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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.

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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

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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

(A ceremonial groundbreaking by, L-R, Septa GM Joe Casey; Ronald Hinton, president of the Allegheny West Foundation; US Rep. Chaka Fattah; Phila. city councilwoman Cindy Bass; and Keith Dial, and aide to councilman Curtis Jones Jr.   Photo by John Ostapkovich)

Septa Inaugurates Work on New Bus Interchange Station in North Philly

Septa has broken ground, ceremonially, on a $1.4-million bus loop improvement project in the Allegheny West neighborhood.

05/14/2014

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USS Saratoga Heads To The Scrap Heap

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.

05/14/2014

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Philadelphia Health Officials Warn of Deadly Scourge of Fentanyl Abuse

According to those in the addiction-fighting business, fentanyl is about 50 times as powerful as heroin but without the euphoric rush.

05/13/2014

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Documentary On Philadelphia Going Green Highlights Bold Environmental Initiative

It focuses on four cities with different water management problems and one is Philadelphia.

05/11/2014

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Bucks County Man Pens Book On Abraham Lincoln And His 2 Mothers

Lincoln had two mothers, Nancy who died when he was nine, and Sarah, a widow Lincoln’s father married.

05/11/2014

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Man In His Twenties Who Suffered A Stroke Shares His Story To Raise Awareness

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.

05/10/2014

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Inaugural Philadelphia LGBT Jazz Festival Set For September

It’s called “Outbeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival,” and it will comprise events at various venues from September 18th through 21st.

05/07/2014

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LaSalle University Hires Dr. James Gallagher As Interim President

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.

05/07/2014

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ACA Changing The Way We Access Preventative Care

The headlines have trumpeted Administration figures that more than 7 million people signed up for health care coverage through the exchanges.

05/04/2014

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American Lung Association Says Philly One Of Most Air-Polluted In Country

The American Lung Association says the Philadelphia region is still among the most air-polluted places in the country.

05/03/2014

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“Greenies” Given Out To High School Filmmakers In Montgomery County Tonight

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.

05/01/2014

State Senator Daylin Leach gestures as rivals Dr. Valerie Arkoosh (l) and former Rep. Marjorie Margolies listen. (credit: John Ostapkovich)

Democrats Seeking Allyson Schwartz’s Congressional Seat Debate In Rhawnhurst

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.

04/30/2014

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