Mike DeNardo, a veteran of KYW Newsradio for more than 35 years, covers a broad array of news stories. He specializes in education and Philadelphia schools.
DeNardo is a 2019 inductee into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He has won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award four times — in 2016 for his writing in “A Stanza For Danza”; in 2008 for his series on Philadelphia’s school dropout crisis; in 2005 for his coverage of “The Smarty Jones Story”; and in 2000, along with KYW Newsradio colleague Tony Romeo, for the stadium series “Where To Play Ball.”
Each year from 2002 to 2005, he won first-place awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press for his public affairs, sports, and feature reporting. Throughout 1999, DeNardo prepared a year-long series of reports on the Year 2000 computer bug titled “Countdown Y2K.” In 1986, he was awarded an honorable mention by the Associated Press for his coverage of the 69th Street train crash. During his radio career, he has worked as a reporter and anchor for WSSJ in Camden and WIIN in Atlantic City.
DeNardo achieved a lifelong dream in 2008 when he called the final out of the Phillies’ World Series championship for KYW.
A South Jersey native, DeNardo attended Edgewood Regional Senior High School. He has a journalism degree from Temple University. In addition to his reporting and editing duties for KYW, DeNardo is serving his second term as president of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association. He is an avid softball player and still-budding violinist. His secret desire after his journalism career is to become a roadie for the rock band Kansas.
DeNardo and his wife, Barbara, raised two rescue cats named Fenway and Wrigley.