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.
Energy will be an issue in the mid-term elections and the Governor’s race. Wind is currently a minor energy contributor, providing 1.5 percent in PA, says Central High and Wharton grad Jacob Susman, founder of community wind farm builder OwnEnergy.
This “winter that just won’t end” has been trying for us humans, but it’s been murder on a type of bug that’s devastating Pennsylvania’s state tree.
Kate Sweeney says she got started on her book American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning by noticing the touching and unusual ways people today remember their loved ones.
On a planet 2/3 covered with water, it may boggle the mind that so little of it is fit to drink, or use in industry or agriculture.
SEPTA tries to enlist the public’s help with ongoing safety campaigns, safety blitzes at transit hubs, and the new “Look Up, Speak Up” ads. In Monday’s attack on an officer, passengers stepped in to help.
By John Ostapkovich PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Abraham Lincoln is revered almost universally as one of our nation’s greatest Presidents, but a new book by a Bordentown, New Jersey native tracks the activities of the two [...]
Coal-fired power plants keep the lights on but generate tons and tons of coal combustion residuals, coal ash to most of us. There are no federal regulations on its handling although there are some having to do with water pollution.
From annual reviews to impromptu guidance, feedback is part of many workplaces and relationships, and often does nothing more than foster ill-will. Now, there may a solution.
This may seem a little tough to swallow, given all that our traffic reports have to say about tie-ups, but a study finds that there’s actually been a decline in highway use.
The LaSalle University Art Museum today opens a free exhibition of a often-overlooked period, during the Depression.
“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.