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.
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.
The Steelers return after a week off during the bye week to the field again this weekend taking on the Eagles.
The Steeler bye week was much talked about in the pre-season. Many people thought it was too early here in week #4. Most agree, the best bye week is week 9 or at the halfway mark of the season.
The Steelers visit the “Black Hole” this Sunday and playing Oakland recently has put the Steelers in a hole. Considering how bad they have been over the last decade and a half, the Raiders have had more than their share of success against the Steelers.
KDKA’s Bob Pompeani caught up with former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon.
With just one more preseason game left, the Steelers’ 80th season kicks off in just a few weeks. Ben Roethlisberger has been a big part of the team’s success since 2004 and tonight, as he prepares for the new season, he is talking candidly, only on KDKA.
For Rolle, this may be the end of his time with the Steelers, but he still has even bigger plans in the works. Football has been his passion, but not his top priority. He made that school work.
One thing missing from the first two preseason games was the threat of the deep pass and with good reason – Mike Wallace was not in those games. He won’t be there on Saturday night in Buffalo either, but that will change next week and his teammates could not be happier.
It may be hard to believe, but the Steelers first preseason game is just two days away. This year’s training camp has had a holdout by a key player, a huge contract for another — and we learned about an injury to Ben Roethlisberger.
When you enter the newly remodeled Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio, you’re entering what is now quickly becoming a shrine to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Six new players will be enshrined forever into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this weekend and four of them have ties to Pittsburgh.
The Pirates kept busy after acquiring Travis Snider. With that deal and two others made today, the Pirates had to make a few roster moves.
Pirates catcher Michael McKenry joined Bob Pompeani on 93.7 The Fan Saturday to talk about the team’s recent success and his growing role in it.