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WHYY reporter Tom MacDonald is a lifelong Philadelphia area resident who has worked in the region since the mid-1980s. Tom started in commercial radio covering the MOVE standoff with police for WFIL-AM. He was also City Hall Bureau Chief covering government and politics for more than a decade for WWDB-FM.
Tom has been heard on numerous stations in the region during the decade he worked for Metro Traffic, doing news, traffic and weather.
Tom has also been heard nationally, doing reports for NPR, ABC News Radio, NBC Radio, and CBS Radio.
He has won the Associated Press award for his coverage of the protests of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and a Religious Communicators award for a post-9/11 documentary he did with the late Peter Jennings.

Tom MacDonald is a lifelong Philadelphia area resident who has worked in the area since the mid 1980s. Tom started in commercial radio covering the MOVE standoff with police for WFIL-AM. He was also City Hall Bureau Chief covering government and politics for more than a decade for WWDB-FM.

Tom has been heard on numerous stations in the region during the decade he worked for Metro Traffic, doing news, traffic and weather.

Tom has also been heard nationally, doing reports for NPR ,ABC News Radio, NBC Radio, and CBS Radio.

He has won the Associated Press award for his coverage of the protests of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and a Religious Communicators award for a post 9-11 documentary he did with the late Peter Jennings.

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Temple’s Italy and Japan campuses on alert over coronavirus

A university spokesman says they have curtailed some field trips at their Rome campus because of the outbreak in Italy.
By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Mummers say they’re working weekly to keep blackface out of parade

“The Mummers and the city officials are working hand and hand to make sure this will never happen again,” said John Pignotti of the String Band Division.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Mummers leader says he wants to work with Mayor Kenney to keep parade

Comic Division President Richard Porco says in addition to the two Mummers caught wearing blackface in this year’s parade, some others were intercepted before they began the New Year’s Day strut.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Mummers Parade threatened with extinction

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and City Councilwoman Cindy Bass are threatening the Mummers Parade with fines or even replacement if organizers don’t prevent Mummers from wearing blackface.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Philly marks 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance with flag raising at City Hall

This is the 20th Transgener Day of Remembrance in the U.S. and the fifth year Philadelphia raised the trans flag at City Hall. Mayor Jim Kenney attended the ceremony.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Police widow Maureen Faulkner wants Philly DA off Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal

The longtime death-row activist is now serving a life sentence in Officer Daniel Faulkner’s slaying.
By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain Philly police officer, wants Krasner off potential Mumia retrial

Back in December, a Philadelphia judge granted Mumia Abu Jamal a chance at a new appeal because a judge who heard his initial appeal had a passing involvement in the case as Philadelphia district attorney.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY