Tony Hanson has spent his entire illustrious career at KYW Newsradio, covering breaking news including the World Trade Center attacks, the 1985 Move siege, the air crash death of US Sen. John Heinz, the Republican National Convention and related protests in 2000, as well as every aspect of the judicial system.
And he has earned many awards along the way.
Hanson won a Sigma Delta Chi national award for his coverage of the Move event. He’s won numerous awards from the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the New Jersey Bar Association for his reports on topics such as prison overcrowding, the death penalty, and child abuse.
In 1983, Tony received the prestigious William A. Schnader Memorial Award. He’s also received a Freedoms Foundation certificate of excellence, a UPI statewide first place award for sports coverage of Villanova University, and the New York Grand Award at the 1982 International Radio Festival with Larry Litwin for “Schools Strike Out.”
Hanson joined KYW as a desk assistant after graduating with a degree in communications from Temple University. He was soon promoted to writer correlator, and shortly thereafter to reporter.
Tony is a graduate of West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He and his wife Martha have two daughters.
Former judge Kenneth Miller previously pleaded guilty to fraud in the federal ticket-fixing case and is testifying as part of a plea deal.
In May, Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane said she was dropping her prosecution of the legislators because the case was hoplessly tainted. Now, Seth Williams is empaneling a grand jury.
An East Mount Airy man has been acquitted of homicide by vehicle and manslaughter in the death of a police officer who, according to the prosecution’s evidence, drove his bike into the path of the defendant.
A federal grand jury alleges identity fraud with an ugly twist, and US attorney Zane Memeger calls the allegations “truly despicable.”
Chancier McFarland has also agreed to cooperate against alleged co-conspirator Rafael Jones, the alleged triggerman in the case.
The defendant blamed a crack cocaine habit for this crime and more than a dozen other convictions over the past 20 years.
Prosecutors say defendant Jason Kohler, 42, already on probation with a suspended license because of an earlier DUI crash, was high on drugs and booze last year when he ran a stop sign, crashed, then tried to flee the scene.
Khusen Akhmedov played a key role in a multi-defendant, $1.7-million Medicare fraud. Authorities say he later took part in a drag race that killed a mother and three of her children.
Court officials say only about 14 percent of Philadelphians summoned for jury duty come to court.
A judge sided with an earlier court ruling that the evidence shows the two defendants acted together in a risky manner, resulting in the death of six people.
Gloria McNasby, the personal assistant for defendant judge Robert Mulgrew, testified that “consideration” was practiced routinely.
The witness, Tonya Hilton, was an aide to Willie Singletary, one of the judges now on trial.
Retired judge Ruth Dietrich testified that one of the defendant judges approched her about getting a particular outcome in a case before her.
All of these defendants have pleaded not guilty. Several other figures in the probe of Philadelphia Traffic Court have previously pleaded guilty.
Six former judges and a local businessman are scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in federal court in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket fixing case.