PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Emmy-winner Pat Ciarrocchi, CBS 3’s longtime anchor, reporter and host, will be inducted into Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame this Sunday, May 4 at a special dinner at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Ciarrocchi will be the first female TV news anchor among the women who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Ciarrocchi joined CBS 3 in 1982. Throughout her career she has excelled at a number of assignments at the station from morning news anchor, medical reporter, host of Evening Magazine to Vatican reporter and her current assignment as co-host with Ukee Washington of Talk Philly, CBS 3′s Emmy Award-winning news and lifestyle program.
“We are delighted to be honoring one of Pennsylvania’s most prominent broadcasters”, says PAB President, Richard Wyckoff, “especially someone who has devoted her career to bettering the industry and serving our viewers.”
“Beyond her excellence as a broadcaster, the CBS family is proud to see Pat also recognized for the immeasurable contributions she has made to our community,” says Jon Hitchcock, President and General Manager of CBS 3 and The CW Philly, “including her work on behalf of breast cancer awareness with Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, and her impactful stories of children in crisis as profiled for our fundraisers for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.”
Ciarrocchi is a double winner this weekend. She will also be recognized with a PAB award for Outstanding TV Feature story. In addition to her honors, the PAB will be naming former U.S Ambassador to Ireland and Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney as its 2014 Gold Medal Honoree. Bill Cowher, analyst for CBS Sports’ studio show The NFL Today, will be named Broadcaster of the Year. Jim Gardner, longtime WPVI-TV anchor in Philadelphia, is also being inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame this year.
Ciarrocchi began her career in broadcasting in 1974 at WAMS Radio in Wilmington and later at WDEL Radio. Before returning home to Philadelphia, Ciarrocchi was anchor/reporter/producer for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland for three years.
A Philadelphia area native, Ciarrocchi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Rosemont College. In 2006, she was presented with the college’s highest honor, the Cresset Award. Ciarrocchi currently resides in Merion, Pennsylvania with her husband, David Fineman.
CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and The CW Philly (WPSG-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation. PAB is the trade association which represents more than 450 commercial and public radio and television stations in the Commonwealth. For more information the Hall of Fame, visit www.pab.org.