Nell McCormack Abom has built a career telling stories and starting conversations with some of Pennsylvania’s most compelling people. From governors to death-row inmates, Nell delves deeply into the personalities and motivations of Pennsylvania’s newsmakers — always seeking the context of events that shape our communities.
For the last 12 years, she hosted witf-TV’s Smart Talk, Central Pennsylvania’s prime-time, award-winning public affairs program. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored Nell with an Emmy as Outstanding Program Host/Moderator, and Smart Talk was the recipient of numerous Emmy nominations and Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters’ Association Awards.
Prior to joining witf, Nell helped direct media relations for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Bob Casey. Under Ridge, Governing magazine described it as “Pennsylvania’s masterful P.R. machine.” Nell directed and produced Pennsylvania’s first-ever, multi-live-shot state budget address, wrote and co-produced the national award-winning live broadcast and webcast of the historic Pennsylvania Safe Schools Summit, and collaborated on the Emmy-winning documentary, Fighting Back: Pennsylvania’s Special Session on Crime.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. When she’s not in a TV studio, you’ll find Nell in the stands cheering for her three children, or arguing over politics and public policy with her Attorney husband. Either way, she couldn’t be happier.