Mark Abrams is a versatile part of the KYW Newsradio family, serving as a reporter, anchor, and news 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 the nuclear industry and the impact of the Three Mile Island accident, and the information superhighway. In addition, Abrams has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University where he taught writing for mass media and broadcast newswriting.
Before coming to KYW Newsradio, Abrams worked for two other Philadelphia radio stations -- WPEN and WIP -- serving as a weekend news anchor at both of those stations. He also continues to appear as an anchor for Berks Community Television coverage of the Berks County primary and general elections carried 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 Pope 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. He returned to Rome in 2013 for KYW Newsradio coverage of the election of Pope Francis following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Abrams lead and helped direct the KYW Newsradio advance coverage of the September 2015 visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia. He provided the live, play-by-play coverage for the closing Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the World Meeting of Families as well as the pope's participation in the WMOF Festival of Families at the same location. In May 2017, Abrams was presented the John Cardinal Foley Award for Excellence in Communications by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Also, in May 2017, he was presented the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award by the Hawk Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association. Abrams was honored for his long volunteer service to Scouting as well as living up to the high ideals of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in his public life.
Mark is an avid amateur radio operator and radio contester. He is the proud father of four children.