Steve Highsmith was a member of PHL17 from 1994-2016.

Highsmith has been on the Philadelphia news scene since 1981, first serving as morning news anchor and news director of WCAU Radio and news anchor of the NJN Nightly News before joining “Inquirer New Tonight” on WPHL-TV in 1994 as chief political correspondent and anchor. He also served as NBC10 political correspondent and host of NBC10@Issue from 2005 to 2013.

Highsmith has been honored by the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press, the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. In 2011, Steve was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. He is also an inductee of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association Hall of Fame.

Active in the community, Steve serves as Treasurer of the Mummers Museum Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CADEkids and Love The Mummers. He is a former member of the Boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, as well as a former member of the Cabrini College Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Steve also is involved with other community and nonprofit efforts, such as the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, BuildaBridge International, Inn Dwelling and other institutions.

Highsmith is a summa cum laude graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in English and Communications and attended the University of Notre Dame. He resides with his wife and two children in Bucks County.

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