City Council To Examine “Pill Mills” In The City

Philadelphia City Council is going to take a look at reigning in so-called “Pill Mills,” which are medical offices that are quick to hand out boatloads of prescription medications.

05/18/2014

(A Septa concourse at Market East.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Septa Taking Over Concourse Maintenance, With Visions of Major Upgrade

With new state capital funding and a pending new lease with the city, Septa says it is about to embark on a major makeover of the concourse tunnels.

05/16/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, during hearings on the school district's next budget.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Council President Optimistic State Lawmakers Will Sign On To Schools Plan

It may be a tough sell in Harrisburg, but City Council is hoping to convince state lawmakers to sign on to their revised school bailout plan.

05/16/2014

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, shortly after his school funding plan was introduced.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

‘Compromise’ School Funding Bill Aired in Phila. City Council

The Philadelphia school funding crisis was coming to a head in City Council as the Council president introduced a bailout plan that neither the mayor, state lawmakers, nor school advocates are likely to embrace.

05/15/2014

(File photos:  Darrell Clarke, left, by Steve Tawa.  Michael Nutter by Mike Dunn.)

Debate Continues At City Hall Over How to Bring The School District $120M

Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke continue wrangling over a plan that would bring the School District an extra $120-million for the coming year.

05/15/2014

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., left, and city finance director Rob Dubow, right.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

With Phila. Schools Starved For Cash, Councilman Irked By Property Tax Abatements

City councilman Wilson Goode Jr. is accusing the Nutter administration of ignoring the needs of the school district by opposing his plan to scale back the city’s ten-year property tax abatement.

05/14/2014

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