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John Ostapkovich

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John Ostapkovich brings humor and wit, and a wealth of experience, to his anchoring and reporting duties at KYW Newsradio 1060.

Born in Philadelphia, John attended Lower Moreland High School and Temple University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA degree in communications.  Lower Moreland High put him on its Wall of Fame in 2003.

He has been a broadcaster since 1974, including two years with AP Radio in Washington, DC and stints at TV stations in New York, Philadelphia (KYW-TV3), and Toledo, Ohio.

John joined KYW Newsradio in 1984. During his extensive career, he has covered a broad array of stories including the famous Philadelphia case in which a lawyer sued his firm for discrimination after it was revealed he had AIDS.

John went to Parris Island, SC to cover Marine basic training after the outbreak of the Gulf War, and with KYW’s Mike DeNardo produced an award-winning “Regional Affairs Council” series on the state of religion in Philadelphia.

In 2002, John was recognized nationally by the Radio-Television News Directors Association with an Edward R. Murrow award for his writing talents.  The Pennsylvania Associated Press awarded him “First Place for Use of Sound” in 2005.

John is a computer gaming fan, and he has a collection of about 7,000 comic books.  He and his wife Noeleen (a noted medical researcher) live in Bucks County.  Their two children, Noel and Alita, are attending college.  Their two pets, Baby and Ajax, are destined to be dogs all their lives.

File Photo. Volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. (Credit: Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio)

The Long Process Of Restoring The Historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery

There’s a new deal on the horizon for a historic, border-straddling cemetery that took years to fall into disrepair and will likely need years to mount a comeback.

7 hours ago

(File photo by KYW's Ed Fischer)

Infrastructure Funding Largely Tapped Out, Even For A Daily Need Such As Drinking Water

Federal funding for highway and transit projects is stuck in neutral due to Congressional gridlock but there’s another infrastructure issue that affects us where we live.

09/21/2014

(The Fairmount Water Works sits along the Schuylkill River, below the art museum.  File photo by John Ostapkovich)

Fairmount Water Works Hosts First FLOW Fest (For the Love Of Water)

The Fairmount Water Works is hosting a party tomorrow and it didn’t have to go far for a theme.

09/20/2014

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Philly Native Pens Memoir About 32 Years In The CIA — If You Read It, Fortunately He Won’t Have To Kill You

Hollywood and popular culture get just about everything wrong about the CIA’s work, says Jack Devine, author of Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story.

09/20/2014

Jay Paterno, son of Joe Paterno, pauses during his speech during a public memorial for former Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State, January 26, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. Paterno, who was 85, died due to complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Jay Paterno Writes Book On Father’s Legacy, Includes Sandusky Scandal

Joe Paterno’s son, Jay, is out with a biography of his famous father that he says does not ignore the Sandusky scandal, but puts it in perspective.

09/18/2014

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Regardless Of The Future, A Piece Of Scotland’s Past Remains In Philadelphia

Located near Penn’s Landing is the Scottish Memorial.

09/18/2014

The Scottish Memorial at the  St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Local Scottish Organization Waits For News On Independence Vote

As Scotland holds a referendum on independence today, members of a Scottish organization in our area watch from afar.

09/18/2014

The Conkling-Armstrong House. (Credit: Jennifer Robinson. Used with permission)

Penn Grad Student Heads Effort To Preserve Historic Philadelphia House

The Conkling-Armstrong terra-cotta house sits on the 2200 block of West Tioga, vacant now.

09/16/2014

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Philly Environmental Group Recruiting People To Go To Anti-Global Warming March In NY

Although the idea of climate change remains hugely controversial, there’s a call for those who think it is an imminent threat to head to a major march next weekend.

09/14/2014

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September 14 Marks 200th Anniversary Of The Writing Of The National Anthem

The words, paired with a tune from a British social club, were immediately popular, but Key was dead 73 years before President Wilson ordered the song be used by the military.

09/14/2014

(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Investigative Journalist Finds America’s Nuclear Missiles In Need Of TLC

The US military still acknowledges having about 4,800 nuclear weapons, but a journalist finds need for improvement in the people, systems and equipment that maintain them.

09/13/2014

(Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute Opening Its New Research Building

One of Philadelphia’s gems gets a little more brilliant today with the opening of the new $100-million research tower.

09/12/2014

File Photo Muslim protesters holding up a "Jihad" sign. (Credit: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Man Who Worked Both Sides Of Radical Muslim Fence Describes Being A Fanatic

Here’s the story of one man who knows what jihadis are thinking, because he was one.

09/11/2014

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Creators Of British TV Game Show Release Second Book Of Assorted Trivia

The creators of a British quiz show are out with another book of trivia they learned along the way.

09/07/2014

(Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Books Offers Advice On How To React To Conflict

Although some people seem to thrive on conflict, many of us prefer not to deal with it, and thus squander any opportunities it presents. Correcting that is where a helpful new book comes in.

09/06/2014

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