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.
“We’re carrying about 340 million trips, which is about 14 percent higher over the last seven years,” says Septa GM Joe Casey.
Spring training is a hopeful time for baseball fans but it’s also when big-league dreams are made, or mauled. A new book focuses on those trying to reach or return to stardom.
Although good deeds are welcome any day of the year, businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison thought it would be nice to turn up the volume.
The $11-million extension will stretch Delaware Avenue from Lewis Street, just south of the Betsy Ross Bridge to Orthodox Street.
The issue of legalizing marijuana for medical use got the strongest and widest support, approved 87-to-14 percent in aggregate.
Maybe National Geographic magazine will rename itself Galactic Geographic because this month’s cover story is about something we ought to be glad is very far away.
Lots of college students spend Spring Break partying, some other working, but a group from LaSalle will be learning about immigration by going to a Texas border town.
Temple University was the site of an unusual opportunity fair on Wednesday not necessarily for Temple students.
“Today we’re making 100 special deliveries to local charities and first responders across Philadelphia and surrounding communities,” said Tastykake president Paul Ridder.
It’s called Medical Jeopardy or Doctor’s Dilemma, from the American College of Physicians, and the team of medical residents from Albert Einstein Hospital is trying to three-peat nationally.
A new historical novel takes on one of America’s most-infamous traitors, and Philadelphia is right in the thick of it.
A plan to fight childhood obesity may be making some inroads, thanks to a companies that package food and consumers who buy it.
The challenges of juggling work and home life are well-known to a lot of us but a study suggests that they are particularly acute in science fields.
“There is not one business in this room that would operate that way,” he told the business leaders.
Re-opened less than two months, the PFS at the Roxy, in the 2000 block of Sansom, is the antidote to the multiplex.