Mark Abrams

Mark AbramsMark Abrams is a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family, serving as a reporter, anchor and editor.

A graduate of Kutztown State College, he got his start in the industry in the mid-1970s as a talk-show producer, later serving as a reporter, news anchor, and news director for the former WHUM in Reading, Pa.

He was lured to the print side of the media business in 1981, working for nearly 18 years as a reporter, columnist and desk editor for the Reading Eagle and Reading Times newspapers. He covered a variety of beats and assignments including city and county government and politics, the police desk, transportation, public utilities and state regulatory agencies.

Abrams is a Fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was selected to pursue studies in two important areas: (1) the nuclear industry and the impact of the Three Mile Island accident; and (2) the information superhighway.

In addition, Abrams is an adjunct professor at Temple University where he teaches writing for mass media and broadcast newswriting.

Abrams has worked for a number of stations in Philadelphia including WPEN and WIP, serving as a weekend news anchor at both of those stations.

He also appears as a reporter for Berks Community Television coverage of the Berks County primary and general elections on Comcast Cable.

In April 2005, Mark traveled to Rome for KYW Newsradio, where he provided extensive coverage of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI following the death of John Paul II.

It wasn’t Mark’s first trip to Rome. In 2000, he covered the pilgrimage for the canonization of Philadelphia’s St. Katharine Drexel for KYW Newsradio.

Mark is an avid amateur radio operator. He is the proud father of four children.



Snow Days Take Their Toll On Pennsylvania School District Calendars

Callahan says this winter has been especially rough and more snow days meant subtracting days from the spring break and from days built in toward the end of the school year.


St. Joe's University Student Reported Missing In Bermuda

$1K Reward Offered After St. Joe’s University Student Goes Missing In Bermuda

Authorities in Bermuda say a 19-year-old St. Joe’s University freshman – visiting the island as part of a school rugby tour – is missing and they’re appealing to the public for information. 


Prominent Southwest Philadelphia Bridge Is Closing, Being Replaced

The Woodland Avenue Bridge between 47th and 48th Streets is being replaced under a program coordinated by PennDOT, the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA.


PUC: Utilities Need To Share Windfall From Trump Tax Breaks With Customers

Among the corporations benefiting from President Trump’s tax breaks are several utility companies in Pennsylvania.


Camden School Gets Big Boost For Its After-School Programs

The Subaru of America Foundation presented a check for $10,000 Wednesday to EducationWorks, which runs the after-school programs at Mastery McGraw Elementary School.


Escaping The Storm: Many Hit PHL Airport Ahead Of Another Nor’easter

Cody and his family from the Lansdale area checked in at the Southwest counter Tuesday afternoon headed for a week long vacation to Disney World.


South Jersey Congressman Hears Frank Talk From Students In Wake Of Florida School Shooting

Students, staff, counselors and law enforcement representatives sat down with Congressman Donald Norcross on Wednesday for a roundtable conversation on the impact of the Florida school massacre.


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Nation’s Catholic Bishops Urging Congress To Come Up With DACA Solution

Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan is among those sounding the call in this region.


gun control rally

Florida School Shooting Survivors Take Part In New Jersey Gun Control Rally

Survivors of the Florida high school massacre traveled to New Jersey to take part in a weekend rally demanding changes in the nation’s gun laws.


‘I Can’t See It Working’: Blatstein’s Plan For Showboat Draws Criticism From Casino Analyst

A Las Vegas-based casino analyst says Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein’s tentative plan to reopen a casino inside the Showboat property in Atlantic City is a bad idea.


Bridging The Divide: Clergy Meets For Multi-Faith Retreat, Dialogue

The session took place inside the Congregation Rodeph Shalom headquarters on Broad Street in North Philadelphia.


Relic Exhibition Set For Montgomery County Parish

More than 100 relics of long-time and recently-canonized saints will be on display at Holy Martyrs Church in Oreland, Montgomery County from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Attorney General Shapiro Warns Of IRS Tax Scams

With the start of tax season, scammers claiming to be IRS agents or collections personnel are showing up across Pennsylvania and trying to steal whatever they can.


Philly DA Alleges 10 Drug Companies Behind City Opioid Crisis

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is going after 10 big pharmaceutical companies alleging their marketing practices have contributed to the opioid crisis.


PennDOT To Launch Updated Plan For Bike And Pedestrian Traffic

PennDOT’s Jan Huzvar says the plan was last updated in 2007 and that it’s time to develop a new vision for improving conditions for bicycling and walking.


Hundreds Gather For Ash Wednesday Mass To Mark Beginning Of Lent

Hundreds of the faithful gathered for Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the parkway.


Philly Pastor Providing Sanctuary To Mother, Children Gets Federal Attention

Rev. Renee McKenzie, vicar of the Church of the Advocate, led a small delegation Tuesday into the Philadelphia Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.


Big Changes In Construction Zone On Route 422 In Valley Forge Area

The tens of thousands of drivers who use Route 422 in the Valley Forge area on a daily basis are going to find some major changes in the construction zone there.


Head Of Philadelphia Area Planning Group Weighs In On Trump Talk On Transportation

President Trump’s recent take on transportation funding is getting some in the Philadelphia region who feel the federal government needs to be heavily invested in projects a little nervous.


Gov. Wolf Hears Feedback From Pennsylvania Residents On Redistricting

The clock is ticking. Gov. Wolf says he expects to have a new redistricting map in hand for review by the end of next week.


