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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.

(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

The wreckage of Johnstown, Pennsylvania after the South Fork Dam burst and the waters of Lake Conemaugh flooded the town, June 1889. Original Publication : Illustrated London News - pub. 1889 (credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Johnstown Flood Remembered In New Novel Of Love, Loss And Cataclysm

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.

05/31/2014

Brother Michael J. McGinnis. (Credit: La Salle University)

La Salle President ‘Brother Mike’ Retires

A native of Philadelphia, Brother McGinniss returned in 1999 to take the helm of a college in need of stable leadership.

05/30/2014

A wreath laying at the Korean War Memorial in Old City during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Somber Strains Herald Remembrance At Korean War Memorial In Old City

Among Philadelphia’s Memorial Day observances was one at the Korean War Memorial in Old City.

05/26/2014

Hollywood actresses flanked by two US navymen from the USS Indianapolis. (Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

New Book Talks Sinking Ships, Sharks, And A Notorious Military Mess Up

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.

05/26/2014

Author Gus Spector holding his new book that takes a different look into Philadelphia's past. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

New Book Delivers A Look Into Philadelphia’s Past

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.

05/25/2014

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Warm Weather Health Concerns Apply To Dogs, Too

Warmer weather provides more outdoor opportunities, not only for you but your dog, yet not everything is tail-wagging good.

05/24/2014

(A foreign worker living in Riyadh wears a mask on a street in the Saudi capital.  File photo by Fayez Nureldine/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Pennsylvania Doctors Advise Vigilance, Not Overreaction, to MERS Threat

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.

05/20/2014

(L-R) Cartoonists Stephan Pastis, Wiley Miller, and Bill Amend appear at the 12th Annual L.A. Times Festival of Books on the U.C.L.A. campus on April 29, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

‘Pearls Before Swine’ Cartoonist Out With Second Kid Sleuth Book

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.

05/18/2014

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