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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
  • LUZ 309 SNOW

    Truck Drivers Caught Ignoring Detour, Fined During Snowstorm

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP – Police cited several truck drivers who were caught driving through a restricted work zone during a snowstorm in Luzerne County. PennDOT said the project to blast away a rock wall along Route 309 between Wilkes-Barre and Mountain Top is behind schedule, but should be finished before Christmas. Fairview Township Police Chief Joseph Intellicato told Newswatch 16 that several tractor-trailer drivers were caught driving through the restricted zone while heavy snow coated the road. “They just follow the […]

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    Travelers Change Plane, Bus Tickets In Hopes Of Beating Winter Storm

    WILKES-BARRE — People traveling by charter bus and airplane in Luzerne County scrambled to switch their tickets in hopes of leaving a day early to beat the winter storm expected Wednesday. At the Intermodal Center in Wilkes-Barre, people traveling with Martz Travelways told Newswatch 16 that they were surprised to see so many people leaving early. “I didn’t think there would be that many today, to be honest with you,” said Patricia Jones. “Tomorrow yes, but today I didn’t think […]

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    Pedestrian Hit In Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A woman died after being hit by a Jeep Tuesday morning in Hazleton. The coroner was called to the scene along South Church and Chapel Streets just after 11 a.m. Officials tell us a woman was hit by the vehicle and died. Her name has not been released. There is no word on what, if any, charges the driver may face. JUST IN: Coroner has been called to the scene of a deadly pedestrian crash in Hazleton. — […]

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    UPDATE: Man Hospitalized With Burns After House Fire

    PLYMOUTH – First responders said one man was rushed to the hospital with burns to his head and leg after a fire broke out inside a double block home. The fire started before noon along Lee Street. Along with the flames and smoke, firefighters said they encountered explosions from food and paint cans. People who live along Lee Street told Newswatch 16 that they’re worried about the neighbor. “I heard the sirens and looked out the front porch and seen […]

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    “Carry on that Legacy,” Homeless Shelter Founder Dies

    WILKES-BARRE – Officials at Catholic Social Services said the founder of a homeless shelter died following medical complications in the hospital Sunday night. Monsignor Joseph Kelly told Newswatch 16 that Vince Kabacinski started the VISION shelter in Wilkes-Barre and helped dozens of men in Luzerne County who had nowhere else to go. “For over 30 years he has almost singlehandedly served that community,” said Monsignor Kelly. “We actually placed 40 men in three months in permanent housing. That changed the […]

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    Valley Santa Needs Help In Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — More volunteers and a bit of holiday magic, organizers say that’s what they need to make sure 4,000 kids from struggling families in Luzerne County will get gifts on Christmas morning. Volunteers and a youth wrestling team took time to wrap gifts for kids they may never meet in Luzerne County. They’re helping the Valley Santa program inside Boscov’s on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. “With all of the government cutbacks the last few years, there’s just been […]

  • Bank Robbery Reported In Avoca

    AVOCA — Police are looking for the man they say robbed a bank on Friday afternoon in Luzerne County. Officers say the suspect walked into the PNC Bank on Main Street just before 2 p.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money and saying he had a gun. One man was in the bank prior to the robbery said he was worried about the tellers. “If I was them, I’d be awful nervous. Because in this day and age […]

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    UPDATE: Shooting Sparked By Suspected Drug Dealer Who Nearly Ran Over Officers

    UPDATE – FRIDAY: Bong Bob Kim was arraigned in the hospital Friday morning, according to state police. HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Charges filed late Thursday afternoon said Bong Bob Kim nearly ran over two police officers during an undercover drug deal in a shopping plaza. Court records do not identify which Wilkes-Barre police officer fired a shot that hit Kim. Undercover deals in public places are nothing new and some people are questioning if they should ever happen. William Uggiano’s daughter […]

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    Officer Shoots Man At Shopping Plaza

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Streets in part of Luzerne County were blocked off after authorities say an officer fired his gun in a busy shopping area parking lot. A police officer fired his gun Wednesday afternoon during some sort of undercover operation. It happened at a shopping plaza in Hanover Township near Wilkes-Barre. While troopers work to figure out exactly which cop fired their weapon and why, people who were shopping and working in the plaza are waiting for this investigation […]

  • Airport Power

    Power Fully Restored To Airport Following 12 Hours Of Problems

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Officials said electricity from PPL was restored to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport nearly 12 hours after a power outage led to a series of issues. Airport Director Barry Centini told Newswatch 16 that inspectors are still working to figure out what led to the problems, following a power surge and outage that happened around 3 a.m. “The power went out twice. I know once it was the street power, the utility power that comes in,” said Centini. […]

  • UPDATE: Police Charge Man Who Carried Crossbow onto Public Square

    WILKES-BARRE — Police in Wilkes-Barre had to respond to a bizarre and alarming 911 call: a man seen walking around Public Square armed with crossbow. The calls came in around 5:30 p.m. Monday, with plenty of people out on the square. Wilkes-Barre police came rushing out to Public Square after the calls came in. Moments later, Newswatch 16 found officers surrounding the man who was taken into custody after being hit with a stun gun. Witnesses tell us that man […]

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    Man Stabbed Inside Gated Community

    FOSTER TOWNSHIP — State police said one man was stabbed inside a gated community near White Haven. Troopers said it happened before 1 p.m. inside the Hickory Hills community along Route 940. Investigators said the man told police that he was walking along a street when he was stabbed, after he got involved in an altercation with another man who was driving by. Authorities said the crime was not random and the stabbing victim is expected to recover. No one […]


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