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Paul Kurtz

Paul KurtzPaul Kurtz is a Philadelphia native who has been working as a reporter and anchor for KYW Newsradio since 1984.

Kurtz was born and raised in Philadelphia. He attended Roxborough High School and Temple University, where he majored in journalism.

His first job was at WBCB in Levittown, Pa. At age 24, Kurtz was morning drive anchor and reporter at WASH-FM in Washington, DC. He received awards for his reporting from the AP and UPI during his three years there.

Paul came back to Philadelphia in 1984 with stops at WIP and WPEN before settling at KYW in 1985. He’s won numerous awards here, most recently the Society of Professional Journalists’ first place award for Best Newscast and, along with Beth Trapani, a prestigious Edward R. Murrow National award for reporting.

Kurtz and his wife Kim Glovas — who also works at KYW — have four boys and live in Bucks County. Kurtz says he loves his job and there’s nothing he’d rather do, except perhaps playing ball with his kids.

Connect with Paul Kurtz on Twitter: @kurtzpaul

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On Heels Of Power Outages, Carbon Monoxide Shows Its Dangers

Across the Delaware Valley, around 50 people have been sickened by carbon monoxide fumes as of Thursday afternoon, with Chester County leading the way.

02/06/2014

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Ice-Laden Trees Falling On Wires and Tracks Slams SEPTA Regional Rails

“We have people out there, working over miles of territory to clear trees and get things restored,” said SEPTA deputy general manager Jeff Knueppel.

02/05/2014

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Cold, Darkness Can Lead To Winter Blues

For many people, the middle of winter brings on a bout with the blues. But the condition may be more widespread this season.

01/26/2014

(Blanche Wills, of Honduras, found a coffee shop to help her deal with the unfamiliar weather.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Snow, Then Bitter Cold, Makes Even Walking Around Town Dicey

Blanche Wills, a native of Honduras (where the temperature never dips below 60), appreciated her cup of tea at Starbucks.

01/22/2014

(This eight-inch replica of the William Penn statue on City Hall is welded to the top beam of the Comcast Center, currently Philadelphia's tallest building.  Image provided by Comcast)

To Avert The Jinx, New Comcast Skyscraper Will Also Be Topped By Mini-William Penn

The miniature statue of William Penn that stands atop the current tallest building in Philadelphia is considered by superstitious sports fans to be the phantom force that broke a 25-year curse on local sports teams.

01/17/2014

General view of signage prior to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft Presented by Adidas at the Indiana Convention Center on January 17, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ahead of MLS SuperDraft, Top Prospects Visit Philadelphia High School

The nation’s top college soccer prospects are in town for this week’s MLS SuperDraft. Six of them paid a visit to Christo Rey Philadelphia High School on North Broad Street Wednesday.

01/15/2014

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Patco Gets Dinged By Feds For Failing To Provide For Handicapped Passengers

Breakdowns of elevators and escalators are a constant annoyance for Patco riders.

01/14/2014

(Gov. Chris Christie, at January 9th, 2014 press conference.  Image from State of NJ TV)

Pre-’Bridgegate’ Poll Shows Chris Christie Riding High Among Voters

Christie has been riding high in many presidential primary surveys, most recently Quinnipiac University’s “national thermometer,” released Thursday afternoon.

01/09/2014

(Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, in file photo)

Terrorism Colleague of Montco’s ‘Jihad Jane’ Gets 8 Years in Prison

Dressed in green prison clothes and wearing a black headscarf, Jamie Paulin Ramirez wept as she told Judge Patrice Tucker that she’d made a terrible mistake.

01/08/2014

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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Examines 2013 Crime Statistics

In a comparison of statistics from 2013 and 2007, just before the Nutter Administration took over, Ramsey says violent crime has dropped across the board with the exception of rape.

01/06/2014

(Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey meets with reporters one day before the Eagles-Saints playoff game at the Linc.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Philly’s Top Cop Warns That Saints Fan May Be An Undercover Decoy

Part of the security strategy for Saturday’s game involves security officers dressed in Saints jerseys and hats.

01/03/2014

(The firehouse for Engine 66, in Roxborough.  File photo by Aaron Mott, used with permission)

Roxborough Firehouse Remains Closed By Unexplained Fumes

Engine company 66, in Roxborough, remains closed while investigators trace the source of toxic fumes that sickened some firefighters.

01/02/2014

(The Benjamin Franklin firehouse, at 4th and Arch Streets, has been boarded up since a fire in September.   Photo by Ed Fischer)

Damaged Old City Firehouse May Not Reopen For Another Year

The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.

01/02/2014

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US Court Reinstates 9/11 Lawsuit by Philadelphia Firm Against Saudi Arabia

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals essentialy reversed its 2008 ruling that Saudi Arabia was protected by sovereign immunity.

12/20/2013

Mayor Michael Nutter receives task force report at AgustaWestland in Northeast Philadelphia. (Photo by Paul Kurtz/KYW)

Task Force Issues Recommendations To Expand Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Base

The report recommends the city develop talent by tapping into community colleges and high schools that focus on science, technology, engineering and math.

12/19/2013

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