Bill Wadell


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

  • UPDATE: Corrections Officer Slashed By Convicted Killer

    Posted on: 5:30 am, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 05:02am, April 18, 2014

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP — State officials said a corrections officer at the state prison near Dallas has been released from the...
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  • Route 415 To Be Repaved Near Harveys Lake

    Posted on: 5:44 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 07:23pm, April 17, 2014

    HARVEYS LAKE — Repair bills have topped thousands of dollars for drivers who say their cars were damaged by potholes...
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  • Bank Robbery Reported In Luzerne County

    Posted on: 4:45 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 05:00pm, April 17, 2014

    KINGSTON — Police are investigating a reported bank robbery in Kingston. The holdup was reported just after 4 p.m. at...
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    luz bank
  • Traffic Changes Planned Before Rock Blasting Project

    Posted on: 4:31 pm, April 16, 2014, by

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP – Major traffic pattern changes are expected next week, as PennDOT prepares for a safety improvement project between...
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  • Skylight Blown From County Courthouse Roof

    Posted on: 3:13 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 03:25pm, April 15, 2014

    A skylight blew off the roof of the Luzerne County Courthouse. Stairwell is blocked off as the rain pours in....
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  • UPDATE: Mail Carrier Dies After House Fire

    Posted on: 6:18 am, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 11:57am, April 15, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — UPDATE: Authorities in Luzerne County said an unconscious woman who was pulled from a late-night house fire died...
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  • Coroner Called to the Scene of Fire in Columbia County

    Posted on: 2:21 am, April 12, 2014, by and , updated on: 02:09am, April 12, 2014

    BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Police dispatchers confirm to Newswatch 16 the coroner was called to the scene of a fire...
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  • Teen Raising Money for Pet Oxygen Masks

    Posted on: 4:56 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 05:56pm, April 10, 2014

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP – A teenager from an animal-loving family has made it his mission to buy special pet oxygen masks...
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  • Pet Oxygen Mask Fundraiser

    Posted on: 4:27 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    For more information on a teenager’s mission to buy pet oxygen masks for fire departments throughout Luzerne County, CLICK HERE.
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  • Crumbling Bridge in “Imminent Danger of Collapse”

    Posted on: 5:14 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 06:42pm, April 9, 2014

    EXETER – State officials told Newswatch 16 that the owner of a crumbling railroad bridge in Luzerne County has 10...
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  • UPDATE: Neighbor Dispute Leads to Homicide

    Posted on: 11:36 pm, April 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:29pm, April 8, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE —  Police say they have the man responsible for a homicide in Wilkes-Barre. Police believe the deadly stabbing in...
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  • Crews Tearing Down Historic Coal Breaker

    Posted on: 5:06 pm, April 7, 2014, by

    ASHLEY – After months of planning and site preparation, contractors have started dismantling the historic Huber Breaker in Luzerne County....
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