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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

    Woman Pleads Guilty To Deadly Assault Of Her Aunt

    WILKES-BARRE – A woman from Hanover Township pleaded guilty this afternoon in the Luzerne County Courthouse to third degree murder while mentally ill. Isis Brown agreed to serve 10 to 20 years in state prison, after admitting that she is responsible for the deadly assault of her 78-year-old aunt Dorothy Koreny. A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured the assault in March, where Brown was seen throwing things at Koreny’s head, while the woman was outside on the ground in the rain. […]

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    Couple Survives Carbon Monoxide Scare

    HUGHESTOWN — A couple in Luzerne County is getting a new heating system after a frightening carbon monoxide scare. Paramedics feared a woman died after her furnace malfunctioned. She survived and they are now sharing their story as a warning to others. Beverly and John Langhorne have been married for 56 years, living inside a home in Hughestown. But everything almost ended Monday afternoon when Beverly got dizzy while getting ready for work. “I sat back in the chair just […]

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    Seniors Grateful, Disappointed by Social Security Increase

    WILKES-BARRE — Some senior citizens were excited, and others were disappointed Wednesday when the Social Security Administration announced that social security and supplemental income benefits will increase 1.7% next year. “I’m just surprised. I don`t know. I`m getting more money,” said Jean Smith. “Money is always good!” The increase means the average senior citizen will see an additional $22 in their monthly check. Seniors inside B’nai B’rith Apartments in Wilkes-Barre had mixed feelings about the increase. “Twenty dollars is twenty […]


    Man Tied Up, Beaten During Home Invasion

    LUZERNE — Police are looking for whoever broke into a home in Luzerne County then beat and tied up the person living there. Investigators say the victim was hit in the head with brass knuckles but he is recovering. Troopers took pictures of evidence on the porch of the small home on Willard Street in Luzerne. According to police, around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday a home intruder knocked on the door, forced his way in, threw the man inside over a […]

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    Armed Security Guard Robbed In Hazleton

    HAZLETON — An armed security guard is now the victim of an armed robbery in Hazleton. Police are looking for the bandits who stole his gun. Officers are looking for the pair of men who pulled off that robbery Monday night. We learned on Tuesday that the victim’s job is to protect attorneys and visitors in a Luzerne County office that often has hostile situations. Heated custody disputes and paternity issues are often heard inside the Luzerne County Domestic Relations […]

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    Guilty Plea in Deadly Shooting Over Basketball Game Fight

    WILKES-BARRE – Attorneys were prepared to pick a jury for a homicide trial Tuesday afternoon, but Shauntae Thomas decided to plead guilty to third degree murder. Thomas agreed to serve 6-12 years in state prison for the shooting death of Derrick Cottle last year. Authorities said Thomas shot Cottle in Wilkes-Barre, after their sons were involved in a fight following a basketball game at the Coal Street Park.

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    UPDATE: Credible Sighting of Eric Frein Near High School Campus

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — State police said there was a credible sighting of Eric Frein near Pocono Mountain East High School around 9 p.m. Friday. During a news conference Saturday with Gov. Tom Corbett and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, authorities released new information about the manhunt, which they say has shifted south into Swiftwater and Paradise Township. Lt. Col. George Bivens said that Friday night a woman walking along a tree line saw a man similar to Frein, carrying a […]

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    Girl Struck, Injured By SUV

    JUST IN: 14-year-old rushed to a hospital after she was hit by an SUV on North Broad Street in West Hazleton. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/JD1H96raNc — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 17, 2014 WEST HAZLETON — A girl on her way to school  Friday morning in Luzerne County was hit and injured by an SUV. According to police, a 14-year-old girl was struck by a Jeep Cherokee at North Broad Street and Madison Avenue in West Hazleton around 7 a.m. Friday. That girl […]

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    Jury To Decide If PennDOT Shares Responsibility For Deadly Crash

    WILKES-BARRE — It will be up to a jury to decide if PennDOT shares responsibility for a deadly crash in 2011 that claimed the life of a teenage girl. Attorneys for the family of Kayla McGrady are suing PennDOT in Luzerne County civil court, claiming that a curve on Suscon Road in Pittston Township was not safe and was lacking safety signs. The 18-year-old accused of causing the crash, Scott Smith, already admitted fault in 2011 and will remain in […]


    Pharmacy Hit By Robber

    NANTICOKE — Officers are looking for the man who robbed a drug store in Luzerne County. Police say a man robbed Spotanski’s Pharmacy on Prospect Street in Nanticoke around 9 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the robber used a knife and got cash and drugs. The pharmacy is closed as police investigate. Authorities released a security camera image of the suspected robber. JUST IN: A robber armed with a knife stole cash and drugs from Spotanski's Pharmacy in Nanticoke this morning. […]

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    New Plans For Old Bank In Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Culture is coming to downtown Hazleton. A group wants to transform an old bank into a haven for artists. The former Security Savings Bank is a piece of history that many have overlooked on East Broad Street in Hazleton. But one group has some big plans now that it has bought this 107-year-old building from Luzerne County. “It will be a key feature to a new arts and cultural district downtown.” The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress was […]

  • Police: Suspect in West Pittston Bank Robbery Caught

    Police are investigating a reported robbery at Fidelity Bank in West Pittston. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/987j6zBflQ — 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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