Multi-faceted and multi-talented, Wally Kennedy has been a news anchor with KYW Newsradio since 2006. A familiar name in Philadelphia radio and television, he has covered stories in the area for 30 years.
Prior to joining KYW Newsradio, he spent twenty years as a television talk host, leading three successful news-oriented talk programs, an entertainment show which handily won its time period, and many special programs.
He has reported from the Vatican, from the trial of South Carolina mother accused of drowning her children, and from the OJ Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. With the cooperation of prison authorities, he volunteered to be jailed for 48 hours to report on what people can expect when convicted of drunk driving.
Kennedy has interviewed a virtual “who’s who” of Philadelphia politics, in addition to celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Tom Cruise, and Oprah Winfrey — just to name a few. And Kennedy himself has been interviewed by NBC, ABC, and CNN about stories he has covered.
Prior to his television work, Wally Kennedy was a radio talk host at WCAU (now WPHT), the CBS-owned talk station in Philadelphia. And before coming to Philadelphia in 1981, he worked at WSB in Atlanta and stations in Flint, Mich. and Evanston, Ill.
Kennedy has been an adjunct professor of journalism at Temple University and has served as host of the “Philadelphia Speaker Series” at the Kimmel Center. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of English at Immaculata University.
A native of Chicago, Kennedy is a graduate of Loyola Academy and Columbia College, where he earned a BA in communications.
Wally is proud to have served on the Philadelphia boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations including the American Heart Association and the Lupus Foundation. In November 2011, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame.
Wally lives in the Philadelphia area.
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