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.
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.
Lincoln had two mothers, Nancy who died when he was nine, and Sarah, a widow Lincoln’s father married.
The month of May is American Stroke Month and is it meant to raise awareness of an ailment that hits about 800,000 of us annually. Despite what some may think, it is not something that only strikes the old.
It’s called “Outbeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival,” and it will comprise events at various venues from September 18th through 21st.
Dr. Gallagher headed what is now Philadelphia Unviersity for 23 years, including during its changeover from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. He takes over June 2nd, as Brother Michael McGinness retires.
The headlines have trumpeted Administration figures that more than 7 million people signed up for health care coverage through the exchanges.
The American Lung Association says the Philadelphia region is still among the most air-polluted places in the country.
Dozens of young filmmakers from about the region will walk the “green” carpet tonight at Upper Dublin High School’s Performing Arts Center for the 6th annual Greenfield Youth Film Festival.
Three of the four Democrats seeking to replace the outgoing Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District took part in a debate in Rhawnhurst last night.
We can add another thing to the list of what the just-ended winter hammered: bees. From an infectious mite to the mysterious colony collapse disorder, you can add winter’s months of frozen tundra to the list.
This was the “Arbor Day of Service” by the local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (“ISA”).
A team of Swarthmore students leave today for Houston to test their concept vehicle at a competition.