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Steve Tawa

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

He likes 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 in 1976 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.

A new definition has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary for employees who eat lunch 'al desko.'  (Credit: Steve Tawa)

‘Al Desko’ Added To Oxford Dictionary, But How Familiar Of A Word Is It?

The word centers on workers who toil at their desks, and grab a bite while others go out to lunch.

01/05/2015

(Inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. File photo by John Ostapkovich.)

Philadelphia Hotel Rates and Occupancy Levels Surging Upward

Preliminary numbers for 2014 show the center city occupancy rate was at 76 percent.

01/02/2015

(Capt. John Wilczynski describes efforts to locate a hit-and-run driver in a December 23rd accident in Northeast Philadelphia.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Police Hoping For Break In Fatal Holmesburg Hit-Run Case

Capt. John Wilcynski of AID said the vehicle shouldn’t be hard to recognize: “Left side front-end damage; headlight and left turn signal clearly were left behind.”

12/31/2014

(Jenné Ayers announces her candidacy for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Daughter of Retired Philadelphia Fire Chief Announces Run For City Council

Jenné Ayers wants to become the youngest person ever to serve on Philadelphia City Council, announcing her candidacy for a Council at-large seat.

12/30/2014

(John Niewinski III and his son, John IV, in front of Fralinger's clubhouse.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Tradition Merging With New Aspects for 2015 Mummers’ Parade

As clubs look for the next generation of mummers, some modifications are being made to the annual New Year’s Day parade to serve a number of needs.

12/29/2014

(credit: Steve Tawa)

Pa. Liquor Control Board Adjusts Beer Delivery Policy

While no new law was written to allow for beer delivery, the PLCB is clarifying existing regulations for its previously established ‘transporter-for-hire’ license.

12/24/2014

(Class valedictorian Joy Stevenson, at lectern, speaks to her graduation ceremony.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Cathedral Kitchen, in Camden, Releases a New Crop of Culinary Graduates

Cathedral Kitchen helps low-income people who are at risk due to a lack of marketable job skills.

12/19/2014

(Bramwell Tovey plays his "Rittenhouse Carol" in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Visiting Philadelphia Orchestra Conductor Pens ‘Rittenhouse Carol’

KYW’s Steve Tawa spoke with maestro Bramwell Tovey as he played a portion of his own composition for Philadelphia, “The Rittenhouse Carol.”

12/19/2014

(Bramwell Tovey plays his "Rittenhouse Carol" in his dressing room at the Kimmel Center.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Charismatic Conductor Returns To Lead Philadelphia Orchestra Performing Holiday Music

Under the baton of conductor Bramwell Tovey, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed timeless holiday favorites Thursday night at the Kimmel Center.

12/19/2014

(File photo: a Mummers event. Credit: Michelle Durham)

Mummers Add a Second Parade, Through Manayunk, Around Mardi Gras

At least ten of the 16 string bands have committed to the February 22, 2015, event (which will miss Mardi Gras, February 17th, by a few days).

12/17/2014

Nina Baroness von Maltzahn,  (seated)  prior to a Curtis On Tour performance in Berlin. (Credit: Curtis Institute of Music)

Curtis Institute Of Music Receives Gifts Of More Than $10M

The gifts are among the largest Curtis has ever received.

12/17/2014

(Credit: Steve Tawa/KYW)

Vienna Boys Choir Brings Holiday Cheer To Patients At CHOP

One of Austria’s most famous cultural exports, arguably the best-known boys’ choir in the world, was well aware of their special audience, according to Vienna Boys Choir artistic director Gerald Wirth.

12/17/2014

(Demonstrators gather in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, near Sixth and Arch Streets.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Protesters Demand a Voice in Selection of Next President of Philadelphia ‘Fed’

The group, which staged a march this morning from Independence Hall to the Federal Reserve at Sixth and Arch Streets, says the Fed’s replacement process is dominated by major financial firms and corporations.

12/15/2014

Rendering of Temple's new library.
(credit: Image Courtesy of Snøhetta)

Temple’s Plan Includes Library That Retrieves Books With Robotic Arms & Urban Quad In Middle Of Campus

Temple University now has a plan in place to swap out its old library for a new one.

12/13/2014

Libby Doggett at summit in Conversation Hall at Philadelphia City Hall. (credit: Steve Tawa)

Pre-K For PA Campaign Pushes Governor-Elect Wolf, Legislature To Invest In 4-Year-Olds

A top ranking U.S. Department of Education official and members of a statewide campaign to increase early learning opportunities for children swapped stories and strategies on Thursday at a Philadelphia City Hall summit.

12/12/2014

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