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.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today is World Water Day, as declared by the United Nations. On a planet 2/3 covered with water, it may boggle the mind that so little of it is fit to drink, or use in industry or agriculture. Christianne Barranguet, Ph.D, a water expert at health/science publisher Elsevier, says you and I […]
He has to keep it up, even when on tour. Cafaro, who lays out the specifics in detail, admits that others may benefit from slightly different formulas, but one of the keys is to be all-in to beat the disease.
It’s a sign of the times, stories of sexual misbehavior by seemingly a whole generation of young people. The good news is, say two local researchers, that it’s largely not true.
Not many companies are going to take over the world the way Google has, but now you can access the business savvy of two men who helped make it so.
A small Vermont college is poking a lot of people in the eye by having convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as its commencement speaker next Sunday.
Recording audio without everyone’s permission (in this case the valet’s) could be a felony in Pennsylvania, which requires all-party consent for recording audio.
Philadelphia will play host to Forbes Magazine’s “30 under 30” summit in mid-October, not only a brain-storming session by those who’ve made it, but a springboard for those who want to.
If you need to hunt for gluten-free offerings in area restaurants, there’s an app for that.
The ravages of drug addiction are well-known but it can be a tough fight for parents to keep their kids out of that risky pursuit. A book offers a little bit of prevention instead of the need for a cure.
Being born with HIV can be tough enough, but it turns out that dealing with the people who find out, and misunderstand, can be worse.
A Philadelphia man is recounting his battle with throat cancer in a surprisingly upbeat way.
Project organizers have transferred 60 mussels from a plump bed in the Delaware River to Tacony Creek, where there were none remaining.
There’s a new deal on the horizon for a historic, border-straddling cemetery that took years to fall into disrepair and will likely need years to mount a comeback.
Federal funding for highway and transit projects is stuck in neutral due to Congressional gridlock but there’s another infrastructure issue that affects us where we live.
The Fairmount Water Works is hosting a party tomorrow and it didn’t have to go far for a theme.
Philly Native Pens Memoir About 32 Years In The CIA — If You Read It, Fortunately He Won’t Have To Kill You
Hollywood and popular culture get just about everything wrong about the CIA’s work, says Jack Devine, author of Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story.
Joe Paterno’s son, Jay, is out with a biography of his famous father that he says does not ignore the Sandusky scandal, but puts it in perspective.
Located near Penn’s Landing is the Scottish Memorial.
As Scotland holds a referendum on independence today, members of a Scottish organization in our area watch from afar.
The Conkling-Armstrong terra-cotta house sits on the 2200 block of West Tioga, vacant now.
Although the idea of climate change remains hugely controversial, there’s a call for those who think it is an imminent threat to head to a major march next weekend.
The words, paired with a tune from a British social club, were immediately popular, but Key was dead 73 years before President Wilson ordered the song be used by the military.
The US military still acknowledges having about 4,800 nuclear weapons, but a journalist finds need for improvement in the people, systems and equipment that maintain them.
One of Philadelphia’s gems gets a little more brilliant today with the opening of the new $100-million research tower.
Here’s the story of one man who knows what jihadis are thinking, because he was one.
The creators of a British quiz show are out with another book of trivia they learned along the way.
Although some people seem to thrive on conflict, many of us prefer not to deal with it, and thus squander any opportunities it presents. Correcting that is where a helpful new book comes in.
A group of South Jersey lawmakers are proposing a bill to defuse a struggle over the future of some deed-restricted farms and wineries.
A Villanova law professor has won a victory for freedom of information, as a federal judge has ordered the FBI to give him files on a long-ago investigation of a celebrity.
September 1st, 2014 marks 100 years since the passenger pigeon went extinct, something thought unthinkable until it actually happened.
A memoir from a South Jersey psychologist focuses on one disease that thrives in silence.
In this age of the anything-goes internet, it may seem quaint to think of a time when someone could go to jail for publishing naughty books. But a man who actually did that helped loosen the moral strings on society.
Philadelphia residents and businesses have been helping police identify criminal suspects and even prevent crime through a surveillance camera program.
The Blue Cross River Rink is still about three months away from re-opening on the edge of the Delaware River, but for the second year it won’t be alone.
“This is a milestone moment in Atlantic City, one in which consolidation in the casino industry must make way for new opportunities,” said mayor Donald Guardian.
An expert at the New Jersey State Museum says the stone point was probably attached to the business end of a two-part paleo-Indian spear, from about 10,000 years ago.
It may come as a surprise, but figures show nearly half of the Americans playing video games are female, but there’s no big change in making those games.
The common understanding of the Founding Fathers as Godly men in our current sense is subtly wrong, according to a author who says many of them were religious revolutionaries, too.
Things are progressing nicely toward completion of the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Philadelphia.
Wearable tech is the new must-have, according to Best Buy blueshirt Matthew McLane.
A Philadelphia novelist is out with his second thriller following a detective’s pursuit of answers in the confusing new world of food.
A Port Richmond couple continues a lonely fight on behalf of their 22-year-old son who died of acute complications of asthma back in 2012.
Time is running out for a smaller non-profit group to make what could be a game-changing connection.
About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.
But there is also a proposal for refurbishing the historic property.
A Montgomery County writer’s exploration of his family history echoes that of many Philadelphians only a generation or two removed from the “old country.”
Exactly forty-five years ago, the attention of the entire world was on three brave men going, as the saying goes, where no man had gone before.
People accidentally leave all sort of stuff in taxis and limosines, but if they leave it in one regulated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, there’s a good chance of getting it back.
The estate of Richard Mellon Scaife is giving the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, in Chadds Ford, $15 million, plus about half his art collection and a 900-acre estate in western Pennsylvania.
Richard Knellinger, 42, has accepted a plea deal stemming from his appearance before a grand jury investigating the 2012 five-alarmer that killed two firefighters.