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 at the Vatican where she reported live at the canonization of St. Katherine Drexel in 2000 and at the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005.
Ciarrocchi’s work has earned her multiple Philadelphia Emmy Awards, including recognition for individual achievement in News Writing. 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 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 for the Cure. 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, Talk Philly’s “Arts Ambassador”, spoke to Pat Ciarrocchi about some exciting events in the coming weeks.
At Methacton High School in Eagleville, a student is beginning his junior year after scoring a perfect 2400 on his SAT’s.
On Tuesday night, The Mann is opening its newly renovated outdoor theater and lawns for what it’s calling, “A Symphonic Sports-tacular!”
The Broadway blockbuster “Wicked” is back at the Academy of Music with a summer series of performances through August 4th.
In the last year, a real estate survey shows that rentals grew by 13 percent, and that’s encouraging for neighborhood activists.
Nearly 18 months after the Tucson shooting, Dallas Green still hurts. He doesn’t know how it will ever be easy.
If you have an EYE ON THE ARTS for this summer, Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum and Gardens is an oasis to discover along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Golf enthusiasts are anticipating the start of the U.S. Open at Merion in June, but right now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, they can experience “The Art of Golf.”
Former First Lady Laura Bush brought 800 people to their feet at the Chase Center in Wilmington for the Padua Academy Women’s Achievement Award.
Kelly is an abstract artist who came to see the installation of his wall sculptures, which are on exhibit at the Barnes Foundation this summer.
Before Superstorm Sandy roared ashore on October 29, 2012, a two-story, cedar shake house – owned by the same family for decades – had a perfect view of Barnegat Bay in Mantoloking.
SEPTA fare evaders, usually young men and women, are being put on notice; if they jump a turnstile to avoid paying the fair, SEPTA is watching.
It was strategic, on Patriot’s Day, at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed, more than 150 wounded.
A massive sculpture is stopping commuters in their tracks at 30th Street Station.
Pope Francis may be walking in “the shoes of the fisherman” but in his case, they’re black and not Benedict’s traditional red, signifying the earthly responsibilities of the church.