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Amanda is a Pennsylvania native, growing up in the city of Pittsburgh.

She joined the WNEP news team in June, 2012 as a multi-media journalist, shooting, writing and editing her own stories.

Amanda comes to the Newswatch 16 team from Your News Now in Syracuse, New York. She was the Watertown Bureau Reporter, covering the 10th Mountain Division of the Army at Fort Drum, the 1000 Islands region and beyond.

Amanda began her broadcasting work at Kent State University where she graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Administration. At Kent, she was a member of the student-run television program TV2 News, serving Portage County.

She is excited to be living in Northeast Pennsylvania and covering the local stories and issues in this area.

A huge Pittsburgh sports fan, you can find Amanda cheering on the Black and Gold in her free time. She also enjoys running and spending time with family, friends and her cat Reese.

If you have a story idea for Amanda you can send her an email, tweet or find her on Facebook!

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    Nature Discovery Camp ‘Talks Turkey’

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP –Trotting like turkeys, kids at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center near Bartonsville are “gobbling” up all of the information they can find on this bird found in the Poconos. “It was to get them to understand what turkeys need, what they like to eat, where they live, how they survive,” said environmental educator Karen Boyle. After a quick brainstorming session, the kids say they know what a turkey needs to get by in its natural habitat. “They need […]

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    Man Defends Himself Against Murder Charges

    STROUDSBURG  — A couple on trial in Monroe County accused of neglecting an older woman to death insist they did the best they could in caring for the woman. Their defense attorneys have taken over the case and are now presenting the defendants’ side of the story. Wednesday afternoon, John Tedesco of Saylorsburg took the stand in his own defense, trying to convince jurors that 70-year-old Barbara Rabins was like a mother to him, admitting under oath he should have […]

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    Back to School Preparations at Pleasant Valley

    BRODHEADSVILLE — Students in one Pocono school district are getting a head start learning where their classes are and who their teachers will be before the first bell rings. It’s summer vacation, but Arianna Weaver is showing her sister and friends around her old middle school in Pleasant Valley, helping them all tackle their schedules and navigate the hallways. “I start off with homeroom, then I go to Spanish, then I have ‘win’ period, then I have history, science, then […]

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    Dead Dog Found Dumped in Trash Bag

    LANSFORD — A disturbing find on the side of a road: officials believe a dog dumped in Carbon County had been there for weeks. Now, officials are trying to figure out who’s responsible. Someone called Lansford Police to report the gruesome find. A large dog was stuffed in a trash bag and tossed on the side of the road. Officials believe it was already dead, but now they’re looking for who dumped it. A few pieces of the trash bag […]

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    ‘Glamping’ in the Great Outdoors

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — It’s the great outdoors with all of the comforts of home, and then some! The Shawnee Inn now is inviting their guests to come ‘glamping.’ “It is basically a hotel room in a tent. There’s electricity in the tent, so there are lamps in the tent, there is a bed in the tent,” said Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort General Manager Robert Howell. They are serving up the Pocono Mountains on a silver platter. Guests canoe to […]

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    New Businesses Expected in Mount Pocono

    MOUNT POCONO — Plans are being made to bring some new businesses into the Mount Pocono area by spring. Several businesses are eying the Mount Pocono Plaza off Route 940 in Mount Pocono after Kmart closed earlier this year, leaving a big empty space. But some big name stores could be moving in very soon. The windows are all fogged up, and the doors are locked where Kmart in Mount Pocono used to be before closing in July. Now commercial […]

  • Da Vinci Makes Stop in Poconos

    BRODHEADSVILLE — Some high end art is making a stop in the Poconos. Some great works of art are hanging inside the Western Pocono Community Library. Well, they’re replicas, and they’re there to teach kids a little bit about Leonardo da Vinci. “It’s a traveling art exhibit from the teacher’s discovery and they have three large art panels and it just tells a little bit about the artist,” explain Patti Weiss, the program coordinator. Working together in teams, the young […]

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    Wolf Calls for Kane to Step Down

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Not even two hours after the charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane were announced, Governor Tom Wolf called for her resignation at an event in the Poconos. “I’m calling on her to step aside, step down as attorney general,” said Governor Wolf. “Because I think she cannot do what she has to do as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while she’s facing these serious charges.” Governor Wolf arrived at East Stroudsburg Elementary planning to […]

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    Head Start Programs Need State Budget Passed

    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — The state budget is now more than a month late. As government leaders work to battle out the details, teachers at local Head Start programs in the Poconos are starting to worry about what this could mean for hundreds of kids. The Head Start program in Monroe County currently runs five classroom programs, but they are looking to add new classrooms with new funding this year. If there’s no budget that just won’t happen and about 150 […]

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    Murder Trial Underway for Couple Accused in Woman’s Death

    STROUDSBURG — The trial has begun for a husband and wife accused of neglecting a woman in their care so severely that she died. John and Tina Tedesco are on trial in Monroe County after withdrawing guilty pleas they originally made in this case. As the husband and wife walked in to stand trial for murder, defendant John Tedesco says he’s anything but guilty. “We’re innocent,” John Tedesco said. “We’re totally innocent of all of these charges that were charged […]

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    Teen Day Campers Giving Back

    EAST STROUDSBURG — Teens at one summer camp in the Poconos are making good use of their time off and have been busy giving back. Pulling weeds, spreading mulch, planting and watering flowers right in downtown East Stroudsburg; it’s all part of the schedule for some Pocono Family YMCA day campers. “I wanted to give them an all-around approach because a lot of them just want to sit and play video games all day and that’s definitely not what I […]

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    Stroudsburg Shop Attracting Some Stars

    STROUDSBURG — Two business owners in Monroe County are attracting some celebrity attention. The designers in Stroudsburg partnered up about a month ago and are busy developing some dresses for the Red Carpet. The owner of European Needle on Main Street in Stroudsburg moved there less than 10 years ago from Poland. Now her talents, combined with those of another local fashion guru, are attracting some stars to the Poconos. Within the past month, these two business owners have been […]


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