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.

Today Is World Water Day

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 […]

03/22/2017

A Cellist With Philadelphia Orchestra Shares Battle With MS In New Book

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.

07/02/2016

2 Local Professors’ Research Finds Teens Having “Sex Parties” Is Mostly Just An Urban Legend

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.

10/05/2014

Two Of Google’s Founders Describe How To Run A Company Like The Firm

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.

10/04/2014

Convicted Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Selected As Commencement Speaker For College In Vermont

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.

09/30/2014

G.M. Warns Owners of New Corvettes About Legal Questions Around Car’s ‘Valet Mode’

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.

09/29/2014

Philadelphia To Host Major Young Entrepreneurs Event For Millenials

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.

09/29/2014

New App Helps Find Restaurants Offering Gluten-Free Food

If you need to hunt for gluten-free offerings in area restaurants, there’s an app for that.

09/29/2014

Author Updates Guide To Having Drug-Free Kids Because He Says Dangers And Lures Have Changed

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.

09/28/2014

Young Woman Who Is HIV Positive Had More Trouble With Others Than With The Disease Itself

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.

09/27/2014

Philadelphia Man’s Memoir Describes The Rollicking Lighthearted Story Of His Battle With Cancer

A Philadelphia man is recounting his battle with throat cancer in a surprisingly upbeat way.

09/27/2014

Freshwater Mussels Reintroduced to Tacony Creek

Project organizers have transferred 60 mussels from a plump bed in the Delaware River to Tacony Creek, where there were none remaining.

09/24/2014

The Long Process Of Restoring The Historic Mt. Moriah Cemetery

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.

09/23/2014

Infrastructure Funding Largely Tapped Out, Even For A Daily Need Such As Drinking Water

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.

09/21/2014

Fairmount Water Works Hosts First FLOW Fest (For the Love Of Water)

The Fairmount Water Works is hosting a party tomorrow and it didn’t have to go far for a theme.

09/20/2014

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.

09/20/2014

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Jay Paterno Writes Book On Father’s Legacy, Includes Sandusky Scandal

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.

09/18/2014

Regardless Of The Future, A Piece Of Scotland’s Past Remains In Philadelphia

Located near Penn’s Landing is the Scottish Memorial.

09/18/2014

Local Scottish Organization Waits For News On Independence Vote

As Scotland holds a referendum on independence today, members of a Scottish organization in our area watch from afar.

09/18/2014

Penn Grad Student Heads Effort To Preserve Historic Philadelphia House

The Conkling-Armstrong terra-cotta house sits on the 2200 block of West Tioga, vacant now.

09/16/2014

Philly Environmental Group Recruiting People To Go To Anti-Global Warming March In NY

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.

09/14/2014

September 14 Marks 200th Anniversary Of The Writing Of The National Anthem

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.

09/14/2014

Investigative Journalist Finds America’s Nuclear Missiles In Need Of TLC

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.

09/13/2014

Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute Opening Its New Research Building

One of Philadelphia’s gems gets a little more brilliant today with the opening of the new $100-million research tower.

09/12/2014

Man Who Worked Both Sides Of Radical Muslim Fence Describes Being A Fanatic

Here’s the story of one man who knows what jihadis are thinking, because he was one.

09/11/2014

Creators Of British TV Game Show Release Second Book Of Assorted Trivia

The creators of a British quiz show are out with another book of trivia they learned along the way.

09/07/2014

Books Offers Advice On How To React To Conflict

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.

09/06/2014

‘Turf War’ Breaks Out Involving New Jersey Farms

A group of South Jersey lawmakers are proposing a bill to defuse a struggle over the future of some deed-restricted farms and wineries.

09/04/2014

Villanova Law Professor Granted FBI Investigation Files

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.

09/03/2014

100th Anniversary Of Passenger Pigeon Extinction

September 1st, 2014 marks 100 years since the passenger pigeon went extinct, something thought unthinkable until it actually happened.

09/01/2014

Local Psychologist Writes Memoir About Dealing With Mentally Ill Family Members

A memoir from a South Jersey psychologist focuses on one disease that thrives in silence.

08/31/2014

Author Pens Book On Man Who Changed The Way Pornography Is Treated Under Law

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.

08/30/2014

City Program Helps Businesses Install Private Security Cameras To Assist Police

Philadelphia residents and businesses have been helping police identify criminal suspects and even prevent crime through a surveillance camera program.

08/29/2014

Plans Underway To Improve Delaware Waterfront’s Winter Attraction

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.

08/27/2014

Atlantic City Accentuates The Positive Amid Casino Industry Downturn

“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.

08/26/2014

Boy Finds Prehistoric Bit of Weaponry on LBI Beach

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.

08/25/2014

Nearly Half Of All Gamers Are Female, But Industry Lacks Women Developers

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.

08/24/2014

Book Argues Many Founding Fathers Were Secretly Deists Rather Than Christians

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.

08/23/2014

Construction On Schedule At Future Site Of American Revolution Museum

Things are progressing nicely toward completion of the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City, Philadelphia.

08/19/2014

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Parents Of College Students Spending Hundreds On High Tech Gear For Their Kids

Wearable tech is the new must-have, according to Best Buy blueshirt Matthew McLane.

08/03/2014

Organic Plot And Biotech Baddies Found In Thriller By Philly Author Who Gets “Bee” For Effort

A Philadelphia novelist is out with his second thriller following a detective’s pursuit of answers in the confusing new world of food.

08/02/2014

Port Richmond Couple Claims Their Asthmatic Son Died Unneccesarily

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.

07/24/2014

The Forum Of Executive Women Looks For A Non-Profit Partner Organization

Time is running out for a smaller non-profit group to make what could be a game-changing connection.

07/23/2014

Postal Workers Visit City of Their Genesis For National Convention

About 8,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are in Philadelphia, many with family members.

07/22/2014

Neglected 250-Year-Old Home in Darby, Pa. Could Face Demolition

But there is also a proposal for refurbishing the historic property.

07/21/2014

Local Writer Tackles His Own History, And That Of The Immigrant Community, In New Memoir

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.”

07/19/2014

45th Anniversary of Moon Flight That Culminated In ‘One Small Step…’

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.

07/16/2014

Technology Helps Reconnect People With Items They Left Behind In A Taxi

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.

07/16/2014

Mellon Family Billionaire Leaves Large Legacy To Brandywine Conservancy

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.

07/15/2014

Phila. Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Lying To Fire Investigators

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.

07/14/2014

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