Kristen Johanson

johanson_kristen 300wKristen Johanson is a reporter for KYW Newsradio.

She joined the KYW Newsradio news team after spending four years on the assignment desk at our sister television station, CBS-3, as planning editor.  She also worked as a field producer for several breaking stories.

Before that, Johanson worked for the Philadelphia arm of the newsgathering consortium Local News Service.

A native of Ambler, Pa., Johanson received a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communication from Towson University, where she was also a four-year, Division I swimmer and served as captain in her senior year. She was also secretary for two years for the Towson Athletics Department’s “Proud Athletes Who Serve.”

Johanson is a member of two professional organizations, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

On the side Kristen enjoys cooking, running and is an avid yogi. She has a deep passion for environmental conservation, adding that her love is for the City of Philadelphia and the people in it.

You can follow her on Twitter @KristenJohanson and e-mail her story ideas at


FOP Hosts Families Of Fallen Officers For Annual Easter Brunch

The families of fallen police officers in our area were invited together on Thursday for an annual FOP Survivors Easter Brunch.


Vietnam War Veterans Honored At FOP Lodge

Across the country, those who served during the Vietnam War were recognized for their service, decades after coming home to a divisive nation.


Philadelphia Cherry Blossoms Bloom In Spite Of Snow

It doesn’t look like it out there, but it is spring, and cherry blossoms have already started to bloom around Philadelphia.


Family Of Fallen Officer Concerned With Murder Case Under New DA

It’s been three years since Philadelphia police officer Robert Wilson III was killed in the line of duty.


A Final Farewell To Former Philly Police Officer, Well-Known Journalist

Tom Gibbons, a former Philadelphia police officer and long-time reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, died last week after a short battle with brain cancer.


Suspect Sought In Shooting That Killed Penn State Student, Injured 2 Others

It was just before 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when Philadelphia Police say an argument erupted inside the Galaxy West Lounge at 52nd and Market Streets.


DA Krasner Announces New Sentencing Policy For Prosecutors

Philadelphia’s District Attorney has announced a new policy which directs prosecutors to ask for lighter sentences, and to add up how much that time behind bars will cost taxpayers.


Police Searching For Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Missing Teen Girl

There’s warrant for the arrest of 42-year-old Pedro Velazquez, who investigators say met a teen girl online and began a sexual relationship with her.


International Women’s Day Kicks Off Philadelphia Women In Public Safety Conference

The two-day event focuses on how women can succeed and progress in their public service field.


Philadelphia Police Have Warning For Drivers As Car Thefts Are On The Rise

The department says they’ve seen a spike in thefts, and Kinebrew explains a majority of the swiped cars end up undamaged, and dumped somewhere else.


Man Found Guilty For Murdering, Dismembering Philadelphia Transgender Woman

Sargent told jurors he didn’t deny killing Williams, but said it was in self-defense.


Crews Work Around The Clock As Storm Clean Up Continues In Delaware County

Tree removal services and emergency crews are working around the clock to get power back online.


North Philadelphia Business Owner, Police Hosting First Gun Buy-Back Of 2018

A North Philadelphia business owner is teaming up with the police department to host the first ‘Gun Buy-back’ event this year.


FOP President Criticizes DA’s Comments To Academy Cadets

The President of Philadelphia’s police union calls comments made by the city’s District Attorney Larry Krasner “outrageous” in a letter sent to officers.


Testimony Continues In Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Transgender Woman

Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of a Philadelphia man accused of murdering a transgender woman five years ago.


Murder Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Dismembering Transgender Woman

Forty-four-year-old Charles Sargent has been charged with murder and abuse of corpse in the 2013 murder of Diamond Williams.


Revitalizing Vacant Lots Can Drastically Reduce Neighborhood Crime, Study Says

The study looked at a more than 500 of Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant properties.


Investigators Still Trying To Identify Woman Found Dead In Massachusetts 18 Years Ago

The young woman, known as Lisa, was found dead in a parking lot near Boston in November of 2000.


Police Investigating Oxford Circle Home Invasion

Philadelphia police are investigating an early morning home invasion in city’s Oxford Circle neighborhood that has left two people in the hospital.


Expert Discusses Committing Minors To Mental Health Facilities

Dr. Avram Mack, a forensic child psychiatrist with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania says minors can have a say in their care.


Advocate For Sex Trade Victims Reacts To New Bail Policy

Advocates for victims who are sex-trafficked say those offenses should be looked at, carefully.


Family Of Young Philadelphia Father Begs For Answers, 2 Years After His Murder

On February 23rd, 2016, James Walke III walked into his mother’s kitchen to kiss her goodbye, before heading out of the door to spend time with old friends in the Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia.


Police: Suspect Arrested For Kicking Pregnant Woman In Stomach

A 31-year-old man is in custody after police say he allegedly kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach.


Trump Infrastructure Plan Hinders New Jersey ‘Gateway Project’

New Jersey’s governor says President Trump’s new infrastructure plan slices funds from a much needed rail project connecting New York and Jersey.


Meek Mill Appeal To Be Heard, Arresting Officer’s Account Is In Question

Officials would not give comment as Mill remains confined to a Chester prison.


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Streets Department Asks For Public’s Help In Fight Against Super Bowl Trash

Immediately following the party down Broad Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway, workers plucked 70 tons trash from city streets.


Gov. Murphy Holds Roundtable With Cherry Hill Community Leaders On Gun Laws

The governor says he wants more locally focused community meetings to help structure common sense laws.


Former Pennsylvania Congressman Jon Fox Dies At 70

Former longtime Pennsylvania politician Jon Fox, known for his sense of humor and bi-partisan relationships, has died at age 70.


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Judge Reinstates Charges Against Amtrak Engineer Involved In Deadly 2015 Derailment

A judge has reinstated manslaughter charges against an Amtrak engineer involved in the deadly 2015 Philadelphia derailment.


Testimony Wraps In Trial Of Man Accused Of Shooting Philly Officer ‘In Name Of ISIS’

On Wednesday, prosecutors played a videotaped statement that Edward Archer made to detectives after his arrest,