October 9, 2015 |
She's had a dazzling career anchoring television news in her hometown Philadelphia market for more than three decades. Now CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi is hanging up her hat. When Pope Francis departed Philadelphia 11 days ago, Ciarrocchi said it was a "wheels up" moment for her, too. "The Francis visit has empowered me with the strength to forge a path that is certain to use my voice," she wrote on Facebook. Ciarrochi's been to the Vatican several times, including covering the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. But when she learned that Pope Francis was coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, "I could barely breathe," she told me. When his plane touched down in Philly, "I got choked up as I waited for that," she said.
August 10, 2015
SHE'S A RISING star at CBS3 - filling Kathy Orr's (tasteful) shoes as chief meteorologist after the station's seismic shakeup in on-air talent early this month. You can catch her delivering the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. forecasts on CBS3 Eyewitness News, the 10 p.m. on CW Philly, and on KYW Newsradio. So who is Kate Bilo? The 34-year-old mother of two young boys hails from Phoenixville and now lives on the Main Line with her husband and sons. She has mad skills in Spanish. (She studied the language during high school in Phoenixville and at Penn State.)
May 2, 2014 |
CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi and 6ABC's Jim Gardner have been inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. They join KYW's Malcolm Poindexter and Larry Kane as the only other broadcast-news anchors in the hall. Ciarrocchi, who celebrated her 32nd year behind the anchor desk at CBS3, has the distinction of being the first female anchor inducted. The Chester County native, who grew up watching Mort Crim , Vince Leonard and Jessica Savitch , joined the station on March 15, 1982, and credits her longevity to a genuine love of the community and desire to tell its story.
October 20, 2012 |
Thomas J. Quigley, 74, of Moorestown, an advertising and public relations agency owner, died of lung cancer, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. For more than 20 years, Mr. Quigley operated Quigley Communications in Center City and later in Haddonfield. His accounts included Thrift Drug, CBS3 (KYW-TV), and Philadelphia Ad Club, where he published the newsletter for more than 10 years. Mr. Quigley closed his business six years ago but continued to work for Ideal Lab Marketing in Moorestown.
July 2, 2012 |
CAN WE get a "whoo hoo!" for Pat Ciarrocchi ? The Channel 3 anchor and midday "Talk Philly" co-host turns the big 6-0 today. She's graced local airwaves longer than any other female anchor in Philly, celebrating her 30th anniversary at the station this year. Popularity, self-confidence, balance at work and home — it's looking good as she starts another decade personally and professionally. Legendary DJ Jerry Blavat, a/k/a the Geator with the Heater, celebrates 72 Tuesday at his club, Memories Lounge in Margate, N.J.; the party continues here Wednesday at SugarHouse Casino from 5 to 7 p.m. Upper Darby's own funny man Kevin Hart turns 32 the same day. — Jenice Armstrong
November 12, 2010 |
S. Gary Geers, 84, an announcer on what is now CBS3-TV from 1953 until he retired in 1994, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Nov. 10, at LifePath Hospice at his retirement community, Sun City Center, Fla. Mr. Geers was not only the voice of the station for decades but also an early-morning weatherman and host of an early-morning farm and garden show and of a Sunday morning religious program. Pat Ciarrocchi, a news anchor at CBS3, said in a Thursday interview that Mr. Geers "was gentle and kind and taught me how to do early-morning TV. " They worked together from 1984-88 on Three Today , a 6:30 a.m. news show, where "he was the first weather person in an early-morning newscast in local TV," Ciarrocchi said.
September 4, 2008 |
Former KYW-TV (Channel 3) general manager Pasquale "Pat" Polillo, 75, whose feisty editorials made him as recognizable to Philadelphia-area viewers as the on-air anchors, died of a brain tumor Tuesday at his home on Cape Cod. Mr. Polillo joined Channel 3, now known as CBS3, as general manager in 1980. He soon hired popular sports radio personality Howard Eskin and an unknown newscaster, Pat Ciarrocchi, who was working at a television station in Western Maryland. "At the time, he was taking a chance, trying to build a 'hometown team' of reporters and anchors who he believed would really care about this community," Ciarrocchi, who grew up in Kennett Square, said yesterday.
August 26, 2008 |
Politics makes strange bedtimes for this fellow. CBS3 morning anchor Ukee Washington is doing his regular 5-to-7-a.m. duties as well as anchoring the station's 4, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts while evening anchor Chris May is stationed in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. The sleep deprivation will continue next week when May is in St. Paul, Minn., for the Republican National Convention. Pat Ciarrocchi will anchor solo at noon. (Angela Russell is on with Washington at 4 p.m., and Susan Barnett is coanchor at 6 and 11.)
November 30, 2003 |
Eleven years ago, Pat Ciarrocchi, anchor for "Eyewitness News at Noon" on KYW-TV (Channel 3), wrote in her journal about an interview with Tony Canter, a 29-year-old man dying of AIDS. Recently, Ciarrocchi came across a ceramic heart Canter had given her. Coincidentally, she recently had heard from Canter's sister on the anniversary of her brother's death to tell her how much the story had meant to him. Two entries from Ciarrocchi's journal record the experience of encountering AIDS.
October 30, 2002 |
When it comes to favorite Halloween foods, the subject quickly turns to sweets and treats. There may be a traditional pot of chili on the stove or a seasonal pork roast with apples in the oven. But what comes to mind first when we think of Halloween are bags brimming with assorted candy loot, caramel- and candy-coated apples, and candy corn. Pat Ciarrocchi - coanchor of KYW-TV's Eyewitness News at noon and 5 p.m. and one of our town's most respected broadcast journalists - admits to a craving for the tricolored kernels.