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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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    Power Could Be Out For Days Near Huntington Mills

    HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP — Utility officials in Luzerne County said it could take several days before the power is back on for hundreds of homes, businesses, and farms. The Back Mountain was hit hard. Crews are still trimming downed trees along Grandview Avenue in Dallas Township. UGI said there are still 11,000 homes and businesses without power in Luzerne County. To the west of the Back Mountain,  more roads were closed and even livestock killed in Tuesday night’s storm. UGI said […]

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    UPDATE: Road Reopens After Blasting Debris Slides Down Hill

    MOUNTAIN TOP — Routine blasting at a construction site in Luzerne County closed a busy road for several hours Tuesday. According to PennDOT, Route 309 between Mountain Top and Wilkes-Barre was closed in both directions after debris from blasting ended up in the roadway. Officials said the ground gave way around 11:30 a.m. and the road was reopened around 3 p.m. PennDOT said contractors did not realize that the rock at the blasting site was less stable than in other […]

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    Neighbors Say Tires Slashed, Duplex Fire Set On Same Night

    WEST PITTSTON – People who live on a dead-end street told Newswatch 16 that tires on several cars were slashed around the same time that a duplex was intentionally set on fire over the weekend. Investigators said someone set one side of the building on fire late Saturday night, and another fire was set several hours later. Video from a Newswatch 16 viewer shows flames shooting from the windows of the duplex on Foundry Street which was up for sale. […]

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    UPDATE: Car Crashes into Home, People Inside Car Flee

    WILKES-BARRE — Police are looking for people who ran off after their car smashed into a house in Wilkes-Barre early Monday morning. The damage to that home is minor but the woman who lives inside says this is the second time in about a year that her SUV parked along South Main Street has been mangled by a hit-and-run driver. Skid marks show the path of an out-of-control car that ripped bark off a tree, smashed the front end of […]

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    Nurses Strike on Independence Day

    WILKES-BARRE — Red, white and blue American flags and yellow picket signs. Members of the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association say their decision to walk off the job at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Independence Day is personal. “Make it more difficult, perhaps, for the hospital to get replacement nurses. Obviously, those replacement nurses don’t come cheap, and if they’re working a holiday, it’s even more money,” said Elaine Weale, president of the Nurses Association. Weale says registered nurses have been working […]

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    Shooting In Wilkes-Barre

    https://twitter.com/BillWadell/status/484812364131614720 WILKES-BARRE — Police are on the scene of a shooting in Wilkes-Barre. Officers tell us at least one person was taken to the hospital after the shots were fired just before 5 p.m. at the South Main Plaza. Police said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. There is no word on any charges or arrests.

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    UPDATE: Former Cop Headed To State Prison On Sex Charges

    WILKES-BARRE — A former police officer in Luzerne County will spend time behind bars for sexually assaulting teen girls. Cody Smith was sentenced Thursday morning of two to four years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to the sex charges. In addition to the jail time, Smith will serve five years on probation and register as a sex offender. Smith was a part-time cop for Wyoming borough. Authorities in Luzerne County accused Smith of having sex with four teenaged […]

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    Holiday Crackdown on Intoxicated Boaters

    HARVEYS LAKE – Authorities in Luzerne County are warning people not to drink and drive a car or operate a boat this holiday weekend. Sam Johnson of Philadelphia told Newswatch 16 that he was out enjoying the open water before the Independence Day crowd rolls in. “We have a week off up here; just enjoying the nice weather and calm water,” said Johnson. After fishing with his nephew, Sheldon Owens of Kingston said he enjoys Harveys Lake but he will […]

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    Would Public Transit Merger Save Money?

    WILKES-BARRE — Would a public transportation mega-merger be a good thing? PennDOT says it’s starting a study on the possible consolidation of bus, plane, and future train travel in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. A letter from the state secretary of transportation spells out the proposal. PennDOT is working to figure out how much money could be saved and what new services would be possible if Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties merged public transit. During the summer months, the intermodal center in […]

  • 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 […]