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.

Penn State President Eric Barron, standing. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

New Penn State Prez Plays It Safe At Press Club Appearance

With regard to lifting or easing sanctions against Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, new President Eric Barron will only say that his “general view in life” is that if you’re doing well, you should be rewarded.

08/26/2014

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LCB Chair: No Plan To Hike Booze Prices

The chairman of the Liquor Control Board is tamping down speculation that the LCB is poised to take action that could raise booze prices in Pennsylvania.

08/17/2014

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Ethics Panel Clears Former Mayor Street On PHA Contract Vote

A divided State Ethics Commission has decided that former Mayor John Street did not violate the state Ethics Act in the matter of a contract awarded by the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

08/17/2014

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Approved Update To PA 12-Year Plan By State Transportation Commission Reflects Increase In Funding

The State Transportation Commission has approved an update to Pennsylvania’s 12-year plan for projects that reflects a major increase in funding approved by state lawmakers last year.

08/17/2014

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Corbett Education Advisor Quits Amid Accusations of Doing Little

Last month, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a story questioning whether the time Tomalis spent on the job and his “ambiguous role” justified his nearly $140,000 state salary.

08/12/2014

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3 From Philadelphia Area Charged With Perpetrating ‘Grandparent Scams’

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general says more than $160,000 was taken by stoking false fears among targeted seniors that loved ones were in trouble.

08/07/2014

The Gaming Control Board monthly meeting held on Wednesday (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Discussions Continue On Second Philadelphia Casino License

The chairman of the Gaming Control Board says deliberations continue on who, if anyone, will get the second casino license for the city of Philadelphia.

08/07/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, accompanied by Pennsylvania budget secretary Charles Zogby, speaks with reporters after signing but vetoing portions of the new state budget.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

PA Senate Mulls Lawsuit Over Corbett Vetoes

While the US House has voted to sue President Obama for allegedly overstepping is authority, Governor Corbett could find himself in the same situation – as the target of a lawsuit brought by a state Senate controlled by his own Republican party.

08/04/2014

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LCB Moves To Make Small Games Of Chance More Inviting For Taverns

The Liquor Control Board has voted to reduce the $2,000 license fee for taverns to operate small games of chance in PA.

08/03/2014

PA Governor Tom Corbett. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

PA Governor’s Race Poll Grabbing Attention

A recent poll on the race for Pennsylvania governor has raised some eyebrows – and not just because of the results.

08/03/2014

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Pa. House Cancels Vote on Cigarette Tax To Help Philadelphia Schools

The $2-per-pack tax, if passed by the state legislature, was expected to provide about $45 million in funding for the School District of Philadelphia.

07/31/2014

(School District of Philadelphia headquarters, near Broad and Spring Garden Streets.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

One Pa. Lawmaker Has Doubts About Passage of Phila. Cigarette Tax For Schools

Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County) confirms that supporters of a $2-per-pack city cigarette tax to raise funds for Philadelphia schools are having trouble rounding up enough votes to pass it in the House.

07/31/2014

(State police cadets work out at the State Police Academy, in Hershey, Pa., on Wednesday afternoon.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Pa. Top Cop Calls Federal Lawsuit Against State Police Department An ‘Insult’

“We will not be bullied into changing or lowering our standards by the Department of Justice or anyone else,” said Pennsylvania state police commissioner Frank Noonan.

07/30/2014

Budget Secretary Charles Zogby (top right) speaks at commission's first meeting. (credit: Tony Romeo)

Panel Aims To Revamp PA Ed Funding Formula

A new commission empanelled by the Pennsylvania legislature to redraw the state’s formula to fund basic education has held its first meeting.

07/28/2014

(State highway officials unveil a new speed limit sign along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

More 70 MPH Speed Limits Coming in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Turnpike officials say the entire toll road system, including the sections that roll through urban areas, may get a speed limit boost to 70 mph next year.

07/23/2014

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