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

  • Security Images Of Bank Robbery Suspects, Getaway Vehicle Released

    Posted on: 1:18 pm, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 11:33am, April 15, 2014

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP — Security photos of a bank robbery in Luzerne County last week have been released by the FBI....
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  • Trooper Acquitted On All Counts

    Posted on: 5:24 pm, March 20, 2014, by , updated on: 08:05pm, March 20, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — A suspended state trooper has been found not guilty on all charges at her trial in Luzerne County....
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  • Former Parishioners Say Final Goodbye To Church Scheduled For Demolition

    Posted on: 4:23 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 06:31pm, March 19, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — Former parishioners of the Blessed Sacrement Catholic Church in Wilkes-Barre held a makeshift memorial before demolition crews move...
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  • Suspended Trooper on Trial Takes the Stand

    Posted on: 4:15 pm, March 19, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE – A suspended state trooper accused of hacking into her boyfriend’s cell phone account and later lying to investigators...
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  • Coughlin High School Dean, Coach Bound For Trial

    Posted on: 2:11 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 03:39pm, March 19, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE — A high school administrator and coach in Luzerne County is heading to trial, charged with corruption of minors....
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  • Fate of Damenti’s Restaurant Unclear After Fire

    Posted on: 5:13 pm, March 18, 2014, by , updated on: 09:36pm, March 18, 2014

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Damenti’s Restaurant in the Mountain Top area is in ruins after a fire late Monday night destroyed...
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  • Two Vehicles Torched in Forty Fort

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, March 17, 2014, by

    FORTY FORT – Police in Luzerne County said an unlocked sedan and a delivery van were ransacked and set on...
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  • FBI: Bank Employees Tied Up During Robbery

    Posted on: 5:55 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 06:19pm, March 14, 2014

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP — The FBI now confirms that three bank employees were tied up during Thursday’s robbery in Luzerne County....
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  • Edwardsville Man On Board Jet That Lost Landing Gear

    Posted on: 4:55 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 07:36pm, March 14, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE – Using his iPhone camera from Fort Lauderdale, Jarrod Williams told Newswatch 16 that he helped evacuate the U.S....
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  • Task Force: Sherman Hills To Be Sold Next Month

    Posted on: 4:59 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — The Sherman Hills housing complex in Wilkes-Barre is getting a new owner. Sherman Hills has been under intense...
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  • Windy Conditions Hamper Fire Fight

    Posted on: 11:53 am, March 13, 2014, by , updated on: 07:41pm, March 13, 2014

    EXETER TOWNSHIP — A fire ripped through a home in Luzerne County, and the freezing temperatures and high winds did...
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  • Teen Sees Nude Photos Of Mom On Facebook, See Who Admitted Posting Them

    Posted on: 4:59 pm, March 11, 2014, by

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — A woman allegedly seeking revenge against her husband by posting nude pictures of his new girlfriend on...
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