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
  • Home Invasion Burglary In Luzerne County

    JUST IN: Police are investigating a reported burglary, possible home invasion on Francis Street in Wilkes-Barre Twp. — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) December 1, 2014 WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County were called to a burglary and possible home invasion near Wilkes-Barre. Police say it happened on Francis Street in Wilkes-Barre Township just before 11 a.m. Monday. At first, police thought it was a random home invasion. Now they believe the man who lived inside was targeted. Investigators left […]

  • Power To Save: Solar Panels Powering Part Of King’s College

    WILKES-BARRE — The holidays plus the colder weather mean a lot of us will see higher energy bills. When it comes to winter time in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, many people think of snow and cloudy weather, but the president of Endless Mountain Solar says we see more sunshine overall than some countries that rely on power from the sun. “On average in northeast Pennsylvania, there’s about 4.18 hours of sunlight per day. In Germany, which over 40 percent of […]

  • Shoppers Skip Thanksgiving Meal For Early “Gray Thursday” Deals

    DICKSON CITY – While many families enjoyed their Thanksgiving feast inside their warm homes, hundreds of people spent the afternoon waiting outside in the cold for “Gray Thursday” specials in Lackawanna County. The National Retail Federation expects more than 26 million people to shop on Thanksgiving Day nationwide. At the Best Buy in Scranton, Anthony Calabro told Newswatch 16 that he set up camp on Tuesday night to be the first person in line. “What other family does this? This […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. — […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]