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.

Republican Thomas Murt testifies at hearing on Monday. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider End To Smoking Ban Exemptions

State lawmakers heard testimony Monday on a bill that would eliminate most of the exemptions in the 2008 Pennsylvania law that banned smoking in public places.

06/16/2015

(Marcus Brown testifies at a confirmation hearing for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner on June 3, 2015.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Gov. Wolf Regroups After Setbacks on State Police and Open Records Offices

Marcus Brown, whose nomination was blocked by the state senate and who is withdrawing his name from reconsideration, will continue as acting commissioner until the governor finds a new nominee.

06/15/2015

(Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. To Waive State Background Check Fees For Volunteers Who Work With Children

Governor Wolf has announced the waiver of state background check fees that were to be charged to volunteers working with children in Pennsylvania.

06/11/2015

PA Governor Tom Wolf speaks to reporters. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Commonwealth Court Rules Wolf Overstepped Powers In Firing Open Records Director; Appeal Filed

Commonwealth Court has handed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf a setback, ruling he overstepped his authority when he fired the director of the state Office of Open Records. An appeal of the Commonwealth Court ruling has now been filed with the state Supreme Court.

06/10/2015

(The Capitol Building in Harrisburg.   Credit: Mladen Antonov/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pa. Lawmakers Move Ahead With GOP-Backed Education Reforms

The state senate’s Education Committee advanced a controversial bill that would create a state-run school district for Pennsylvania’s poorest-performing schools.

06/09/2015

Brownlee (left) leaves court Monday. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Sting Probe Of Philadelphia Politicians Yields Another Guilty Plea

The guilty plea to one count of conflict of interest entered by Michelle Brownlee comes just a week after guilty pleas from Representative Ronald Waters and former lawmaker Harold James.

06/09/2015

(Pa. state senate majority leader Jake Corman speaks with reporters after he and fellow Republicans voted to reject the nomination of Marcus Brown as state police chief.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

State Senate Nixes Gov. Wolf Nominee to Head Pennsylvania State Police

Senate majority leader Jake Corman said he hopes Gov. Wolf will not resubmit Brown’s nomination.

06/08/2015

(Photo credit: Tony Romeo)

Coalition Launches Utility Imposter Awareness Campaign

A coalition called ‘The Keystone Alliance Stop Utility Imposters’ says incidents involving criminals posing as utility workers is increasing in general, and tends to spike in warm weather months.

06/08/2015

(Credit: Tony Romeo)

Analyst: House Vote Brings ‘Dose Of Reality’ To State Budget Talks

On Monday, when House Democrats tried to get a vote on Governor Wolf’s spending proposal, Republican leaders brought up Wolf’s tax proposal for a vote instead and that proposal was shot down unanimously.

06/07/2015

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Lawyer Argues Racial Targeting Of Sting Defendant

During a pretrial proceeding in Harrisburg Friday, the lawyer for a Philadelphia state lawmaker began making the case that charges against his client – one of several elected officials caught in a sting investigation – should be dismissed, because she was the victim of racial targeting.

06/05/2015

Pa. State Rep. Louise Bishop file photo (Credit: Lynne Adkins)

Sting Defendant Who Claims Racial Targeting Due In Court Today

A hearing is scheduled later this morning for a state lawmaker charged in a sting investigation that recorded Philadelphia elected officials accepting money.

06/05/2015

File picture showing a man playing poker on his computer  (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Top Senate Republican Gets Behind Internet Gaming In Pa.

As state lawmakers grapple with a mountain of issues in the run up the budget deadline at the end of the month, it appears another proposal will be added to the long list: internet gaming.

06/04/2015

(Marcus Brown testifies at a confirmation hearing for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner on June 3, 2015.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Confirmation of New Pa. State Police Chief Moves Forward Without Committee Endorsement

The Senate Law and Justice Committee sent Brown’s nomination to the full state senate for a vote without a recommendation for confirmation.

06/03/2015

PA Governor Tom Wolf speaks to reporters. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pennsylvania Applies For State-Run Health Insurance Exchange

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has made good on his promise to file an application with the federal government to create a state-run health insurance exchange.

06/03/2015

PA Governor Tom Wolf speaks to reporters. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Wolf Decries ‘Stunt’ As Pa. Lawmakers Tangle Over Budget, Taxes

The state House voted unanimously Monday to reject Governor Wolf’s tax ideas, but Democrats voted “no” to protest the tactics of majority Republicans, decried by the governor himself.

06/02/2015

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