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Broadcast Pioneers member Cathy Gandolfo joined WPVI-TV in September, 1975, as a writer for Action News. In 1977, she was promoted to general assignment reporter and the following year she became the station's New Jersey Correspondent.
Gandolfo grew up in South Philadelphia and attended St. Maria Goretti High School. In 1971, she was graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV-Film from the School of Communications and Theater.
After graduation, she worked for WFIL, Famous 56 and WCAU (1210 on the AM dial). She began her career in news in 1973 when she became part-time news broadcaster for WIFI-FM in Philadelphia. The station at the time was owned by Broadcast Pioneers member Mel Gollub.
Gandolfo's years of experience include covering the start of casino gambling in Atlantic City and the numerous changes since. She has reporter from several national conventions and has been sent to Vatican City to cover Catholic Church issues and their connections to the Church in Philadelphia area. These assignments include the Canonization of Philadelphia native St. Katharine Drexel, the elevation of Archbishop Justin Rigali to the College of Cardinals, the Beatification of Mother Teresa and the funeral of Pope John Paul 2nd. She is also the annual host of the Columbus Day Parade broadcast on 6ABC.
Gandolfo is a member of the Advisory Board of Sts. John Neumann & Maria Goretti High School and serves as a member of the History Committee at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Strafford, Pa. She enjoys playing golf and spending time with old friends. In 2008, Cathy was inducted into our "Hall of Fame."
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