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As a native of the northern tier, Bill Wadell is excited to return to NEPA as a reporter based in the Wyoming Valley Newsroom in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Bill joined the Newswatch 16 team in December 2012.

Born and raised near New Milford, Bill attended Blue Ridge High School and contributed to the crime beat for the Susquehanna County Transcript.

After packing his bags and moving 350 miles across the state, Bill attended classes at California University of Pennsylvania, where he spent plenty of time as the executive editor of the Cal Times newspaper, as well as reported and anchored the weekly student newscast CUTV NewsCenter.

Splitting the difference after graduating, Bill relocated to State College in 2009, where he spent three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at the Centre County bureau for WJAC-TV.

While working in Happy Valley, Bill covered crime, courts, dairy farming, the emerging Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and travelled with the Nittany Lions to Tampa Bay for the Capitol One Bowl in 2010.

During his final year in State College, Bill was on the frontline as the Jerry Sandusky scandal quickly surfaced and unraveled, leading to the arrest and trial of the former defensive coordinator.

Bill also covered the firing, death and public memorial of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, as well as the lingering fallout on the University Park campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding Penn State.

Over the years, Bill has also interned at WBRE and WIVT in Binghamton, NY, as well as spent some time as a freelance multi-media journalist for HSTV in Uniontown, PA and freelance videographer for WPXI in Pittsburgh.

Bill is thrilled to return to NEPA, catch up with old friends, live closer to his family and make the Wyoming Valley his new home.

Recent Articles
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    Fire At Luzerne County Plant

    JUST IN: Three alarm fire at Silgan in Hazle Township. Employees evacuated the manufacturing facility. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) September 30, 2014


    Reported Gunshot Victim Dropped Off At Hospital

    NOW: Dispatchers say gunshot victim was dropped off at W-B General Hospital. Ambulance bay blocked off, ER still open — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) September 30, 2014 WILKES-BARRE — Police have blocked off an area of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after someone dropped off a gunshot victim, according to emergency dispatchers. Police are keeping a close eye on a car parked outside of the ambulance bay. Officers say a man who was shot was dropped off by someone and two other […]

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    Propane Suspected Cause of Two Recent House Explosions

    NANTICOKE – Propane is a cost effective and statistically safe fuel source, but safety trainers offered reminders for homeowners after two recent house explosions. Firefighters in Pike County believe a propane leak likely played a role in a house explosion near Newfoundland over the weekend. Firefighters were also seen inspecting a propane tank at house explosion last week near Mountain Lake in Luzerne County. Officials at the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College told Newswatch 16 that […]

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    Woman Recovering After Crash, Disappearance

    DENNISON TOWNSHIP — A woman in Luzerne County is recovering after a nasty bicycle crash that left her stranded in the woods for 48 hours. Hundreds of people joined in the search for Karen Andrews last Friday. Now, she’s home recovering from a concussion. Her husband says he’s grateful for all of the people who helped track her down. Search crews had K9s sniffing for a trail and volunteers showed the missing person’s picture to drivers. That was the alarming […]

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    “It’s a Gift From God,” Self-Defense Classes Offered At Sherman Hills

    WILKES-BARRE – At a troubled housing complex known for violence, a man who bounced back from homelessness is now using martial arts to teach residents how to defend themselves. “My daughter started last week and she had a good time. She came home trying to practice on me,” said Tanique Hudson. “Nowadays, you might have to (use self-defense) especially growing up in these times, between violence that`s going on with women, at home with their husbands.” Her instructor is Bryant […]

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    UPDATE: No Injuries Reported After House Explosion

    Firefighters are waiting for utility crew to cut power before they get closer look at explosion near Mountain Lake. — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) September 25, 2014 BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — A home in Luzerne County was leveled by an apparent explosion Thursday afternoon. It happened around 1 p.m. near Bear Creek Village. The noise of the blast startled people who live near Thornhurst Road, including Nicole Rosenthel. “I was petrified. I was like ‘oh, my God.’ I was home […]

  • Troopers: Frein’s AK-47 Style Rifle Recovered, Manhunt Continues

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP – Investigators said they recovered an AK-47 style rifle and ammunition from a 250 square-mile search area, as the manhunt continues for an alleged cop killer. “Frein has prepared and planned extensively for months and maybe years. He planned his attack and his retreat,” said Lt. Col. George Bevins. “We are closing in on him. He is no longer safe.” Although there were 911 calls of gunfire during the search areas, troopers said they have not yet […]

  • “Extreme Precautionary Measures” Continue As Troopers Search For Suspected Killer

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP – The sight of tactical trucks, lines of police cruisers and helicopters hovering overhead has become the new norm in the Poconos as police continue to search for Eric Frein. According to an emailed statement, state police are urging about 7,000 residents who live in Barrett and Price townships to stay in their homes until further notice. “Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken. The PA State Police are very concerned […]

  • UPDATE: Residents Urged To Stay Inside As Manhunt Continues

    UPDATE AT 2:45 P.M. — A State Police spokeswoman issued the following statement on Saturday afternoon: “As you know, PSP and other law enforcement officers have responded to the area of Barrett/Price Townships, Monroe County to conduct a search for Eric Matthew Frein. Due to the violent nature of his crimes, extreme precautionary measures are being taken. The PA State Police are very concerned for the safety of the community so we are continuing to ask people to shelter in […]

  • UPDATE: One Man Flown To Hopital After Fire in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Several homes were reduced to rubble after a fire on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre and a man was flown to the hospital with severe burns. The owner of the building looked on with a heavy heart as the structure he’s owned for more than 60 years was ripped down hours after the fire started. City workers had to tear into it to get to stubborn hot spots. Firefighters had a tough time getting the blaze that sparked […]

  • Three Years After Flood, Homes Finally Torn Down

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP — Demolition crews are tearing down a cluster of crumbling homes in Luzerne County three years after the Susquehanna River flooded. Little has changed in the Port Blachard section of Jenkins Township over the past three years. Many of the crumbling, flood damaged houses in the neighborhood near Pittston remain though the water is long gone. Dozens of homes were submerged when the Susquehanna River flooded in September 2011. “It kind of looked bad. It looked like it […]

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    ‘We Are Overwhelmed,’ Mother of Fallen Trooper Thanks Supporters

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — At the first tribute for fallen Cpl. Bryon Dickson, his mother told Newswatch 16 that their family is grateful for the support from the law enforcement community, and from strangers. “We are overwhelmed with the greatness and the magnitude and outpouring of support for our son,” said Darla Dickson. “We’re simple people. And to see this is just beyond what we can even fathom. We send our love and know that your support is just as real […]


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