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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
  • Police: Suspect in West Pittston Bank Robbery Caught

    Police are investigating a reported robbery at Fidelity Bank in West Pittston. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 15, 2014 WEST PITTSTON — Police have arrested a woman suspected of holding up a bank in Luzerne County Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say Krystal Begliomini from Wyoming robbed the Fidelity Bank in West Pittston just before 2 p.m. Officers tracked her down in the King of Prussia, near Philadelphia, area Wednesday evening. Police brought Begliomini back to West Pittston Police Department […]

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    Heartwarming: Team Helps Honorary Captain Score His First Touchdown

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A video shared on YouTube shows how parents and coaches helped a student with special needs make his first touchdown over the weekend at Dallas High School. Mike Olenginski said parents and coaches helped to clear the way for his little brother to join the team, during the district’s first night game at home on Saturday. “My coach gave us the okay to have Justin over here go out for a touchdown after the halftime,” said Mike […]

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    Hazleton Man Found Dead After Boston Fire

    HAZLETON — A man from Hazleton has been identified as the victim of a bizarre crime in Boston. Police in Massachusetts say the case started as a deadly fire and now it’s a homicide investigation. That intense fire happened Friday night in the Roxbury section of Boston. We learned on Monday that a 69-year-old man from Hazleton was found dead inside the duplex and now police in Boston are saying he had been stabbed. Investigators say Santo Bernabel of Hazleton […]

  • Cracks, Tree Inspected on Market Street Bridge

    WILKES-BARRE — PennDOT crews spent the day inspecting a landmark bridge over the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. There was some concern after reports came in of a few cracks and a tiny tree growing out of one of the columns. Inspectors usually focus on the roadway and underneath the bridge deck during their routine checks, but today, those crews also looked at the iconic columns topped by eagles on the Market Street Bridge that have stood up against some […]

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    Bank Robbery At Shopping Center

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — State police responded to reports of a bank robbery Friday morning in Luzerne County. It happened around 11 a.m. at the M&T Bank branch at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton. JUST IN: Robbery reported at M&T Bank inside Laurel Mall near Hazleton. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 10, 2014 This is the third hold up in the past two weeks, but unlike the other robberies in Drums, this one happened near Hazleton, inside the Laurel […]

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    Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline To Cross Through Luzerne, Carbon Counties

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — Property owners in Luzerne and Carbon Counties have discovered that a new natural gas pipeline is in the works. PennEast Pipeline says it has filed paperwork with federal energy officials this week, with plans for a 108-mile long line that would start in the Dallas area and end in New Jersey. Company officials said the 36-inch line would be built at least three feet underground, and the line would go under the Susquehanna River. A PennEast Pipeline […]

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    Neighbors Relieved, Upset by Demolition in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — An apartment building in Wilkes-Barre hit by fire last fall is being demolished. Neighbors are happy it is being torn down because they say it’s been nothing but trouble since the fire last November. The building was torn down in just one day. Many of the neighbors are excited that it is gone, but one man who owns a home just a few inches away was upset with the way this demolition was handled. The bricks came tumbling […]

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    Gearing up for Winter in Nanticoke

    NANTICOKE — As the temperature starts to drop people start thinking about getting ready for winter. Some places across the state are already seeing low supplies of rock salt and high prices. Tires spinning, cars sliding, and lots of shoveling, that was the scene in Nanticoke during a snow storm eight months ago. That community and many others across northeastern and central Pennsylvania nearly ran out of rock and road salt last winter. “We’re expecting the worst. I’d rather be […]

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    Coffee Shop Competition Brewing In Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE — Competition between coffee shops is percolating in one part of Luzerne County. A construction project in Edwardsville has a lot of people buzzing. Curry Donuts has been a staple in the West Side Mall in Edwardsville for years. Many shoppers were surprised when they found out that contractors are building a Dunkin’ Donuts just a few yards away. “They have the right, why not? Everybody’s entitled to some money somewhere. Hey, go ahead, they got my blessings!” said […]

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    Students Release Floating Rosary Over Wyoming Valley

    EXETER — A special strand of balloons turned some heads as it floated above the Wyoming Valley Tuesday afternoon. “I think this is a great idea because it gets you excited to go to school,” said Richard Morris. “It gets you through the day because you can’t wait to do something fun like this.” Students at Wyoming Area Catholic School recited prayers before they released the rosary made with blue, white, and yellow balloons. “We’re going to send a big balloon […]

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    Legal Snag At Start Of Homicide Trial

    WILKES-BARRE — Testimony was supposed to begin Tuesday morning at the trial of a woman accused of killing her boyfriend, but there’s been a delay. After hours of legal back-and-forth, prosecutors said they needed to appeal a judge’s ruling about evidence involving Jessica Alinsky allegedly staging a previous burglary at their shared home, unrelated to the shooting. The trial was delayed indefinitely. Alinsky was sent back to the Luzerne County Jail. The jury that was selected Monday and was told […]

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    Route 11 Blocked After Gas Line Break

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — A gas leak blocked traffic Tuesday morning in part of Luzerne County. Emergency officials say contractors hit a natural gas line near Route 11 just before 10 a.m. in Plymouth Township. Those on the scene say you can smell natural gas. Route 11 was blocked for about two hours in the area of the break. JUST IN: Route 11 near Plymouth is blocked off. Dispatchers say a construction crew hit a natural gas line. @WNEP — […]


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