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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Harsh Winter Delivers Major Blow To Bees

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.

04/29/2014

Tree Surgeon Volunteers Spruce Up a Section of Fairmount Park

This was the “Arbor Day of Service” by the local chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (“ISA”).

04/23/2014

Road To Future May Run Through Swarthmore College Engineers

A team of Swarthmore students leave today for Houston to test their concept vehicle at a competition.

04/23/2014

Center City Hotel Adds Honeybees To Its Rooftop Gardens

A center city hotel’s rooftop garden will be buzzing this year, with the addition of two beehives and their resident tens of thousands of honeybees.

04/22/2014

Phila. Man Convicted of Sex-Trafficking, Faces Years in Prison

It took the jury little more than three hours to convict Rahim McIntyre of three of the four charges against him, including taking part in interstate commercial sex trafficking.

04/21/2014

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Local Professor Says Going The Flat Tax Route Won’t Be Enough To Simplify Federal Taxes

Now that the federal tax filing deadline is behind us, maybe you’re wondering if there’s a less cumbersome way to structure the income tax, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

04/20/2014

Book By Local Psychologist Focuses On Resisting, Recovering From Bullying

Cherry Hill Psychologist Sidney Cohen wrote the book “Your Self-Sabotaging Inner Bully: Standing Up To It Once and For All!”

04/20/2014

Solar Paneling May Soon Take Off In The U.S.

We’re seeing a lot more sun these days, as spring unfolds, but are we using it more? A solar power advocate says that may be about to take off.

04/19/2014

World Record Attempt For Easter Egg Dyeing In New Jersey

The Jellystone Park campground in Elmer, Salem County, is swinging for the fences with an attempt to set a Guinness record for people simultaneously dying Easter eggs.

04/18/2014

Paying Taxes With Credit Card (Plus Discipline) Could Benefit Some

Today’s tax-filing deadline is especially dreaded by people who owe money and there’s a little-used way to deal with the problem that could benefit a few people or companies.

04/15/2014

Publisher Of Archie Comics Announces It’s Killing Title Character

Archie, while a known character in comics and cartoons, is small potatoes in terms of sales, a couple of thousand of comic books a month compared to 115,000 for one of the Batman titles.

04/12/2014

South Philly Stadium Gets Makeover For NCAA Hockey Championships

A worker on a crane attached signs saying “Frozen Four” to the outside of the Wells Fargo Center while, inside, a whole new crop of NCAA ice hockey championship banners dangled from the rafters.

04/07/2014

Investigative Reporter Says Fewer Graduates Heading To Wall Street

For generations of students at top business schools like Wharton, there was a path of a job at Wall Street’s top firms. The path is still there but an investigative author finds fewer students are taking it.

04/06/2014

Post-Hurricane Sandy Beach Restoration Project Helps Protect Shore Wildlife

Hurricane Sandy battered Atlantic coast beaches, but the flip side of the storm, south of the eye where wind howled from the west, chewed up those on the New Jersey shore of the Delaware Bay.

04/06/2014

Free Conference Saturday For People With MS And Their Caregivers

People with MS and those caring for them are invited to a free conference on the ailment, Saturday in Center City. But you have to pre-reigster!

04/03/2014

$35-Million Research Project Aims To Protect Del. River Drinking Water

This is a watershed moment — for the 13,500-square-mile Delaware River watershed, that is.

04/01/2014

La Salle Senior Wins Award For Paper On Growth Of Country Music

A La Salle University American Studies senior has won an award for a paper on a musical trend. In short, you can’t keep country music down on the farm.

04/01/2014

Eagles’ Sportscaster G. Cobb Enters Race for NJ Congressional Seat

Cobb threw his football helmet in the ring for the First District seat that had been Rob Andrews’ since 1990.

03/31/2014

Exploring “The Wisdom We’re Born With”

Philadelphia psychologist, author and radio host Dr. Dan Gottlieb is out with a new book, in some ways about his life, but morever about yours.

03/31/2014

Grandson Of Gandhi Pens Book About Converting Anger Into Motivation

One of the world’s most-famous champions of non-violence had an angry streak, something that came as a shock to his grandson and now, that story is now a children’s book.

03/30/2014

Wind May Be The Next Big Energy Provider

Energy will be an issue in the mid-term elections and the Governor’s race. Wind is currently a minor energy contributor, providing 1.5 percent in PA, says Central High and Wharton grad Jacob Susman, founder of community wind farm builder OwnEnergy.

03/29/2014

Cold Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Invasive Insect Population

This “winter that just won’t end” has been trying for us humans, but it’s been murder on a type of bug that’s devastating Pennsylvania’s state tree.

03/26/2014

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