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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.

(New US citizens are sworn in at the National Museum of American Jewish History.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

In Philadelphia, US Citizens Sworn In on World Refugee Day

Abbas Khalaf, a native of Iraq, had a dramatic journey to resettle in the United States, finding his way to Northampton, Pa.


(Some parents came equipped with a fan for graduation ceremonies in the non-air-conditioned auditorium at Masterman School.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Phila. Schools Dismiss Early Again Due To Heat; Some Persevere For Graduations

The nine city public schools with graduation ceremonies planned for today had the option of remaining open past noon for the ceremonies.


The Pennsylvania Convention Center  )File photo by Randall E. Scott)

Huge Biotechnology Convention Opens in Philadelphia

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (“BIO”) is attracting 15,000 attendees who from 47 states and 60 countries.


John McNeil at CTCA training program.
(credit: Steve Tawa/KYW Newsradio)

Church Leaders Attend Training Program To Start Cancer Care Ministries In Their Congregations

CTCA Spiritual Outreach Coordinator Aking Beverly says they give church leaders “ministry of presence” insights to provide some measure of comfort.


(Auctioneer Lamar Fisher acknowledges a bid during the sale of hundreds of properties by the City of Philadelphia at 1234 Market Street.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Auctions Off Hundreds of Seized Tax-Delinquent Properties

Officials say it’s the most efficient method of generating the highest number of potential bidders and the most revenue.


(Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Bird Flu Outbreak Forces Egg Industry To Scramble

The recent bird flu outbreak in the midwest is affecting the nation’s poultry industry and egg prices.


PFT president Jerry Jordan addresses reporters during briefing at PFT headquarters in Center City. (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Objects To Outsourcing Substitute Teachers, School Nurses

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is griping about what is says are the School District’s plans to privatize school employees – substitute teachers and nurses.


(An assembly at McMichael School spotlights the new Exelon Foundation grant to Drexel University.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Exelon, PECO Donate $500,000 To Enhance STEM Education At 2 West Phila. Schools

The grant to Drexel University will support the development of science, technology, engineering, and math courses at the McMichael School, 36th and Fairmount, and the Powel School, 36th and Powelton.


Karen Montgomery testifies about the lack of security cameras nearby where her son, Shane disappeared outside a Manayunk bar in 2014. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

City Council Committee Tackles How To Get More Businesses To Install Exterior Security Cameras

Options include tax abatements to offset the cost, and “mandatory camera installation for nuisance businesses.”


(A food truck vendor, a Temple official, and a city L&I official testify before Philadelphia City Council.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Temple Univ. Asks City Council To Help Rein In Food Truck Mayhem on Campus

The university is asking Council to create a “Temple Vending District,” ensuring that students have an opportunity to make purchases at the burgeoning food truck scene, but not to the point of choking off pedestrian and vehicular traffic.


(Photo Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philly Celebrates Cities Brightest In Class Of 2015

Mayor Nutter, Superintendent Hite, dance teams and drum lines from schools, cheerleaders and more than 1,500 graduating high school seniors took part in the event.


Mayor Nutter with racers Robin Carpenter, Jo Hogan and Hugh Carthy (L-R) (credit: Steve Tawa)

Elite Women, Men Get Ready For Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

As cycling enthusiasts and the curious flock to the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic on Sunday, organizers of this year’s race have switched the lineup.


(Photo illustration by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Daily Newspapers Inch Closer to Possible Strike

Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, representing about 445 workers, have authorized the union’s executive board, by a vote of 263-15, to begin strike preparations.


(The 2014 Philly Cycling Classic.  File photo by KYW's Tim Jimenez)

Bike Race Organizers Switching Things Up This Year

The women’s race will be the featured event on Sunday.


(credit: Steve Tawa)

Philly Bike Share Program Offers $1 Tuesday Deal

On the first Tuesday of every month, through 10 p.m., new riders can walk up to those Indego blue racks, snag a bike, and try it out for $1 for 30-minutes.