Pat Ciarrocchi, Respected News Journalist for KYW-TV and Co-Host of Talk Philly, Stays True to Wilmington Roots
First lady of Philly news: Newscaster Pat Ciarrocchi got her start in Wilmington. She remains strongly connected to the city
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Her community involvement, particularly with Padua and St. Anthony’s, led Wilmington’s Columbus Day Communion Breakfast to honor her as Italian-American of the Year in 2012. “Once her name was brought up by the committee, the approval was instantaneous and unanimous,” says committee member John DiEleuterio. “People in the community refer to her as ‘our Pat Ciarrocchi.’ They’ve adopted her as a Wilmingtonian.”
Last year Ciarrocchi established scholarships at Padua Academy and Neumann University in honor of her 30th anniversary at KYW-TV. She also was instrumental in forming a communications department at Padua and helping the school to set up the Pat Ciarrocchi Television Studio. She even hosted the first of the high school’s daily shows, which are broadcast internally for the student body.
“Pat is like a rock star when she comes here,” says Cindy Hayes Mann, head of Padua Academy. “So many of the young women emulate her. She’s a strong woman who knows where she’s going, but is compassionate to others—a lady in the truest sense of the word.”