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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


‘Extremely disturbing’: Philly approaches 500 people murdered in 2021

With six weeks still left of 2021, Philadelphia is close to matching the highest number of homicides it’s ever recorded in a one year period. Philadelphia lost 500 people to homicides in 1990 and the city is just under that number as of Monday.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Gov. Wolf calls drug issue in Philly ‘sad and depressing’ after tour of Kensington

Governor Wolf called for unity from politicians in Harrisburg to provide the funding needed not just for Philadelphia, but also for the rest of the state.

By Tom MacDonald/WHYY

‘Less than adequate time’: Even supporters worry about Philly’s quick indoor mask mandate

Starting at midnight, Philadelphia businesses must require masking indoors, unless they require proof of vaccination.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY and 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
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