April Magera, John Roman Press Club Speakers

Reality television personality April Margera and veteran journalist John Roman will speak at   The Press Club Serving The
Philadelphia Suburbs,  noon, today, Jan. 15, at Margaret Kuo’s in
Wayne.

Mrs. Margera is a reality television personality, best known for her appearances on MTV’s Viva La Bam, Jackass, the CKY videos, Minghags: The Movie and Bam’s Unholy Union. Referred to as “Ape” by fans of the popular series, April is the mother of Bam and CKY drummer Jess, and is married to Phil Margera.

Jeff Tremaine, producer of Jackass, once referred to her as “everyone’s mom,” telling how she cooked dinner for the entire Jackass crew on their first trip to West Chester. Margera published a cookbook called April Cooks: There’s An Alligator In My Kitchen, with the title being a reference to the time that Bam put an alligator in her kitchen as part of a skit on “Jackass: The Movie.”

In 2011, Mrs. Margera opened a store, The Rose Hip Barn, in Thornton that sells refurbished furniture as well as homemade purses and accessories for the home.

John Roman is a veteran crime reporter, award winning journalist and author of the mystery thriller “Ink in His Blood.”

Roman first pounded the city streets for the former Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, then the largest evening daily newspaper in America. He covered many of Philadelphia’s top news events.

After the Bulletin closed, Roman went on to a legendary career with the Delaware County Daily and Sunday Times, covering numerous murders and crimes, including the standoff of eccentric millionaire John DuPont at his sprawling estate after he gunned down an Olympic wrestler. A veteran and highly regarded police reporter, Roman was among the first to focus on the use of DNA forensic evidence in criminal investigations. He covered the brutal rape-murder case in Delaware County in which Nick Yarris wrongfully spent 21 years on death row before being exonerated through DNA testing after he was the first death row inmate in the U.S. to request DNA testing to prove his innocence.

April Magera, John Roman Press Club Speakers
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