In addition to anchoring and reporting news for CBS 3, Pat Ciarrocchi is co-host with Ukee Washington of Talk Philly, CBS 3′s Emmy Award-winning news and lifestyle program, airing weekdays at noon.
Ciarrocchi joined Channel 3 in 1982. Prior to her current assignment, she set the pace for morning news in Philadelphia as the station’s early morning news anchor, growing that program from a half-hour newscast to a two-hour staple in the market. Ciarrocchi has excelled in a variety of assignments at Channel 3 from Evening Magazine, which she co-hosted from 1991 to 1992, traveling to Great Britain and Israel for special reports. She also served as the station’s medical reporter for five years, and has done some of her most memorable work with six overseas assignments at the Vatican.
Ciarrocchi reported live at the canonization of St. Katherine Drexel in 2000, at the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005, at the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XIV in 2013, and joined the Philadelphia delegation in 2014 to invite Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families in September, 2015.
Ciarrocchi’s work has earned her multiple Philadelphia Emmy Awards, including recognition for individual achievement in News Writing. In 2014, Pat was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, becoming the first female news anchor to earn that designation. Also, in recognition of her work in the Italian-American community, Pat was also awarded the Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic – the Cavaliere Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
She has won the nationally prestigious Gabriel Award from Catholic Academy of Communications Arts, a CEBA Award recognizing communications excellence to Black audiences and a Sarah Award from Women in Communications locally. In 2000, she was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in recognition of her accomplishments in the television industry.
Before returning home to Philadelphia, Ciarrocchi was anchor/reporter/producer for WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Maryland for three years. She began her career in broadcasting in 1974 at WAMS Radio in Wilmington, but became captivated by reporting the news while on staff at WDEL Radio, Delaware’s top-rated radio station.
Ciarrocchi has used the celebrity of her broadcasting career to better the lives of others, committing her personal time to community activism and fundraising on issues affecting women and children.
Since 1991, she has reported on and covered live the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, telling the stories of women and their families coping with breast cancer.
Ciarrocchi has served on the boards of the Easter Seal Society of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Susan G. Komen. She has also personally raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities through The Pat Ciarrocchi Golf Classic and Pat’s Passion for Fashion Show and Auction, two local events she founded.
Ciarrocchi has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees for her professional and community accomplishments from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Neumann University in Aston, Cabrini College in Radnor and her alma mater, Rosemont College. Ciarrocchi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Rosemont in 1974. In 2006, she was presented with the college’s highest honor, the Cresset Award.
A native of Chester County, she currently resides in Merion, Pennsylvania with her husband, David Fineman. She has two grown stepsons and, in her free time, she and her husband enjoy opera, travel and golf.
Joel Gibbs, our Arts Contributor, was here to speak with Pat and Ukee about upcoming events in the city.
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Our Arts Contributor Joel Gibbs was here to speak with us about upcoming events happening in our city.
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