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.
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.”