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 28th year, Bob has visited over 875 local schools and produced feature stories on each outstanding student.
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.”
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.
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Taking private problems and disputes and playing them out in the national spotlight is not the style of the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, that’s what’s happening this off-season, and another key player is now talking about the recent LaMarr Woodley incident.
Bob Pompeani talked about the Pens’ Cup chances and their roster with Adam Proteau of The Hockey News.
Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus discussed his recent column about the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen with Bob Pompeani.
While the newly crowned Super Bowl champion Ravens bask in the glow of their second world title, the Steelers have gone back to work, trying to win a 7th.
By Pittsburgh Steelers’ standards, 8-8 is unacceptable; especially after starting 6-3. So, KDKA’s Bob Pompeani asked Steelers’ President Art Rooney II what word best describes 2012.
Fresh off a working vacation in his native Russia, Pittsburgh Penguins star center Evgeni Malkin said he’s happy to be back in Pittsburgh, and he’s ready to hit the ice with his teammates.
Speculation is brewing that former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will be returning to the sidelines again.
The Arizona Cardinals have asked the Pittsburgh Steelers for permission to interview offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Even though it’s Thanksgiving, today was no day off for the Steelers. They hit the practice field — getting ready for Sunday’s game in Cleveland, Ohio.
Many hunters will spend the holiday weekend in the woods going after deer, turkey or pheasants. This week, the Steelers’ defensive lineman Brett Keisel and some of his teammates grabbed some guns and headed to a local hunting and fishing club. And they took KDKA’s Bob Pompeani along with them.
Many NHL players have opted to head to Europe to play until a new collective bargaining agreement can be hammered out. One player who has not gone that route yet is Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who is still hopeful that something will get done soon.
KDKA-TV’s Bob Pompeani met up with Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma recently to talk about the lockout and to get his thoughts on players coming up through the system.