Pat Loeb’s radio experience has the makings of a country song: she lived a lot of places, went down a lot of roads, but they all led her home — to Philadelphia and to KYW Newsradio, where she started her career some 30 years ago.
Born and raised in Philadelphia and environs, she graduated magna cum laude from Temple University’s renowned School of Communications and Theatre and, after three invaluable years at KYW, spent the majority of her work life in public radio, including four years as a foreign correspondent based in Asia, which gave her the opportunity to cover stories such as coups d’etat, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, and the return of Imelda Marcos to Manila to reclaim her shoes.
A digression into motherhood was punctuated by print work for the Washington Post, the Congressional Quarterly, and the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, among other gigs.
She returned to radio in Los Angeles, as a correspondent for the public radio business show “Marketplace.”
Pat rejoined KYW in 2008 and says she is “incredibly grateful for the chance to once again work with the most outstanding broadcast news team in the Delaware Valley… make that the most outstanding broadcast news team anywhere.”
Pat is married to Vernon Loeb, managing editor of the Houston Chronicle, and is the mother of four amazing children: Katie Loeb, of New York City; David, a student at Temple University; Frances, an All-American runner at Johns Hopkins; and Julia, a student at Colorado University-Boulder.
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State Senator Shirley Kitchen announced Thursday that she’ll retire at the end of her term, after 20 years of serving her North Philadelphia district.
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Today is Korean-American Day in Philadelphia.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in a California case that could have major repercussions locally.
At the same time, though, there appears to be less demand.
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The Philadelphia Water Department is requesting an 11 percent rate increase.
Philadelphia wants to reduce its prison population by 34 percent over a three-year period.
The Philadelphia justice system is proposing an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s inmate population by a third in the course of three years. The city is seeking a grant to fund the plan.
The vote was a bit of a surprise.
The city inaugurated South Philadelphia native Jim Kenney as its 99th mayor on Monday.
Governor Wolf and Senator Bob Casey will attend, along with all living former mayors. When it’s over, the newly-sworn officials will WALK to City Hall, where Kenney plans to kick off his term by signing a series of executive orders.
In a final interview with KYW Newsradio, the mayor recalled some of the highlights of his two terms.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has cleaned out his office and officially retires on Monday, leaving behind an improved department under the leadership of his chosen successor.
New security measures will be in effect this year.