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.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a special, free exhibit on George Washington, beginning Tuesday.
Almost everything you know about Prohibition era gangster Al Capone is wrong, according to his niece.
Milliken’s Bend: A Civil War Battle in History and Memory takes a look at a Civil War battle where African-American troops, some fresh from slavery, were in the thick of things.
Many of us can’t wait for the snow to melt, but those close to rivers and streams hope it doesn’t happen too fast.
About two dozen people demonstrated across the street from the Philadelphia office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) for the release of four men facing deportation by the US government.
“It’s a slow process,” notes Lower Makefield police chief Kenneth Coluzzi. “We still have a little over a hundred residents out of power.”
Saturday is National TV Safety Awareness Day, but it’s not about watching too much television.
A La Salle junior will spend this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska at a convention specifically for female math majors.
There’s a bold new tool to help those getting out of prison make the transition to law-abiding citizen.
Health commissioner Mary O’Dowd says the medical community is often prone to “siloing” when treating cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and other conditions.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is rewriting the insurance landscape but may still not bring equal results to patients.
The wave of baby boomers hitting retirement poses a challenge to society, but also to each boomer, summed up with “All right, now what do I do?”
A Philadelphia church hosted an event Monday that offered free flu shots as well as help signing up for Obamacare.
In an effort to help senior drivers stay on the road longer, and safer, AARP has retooled its Smart Driver course.
A study by a couple of college professors finds that less is more in terms of “making” kids read.