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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.

The US Coast Guard conducts a simulated "BUI" ("boating under the influence") stop on the Delaware River.  Photo by John Ostapkovich.

Drunk Driving, and Boating, Targeted by Phila. Area Law Enforcement

Public safety officials gathered along the Delaware riverfront to warn against a list of activities that become very dangerous when intoxicants are added.

06/23/2014

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Parents Forced To Battle Kids’ Summer Slide Once School’s Out

An annual rite of summer is that students lose ground academically. It’s called the summer slide and since teachers are off the clock, fighting it falls to parents.

06/22/2014

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FDA Considering New Weapon In Fight Against Obesity

The FDA has been asked to approve an implantable device to combat obesity.

06/21/2014

(Jim Pollin announces his $120,000 donation to preserve a single propeller from the SS United States.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Despite Generous Donation, Little of SS United States May Be Saved

It’s a silver cloud with a dark lining for the SS United States, the iconic cruise ship that has been languishing on the Philadelphia waterfront for the last eighteen years.

06/17/2014

(Photo by John Ostapkovich)

At a Philadelphia Conference, The Research Topic is Libraries

Philadelphia is hosting the 2014 Library Management Institute Summer Conference.

06/16/2014

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If Traveling For The World Cup, It’s Important To Take Health Precautions

If the World Cup in Brazil or some other attraction has tickled your fancy for international travel, here’s a reminder of a precaution to take.

06/15/2014

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Retired Wildlife Biologist Says Changes To Power Plant Emissions Are Necessary

Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation has spent seven years looking at the effects of climate change in Pennsylvania.

06/14/2014

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Phila. Charter School Seniors March Through Center City To Celebrate and Inspire

Seniors from Freire Charter School made some noise with a noontime march, in celebration of their impending graduation and more.

06/11/2014

(A Delaware Department of Transportation graphic showing their plan to fix the sagging I-495 bridge.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

I-495 Bridge In Wilmington To Remain Closed All Summer

The plan involves planting new supports down into the bedrock under the river bed, using powerful jacks to level the span, and, in some cases, removing and replacing the structures immediately under the bridge surface.

06/10/2014

File photo: the main entrance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, on North Broad Street at Cherry. (Credit: Randall E. Scott)

Pa. Convention Center Lands First Big Event Under New Union Agreement

Shortly after the new Customer Satisfaction Agreement went into effect, there was a trade show breakfast and a walking tour of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It was show and tell about how the new agreement made some old complaints about difficult, expensive conditions, things of the past.

06/10/2014

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Hillary Clinton Book-Signing is This Friday at Philadelphia Main Library

The signing, this Friday at 11:30am, hosted by the Central Parkway branch of the Free Library, on Logan Circle, is already sold out.

06/09/2014

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Study: Despite The Warnings, Some Teens Still Not Buckling Up

One of the simplest things you can due to increase safety in a vehicle is buckle up, yet a study finds teens have a list of excuses for not doing it.

06/07/2014

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First Ever Dog Jog 5K In Phoenixville Is Saturday June 7th

It’s the first ever Dog Jog at Reeves Park in Phoenixville, raising money for The Spayed Club which offers low cost pet spaying and neutering.

06/04/2014

(Maureen Rush of the Philadelpha Police Foundation and police commissioner Charles Ramsey hold a ceremonial check denoting the donation of $84,780 for equipment to expand videotaping of police interrogations.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Phila. Police Dept. Gets Big Grant To Expand Recording of Interrogations

It’s now only a matter of time, but no longer a matter of money, before many suspect interrogations by Philadelphia police detectives are recorded by camera and microphone.

06/03/2014

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Area Parish Consolidations Will Move Rapidly, Phila. Archdiocese Says

Catholics across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are dealing with news of a round of parish mergers announced over the weekend.

06/02/2014

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