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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
  • New Policies, Leadership Coming To Credit Union After Indictments

    WILKES-BARRE – An attorney for the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Federal Credit Union wanted to reassure members about improvements, one day after five people were indicted on fraud charges. Attorney Dominic Pannunzio said a new CEO should be hired next month, and new policies have already been added to prevent people from taking out fraudulent loans. “The 2,300 members of our credit union are the victims in this case,” said Pannunzio. “There is no chance of anyone losing any money, if […]

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    UPDATE: Feds Arrest Current and Former Wilkes-Barre Cops and Tow Company Owner

    WILKES-BARRE — A federal grand jury has indicted five people including a current and a former Wilkes-Barre police officer and a high-profile towing company owner for conspiracy and bank fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced the indictments Thursday afternoon.  Federal agents arrested current Wilkes-Barre police officer Jason Anthony, former officer Tino Ninotti, LAG Towing owner Leo Glodzik and two other members of the Wilkes-Barre City Employees Credit Union, Amanda Magda and Jeffrey Serafin. The five are accused of using false […]

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    “Lord, I Was So Scared”, Elderly Woman Targeted During Home Invasion

    NESCOPECK — One woman is speaking up and sharing her story after two men robbed her at gunpoint while she was in bed. “They know who to pick on, old crippled 87 year old,” said Ella Hayes. “Somebody was standing right there in the hallway with that [gun] in my face.” Hayes told Newswatch 16 that two crooks stole her pocketbook and at least $500 last Tuesday. According to Hayes, the crooks pushed a picnic table up to her kitchen […]

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    Residents Return After Safety Scare in Freeland

    FREELAND — Senior citizens were able to return to their apartment building in Luzerne County Monday, about ten hours after it was evacuated. Engineers are still trying to figure out what caused the wall to crack last night at Freeland Senior Apartments. With their wheelchairs and walkers, residents of Freeland Senior Apartments were welcomed back after a noisy and unwelcome surprise. “I’m definitely happy to be home. I`m happy to be with my kitty cat,” said resident Elizabeth Hope. Hope […]

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    County and State Investigators Join Case on Attack of Elderly Woman

    HAZLETON — Luzerne County detectives and state troopers have joined the investigation into a 94-year-old woman who was attacked inside her home last week. Newswatch 16 found detectives patrolling Muir Avenue on Monday, but authorities still have not said if the case started as a home invasion, or if the attacker was welcomed into the home. Neighbors and family members said Josephine Smalley was flown to a trauma center in Allentown, but hospital officials would not release any information Members […]

  • ‘Woofstock’ Raises Money For Animal Shelter

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – People and pets gathered at Salt Springs State Park in Susquehanna County to raise money for an animal shelter in Susquehanna County on Saturday. There was music, food, raffles and an agility demonstration at the ‘Woofstock 2014’. Proceeds raised will help True Friends Animal Refuge Center in Montrose, a no-kill shelter that serves Wyoming and Susquehanna counties.

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    Elderly Woman Assaulted Inside Hazleton Home

    HAZLETON – Authorities are trying to figure out how an elderly woman was assaulted inside her own home on Muir Street Friday afternoon. City police would only confirm that there was an assault investigation, but neighbors told Newswatch 16 that the 93-year-old woman either let a stranger into her home, or the man forced himself inside. “They should be ashamed of themselves. Very ashamed,” said Rose Negron. “She helps everybody. ‘Ms. J’ is very sweet. It hurts me that somebody […]

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    Jail Sentence For Hanging A Dog

    WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge handed down a sentence for animal abuse charges. Many animal abuse cases end with fines or probation but on Friday, a judge said Gino Saullo’s crime was “heinous” and he sentenced the man to spend six to12 months behind bars. He walked into the Luzerne County Courthouse as a free man but Gino Saullo, 55, was led out in handcuffs and ordered to spend up to a year in jail. Saullo was convicted in […]

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    “Gives You the Chills”, Neighbors Upset After Truck Drags Dog

    WILKES-BARRE – Residents said they are upset and disgusted, after they found a trail of blood on the asphalt from a pickup truck that was reportedly dragging a dog. Neighbors say the blood trail was seen on Elm and Madison Streets Thursday morning, and it ended on Sunrise Drive. Rob Barkus told Newswatch 16 that he and some of his neighbors believe it was an accident. “It gives you the chills. It’s not good,” said Barkus. “It gives you a […]

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    Split Opinion Over Proposed Low Income Housing Development

    WILKES-BARRE – Residents who live in the Rolling Mill Hill section of the city have mixed opinions about a proposed low income housing complex. The proposed project property along Dana and Grove Streets is owned by the Wyoming Valley Health & Education Foundation. Officials said two dilapidated homes have already been demolished, and the former First Hospital Wyoming Valley is the next to go. Representatives of Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic in Lancaster told Newswatch 16 that it wants to build […]

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    Alleged Crooks Caught Selling Stolen Wire From Railroad

    DENNISON TOWNSHIP — Police say about 900 feet of wiring was swiped from a railroad in Luzerne County. The crooks were caught on surveillance camera selling the metal, according to authorities. Charges were filed this week against two men from Hazle Township but court records say this crime happened in June. Scrap yard workers tell us the payout was only a fraction of the damage that was done. Surveillance video led police to the duo accused of stealing 900 feet […]

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    Friend of Robin Williams Cancels Comedy Appearance in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE – The show will go on this weekend at Wisecrackers Comedy Club at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but the main act will not be there. The owner of the comedy club told Newswatch 16 that Bobcat Goldthwait cancelled his planned appearance this weekend, hours after learning that his friend had taken his own life. “He was close friends with Robin and it`s a tough time for all of us,” said Scott Bruce. At his home near Drums, Bruce […]


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