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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.

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2 Local Professors’ Research Finds Teens Having “Sex Parties” Is Mostly Just An Urban Legend

It’s a sign of the times, stories of sexual misbehavior by seemingly a whole generation of young people. The good news is, say two local researchers, that it’s largely not true.

10/05/2014

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Two Of Google’s Founders Describe How To Run A Company Like The Firm

Not many companies are going to take over the world the way Google has, but now you can access the business savvy of two men who helped make it so.

10/04/2014

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Convicted Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Selected As Commencement Speaker For College In Vermont

A small Vermont college is poking a lot of people in the eye by having convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as its commencement speaker next Sunday.

09/30/2014

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G.M. Warns Owners of New Corvettes About Legal Questions Around Car’s ‘Valet Mode’

Recording audio without everyone’s permission (in this case the valet’s) could be a felony in Pennsylvania, which requires all-party consent for recording audio.

09/29/2014

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Philadelphia To Host Major Young Entrepreneurs Event For Millenials

Philadelphia will play host to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30″ summit in mid-October, not only a brain-storming session by those who’ve made it, but a springboard for those who want to.

09/29/2014

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New App Helps Find Restaurants Offering Gluten-Free Food

If you need to hunt for gluten-free offerings in area restaurants, there’s an app for that.

09/29/2014

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Author Updates Guide To Having Drug-Free Kids Because He Says Dangers And Lures Have Changed

The ravages of drug addiction are well-known but it can be a tough fight for parents to keep their kids out of that risky pursuit. A book offers a little bit of prevention instead of the need for a cure.

09/28/2014

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Young Woman Who Is HIV Positive Had More Trouble With Others Than With The Disease Itself

Being born with HIV can be tough enough, but it turns out that dealing with the people who find out, and misunderstand, can be worse.

09/27/2014

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Philadelphia Man’s Memoir Describes The Rollicking Lighthearted Story Of His Battle With Cancer

A Philadelphia man is recounting his battle with throat cancer in a surprisingly upbeat way.

09/27/2014

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Freshwater Mussels Reintroduced to Tacony Creek

Project organizers have transferred 60 mussels from a plump bed in the Delaware River to Tacony Creek, where there were none remaining.

09/24/2014

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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.

09/23/2014

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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

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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

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