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.
Although business reports indicate that hiring has picked up, getting a good job can still seem elusive. A new book from a Delaware County career consultant aims to empower you to win that battle.
A sharp rise in esophageal cancer has its roots in what we eat, says a New York doctor with a new book that covers cause, effect and solution.
The 2014 report card from the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the state no As. The highest of the sixteen grades was a “B” for freight rail.
Public safety officials gathered along the Delaware riverfront to warn against a list of activities that become very dangerous when intoxicants are added.
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.
The FDA has been asked to approve an implantable device to combat obesity.
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.
Philadelphia is hosting the 2014 Library Management Institute Summer Conference.
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.
Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation has spent seven years looking at the effects of climate change in Pennsylvania.
Seniors from Freire Charter School made some noise with a noontime march, in celebration of their impending graduation and more.
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.
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.
The signing, this Friday at 11:30am, hosted by the Central Parkway branch of the Free Library, on Logan Circle, is already sold out.
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.
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.
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.
Catholics across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are dealing with news of a round of parish mergers announced over the weekend.
Saturday marks the 125th anniversary of the epic 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and a Pittsburgh University professor’s new novel brings it to life.
A native of Philadelphia, Brother McGinniss returned in 1999 to take the helm of a college in need of stable leadership.
Among Philadelphia’s Memorial Day observances was one at the Korean War Memorial in Old City.
One of World War II’s most notorious naval disasters is the subject of a new book by one of the few men who survived it.
You can take a stroll through Philadelphia of decades past in a new book that sprung mostly from its author’s collection of old postcards.
Warmer weather provides more outdoor opportunities, not only for you but your dog, yet not everything is tail-wagging good.
A conference call by the Pennsylvania Medical Society connected experts that included Pennsylvania physician general Dr. Carrie DeLone, who says that while MERS has a 30-percent mortality rate, not everyone with a cough has it.
A cartoonist whose strip “Pearls Before Swine” runs in the Inquirer is out with his second book about a kid detective who might just as well be called a kid deFective.
Septa has broken ground, ceremonially, on a $1.4-million bus loop improvement project in the Allegheny West neighborhood.
The aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, commissioned in 1956, upgraded in Philadelphia in the ’80’s, and stored here after decommissioning in the 90’s, has been sold to a Texas scrap firm for a penny.
According to those in the addiction-fighting business, fentanyl is about 50 times as powerful as heroin but without the euphoric rush.
It focuses on four cities with different water management problems and one is Philadelphia.