Philly Rising: Difference Makers from KYW Newsradio

These are the stories that highlight our region's grit and grace - ordinary people of Greater Philadelphia becoming difference-makers.

If you know a difference-maker we should feature in a future "Philly Rising" segment, tell us here!

Gregory Cooke.
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Antionette Lee
February 28, 2020 - 6:00 am
Gregory Cooke has been on a mission to get 600,000 African American women recognized for their contributions during World War II for more than a decade now. Read more here.
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Sharmain Matlock-Turner.
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Antionette Lee
February 21, 2020 - 6:30 am
For 20 years, Sharmain Matlock-Turner has been the driving force behind one of Philadelphia’s most impactful organizations that tackles one of the city’s largest problems: poverty. Read more here.
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Danni Lewis.
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Antionette Lee
February 14, 2020 - 6:45 am
Danni Lewis doesn’t need Valentine’s Day to spread love — that’s what she does every day. Read more here.
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Alycia Larson
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Antionette Lee
January 31, 2020 - 6:00 am
Alycia Larson is known to hundreds of kids across Philadelphia as the “geography lady.” She’s like a modern-day Ms. Frizzle, but instead of a magic school bus, she carries around a “magic” suitcase that she uses to teach children about the world. Read more here.
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Shawn Aleong has built a name for himself by using his voice to advocate for others.
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Antionette Lee
January 24, 2020 - 8:01 am
Shawn Aleong, who has cerebral palsy, has built a name for himself by using his voice to advocate for others with disabilities. Read more here.
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Shanon Skipworth with mentees.
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Antionette Lee
January 17, 2020 - 12:16 am
Shanon Skipworth is the founder a nonprofit called You're Beautifully Made. Read more about how she's making a difference in the lives of young girls and women.
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Noel Davis.
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Antionette Lee
January 10, 2020 - 6:30 am
Noel Davis dreamed of becoming an archaeologist since the age of 12. That dream came true, and the Rutgers graduate was able to take her love of digging overseas for excavating projects in Italy and England. But about a year into her first dream job, things took a wrong turn. Read more here.
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Kimberly McGlonn, the founder of the sustainable clothing line Grant Blvd.
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Antionette Lee
December 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
Kimberly McGlonn, the founder of the sustainable clothing line Grant Blvd, is on a mission to change the way we consume fashion. While the cost of fashion is more affordable to Americans today, it comes at a price to the environment. Read more here.
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Beyond the Bars music program.
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Antionette Lee
December 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
Beyond the Bars began as a free music program for juveniles in correctional facilities. It was created to offer an outlet for creativity and expression to those who needed it, and along the way, interrupt cycles of violence and incarceration. Read more here.
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Back in August, the Morris Animal Refuge tweeted a picture of a 26-pound cat that broke the internet and stole tens of thousands of hearts.
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Antionette Lee
November 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
Back in August, the Morris Animal Refuge tweeted a picture of a 26-pound cat that broke the internet and stole tens of thousands of hearts. Now Sarah and her husband Chris are the lucky couple who get to call Mr. B theirs. And they're using Mr. B's popularity to help more cats find homes. Read more.
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