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

  • One In Four Kids In Wyoming Valley Lives In Poverty

    Posted on: 5:03 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 05:57pm, April 4, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — A new study shows that more families in Luzerne County are struggling to make ends meet, with one...
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  • Disgraced Politician To Be Released From Federal Medical Facility

    Posted on: 4:45 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:39pm, April 4, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE – A federal judge sided with defense attorneys in Luzerne County, allowing a former state senator to be temporarily...
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  • Historic Architecture Scorched By Flames in Wilkes-Barre

    Posted on: 3:50 pm, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 06:36pm, April 3, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE – City police have joined a fire inspector in the investigation into a fire that damaged the Masonic Temple...
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  • Railroad Repairs Cause Confusion Near Pittston

    Posted on: 5:06 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A busy street connecting the Pittston area with Interstate 81 is expected to be closed for about...
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  • Surprise Snow Delays Opening Of Popular Hiking Spot

    Posted on: 5:47 pm, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 05:48pm, March 31, 2014

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP – Following a surprise storm that dumped about a foot of snow at Ricketts Glen State Park, nearby...
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  • Old School Coming Down, Parts Being Preserved

    Posted on: 4:27 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — One of the last historic buildings in Luzerne County’s back mountain is being demolished this week. The...
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  • Woman In Custody After Alleged Assault On Elderly Relative

    Posted on: 12:39 pm, March 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:31pm, March 28, 2014

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — An elderly woman is in the hospital and another woman is in custody after a domestic dispute...
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  • LCCC Evacuated, Classes Cancelled After Threatening Email

    Posted on: 10:22 am, March 27, 2014, by

    NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College was evacuated Thursday morning due to a threat, according to police. Luzerne County Community...
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  • Did Housing Complex Discriminate Against a Disabled Resident?

    Posted on: 5:47 pm, March 26, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE – A man who depends on a wheelchair to get around believes that he was forced to move out...
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  • After Two Decades, Tire Fire Cleaned Up

    Posted on: 12:10 pm, March 26, 2014, by

    DURYEA — Years of cleanup are finally coming to an end where more than 100,000 tires once burned. After 22...
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    duryea tire fire
  • Volunteer Firefighter Charged With Arson Inside His Own Home

    Posted on: 5:42 pm, March 25, 2014, by , updated on: 06:37pm, March 25, 2014

    MOCANAQUA – Authorities in Luzerne County said Tuesday that a 20-year-old volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson for allegedly...
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  • UPDATE: Reward Offered in Case of Abandoned Puppy in Larksville

    Posted on: 4:17 pm, March 24, 2014, by , updated on: 04:49pm, March 25, 2014

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – A playful, mixed-breed pup named “Lark” is like any other dog at Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge,...
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