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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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    A Ramp for a Special Student

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A school bus driver in East Stroudsburg went above and beyond to help one of his students. Now a wheelchair ramp is making all the difference for a very special eight grade student. Every day, school bus driver Joe Bussiere lowers the lift and picks up a very special student at J.T. Lambert Intermediate near East Stroudsburg. Her name is Kelsey. She’s an eight grade student who has cerebral palsy. “Each morning when I would pick her […]

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    Working to Protect Historic Properties from Flood Waters

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Crews hit the streets in Monroe County Wednesday, kicking off a state pilot project to protect historic properties from flood damage. This project is the first of its kind in the state. Crews are compiling a comprehensive list of historic properties in flood-prone areas to try and come up with strategies to protect them from disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Crews in yellow vests canvased Cherry Valley near Stroudsburg, stopping to document every historic home and […]

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    New App to Find Polls in Monroe County

    STROUDSBURG — If you had a hard time figuring out where you were supposed to cast your ballot on Election, you’re not alone. That’s the reason for a new online application in Monroe County. Phones ring off the hook on election days in Monroe County’s Voter Registration Office. “People don’t know where to go, or their polling place has been moved. They’re not sure where to go,” said director of elections Sara May-Silfee. We found voters at East Stroudsburg University […]

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    Driver Apologizes for Killing Cyclist

    STROUDSBURG — Months after a bicyclist was run down and killed, the driver of the car that allegedly hit him went before a judge. Outside of the courtroom, that man said it was a terrible accident. The driver of the SUV, George Santana told us he’s very sorry for what happened to Tyrone Miller. Miller was riding his bike on the sidewalk when he was allegedly hit by Santana and killed. Walking into court handcuffed, George Santana of Stroudsburg has […]

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    Drug Cars on the Auction Block

    CRESCO — Cars and a couple of ATVs were on the auction block Friday morning, all seized from drug crimes in Monroe County. About 10 vehicles went up for auction in Cresco, but they’re not your typical find. “All of the vehicles that we’re selling today were seized from drug dealers, so they were involved in the crime that a drug dealer was arrested for,” said Monroe County Chief Detective Eric Kerchner. A Ford had a list of what was […]

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    Barrett Township Looks Back on Frein’s Capture

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — One year ago, the massive manhunt that went on for weeks in the Poconos came to an end. Eric Frein was captured and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals. Frein is accused of opening fire on the state police barracks in Blooming Grove and killing Corporal Bryon Dickson, and badly injuring Trooper Alex Douglass. Many people say they will forever remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news Frein was captured. […]

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    Heroin Antidote Now Accessible to All State Residents

    MONROE COUNTY — A drug that counteracts a heroin overdose is now available to anyone living in the state of Pennsylvania. The drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse an overdose of opiate drugs, including heroin. Ambulances and some law enforcement officers already carry the antidote with them, but now everyone in Pennsylvania, including drug users, has access to this life-saving drug. Bricks of heroin can be found all over the Poconos. Detectives say it’s a drug that’s running […]

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    Major Development Could be Coming to the Poconos

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — A major development may be making its way to the Poconos, bringing a new grocery store, shopping, restaurants and apartments. Empty fields off Route 209 in Smithfield Township could become the latest hot spot in the Poconos. Developers out of the Philadelphia area just bought this property for $8 million and plan to transform it into shops, restaurants, and apartment spaces. “I think it’s very positive, it’s going to be very good. It’s going to help everybody […]

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    Everything Ghoulish and Gory for Your Halloween

    EAST STROUDSBURG — There’s a costume shop in the Poconos that has pulled out all the stops for Halloween. With just days to go until Halloween, Frazetta’s Costumes is packed with everything ghoulish and gory. “It’s been fabulous. It’s been busy,” said owner Bill Frazetta. “We’ve had a lot of problems over the last four years with the weather and the manhunt and everything, but this year’s been a good season being it falls on Saturday.” Business is up about […]

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    New Township Building Built to Take a Bullet

    ROSS TOWNSHIP — A new township building in the Poconos is being built to withstand bullets after the tragic shooting in Ross Township in 2013. Ross Township’s new township building is beginning to take shape. It has everything from bulletproof windows and doors to a safe room. Contractors are busy in Ross Township building a new township building right next to the old one. The project manager says this new one is built to take a bullet. “Because of the […]

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    Pleasant Valley Student Voices Peppermint Patty in ‘Peanuts’ Movie

    CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — The voice of a classic comic strip character in the new “Peanuts” movie just happens to be a high school student in the Poconos. Venus Schultheis, 15, is a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School, but in her free time, she’s been going back and forth between the Poconos and New York City to record the voice of Peppermint Patty for the new “Peanuts” movie. Venus is busy tackling sophomore year at Pleasant Valley High School in […]

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    What’s Killing the Cats?

    WEATHERLY — Dead cats in the streets, dead cats in people’s yards–it’s becoming a perplexing problem in one Carbon County community. Police say five stray cats have turned up dead in the area of Maple Street in Weatherly over the last few weeks. Some neighbors say it’s at least six and they have no idea why. Stray cats have been calling Maple Street home for quite some time in Weatherly. But recently, some of their four-legged friends have been turning […]


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