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

Limits on City Council At-Large Campaigns Now Doubled After One Candidate Ups His Own Ante

Donation limits on all the candidates have now been doubled because real estate businessman Allan Domb has spent more than $250,000 of his own money promoting his campaign.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/06/2015

Not Pleased With Mayor’s Budget, District Attorney Asks City Council For Funding Increase

DA Seth Williams is not pleased with the mayor’s proposed budget, which sets aside just under $35 million for the DA’s Office. He told council members that other offices are getting increases.

05/06/2015

Philadelphia Courts Want Extra $1.2 Million To Expand Monitoring With GPS

Newer models that use GPS technology to keep track of the location of the wearer, inside the home or out, are being tested in Philadelphia Family Court.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/05/2015

Nutter Administration Hopes To Delay Pay-By-Smartphone Parking App

PPA officials want to move ahead with an app that allows you to pay for parking with your smartphone, but the mayor fears it will adversely affect school district funding.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/04/2015

Phila. LGBT Leaders Urge Charter Change To Make City’s LGBT Office Permanent

The Office of LGBT Affairs was created by Mayor Nutter, but LGBT leaders fear that a future mayor might decide to kill it. So they’re backing a plan to change the city charter and make the office permanent.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/03/2015

Philadelphia City Council Rescinds New Billboard Law After PennDOT Pushback

The recall comes after the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that it is revoking the city’s ability to regulate billboards along major Philadelphia roadways.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/30/2015

Mayors Voice Support For Baltimore Mayor During Philadelphia Conference On Urban Violence

Mayor Michael Nutter welcomed more than a dozen other mayors to Philadelphia on Wednesday for a three-day conference on urban violence. And the mayors voiced support for their counterpart in Baltimore in the wake of this week’s violence there.

04/29/2015

Preparations For Papal Visit And 2016’s Democratic Convention In Full Swing At Philadelphia International Airport

At a budget hearing, airport director Mark Gale said they’re in full-scale Pope Prep mode.

04/29/2015

Three Weeks Before Primary, Mayoral Candidates Take To Airwaves

This week brings the first broadcast ads of former City Councilman Jim Kenney and former D-A Lynne Abraham. They’re not the first, of course. State Senator Anthony Williams jumped in with his own ads last month; former PGW executive Doug Oliver last week. And independent political committees have been running ads in support of Kenney and Williams.

04/28/2015

As Crews Grapple with Philadelphia’s Pothole Epidemic, City Lawmakers Have Questions

Philadelphia’s pothole epidemic dominated discussion at a City Council hearing this past week.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/26/2015

Scam Involving People Pretending To Be With Sheriff’s Office Makes Its Way To Philadelphia

A phone scam that was reported earlier this month in Bucks County has spread to Philadelphia.

04/25/2015

Councilman Backs Tens of Millions in Tax Breaks For Gallery Owners

First District councilman Mark Squilla, whose district includes the mall, agreed to introduce a package of bills that includes the tax break, known as “Tax Incremental Financing” (TIF).

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

New Bill Would Expand Disclosure Requirements on ‘Dark Money’ Ads in Philadelphia Races

City Council president Darrell Clarke has introduced a measure aimed at tackling the problem of unrestricted expenditures in support of candidates, paid for by independent PACs and not subject to the city’s limits on political contributions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/23/2015

City Councilman Proposing Philadelphia Stores Charge For Each Bag Used At Purchase

A city councilman today will propose a measure that would force all stores in the city to charge a nickel for every shopping bag — plastic or paper.

04/23/2015

PennDOT Imposing Oversight for Billboards Near Philadelphia’s Interstate Highways

Since the 1970s, Penndot has allowed Philadelphia’s mayor and City Council to regulate billboards along state highways, but Penndot officials now fear that federal highway dollars are at risk without their direct oversight.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/22/2015

Philadelphia Controller Disputes Effectiveness of City’s Crime Cameras

City controller Alan Butkovitz says the Philadelphia Police Department’s surveillance camera system is fraught with problems, including scores of broken-down cameras.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

Phila. Jobs Group Sees Hope in NYC Credit-Check Legislation, Urges Similar Action Here

John Dodds, head of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, is hoping that local lawmakers pass a law like New York’s, stopping employers from running credit checks on potential hires or current workers.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/20/2015

Registration Deadline For May 19th Pa. Primary, Including Phila. Mayoral and Council Races

Links to registration form is here. You can drop completed form at City Hall Room 142 until 5pm, or at 520 North Delaware Avenue until 12 midnight.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/20/2015

Reaction To State Senate Pushback On Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Law

Councilman-at-large Bill Greenlee championed the paid sick leave bill, fought through two mayoral vetoes and finally saw the measure become law in February.

04/20/2015

Accusations In Philadelphia Of Improper Foreclosures On Homes

Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones said his office has heard repeated complaints from residents who are behind in mortgage payments and that they’re not getting the proper notice of the start of foreclosure proceedings.

04/19/2015

Mayor Nutter Urges Swift Implementation of White House Immigration Reform Plan

Immigration advocates in Philadelphia joined Mayor Nutter on Friday in support of the president’s plan.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

Democratic Party in Philadelphia Skips Mayoral Endorsement for May 19th Primary

After years as head of the local Democratic party, Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa.) knows when to avoid a needless fight. That’s what he has done with the party’s decision not to endorse any of the mayoral candidates.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/17/2015

City Council Approves New Rules For Billboards in City of Philadelphia

The end result could be fewer billboards overall, but more of them would be digital electronic displays.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

US Homeland Security Chief Visits Philadelphia, Says He’ll Be Back Before 2016 DNC Convention

Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson was not saying immediately how much money the federal government will chip in for security at next year’s Democratic National Convention.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

In Current Climate, Fewer Minorities Want Careers as Cops, Phila. Police Commissioner Says

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says national incidents of police violence has made recruiting minorities for the Philadelphia police force much tougher.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

Philadelphia Welcoming Homeland Security Chief With Pitch For 2016 DNC Security Funding

In past years, the feds have given cities that host political conventions upwards of $50 million for security.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

Philadelphia Officials Mailing Property Reassessment Notices Thursday: ‘Some Are Being Increased, Some Are Being Decreased.’

Just two years after the city completed a reassessment of every property, they’re doing it again.

04/14/2015

Philadelphia Chapter Of NAACP Hopes To Boost Voter Turnout For Next Month’s Primary

The local chapter of the NAACP is focused on next month’s primary in two ways: they hope to increase voter turnout and they want support for a ballot question involving control of the Philadelphia School District.

04/12/2015

City Council Candidate Accuses Rival’s Backers of Running Campaign of Vandalism

Challenger Ori Feibush is accusing supporters of the incumbent, Kenyatta Johnson, who is running for re-election, of vandalizing neighborhood property, including Feibush’s campaign headquarters.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/10/2015

Philadelphia Releases Report on Comcast’s Mediocre Customer Satisfaction Rate

“Twenty-six percent of Comcast cable subscribers were dissatisfied overall with their cable service,” the mayor said.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/09/2015

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