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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
  • UPDATE: State Senate Passes Kevin’s Law

    WILKES-BARRE – The state senate voted 49-1 to pass the legislation known as Kevin’s Law late Monday afternoon. Officials said House Bill 1312 could be signed into law as early as tonight. Families of several hit and run victims from Luzerne County headed to the state capitol Monday morning in hopes that lawmakers would approve a new law to stiffen the penalty for hit and run drivers. Family and friends of Kevin Miller wore yellow shirts and hugged before they […]

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    County Official Calls for Investigation into 911 Center After Botched Call

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP – A Luzerne County councilman is calling for an independent investigation into the operations and training at the 911 center, following a botched dispatch during a house fire that turned deadly last month. Edd Brominski told Newswatch 16 that one Luzerne County employee has been fired and another has returned to work, after firefighters were dispatched to the wrong community for a reported house fire. Authorities said Michelle Dzoch died in a fire on Main Street in Mocanaqua, […]

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    Strict Dress Code At Bar Raising Eyebrows

    WILKES-BARRE – Many bars and restaurants throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania have dress codes, but the rules posted inside one business in Luzerne County have gotten a lot of unexpected attention. Ted Priestash said he snapped the picture of the dress code at Whiskey Business on Wood Street over the weekend when he stopped to have wings with friends, and posted it on a Facebook page this week. “Some people seem to go there and like the place, other people […]

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    Homeless Camps Cleared Out For Riverfest

    WILKES-BARRE — An event to celebrate the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley is getting underway Friday evening in Wilkes-Barre. It is a family fun event and that’s why there was concern about clearing out the homeless camps along the banks of the river before the festival began. Volunteers told Newswatch 16 homeless camps along the river should not be a problem; most have been cleared out. The festivities got underway at River Common in Wilkes-Barre with fishing, kids’ activities, […]

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    Jehovah’s Witness Convention Brings Big Business to NEPA

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP – The first of four Jehovah’s Witness Conventions have started at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but some people are already talking about where the event will be held next year. Organization spokesman Larry Andrews of Jersey Shore said the four weekend-long events are expected to attract 30,000 people from dozens of congregations this summer. “We`re going to focus on how that kingdom can be part of our lives and make us better families, better humans, able […]

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    Will Natural Gas Power Be Built Near Nuclear Plant?

    SALEM TOWNSHIP – People who live in a rural area near Berwick told Newswatch 16 that they have been approached by representatives of a power company, which wants to build a natural gas power plant a few miles away from a nuclear power plant. “It`s not something that we were looking forward to, but it`s probably going to be inevitable and we`re not going to be able to stop it,” said Rich Stout. State Department of Environmental Protection officials said […]

  • Film Crew Uses Local High-rise As NYC Backdrop

    WILKES-BARRE – One block of West Market Street was closed to traffic for several hours on Wednesday as an independent film crew shot scenes for the upcoming film “Trust Me”. Co-writer and film director Chris Fetchko of West Hazleton says the Citizens Bank Building on West Market Street made the perfect backdrop. “Ninety-nine percent of the movie takes place in Wilkes-Barre, but we needed to film a New York City scene,” said Fetchko. “Its cheaper to do it here, than […]

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    Time To Splash In Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — After a year of frustrating breakdowns and problems, the splash pad is up and running at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre. City officials say it opened on Tuesday. Newswatch 16 found kids splashing around and getting a break from the heat. The place was closed several times last year for repairs. Perfect timing! The splash pad has opened up at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre. http://t.co/6tgnrWKM6a— Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) June 18, 2014

  • Gliding to the Ground on Father’s Day

    EATON TOWNSHIP– Forget the cookouts or a new tie. Scott Harry of Sweet Valley was thrilled to spend his Father’s Day on the tarmac at Skyhaven Airport near Tunkhannock. “My wife got me a father’s day present. I’ve been asking for years to skydive; not asking but I’ve wanted to do it for years and finally she said yeah! She bought me one,” said Harry. While Scott strapped on the equipment and his plane took to the air, the Harry […]

  • UPDATE: Man Accidentially Shot in Head at Surprise Birthday Party

    MONTOURSVILLE – State troopers in Lycoming County are investigating an early-morning shooting at a party on Weldon Street. Authorities told Newswatch 16 that Cody Gorsline, 24, Williamsport was flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville with life-threatening injuries. Police said Gorsline was shot in the head around 2 a.m. Troopers said Gorsline died from his injuries Monday. Police say the victim had come to Derek Gair’s home for Gair’s surprise birthday party and that the two men went into an upstairs bedroom […]

  • Safety Fence Cut, People Continue Crossing Crumbling Bridge

    WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County officials are urging people not to cross a dangerous bridge over Solomon Creek. Newswatch 16 found that an orange safety fence on the Division Street Bridge has been cut, and people have been walking over the span this weekend. Crews attempted to block off the bridge last week, after a portion of the crumbling span gave way and collapsed into the creek. The Division Street Bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since 2011. It’s unclear […]

  • Racing Through Weatherly

    LEHIGH TOWNSHIP – With six tight turns in a one-mile span, racers from throughout the region have flocked to Buck Mountain Road again, to compete in the annual Weatherly Hillclimb. As Newswatch 16’s Bill Wadell reports, the event continues to attract racing enthusiasts and bring business to Carbon County.