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


How Philly Police Are Attempting To Reduce Gun Violence

While overall violent crime is down in Philadelphia this year, gun arrests and homicides are up.


Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested, Charged With Assault, DUI

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Kevin Klein was driving along Passyunk Avenue last December, when he hit another car and fled.


Imhotep Charter Football Star Charged In Wawa Robbery Denied Bail

Eighteen-year-old Isheem Young is accused of robbing a Wawa in South Philadelphia of more than $13,000 in July.


Philadelphia Court To Hear Appeal On Dismissed Charges Of Amtrak Engineer

About a month after a Philadelphia judge dismissed all criminal charges against Bostian for lack of evidence, the state’s attorney general filed an appeal.


Holiday Toy Drive Honors Memory Of Young Girl Who Lost Battle With Cancer

Law enforcement from all over the Delaware Valley honored the life of a 5-year-old girl who wanted to bring a smile to her sick friends at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


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Pete Rose Defamation Lawsuit Thrown Out

In the suit, Pete Rose claimed attorney John Dowd damaged his reputation and caused him financial loss following an interview where Dowd accused him of statutory rape.


Man Shot Multiple Times At FDR Park In South Philly

It happened just after 10 a.m. near South Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.


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Superior Court Denies Bail Motion For Meek Mill

Records show the state’s Superior Court on Tuesday denied an appeal to free the 30-year-old rapper on bail.


Police: Elderly Woman Robbed Inside Home By 2 Men Posing As Utility Workers

Authorities are searching for a pair of men who police say robbed an elderly woman while posing as Philadelphia water employees in the city’s Rhawnhurst neighborhood.


Temple Police Address Noise Complaint Response Following Student’s Murder

There are questions into how the Temple University police department responded to noise complaints inside the apartment building where authorities say student Jenna Burleigh was murdered.


Former Philadelphia DA Seth Williams Moved To West Virginia Prison

A new home for the convicted former top prosecutor of Philadelphia.


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Meek Mill Appeals To Higher Court

The legal saga of rapper Meek Mill continues.


Man Sentenced To Jail For 100 Years On Sex Trafficking Charges

A federal judge has sent 36-year-old Kevino Graham to jail for 100 years.


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Former DA Seth Williams Moved To Midwest Federal Prison

Seth Williams has been moved to a prison in Oklahoma City after spending several months in a small Philadelphia prison cell, following his plea agreement with the government. 


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Judge Denies Request To Release Meek Mill On Bail

A Philadelphia judge has denied Meek Mill’s attorneys’ request to release the hip hop star on bail.


Decades Old Cold Case Shares Eerie Connection To Recent Murder Of Temple Student

A murder case in Montgomery County has puzzled investigators for more than 25 years.


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Pa. Superior Court Denies Emergency Motion To Release Meek Mill

Pennsylvania’s Superior Court has denied an emergency motion to get rapper Meek Mill out of prison. 


Main Line Payday Lender Found Guilty Of Racketeering, Fraud

A jury has convicted 76-year-old Charles Hallinan of racketeering, fraud and money laundering for a payday loan scheme. 


Travelers Head Home On Busiest Travel Day Of The Year

The turkey has been eaten, shopping bags filled, and now it’s time to go home.


Neighborhood Merchants Compete With Big Box Stores On Small Business Saturday

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a chance for neighborhood merchants to compete with big box chain stores.



Cherry Hill Police Crack Down On Holiday Thieves

A South Jersey police department is cracking down on shopping related thefts this holiday season – with a new approach to how they patrol their shopping district.


Episode 3 Of KYW’s Original Podcast ‘Gone Cold’ Revisits Unsolved Collingdale Murder

You can listen and subscribe to Gone Cold KYW on or wherever you get your podcasts.


Misconduct Complaints About Philly Police Now Available Online

Philadelphia officials have launched a new “mode of transparency” as a way to enhance how police deal with the public.


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Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge In Critical Condition Following Emergency Heart Procedure

The spokesman says Ridge underwent a cardiac catheterization at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas.


Man In Critical Condition Following Police-Involved Shooting In Grays Ferry

Philadelphia police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting from over the weekend. 


21-Year-Old Art Student Found Dead In Cobbs Creek

Authorities say Kierra Johnson was strangled with something, like a rope or cord, and left in the creek, right off the Cobbs Creek Parkway, near Spruce Street.


