Longtime Philadelphia Sportscaster Gary Papa Dead of Cancer
by KYW's Paul Kurtz and Jim Melwert
Longtime Philadelphia television sports anchor Gary Papa has died at the age of 54.
Papa, the sports director for WPVI-TV, died Friday after a five-year battle against prostate cancer.
Gary Papa joined the TV station in 1981 as a sports reporter. The TV station's web site says he spent nine years as weekend sports anchor, while reporting from the field three days a week. He was named sports director in 1990.
He leaves behind his wife, Kathleen, and two sons, Tucker and Nathaniel.