Mike 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.
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Mayor Michael Nutter has declared a snow emergency for Philadelphia (effective at 10 p.m.) as Streets Department crews are once again dispatched with plows.
Both District Councils 33, the blue collar union, and DC 47, the white collar union, had been without contracts since 2009. But now 47 has a deal, pending ratification, and that may give some impetus to speeding up a settlement between the city and 33.
Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district’s share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.
Plans by Comcast Corporation to build a second massive skyscraper in center city Philadelphia cleared some early hurdles in City Council, even as a church neighboring the site voiced some misgivings.
But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.
Shane Creamer (left), of the city’s Board of Ethics, backed the limit. Ellen Kaplan of the watchdog group Committee of 70 (right), thinks it should be lower.
These were the first face-to-face negotiations between the Nutter Administration and District Council 33, the 10,000 member blue collar city workers union, in about a year.
DC 33 chief Pete Matthews called for face-to-face negotiations — the first since January 2013 — and vowed to work around the clock to get a deal done. For his part, Mayor Nutter said he welcomes the resumption of talks.
The sponsor of the plan, Councilman-at-large David Oh, noted that state elected officials and those from other cities face no such provision, so eliminating it here levels the playing field for city officials.
Amid the growing debate over possible health risks posed by electronic cigarettes, a Philadelphia lawmaker is proposing banning their sale to minors in the city.
Councilman Jim Kenney suggested that the renovation of Love Park include a section for skateboarders, who once flocked there from around the world.
Could onetime mayoral candidate Sam Katz run again for mayor next year?
Another dubious distinction for Philadelphia: a new report out of DC puts our city #2 among the major cities with the highest tax rates. That, of course, makes Mayor Nutter cringe.
The decision on whether to call a special election rests now with Council President Darrell Clarke, and for the moment he is not commenting about his plans.
Developer Don Peebles said he will purchase the building from the city for $4.5 million and will spend another $85 million renovating it.