Two Charged With Human Trafficking In Montgomery County

The duo was caught, with a little help from an Uber driver.


Philadelphia Continues Fight Against New Immigration Guidelines

Arguments continued in Federal court Thursday in the city’s fight for a preliminary injunction on the Department of Justice’s new immigration guidelines.


SEPTA Says One Main Line Train Station Is Expected To Be Shut Down Until December

The Villanova stop along the Norristown High Speed Line will be closed for the next six weeks.


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Testimony Begins In Lawsuit Against Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Testimony began Thursday in Philadelphia’s federal lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his decision to withhold money approved by Congress to help police departments fight crime.


2 Aides To Congressman Brady Plead Not Guilty To Conspiracy

Ken Smukler and Donald Jones both entered not guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy, falsifying documents and making false statements to federal authorities.


Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams To Be Sentenced Tuesday

Prosecutors argue Williams should get the maximum five years behind bars for the bribery charge he pleaded guilty to in June.


Thousands Of Law Enforcement Officials Gather For Philadelphia Conference

The gathering includes 15,000 officers from 150 countries sharing ideas, procedures and policies.


Push To End Prosecution Of Children Lured Into Sex Trafficking

A bill has stalled in the state House Judicary Committee, but advocates are trying to persuade lawmakers to take another look.


Police Officers From Around The World Gather In Philly For Conference

The gathering includes 15,000 officers from 150 countries sharing ideas, procedures, and policies.


Over A Dozen Indicted In Take Down Of West Philadelphia Gangs

More than a dozen people from two rival gangs have been indicted in what the Feds call a major gun and drug-operation in West Philadelphia.


US Attorney’s Office Pushes For Some Popular Philly Restaurants To Meet ADA Standards

A review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District in Philadelphia prompted a dozen city restaurants to make changes to become compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


Extensive Drug Ring Bust In North Philly, Camden Nets 15 People

Fifteen people have been indicted on racketeering and drug charges, accused of funneling cocaine and heroin from Mexico to both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Dana Mueller Philadelphia Firefighter Honored With 2017 Firefighter Of The Year Award

Philadelphia Firefighter Honored With 2017 Firefighter Of The Year Award

A Philadelphia firefighter was honored with “Firefighter of the Year” Tuesday morning during a ceremony in Old City. 


Delco SWAT Teams Take Part In Training Competition

Three teams: Haverford, Upper Darby, and Central Delco competed in tactical and training exercises.


Gone Cold Episode 2: Carol Reiff

Episode 2 of Gone Cold digs into the Gloucester Township Police Department’s investigation of Carol Reiff’s disappearance, and ultimate death.


Philly Bars To Hold Music Festival Fundraiser For Hurricane Relief

The local charity “A Few Good Eggs” will host a full day of music at two Curran’s Irish Inns: one in Tacony and the other in Bensalem.


Former Philly Judge Admits Brady’s Campaign Paid Him For Leaving Race

Former city judge Jimmie Moore pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of filing a false campaign finance report.


Former Philadelphia Judge Expected To Plead Guilty In ‘Campaign Debt Pay-out Scheme’

Former Philadelphia Judge Jimmie Moore has been charged with one count of falsifying documents.


Children’s Book Educates Kids On Danger Of Hurricanes

A children’s book written 25 years ago following Hurricane Andrew is making a comeback to help the youngest affected by the recent rash of terrible storms.


Chester County Man Accused Of Killing Neighbor Faces New Charge

The Chester County man accused of murdering his neighbor during an argument last month faced a judge Thursday afternoon.


Family Still Searching For Answers In Murder Case, 9 Years Later

Twenty-four-year-old Matt Novak was shot and killed on September 28, 2008 after celebrating Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.


Delaware County Produce Company Takes Philly Iron Chef To Court

A wholesale produce company in Folcroft called Farm Art has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas.


FBI Report: Violent Crimes Increase In Pennsylvania, Drop In New Jersey

New Jersey’s overall violent crime rate has dropped more than 4% percent last year. Pennsylvania’s has slightly increased, according to the FBI’s 2016 crime report released on Monday.


Philadelphia Holds Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade

Philadelphia held it’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, with much of the focus on the island’s devastation after Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean island last week.