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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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    Power to Save: Growing Gardens Giving Back

    SAYLORSBURG — A garden in Monroe County is growing in a big way. It’s entire harvest goes toward helping the community it’s rooted in. The rows of plants seem to never end – zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce – all right in Jim Capasso’s back yard near Saylorsburg. “I just decided to go out and turn over the garden and just plant and see who I could feed,” said Capasso. Jim began this labor of love about four years ago. He’s the […]

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    Old Playground Torn Down in Marshalls Creek

    MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Crews started tearing down a playground in Monroe County to make way for something new. The work is being done by just a few volunteers. Sawing, hammering, and shaking, volunteers are taking down the 18-year-old Resica Community Playground in Marshalls Creek. The property behind Resica Elementary is owned by the East Stroudsburg Area School District. “We’re using screwdrivers, chainsaws, saw saws, whatever we need to be safe, to take this down, that’s what we’re going to […]

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    Cherry Crops ‘Picked Over’ by Tough Winter

    EFFORT — It’s officially the first week of summer, but winter is still to blame for some problems in the Poconos. Farmers there say this season’s cherry crop may be cut in half because of the long, bitter cold season. About 300 cherry trees sit on Heckman Orchards in Effort, but this season the bright red bunches of fruit look picked over. Farmers say winter is to blame. “The extremely cold weather we had in January and February, we had […]

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    Friends, Co-workers Remember Crash Victim

    MOUNT POCONO — We are learning more about the woman who died after a crash along Route 611 in Mount Pocono this past weekend. Katrina Strausser’s former co-workers say she was a loving mom and grandmother. Strausser used to work at Friendly’s in Tannersville. One of her friends there saw Strausser at Pocono Mountain East’s graduation only hours before the deadly crash. Flashing lights filled Route 611 in Mount Pocono Friday night where a Camaro collided head on with an […]

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    The Great Race Makes Pit Stop at ESU

    EAST STROUDSBURG — It was quite a spectacle for car lovers Monday in East Stroudsburg. About 100 cars built before the 1970s made a pit stop at East Stroudsburg University as part of The Great Race. Rolling into East Stroudsburg University were classic cars 50, 60, 70 years old, and some more than 100. It’s all part of a road rally called “The Great Race.” It started in Maine this past Saturday and ends Sunday in Florida. “The Great Race […]

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    Splishin’ and Splashin’ For A Record

    TANNERSVILLE — Swimmers in Monroe County and across the world are hoping to splash their way into the record books. Today was the fifth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Kicking and splashing, kids at Camelbeach Water Park were all trying to help break a Guinness world record: the Largest Swimming Lesson, which currently stands at more than 32,000 swimmers worldwide. Dawn Rack of Cresco brings her kids every year for the record-breaking attempt at the water park, just one of […]

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    Bluegrass Takes Over the Poconos

    NEWFOUNDLAND — Bluegrass music will fill the air in part of Wayne County this weekend. The 18th annual Pocono Mountains Bluegrass Festival kicked off Friday morning under sunny skies. Banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, and fiddles and the sounds of bluegrass, will all be taking center stage in the Poconos for a weekend-long festival. “I’m telling you it couldn’t get any better. We got great weather here and we have a lot of great people here with us,” said Pocono Mountain Bluegrass […]

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    Aquashicola FD in the Running for National Contest

    LOWER TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP — A national contest honoring volunteer firefighters has a tie to our area. Aquashicola Fire Company in Carbon County is one of the top 20 finalists in the Johnsonville’s Best of Us nationwide competition recognizing volunteer departments that go above and beyond. This small volunteer fire house near Palmerton is in the running for a pretty big honor. Here in Aquashicola, 44-year volunteer fireman Larry Arner could hardly believe his department’s made it this far. “Absolutely, you […]


    UPDATE: Crash Closes Road, Cuts Power

    NESQUEHONING — The cleanup in Carbon County continues after an early morning crash. It happened along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. Two people were sent to the hospital Hours after an early morning crash, PPL crews work to put up a new utility pole along Route 54 in Nesquehoning. Neighbors say they woke up to the crash responsible for this damage. “About 6:57, because I looked at my alarm clock, I heard this sound and it woke me up from a […]

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    Final Summer Dismissal at Ramsey Elementary

    STROUDSBURG — An elementary school in Stroudsburg is officially closed for the summer and may be closed for good. The school board voted last month to close WH Ramsey Elementary at the end of the school year. Walking out hand in hand, students at Ramsey Elementary are leaving for summer vacation, the final emotional dismissal before the building closes for good. James Pandolfo says Thomas Street will never be the same in Stroudsburg and he will miss all of this. […]

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    Pocono Mountain Charter School Closing

    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP — After a long battle, the Pocono Mountain Charter School in Coolbaugh Township is closing its doors for good this week. The school announced it will not fight to win its charter back. The Pocono Mountain Charter School will graduate its final senior class Tuesday evening. The school’s nearly 350 other students are now left to look for a new home nearly a year after the school’s charter was revoked by a state board. “Right now, obviously, we’re […]

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    Catholic School Closes, Ends 128 Years In Carbon County

    LEHIGHTON — A Catholic school in Lehighton is saying farewell Ss. Peter and Paul School closed its doors on Friday after 128 years. Members of the Ss. Peter and Paul School community in Lehighton are struggling to say farewell to their school. It was a tearful good-bye for students, staff, and this entire community. “The motto ‘we are family’ never meant as much as it does now.” Ss. Peter and Paul students are off to summer vacation after the final […]