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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.

Latest by Tom MacDonald/WHYY


Philadelphia SWAT corporal fatally shot while serving a warrant

Cpl. James O’Connor was shot when officers entered the home to serve an arrest warrant in a murder case.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Big brother could be watching speeders in Pa. construction zones

Starting Monday, U.S. Route 1 in Philadelphia and Bucks County, the Blue Route near Harleysville in Montgomery County, and Route 309 near Sellersville in Bucks County are scheduled to get the camera treatment first. Other highways are expected to follow.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Philly’s ‘moonshot moment’ plan outlines how to lift 100K from poverty

“We need to row faster and help our fellow Philadelphians increase their incomes and lead the best quality of life possible."
By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Two bills in Harrisburg to regulate supervised injection sites

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams’ bill would require at least 3 public hearings and city approval before any supervised injection site could open.
By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

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
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