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.
A memoir from a South Jersey psychologist focuses on one disease that thrives in silence.
In this age of the anything-goes internet, it may seem quaint to think of a time when someone could go to jail for publishing naughty books. But a man who actually did that helped loosen the moral strings on society.
Philadelphia residents and businesses have been helping police identify criminal suspects and even prevent crime through a surveillance camera program.
The Blue Cross River Rink is still about three months away from re-opening on the edge of the Delaware River, but for the second year it won’t be alone.
“This is a milestone moment in Atlantic City, one in which consolidation in the casino industry must make way for new opportunities,” said mayor Donald Guardian.
An expert at the New Jersey State Museum says the stone point was probably attached to the business end of a two-part paleo-Indian spear, from about 10,000 years ago.
It may come as a surprise, but figures show nearly half of the Americans playing video games are female, but there’s no big change in making those games.
The common understanding of the Founding Fathers as Godly men in our current sense is subtly wrong, according to a author who says many of them were religious revolutionaries, too.
Things are progressing nicely toward completion of the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Philadelphia.
Wearable tech is the new must-have, according to Best Buy blueshirt Matthew McLane.
A Philadelphia novelist is out with his second thriller following a detective’s pursuit of answers in the confusing new world of food.
A Port Richmond couple continues a lonely fight on behalf of their 22-year-old son who died of acute complications of asthma back in 2012.
Time is running out for a smaller non-profit group to make what could be a game-changing connection.
About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.
But there is also a proposal for refurbishing the historic property.
A Montgomery County writer’s exploration of his family history echoes that of many Philadelphians only a generation or two removed from the “old country.”
Exactly forty-five years ago, the attention of the entire world was on three brave men going, as the saying goes, where no man had gone before.
People accidentally leave all sort of stuff in taxis and limosines, but if they leave it in one regulated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, there’s a good chance of getting it back.
The estate of Richard Mellon Scaife is giving the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, in Chadds Ford, $15 million, plus about half his art collection and a 900-acre estate in western Pennsylvania.
Richard Knellinger, 42, has accepted a plea deal stemming from his appearance before a grand jury investigating the 2012 five-alarmer that killed two firefighters.
The link between poverty and bad health outcomes is well-known, but the solution may lie in better listening skills.
Inner city kids need positive role models. So says a high school history teacher who’s mounted an unusual outreach.
Seething beneath the surface of our economy is the rising of what are called “cryptocurrencies”, like BitCoin. It may seem scary, but it’s an idea that’s been around for a while.
A reënactor portraying Col. John Nixon read the words of the Declaration of Independence to hundreds assembled in Independence Park, behind Independence Hall.
PennDOT will be patching some holes on highways ahead of a bigger fix.
Author Elizabeth Mitchell says the iconic statue’s hand and torch made a trip to Philadelphia in 1876 to help raise fund for the project’s completion.
A Philadelphia author’s book, to be released next week, provides a history of the road in pictures.
With seas of six to nine feet expected on Friday from Tropical Storm Arthur, even higher waves could be driven on shore, creating the danger of rip currents.
Biden will join Mayor Nutter and others on Thursday morning in front of Independence Hall for the 2014 edition of the “Celebration of Freedom” ceremony.
A New York playwright has embarked on a two-year collaboration with an unlikely partner — the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.