Philadelphia Fire Department’s Special Mission Looks To Honor Fallen Brother

While investigators continue to probe the cause of the Jan. 6 blaze that killed Capt. Matthew LeTourneau and another man, firefighters say the work of protecting and saving lives must continue.


‘The Hatchet’ Believes ‘Eagle Nation’ Is Ready For Super Bowl Win

One guy from nearby Berks County has earned his place in fan history by building his own special place to celebrate the team and its legacy.


Man Stabbed To Death Near Temple University

It happened around 11 p.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of North Gratz Street.


Gov. Murphy: New Jersey To Challenge Trump Immigration Order

New Jersey’s new governor has gone on record supporting the DACA population in the Garden State and he has authorized legal moves to protect them.


Mayor Kenney Praises City-Wide Benefits From Eagles Playoff Run

Mayor Jim Kenney says those who help make football go at The Linc every weekend are sharing in the spoils of the Birds playoff run.


Archdiocese Begins Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

This the 60th anniversary of the Catholic Charities effort for the archdiocese.


Wolf Visits Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House After Approving $1 Million Expansion Grant

Wolf says the state’s recent contribution of $1 million from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital program is a good investment.



Quakertown School District To Hold Classes On MLK Day To Make Up For Snow Day

While most of the schools in the Philadelphia area are not in session Monday because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, one Bucks County district will be holding classes on Monday. 


Newstand, Book Store Close Up Shop At SEPTA Suburban Station

If you’re looking for a newspaper, a magazine or a book to take with you on your ride out of SEPTA’s suburban station, you’re out of luck.



Developer Wants To Build Senior Housing Community At Historic Bensalem Site

The Bensalem motherhouse and historic property established for an order of nuns by Philadelphia’s St. Katharine Drexel is a step closer to being sold and converted to a senior housing community.


Chester Firefighters Pay Tribute To Fallen Instructor

A fallen Philadelphia firefighter was honored Wednesday by a class of Chester City fire recruits whose training he had supervised.


Coalition Of Congregations Gives First-Time Contribution To MLK Day Of Service

A coalition of congregations is adopting the game plan of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King for its first-time contribution to next Monday’s day of service in his honor in Philadelphia.


Philadelphia’s MLK Day Of Service Looks To Set Record

Philadelphia is gearing up for the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service later this month.


Signer Beware: PA Attorney General Urges Caution On Gym Contracts

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says it’s easy to be convinced to sign up for a gym with all the incentives many are offering at this time of year.


Brutal Weather Conditions Impact Road Work Across Our Region

PennDOT’s spokesperson Bob Kent says the cold temperatures are bringing a temporary pause or slow down to various projects.


Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica Looks To Start New Tradition To Ring In New Year

Father Dennis Gill says at the stroke of midnight as people are welcoming 2018, there will be a Mass in the cathedral basilica to mark the new year….


Unique New Year’s Eve Traditions Found in PA Towns

Times Square has the ball drop, and Philadelphia has fireworks to mark the new year. But there are some other communities in our region that have some unique New Year’s Eve traditions.


Drexel Shrine Closing to Public, Motherhouse Sale Nears

The planned closing and sale of the Bensalem convent started some 125 years ago by Philadelphia’s St. Katharine Drexel is drawing closer.


Philly Boat Builder Makes Re-Enactment Possible

It was looking pretty bleak for this year’s annual Christmas Day re-enactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware River in Bucks County.


NJ Environmental Chief Commits To Camden Waterfront Park

New Jersey’s environmental commissioner came to Camden on Wednesday to deliver on the outgoing Christie administration’s promise to move forward the plans for conversion of a former landfill into a community park.


‘Generous’ People Help Church Raise Funds After Man Steals Proceeds

There is a happy ending to a story of a recent theft from a Camden church fundraiser. 


Mom Spurs Marijuana-Autism Study In Philadelphia

Erica Daniels was nearly at wit’s end in trying to find ways to ease her son Leo’s autism symptoms. And then, she came upon marijuana.


Girl Scouts Open Museum In Valley Forge Area

The Museum of Girl Scout History is located in the basement of the Girl Scouts Valley Forge Service Center along Valley Forge Road – not far from the historic park.


Philly Nativity Scene Erected Along Parkway

This marks the 21st year the creche has been erected the Knights of Columbus and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.


School Children Help Philly Fire Department Deliver Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Students from Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic School joined fire department brass at their Spring Garden headquarters Wednesday to deliver tree safety tips for the Christmas holidays.


End Of An Era For Two Beloved Penn State Establishments

With mixed emotions, Duke Gastiger and his wife, Monica, made the announcement recently on social media that their two iconic businesses would be closing.


Groundbreaking Held For Tacony Trail Connection

A ceremonial groundbreaking for work on a key connection along the Tacony Trail in Tacony Creek Park was held Thursday.


PA Auditor General Slams Management Of Chester Upland School District

Pennsylvania’s auditor general says “total administrative chaos” is preventing him from completing an audit of the Chester Upland School District.


Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission Is Asking For Holiday Cards For The Homeless

Philadelphia’s largest emergency shelter for the homeless is asking the community for help as the holidays near.


Philadelphia Shelter Seeks Holiday Cards, Donations

The largest emergency shelter for the homeless in Philadelphia is launching a two-pronged plea for help as the holidays approach.