School Closings And Delays

Alicia Nieves joined Newswatch 16 in January of 2015. She a native New Yorker, who grew up most in the Bronx, but spent a significant amount of time in Florida. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Radio & Television Broadcasting. After struggling to break into the news industry for just a little over a year, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree at one of the best journalism schools in the country; Syracuse University’s S.I Newhouse School of Communications.

Just three months after starting her Master’s at Syracuse, she got her first break – working as a part-time reporter for WBNG-TV Action News in Binghamton, NY. For a year, she simultaneously reported for WBNG and completed her Master’s Degree.

Alicia says reporting is her passion. She loves getting to learn what makes a community ‘tick’, what’s important to that community, and trying to make a difference for the people in it. To help her do that, she’s admits to being a social media junkie! She says she tries to connect with viewers and get them the news they want as fast, but accurate, as she can get it. She welcomes followers on Twitter and Facebook to say hello or tell her about any stories in the community they think she should cover.

When Alicia is not reporting, she spends as much time as possible with her family in New York City and Binghamton. With six brothers, and two sisters, she’s a huge sports fan – most notably a diehard New York Giants fan.


Recent Articles
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    Imposed Power Outages for Demolition

    LEHIGHTON — Crews are starting the week-long process of demolishing and removing what is left of an apartment building along North 2nd Street in Lehighton. The demolition comes about a week after firefighters had to battle two blazes here, in one day. An initial fire started overnight last Monday and then hours later on Monday morning, the flames reignited. Much like the fire fight at the apartment building, the demolition of it isn’t going to be easy. “In order to load the wood […]

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    Troopers: Man Used Social Media for Sex Crimes

    HAZLETON — A man is charged with sex crimes in Luzerne and Carbon Counties. State police say Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei, 20, from the Hazleton area, used social media to target young girls and solicit naked photos of them. “What he is doing is using social media platforms. From there he is making general conversations and developing a strong rapport with these victims and from there he is exploiting them,” explained Trooper Anthony Petroski. State police say Ngirngesechi met teenage girls […]

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    South Main Street Getting Face Lift

    WILKES-BARRE — More improvements are coming to the downtown Wilkes-Barre area. Wilkes University was just awarded $1 million to begin a renovation project along South Main Street. If you’ve walked along South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, you know how bad some of the sidewalks are. “A few weeks ago, it was snowy and icy. With the cracks on the ground, I slipped and fell. I’m glad nobody was around. If they don’t fix it, it is going to be a […]

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    A Phone Call from the President

    HOMETOWN — When we get sick, it’s not unusual for family and friends to give us a phone call to see how we’re doing. A man from Schuylkill County got that call from President Barack Obama himself. That man, a Schuylkill County native, describes his surprise chat with the president as one that has made him feel better, but in his own words, “it was an experience of a lifetime.” And it’s one that made him emotional when we talked […]

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    New Approach to Treating Drug Crimes in Schuylkill County

    POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County is taking a new approach to reducing crime and deal with its overcrowded prison by starting a drug treatment court. Schuylkill County’s newly formed drug treatment court focuses on treating criminals dealing with addiction. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges packed a courtroom inside the Schuylkill County Courthouse for an hour-long seminar on the county’s new drug treatment court. “Myself, as the chief law enforcement officer in Schuylkill County, I have been advocating for this program for […]

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    West Hazleton Firefighters Saving Lives and Services

    WEST HAZLETON — An ambulance service in Luzerne County is back up and running after a lack of manpower forced it to close in October. Now, volunteers have stepped in to help. Volunteer firefighters in West Hazleton have stepped up to restore the borough’s ambulance service and to make sure it can stay open permanently. It’s starting an effort to raise funds for the ambulance service and recruit more volunteers. Firefighters with the West Hazleton Fire Department are doing double […]

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    A Small Memorial for a Big Loss

    SAINT CLAIR — The death of a 4-year-old boy in Schuylkill County is hitting a community hard. Even emergency responders are struggling with the loss. The little boy died last week in a crash at a busy intersection in Saint Clair. Saint Clair police are still trying to determine the exact cause of the crash that killed 4-year-old Issac Krammes of New Philadelphia, but authorities admit the intersection where the crash happened is known for crashes. At the intersection of […]

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    Thieves Swipe Tools from Church in Carbon County

    BOWMANSTOWN — Police are looking for the thieves who stole thousands of dollars’ worth of tools and equipment from a church in Carbon County. The theft happened over the New Year’s holiday, but church officials didn’t realize it until Thursday morning. The tools and equipment were stolen from a garage at the Faith Alive United Methodist Church. There are a lot of bare shelves inside the garage of the church near Palmerton. “The tool box was here, and it was […]

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    Giving Back in Memory of a Lost Child

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Sitting inside the sunroom, at the Ronald McDonald House near Danville brings back a lot of memories for Colleen Bush of Montrose. She practically called the place her second home during the toughest time in her life when her daughter Sarah was born with a terminal illness in 2001. “When she was born, we stayed here off and on for 15 months until she passed away,” Bush said. The Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit that provides […]

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    New Year, New You?

    NORTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP — The number one New Year’s resolution is in full-swing at Planet Fitness near Pottsville. “I want to keep eating healthy and exercising and make it part of my daily life,” said Lorie Shadle of Schuylkill Haven. Hundreds of people like Shadle spent part of their day at the gym, running away from 2016 and toward a new version of themselves in 2017. “Today it’s been off the charts. It’s been crazy. A lot of people coming […]

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    Cemetery Admits Changes Needed

    SCRANTON — Over the past few years, it’s no secret the Washburn Street Cemetery in Scranton has had some issues with vandalism. Earlier this year, the cemetery reported the tombstone of Hillary Clinton’s father was damaged. Now, there’s more concern with dozens of tombstones turned over, or tombstones buried under a fallen tree. Not as acts of vandalism but, what appears to some, as a lack of care for the cemetery. “As I drive through, it just looks a mess. All the […]

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    Vandal Breaks Into High School, Rides Floor Cleaning Zamboni Through Hallways

    TUNKHANNOCK — Surveillance footage caught 21-year-old Robert Joseph Nast inside the Tunkhannock Area High School. Authorities say Nast broke into the high school Thursday night and spent about an hour inside roaming the halls. “Video shows he was at the back of the school,” commented Chief Edward Morristell of the Tunkhannock Township Police Department. “He was throwing some boards around prior to him making entry to the school. Once inside he knocked some desks over. There`s a floor cleaning zamboni that […]