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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
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    Vicodin Theft Baffles Customers; Tougher Restrictions Coming Next Week

    SHAVERTOWN – Some people who live in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain told Newswatch 16 that they were surprised to hear that a big prescription pill theft went unnoticed for years. State prosecutors say Sheree Senausky admitted to swiping hundreds of Vicodin pills while working as a pharmacy technician at Cook’s Pharmacy in Shavertown. According to court records, she was first busted back in July when she tried to sell 400 stolen Vicodin pills for $1,300 to another person who was […]

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    Future Police Officers Raise Money For Ambushed Troopers’ Families

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Students studying law enforcement at Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center are selling cards to raise money for the families of two troopers who were ambushed in Pike County last month. Many of the students said they still want to pursue a career as a cop, despite seeing the danger that officers face. “I’m curious about like people and what they do. Being able to go after them if they`re bad and being able to chase them […]

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    Three Bank Robberies, Three Different Crooks

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Tellers inside the National Penn Bank in Drums have been robbed three times since July. Police say the holdup this week and two other robberies were all pulled off by different crooks. That bank in Butler Township reopened Thursday morning. It was closed on Wednesday after it was robbed on Tuesday. The latest hold up has some customers worried about the tellers who work inside. It’s not business as usual at the bank in Drums. This place […]

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    UPDATE: Steroid, Prescription Drug Ring Bust Nets Corrections Officers

    WILKES-BARRE — Thirteen people were arrested Wednesday morning as part of  “Operation Gym Candy” are accused of taking part in two drug rings that sold steroids and prescription drugs. The state attorney general’s office says the drug rings involved people from five counties in our area, as well as people who work inside county jails. Authorities say the two alleged drug rings shipped the illegal pills as far away as Hawaii. Columbia County probation officer Marc Laubach, Lackawanna County prison […]

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    Hunting Season On Hold In Manhunt Area

    The manhunt for Eric Frein is now affecting hunters. The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced it is temporarily banning hunting and trapping in several townships in and around the search area. The game commission issued an executive order to close temporarily the hunting and trapping seasons within seven townships: Price Township (Monroe County) Barrett Township (Monroe County) Paradise Township (Monroe County) Blooming Grove Township (Pike County) Porter Township (Pike County) Lehman Township (Pike County) Greene Township (Pike County) The game commission […]

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    Fire At Luzerne County Plant

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Fire forced dozens of workers from a plant in Luzerne County Tuesday afternoon. Thick black smoke rose from the roof of Silgan near Hazleton. The plant makes bottle caps. There is no word yet on what caused the fire, but the manager said the plant will be open for business Wednesday. JUST IN: Three alarm fire at Silgan in Hazle Township. Employees evacuated the manufacturing facility. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) September 30, 2014


    UPDATE: Man Shot in Kingston, Dropped off at ER in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Officers are expected to search a home in Kingston as they try to figure out who shot a man and abandoned him at a hospital in Wilkes-Barre. It was not the sight people leaving doctor’s appointments expected to see outside Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Ambulances were detoured to another emergency room entrance after a shooting victim was dropped off just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. “Boy, I bet you they’re going to the hospital. Something went crazy up there. I […]

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    Propane Suspected Cause of Two Recent House Explosions

    NANTICOKE – Propane is a cost effective and statistically safe fuel source, but safety trainers offered reminders for homeowners after two recent house explosions. Firefighters in Pike County believe a propane leak likely played a role in a house explosion near Newfoundland over the weekend. Firefighters were also seen inspecting a propane tank at house explosion last week near Mountain Lake in Luzerne County. Officials at the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College told Newswatch 16 that […]

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    Woman Recovering After Crash, Disappearance

    DENNISON TOWNSHIP — A woman in Luzerne County is recovering after a nasty bicycle crash that left her stranded in the woods for 48 hours. Hundreds of people joined in the search for Karen Andrews last Friday. Now, she’s home recovering from a concussion. Her husband says he’s grateful for all of the people who helped track her down. Search crews had K9s sniffing for a trail and volunteers showed the missing person’s picture to drivers. That was the alarming […]

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    “It’s a Gift From God,” Self-Defense Classes Offered At Sherman Hills

    WILKES-BARRE – At a troubled housing complex known for violence, a man who bounced back from homelessness is now using martial arts to teach residents how to defend themselves. “My daughter started last week and she had a good time. She came home trying to practice on me,” said Tanique Hudson. “Nowadays, you might have to (use self-defense) especially growing up in these times, between violence that`s going on with women, at home with their husbands.” Her instructor is Bryant […]

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    UPDATE: No Injuries Reported After House Explosion

    Firefighters are waiting for utility crew to cut power before they get closer look at explosion near Mountain Lake. — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) September 25, 2014 BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — A home in Luzerne County was leveled by an apparent explosion Thursday afternoon. It happened around 1 p.m. near Bear Creek Village. The noise of the blast startled people who live near Thornhurst Road, including Nicole Rosenthel. “I was petrified. I was like ‘oh, my God.’ I was home […]

  • Troopers: Frein’s AK-47 Style Rifle Recovered, Manhunt Continues

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP – Investigators said they recovered an AK-47 style rifle and ammunition from a 250 square-mile search area, as the manhunt continues for an alleged cop killer. “Frein has prepared and planned extensively for months and maybe years. He planned his attack and his retreat,” said Lt. Col. George Bevins. “We are closing in on him. He is no longer safe.” Although there were 911 calls of gunfire during the search areas, troopers said they have not yet […]


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