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, a top-rated entertainment show, and many special programs.
Elected to the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and recognized for his “commitment to Philadelphia” by resolution of the Philadelphia City Council (No. 970728), Wally had the first interview with then-mayor Wilson Goode an hour after the release of the highly critical “Move” Report, in which Mayor Goode publicly acknowledged his responsibility in the bombing and subsequent neighborhood blaze that killed eleven people in 1985.
Prior to his television work, Wally hosted a number of successful, news-oriented radio talk programs at WCAU (now WPHT) 1210, Atlanta powerhouse WSB, and stations in Flint, Mich. and suburban Chicago.
A native of Chicago, Wally Kennedy is a graduate of Loyola Academy, in Wilmette, Ill., and Columbia College, in Chicago.
Wally has reported from Paris, London, the OJ Simpson trial in Los Angeles, and was granted special access by the Vatican to areas of St. Peter’s Cathedral, bringing TV cameras to places where the public is not normally allowed, including Saint Peter’s tomb.
Wally has appeared, at various times, on all three major television networks and CNN because of new stories he covered.
In addition to his anchoring work at KYW Newsradio, Wally has been an adjunct faculty member at Temple University’s School of Journalism and Immaculata University’s Department of English, and served on the boards of a number of Philadelphia charities.
Wally is married, with three children.