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.
If you’re trying to scare up something to do Thursday through Saturday, you might consider the annual Terror Film Festival on Rittenhouse Square.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is celebrating its new, $5.7-million look.
In 1992, his survey found, 78 percent of respondents said they planned to have or adopt children. In 2012, that dropped to 42 percent.
Although the opening of the museum at 3rd and Chestnut Streets is still a few years off, it’s likely that this week a request for proposals will go out to four companies for package bid to demolish the current building and build the new one.
Pennsylvania is surprisingly a crime-filled place, at least according to a man who co-wrote a book compiling many of the incidents we don’t mention in polite company.
If you’re into photography, and not just selfies or pictures of your food, National Geographic has a contest that could be very valuable, maybe priceless.
Car versus deer collisions have been up in our region, but if you’re in one in Pennsylvania you may have a responsibility to the Game Commission.
Speakers denounced the 2010 “Citizens United” decision, which opened the floodgates for corporate (and, to a lesser extent, union) donations to political action committees.
Some bases have been restored, thanks to the recall.
Bruce Wayne Berry, Jr, says he was was intrigued by photographer Ross Ching’s Empty America series and the opening scenes in this summer’s Star Trek movie where all the vegetation was red.
For many people, the low-light of their work day is a dull, droning business meeting. If you are agree, you’re part of a massive waste of money and potential says a business consultant who has a plan to change that
Temeko Richardson’s “Get a Clue: 10 Steps to an Executive IQ,” springs not only from her business school days at University of Pennsylvania and Temple, but countless forays into businesses of all sizes.
Their message was against the ongoing shutdown of much of the federal government and in favor of the onset of the latest phase of Obamacare.
“The problem is the extreme right is driving the train, at least in the Congress,” Casey said at 30th Street Station.
Ever since the Great recession began, a lot of us have been paying off existing debt and avoiding getting any new loans, but an investment specialist says too many people are too hot or too cold on something that needs to be just right.