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.
For the second time this week, the Philadelphia Fire Department has gotten a nice donation for smoke detectors. But this time, it’s for people who can’t hear the regular ones.
A hidden facet of a Philadelphia landmark will host a unique musical event on Saturday.
It will be performed Saturday afternoon in a drained and dry former pool inside the Fairmount Water Works, with the river just outside windows that will back light the singers.
About 40 activists braved snow and cold during the noon hour outside a center city office tower, to protest a fracking-related project at the headquarters of the firm behind it.
The number of nuns at the Monastery of the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary, on Haddon Avenue, had fallen to four, and the order made a change of address.
“This is not something we get every day, ” said fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers at the presentation of a check for $59,110 from the Insurance Society of Philadelphia.
Books are not only windows to a new world, but a powerful mental exercise that is especially effective with the pre-Kindergarten crowd.
School children get first dibs on Wednesday, seeing the replica of George Washington’s oval headquarters tent at 3rd and Chestnut Streets.
Eagles’ tight end Brent Celek coached the “Eagles” side of the room, and Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord the “Cowboys,” as both teams of students were tested with questions about the world of money.
Lisa Scottoline is a well-known mystery author and with her daughter Francesca Serritella creator of a series of funny, touching mother-daughter memoirs.
Buying a car has come a long way from Henry Ford’s famous statement that a customer could have any color desired, as long as it was black.
This week’s fanfare over the adoption of two puppy brothers, one of them blind, serves as a small victory in a large fight which continues.
As the holiday shopping season begins, there’s a new perspective on the relationship each of us has with companies.
Change is coming to South Philadelphia’s iconic 9th Street Italian Market, now to be managed by the market’s merchants.
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center has a temporary exhibit showing the “water footprint” of a traditional Thanksgiving feast.