Tony Romeo

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa. File photo)

 

Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio 1060.

Born and raised in the Harrisburg area, Romeo began his professional career at age 18, while in college at Penn State Harrisburg.  He was still a college student when he covered the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster for WSBA Radio in York, Pa.

Romeo also worked for five years as a television reporter in Harrisburg, and served as news director for an AM-FM pair of stations in White Plains, NY.  He has also worked at stations in Florida and Texas.

Romeo came to KYW Newsradio in the summer of 1990. In 1993 he was assigned to a choice beat: to succeed famed reporter Sandy Starobin as Harrisburg bureau chief.  In 1994, he came to Philadelphia and the City Hall bureau, where he served as bureau chief.

Romeo has covered major stories during the administrations of John Street and Ed Rendell, including the Philadelphia school district takeover, sports stadium controversies, the 1999 mayoral campaign, and the Republican National Convention in 2000.

On January 1, 2003, with former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell elected to serve as Pennsylvania governor, Romeo was tapped to return to Harrisburg for a second stint as bureau chief there.  KYW Newsradio said Romeo’s appointment was part of the station’s plan to beef up its coverage in that area.

In his spare time, Tony has served as publicity chairman of the South Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

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Governor Wolf To Negotiate With House GOP On Property Taxes

A committee vote on a state House Republican property tax relief plan was delayed Tuesday because Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has indicated he wants a chance to negotiate with lawmakers first.

04/22/2015

A PGW payment office in center city Philadelphia.  (File photo by Andre Bennett)

Pa. PUC Urges PGW To Hike Gas Bills So It Can Rebuild Failing Pipes Quicker

One of the PUC’s recommendations would be to increase PGW’s “distribution system improvement charge,” which is billed to customers, above the current five-percent cap.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

Rep. Reed speaking with Capitol reporters last week. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Negotiations Begin For Crafting New State Budget

The first budget talks were held last week, but a significant aspect of the discussions is the governor’s insistence that his plan, which includes raising sales and income taxes and reducing property taxes, be considered as a whole.

04/20/2015

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Pa. House GOP Leaders Wary of Extending Barroom Serving Hours in Certain Areas

The idea would involve allowing bars in certain areas, such entertainment zones and/or center city Philadelphia, to remain open until 4:00am.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(File photo of the Pennsylvania capitol dome in Harrisburg.  Credit: KYW Newsradio)

Pa. Senate Sends House A Bill That Would Pull Plug On Philadelphia’s New Sick Leave Law

The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s new law, set to take effect next month, that would require business owners with at least ten employees to allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

04/14/2015

(Pa. state rep. Stan Saylor speaks to members of the House Finance Committee.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. House Republicans Still Tweaking Their Rival Plan For Statewide Property Tax Relief

Stan Saylor (R-York County) told the committe that the GOP property tax relief plan, like Gov. Wolf’s plan, would reduce but not eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/14/2015

State Senator Mike Folmer at the hearing on Monday. (Credit: PA House video feed)

PA Lawmakers Examine Convention Of States On US Constitution

The resolution states that the Constitutional amendments that would be considered would be limited to issues such as fiscal restraints and limits on the power of the federal government.

04/14/2015

Rep. White was sworn in on Monday. (Photo from Pa House video feed)

Philadelphia’s Newest State Lawmaker Takes Oath Of Office

A round of applause went up the in the state House chamber after Republican Martina White was sworn in as the newest member, having won a special election for the Northeast Philadelphia seat formerly held by Democrat Brendan Boyle, who was elected to Congress.

04/14/2015

Republican Matt Baker (red tie) at Wednesday's hearing. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Medical Marijuana Tougher Sell In Pa. House

The latest hearing on the subject suggests supporters of legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania have their work cut out in the State House.

04/09/2015

Tom Wolf File Photo (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Pa. House To Consider Its Own Property Tax Relief Plan

The state House majority leader says that chamber will consider its own school property tax relief measure soon, and not as part of the budget package as proposed by Governor Wolf.

04/09/2015

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PennDOT Says Traffic Fatalities Were At Historic Low in 2014, Statewide

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman says the 1,195 traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania last year are the lowest since recordkeeping began in 1928.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/08/2015

File photo: Former Pennsylvania Treasurer  Rob McCord. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Montgomery County Businessman Nominated For Pennsylvania Treasurer

Timothy Reese, a Temple graduate who grew up in West Philadelphia, has been nominated to replace Rob McCord, who resigned as treasurer before pleading guilty to federal campaign donation violations.

04/08/2015

(A kit for administering naloxone, trade name Narcan, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  The naloxone is administered nasally. File photo by Andrew Burton/ Getty Images)

Gov. Wolf Hailed For Widening Access to Anti-Overdose Drug

Wolf recently directed the state physician general to issue a standing order allowing all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone, which reverses the immediate effects of a heroin overdose.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

(Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman, in file photo by KYW's Brad Segall)

Montco DA Says She’ll Move Carefully on Grand Jury Leak Charges Against Kathleen Kane

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Risa Ferman said she will review the case with a commitment to “fairness, integrity, and justice.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/01/2015

(Leaving a Philadelphia City Hall courtroom in early March, Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane speaks with reporters.  File photo by Pat Loeb)

Pa. Supreme Court Affirms Leak Probe That Named Attorney General Kathleen Kane

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today issued a ruling in the case of attorney general Kathleen Kane, knocking away one of her attempts to have the case against her dropped.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

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