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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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Pa. Lawmakers Regroup on Regulations For Ride-Sharing Services

A bill that would create a regulatory structure for ride-share services (such as Uber and Lyft) was scheduled for a state House committee vote today but was pulled from the agenda.

09/23/2014

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

House Signs Off On Philadelphia Cigarette Tax Measure

All eyes shift to the state Senate after the House late this afternoon once again approved a bill to authorize a cigarette tax to raise badly needed cash for Philadelphia schools.

09/22/2014

(Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

Kane To Decide Whether To Make Public Alleged Pornographic Emails Sent Within AG’s Office

Several Pennsylvania news organizations are seeking the release of materials the judge says are “described variously as being pornographic or sexually explicit in nature.”

09/20/2014

(Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, in 2013 file photo.  Credit: Bill Roswell)

Judge Allows Pa. Attorney General To Keep ‘Explicit’ E-Mails Secret

Several Pennsylvania news organizations were seeking the release of materials the judge says are “described variously as being pornographic or sexually explicit in nature.”

09/19/2014

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Little Chance For Anti-Gay-Bashing Law This Year in Pennsylvania

Several years ago, citing a procedural error, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a law that made assault due to sexual orientation a hate crime.

09/18/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to reporters in Harrisburg.  File Photo by Tony Romeo)

Bill To Change Name Of Department Of Public Welfare Sent To Gov. Corbett

The new name for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare will be the Department of Human Services. The sponsor of the bill making the change, sent to the Governor Wednesday by the House, is Representative Thomas Murt, a Montgomery County Republican.

09/17/2014

Indiana County Republican Donald White speaks at a hearing on allowing school employees to carry guns before the PA Senate Education Committee. (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Mulls Allowing Teachers To Carry Guns

In an effort to stop mass violence in schools, a Pennsylvania state senate committee has begun vetting legislation that would allow teachers and school employees trained and licensed to carry guns to bring them to work.

09/17/2014

PA Republican Senator John Rafferty (Top row, right) chairs the State Senate Transportation Committee.  (Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Senate Panel Advances DRPA Reform Legislation

The State Senate Transportation Committee has given its approval to legislation to enact a series of DRPA reforms, including a provision that would prevent the agency from engaging in economic development activity.

09/17/2014

The Capitol Building in Pennsylvania's capital Harrisburg. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Another Try: Pa. House Committee Approves Phila. Cigarette Tax for Schools

For some, it was déjà vu: the House passed a bill more than two months ago to authorize the cigarette tax for city schools, but then the bill got bogged down.

09/16/2014

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Outlook Good For City Cigarette Tax As Lawmakers Return

Pension reform and liquor privatization are longshots, but as lawmakers return to the state capitol today, one thing that may get done is a cigarette tax in Philadelphia to generate badly needed cash for city schools.

09/15/2014

(Gov. Tom Corbett, in 2011 file photo by Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

New Poll Indicates Corbett Still Trailing Wolf Deeply in Pa. Governor Race

Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was at a loss today to fully explain why Corbett is so vulnerable.

09/11/2014

(State-operated tow trucks will now be painted red and white, with a State Farm logo, rather than lime green.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

PennDOT Road Patrols Get an Insurance Company Sponsorship

State officials unveiled the new look for the service trucks today.

09/09/2014

(Pa. governor Tom Corbett, in file photo. Credit: Patrick Smith/ Getty Images)

Gov. Corbett Claims Victory In Tussle With White House Over Medicaid Expansion Rules

Jennifer Branstetter, Gov. Corbett’s director of policy, insists it is Medicaid “reform” and not simply an expansion of Medicaid.

08/28/2014

Tom Wolf

Poll: Corbett Numbers ‘Stuck’ In Race Against Democrat Wolf

A new Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows Governor Corbett has failed to close the massive gap between him and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf.

08/28/2014

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PA House GOP Seeks To Rekindle Liquor Privatization Debate

In a sign that they aren’t giving up on liquor privatization, state House Republicans plan to push a bill that would decriminalize purchasing wine and liquor in other states and transporting it to Pennsylvania.

08/27/2014

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