Steve Tawa

Steve TawaSteve Tawa joined KYW Newsradio in 1990, and splits his time between reporting and anchoring.

He enjoys the mix of having a front row seat at stories that have been part of Philadelphia’s recent history, interviewing newsmakers, and pointing his microphone like a camera to incorporate sounds in his reports — as well as telling listeners about breaking events near and far while anchoring half-hour news blocks.

He previously worked through the 1980s at WCAU Radio in Philadelphia, covering City Hall and the courts, and anchoring afternoons.

He began his career at WNHC in New Haven, anchoring afternoons, and then spent time as a city hall reporter at WEBR in Buffalo.

His first “big break” in broadcasting came during his college years in Boston, annoucing sales items over the public address system at Sears, Roebuck and Co. near Harvard Square.

When not on the street or in the studio for KYW, Steve noodles on the piano, collects classical and jazz music, and rides his bicycle up and down Main Line hills. He lives in Center City.

(File photo:  the scene of the deadly building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets in which six people died.  Credit: CBS3)

Jury Selection Underway In Trial Of Demolition Contractor Charged In Deadly Building Collapse

Six people died and 13 were injured when an adjoining building collapsed on a Salvation Army thrift store.


Crews breaking down the stage. (credit: Steve Tawa)

Liturgical Items From Papal Mass In Philadelphia To Be Preserved

Now that the massive stage on which Pope Francis celebrated Mass is coming down on the Ben Franklin Parkway, organizers are making sure all of the ingredients – especially the religious artifacts – will be remembered for generations.


The Philadelphia Orchestra practicing for Papal weekend Friday at the Kimmel Center. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Final Rehearsal For Philadelphia Orchestra Before Papal Activities Begin

The Papal Choir sang in the seats at the Kimmel Center Friday, normally used by patrons.


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As Papal Visit Nears, Uptick In Reservations Brings Center City Hotel Rooms Closer To Selling Out

City, convention and tourism officials held their last briefing on the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia.


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Feds Seize 363 Pounds Of Cocaine Discovered In Shipment Of Pumpkins And Squash

Federal authorities hold a show and tell at the Philadelphia Custom House, for a big cocaine seizure found in a shipment of pumpkins and squash at the Port of Philadelphia.


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Protesters In Camden Against State Control Of Public School District And Expansion Of Renaissance Schools

Camden parents and activists joined their counterparts from Newark to confront policymakers in downtown Camden who support school choice.


(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

Can Kathleen Kane Be Top Prosecutor In Pa. Without Law License?

Kane says she plans to keep fighting to clear her name while serving out the rest of her term in office.


Organist Sandor Kadar practicing on the Rodgers organ at Cunningham, before the organ's journey to the Parkway. (credit: Steve Tawa/KYW)

Local Organist And Piano Company Participate In WMOF Events

A local organist will have a front row seat to the papal events.


Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

Advocacy Group Calls For Inquiry Into Cardinal Regali’s Handling Of Abuse Scandal

An advocacy group for clergy sexual abuse victims is hoping Pope Francis’ newly established Vatican Tribunal will look into the role of Cardinal Justin Rigali.


(credit: Steve Tawa)

City Rolls Out Traffic Operation Center To Reduce Congestion During Papal Visit And Beyond

Traffic engineers will be able to remotely change traffic signals in real time.


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Banners Hung Throughout City To Welcome Pope Francis And Remind Others Of His Message

The surging crowds about to welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia will be greeted by hundreds of banners spelling out what the World Meeting of Families is all about.


Philadelphia city officials reflect outside the Betsy Ross House in Old City, where a 9-11 Memorial Processional and Ceremony "To the Fallen" was held. (credit: Steve Tawa)

Ceremony Outside Betsy Ross House Honors Victims Of 9-11

Philadelphia city officials, firefighters and police remembered the civilians and first responders who lost their lives in the September 11 terror attacks.



Guilty Plea In Tacony Basement Of Horrors Case To Avoid Death Penalty

Linda Weston, the woman at the center of what became known as the Tacony “basement of horrors” case in Philadelphia, has changed her plea to guilty.


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“Knotted Grotto” Serves As Sanctuary For Those Struggling Through All Walks Of Life

It is located outside the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul from now through the end of the Papal Visit Weekend.


(The Schuylkill River Trail.   credit:  Montgomery County Commissioners)

Schuylkill River Trail Named Nation’s Best Urban Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail has topped a “USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Award,” for Best Urban Trail.