To put it in sports terms, Timothy McLaughlin is a “home-grown” player. He broke into radio as an intern with KYW Newsradio during his junior year at Arcadia University, in Glenside, Pa. He was quickly hired as a desk assistant and service aide, positions he held through the remainder of his college years.
Today, McLaughlin is an editor and morning drive writer for KYW Newsradio.
During college, McLaughlin served for two years as managing editor for Arcadia’s student newspaper, The Tower. He also interned in the news department at the Philadelphia CityPaper.
An avid distance runner, McLaughlin’s first competitive race was the 2010 Philadelphia Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, which he finished “without passing out or throwing up,” he boasts.
He has since completed a full marathon and dreams of someday running the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece.
McLaughlin says he has performance in his blood; he grew up playing percussion (drums, piano, and his favorite, vibraphone), and he was the captain of his high school’s drumline.
He calls his Eagle Scout award his biggest accomplishment. He still enjoys camping, hiking, rock climbing, and trail running, and tries to live by the motto, “Be prepared.”
Gianna is a spark plug. This nine-year-old is quick with a story, a joke, or a song.
Jay loves camping, a passion he wants to share with a permanent family.
Eleven-year-old Skylar loves singing hip-hop and soul like her idol, Adele.
Eighteen-year-old Miguel wants to be a professional baseball player just like his favorite, Ryan Howard.
Fourteen-year-old Jessica is only in ninth grade, but she already has her mind made up: she wants to serve her country.
“I’m terrific, smart, I’m helpful,” he says matter-of-factly. “And if anybody asks what I want to be when I grow up, the answer is a firefighter.”
“I’m very good at cursive,” he says with pride. “I’m very good at minusing and plussing.”
Michael, a very motivated 14-year-old, wants to be a pediatrician. He’s already a good cook.
Seven-year-old Kaitland (right) admires her big sister, Talina.
When we met, eight-year-old Talina (left) and her sister Kaitland were getting ready for their school’s Christmas concert.
Christopher is 17, and he loves playing video games and drawing.
A bright young woman who loves math, going to church, and reading the Bible, her very favorite activity is horseback riding.