Joined KDKA: Full time in 1982…(previous two years as an intern)
Hometown: Hopewell Township, Aliquippa, Pa.
Alma Mater: Point Park University
Music: Multiple interests…Love top 40 (Bruno Mars my favorite), Country, R&B…and it goes on and on
Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption” No Matrix effects necessary, great story
TV Show: Back in the day “MASH.” Today, I focus on sports quite a bit, big “The Sopranos” fan in the day.
Book: Mostly sports books.
Hobbies: Golf, dancing and Karaoke
Sports Team: All Pittsburgh teams, Golden State in NBA
Food: Equal Opportunity Eater, LOL
Local Restaurant: Capital Grille, Hyde Park, Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s, Eddie Merlot’s (I like steak and seafood), BUT really, I love so many of the eateries around Pittsburgh. Lots of great ethnic places, too.
Hidden PA Gem: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and SPA. World Class amenities right in our own backyard.
Sport/Exercise: Walking with my wife, Lisa and golf
Quote: “It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
Vacation Spot: Hawaii, Cancun, Paris
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate
THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs and cats, both
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone call
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Plastic
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
||A sports anchor for KDKA-TV News at Six and KDKA-TV News at Eleven, Bob Pompeani began his career at KDKA-TV in 1982, but his experience with hometown sports goes beyond the 31 years he’s worked at KDKA.
Growing up in an area deep in sports traditions, Bob has seen all of the biggest high school rivalries as well as met players and coaches who’ve gone on to make sports history.
Bob spends the school year presenting the KDKA-TV “Extra Effort” award to local students who excel in athletics, academics and community service. In its 33rd year, Bob has visited over 1,200 local schools and produced feature stories on each outstanding student.
In 2015 Bob was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1997 Bob was voted Pittsburgh’s favorite sportscaster in a reader poll of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1998, Bob became the first man ever to receive the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy’s Professional Image Award — in the twenty years that PBA has handed out the honor.
Bob was also the 2000 Tri-State PGA of America Distinguished Service Award winner for outstanding contributions to local golf — getting inducted into the local Tri-State PGA Golf Hall of Fame.
Bob was inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in April of 2007 for his many contributions to local sports.
Bob has received the Golden Quill Award six times: first in 1987 for his report, “Earning Their Stripes,” a story about hockey officiating; second in 1988 for “Project Playoffs”; and most recently in 2013 for his Pittsburgh Steeler exclusives.
Bob has won three Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards and eight AP awards for play-by-play of Steeler Pre-Season games and as host of the “#1 Cochran Sports Showdown.”
In 2011, Bob was named “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council, and in 2012 he was awarded a People’s Choice Award for “Dancing With Pittsburgh Celebrities.”
In 2015 Bob was also awarded with a lifetime achievement award by the Syria Shriners of Pittsburgh.
After graduating from Hopewell High School, Bob graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science.
In between work and family time, Bob works closely with the community and is on the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Partners for Quality Inc, and the Give the Kids the World Foundation. Bob has also been on the Executive Committee for the Mario Lemieux Foundation since 1995 and has served as Master of Ceremonies for the “Penguins at your Service” annual black tie dinner for the past 18 years.
Bob and his wife, Lisa, reside in Robinson Township with their two daughters, Chelsea and Celina. In his free time, Bob enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.