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

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City Council Debates Granting Smoking Ban Waivers To 4 Bars

Philadelphia’s ban on smoking in public places is now seven years old and City Council finds itself in a quandary over whether to grant exemptions to four bars that want patrons to be able to light up.

12/07/2014

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7-Decade Old Eagles’ Fight Song Honored

You’ll probably be hearing the Eagles fight song two, three, four times this afternoon as the Birds host the Seahawks at the Linc.

12/07/2014

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

‘We Had No Choice': Firm Pulls The Plug On PGW Sale

Mayor Michael Nutter’s long and politically difficult effort to sell PGW has officially ended. The firm chosen to buy the utility has nixed the deal because of City Council’s refusal to debate the plan.

12/04/2014

(Members of Philadelphia City Council pose with students from the Neshaminy High School newspaper holding a City Council resolution in their honor.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Honors Neshaminy Students For Controversial Stand on Racial Epithet

The Neshaminy students at the center of the national controversy were front and center in City Council chambers, honored for their decision to ban the word “Redskin” in their school paper.

12/04/2014

(A billboard structure at Second and Race Streets, in Old City, adjacent to the Ben Franklin Bridge.  File photo by John McDevitt)

City Council Tries Again to Overhaul Philadelphia’s Billboard Regulations

It was in November of 2013 that a Council committee approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of billboard regulations. But, like many compromises, the measure left both activists and billboard companies unhappy and the measure was sidelined.

12/04/2014

Councilman Ed Neilson (Image from City of Philadelphia TV)

Council Members Vent Anger Over Nutter’s New Prescription Plan For Some City Workers

City Council members are furious about Mayor Michael Nutter’s new plan to encourage city workers to stop smoking, and they gave his aides an earful at a hearing Wednesday.

12/04/2014

Dr. Palak Raval-Nelson (center), director of Environmental Health Services for the city Health Department. (credit: Mike Dunn)

City Council Puts Bed Bug Problem Under Microscope

There was plenty of squirming in City Council chambers this morning, as lawmakers convened a hearing on the vexing problem of bed bugs.

12/03/2014

(The former Royal Theater, in the 1500 block of South Street, now sports murals.  Public domain photo by Smallbones via Wikimedia)

Reuse Plan For Historic Royal Theater, On South Street, Moves Forward

The developer is proposing a new building constructed behind the original façade, with 45 apartments and 7,600 square feet of retail space. But not all neighbors are thrilled.

12/02/2014

Andrew Stober, chief of staff in the Mayor's Office of Transportation.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. City Council Moves Forward on Controversial 20-Year Deal For Bus Shelters, Advertising

Andrew Stober, chief of staff in the Mayor’s Office of Transportation, says Titan Advertising will build 300 more bus shelters and share ad revenue with the City of Philadelphia.

12/01/2014

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson, left, and councilman David Oh, during a committee hearing about tax delinquency in the city.  Images from City of Phila. TV)

Council Balks at Oh’s Plan For More Aggressive Approach to Tax Collections

Councilman David Oh (right photo) wants any tax payment more than a year overdue to be automatically be turned over to a collection agency.

12/01/2014

Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler (left) listens as Mayor Nutter describes city efforts to get stores to stop selling cigarettes.  (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Wants Local Stores To Stop Selling Cigarettes

Mayor Nutter says there’s no conflict between city schools getting millions from the new $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes, and the Health Department’s effort to convince local stores to stop selling cigarettes.

11/29/2014

(Phila. city councilman Ed Neilson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Urges Wage Tax Relief For Military Vets Who Join Phila. Police or Fire Dept.

Neilson has introduced a bill that would give a wage tax refund to veterans who become Philadelphia police officers, firefighters, paramedics, or prison guards.

11/28/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Mayor Nutter Fumes Over Handling of Ferguson, Mo. Police Shooting Probe

He says the prosecutor’s explanation of the findings left a lot of unanswered questions. And he called the decision to announce the grand jury results in the evening “one of the dumbest official decisions that’s been made in recent times.”

11/25/2014

Philadelphia Skyline (Credit:  Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

Philadelphia Still on Democrats’ Short List For 2016 Convention

DNC officials say the list of potential host cities for the 2016 nominating convention is now down to just Philadelphia, New York, and Columbus, Ohio.

11/24/2014

Task force hearing in Conversation Hall at City Hall. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Task Force Final Report Due Soon on Mandatory Paid Sick Leave In Philadelphia

A task force studying the controversial idea of mandatory paid sick leave in Philadelphia is due to send its recommendations to Mayor Nutter by December 1st.

11/24/2014

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