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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
  • Family Waits For Justice After Deadly Shooting

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP – Family members of a man who was shot and killed seven weeks ago told Newswatch 16 that they’re still waiting for justice in the case. State troopers said David Wheeler was shot and killed by a 16-year-old, during a dispute in a home near Ricketts Glen State Park back in April. The Luzerne County Coroner said the death was ruled a homicide, but no one has been charged with the deadly shooting. Neighbors told Newswatch 16 that […]

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    Portion of Crumbling Bridge Collapses into Creek

    WILKES-BARRE – Luzerne County Road and Bridge Department workers have fenced off the Division Street Bridge, after a portion of the span collapsed and fell into Solomon Creek. Officials said the bridge, which is located near the border of South Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township, was closed to cars after flooding damage from Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. David Kosin told Newswatch 16 that he and other neighbors have continued using the bridge to cross over by foot or on bicycles, […]

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    Young Crash Victim Returns Home After Surgeries

    JENKINS TOWNSHIP – A seven-year-old girl from the Greater Pittston Area has returned home, three weeks after she was injured in a car crash. Peyton Rusyn told Newswatch 16 that she’s glad to be home and she’s looking forward to starting second grade in the fall. “Thank you everybody for all the cards and all the presents you gave me. Thank you,” said Rusyn. “I`ve been in the hospital, lying in bed, and I’ve been coloring pictures for my family […]

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    VA Near Wilkes-Barre Not In Need Of Review

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — More than 63,000 veterans across the country are still waiting to see a doctor, according to a report from an internal audit released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA said that six Veterans Affairs facilities across the commonwealth have been flagged for problems and further review but the VA near Wilkes-Barre is not one of them. The internal audit shows that workers at the VA near Wilkes-Barre were able to get 99 percent of […]

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    Man Leads Police On Violent, 3-State Rampage

    HAZLETON — A violent incident that began in Hazleton stretched across two counties and three states, before a man was taken into custody on the George Washington Bridge in New York City. Speaking of the suspect, authorities in Luzerne County say “he snapped,” abducting a woman at gunpoint, stealing cars, causing fear among kids on a school bus, and then allegedly crashing a stolen SUV on the busiest bridge in the Big Apple. Police admit this case is confusing and […]

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    Preserving the Past at the 109th Armory

    LUZERNE COUNTY – Inside dusty boxes and cluttered corners, Ssg. Christopher Keen said he found photographs, band drums and even a war-time saddle packed inside the 109th Armory in Luzerne County. Keen said he’s working with the 109th Field Artillery Heritage Association to relocate the relics to a museum room, which used to be a horse stable in the 1930’s. “We have a little bit of everything in here. Every decade, every major operation in our history, you`ll find something […]

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    Federal Funds May Be Used To Demolish Privately Owned Bridge

    EXETER — A crumbling piece of history in Luzerne County will come down at the expense of taxpayers. A railroad bridge over the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County is falling apart and could give way without warning. The owner of the bridge was in court for a criminal trial last month. Officials say Leo Glodzik can’t pay for demolition on his own, so county officials are stepping in and will likely use federal disaster dollars. After being convicted of theft […]

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    Outsiders’ Impression of Luzerne County Corruption

    TUNKHANNOCK — Some people who work and live in Luzerne County say crime and corruption has become the norm. About 30 miles north, residents of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, say the negative news about Luzerne County hurts the image of the entire area. People who call Wyoming County home say they have their own crime and problems, but they pale in comparison to that of their neighbor to the south. “I have friends from out of state that hear about it. […]

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    Riders React To LCTA Scandal

    WILKES-BARRE – As people waited for a ride at the Intermodal Center, word spread quickly that two top officials with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority were hit with criminal charges. “To know that those two people took advantage of the elderly, the senior citizens, that`s not cool,” said Jim Carrier. “The Lord is really going to be looking down upon them.” State prosecutors said the LCTA purposely inflated senior ridership numbers from 2007 to 2011, defrauding the commonwealth of $3.1 […]

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    Popular Lake Gets Manmade Islands To Help Reduce Algae

      HARVEYS LAKE – Volunteers got their hands dirty by planting vegetation in manmade islands, which should help reduce algae blooms at a popular lake in Luzerne County. Environmental Scientist Fred Lubnow told Newswatch 16 that five floating wetland islands will be anchored in no-wake zones in Harveys Lake, and they are capable of removing ten pounds of phosphorus each year. “The island is made of recycled, frayed plastic material. And the stuff has a really high surface area that […]

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    Structural Concerns at Second High School in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — First it was Coughlin High in Wilkes-Barre, now administrators say there are structual concerns with a second high school in the city. Some parents are worried about safety and the district’s image. Orange fences went up outside Meyers High School yesterday afternoon as a safety precaution about a crumbling facade. Because some of the entrances are now blocked off, the Wilkes-Barre area superintendent said summer school will not be held there. Students at Meyers High School are counting […]

  • UPDATE: Parents Charged 3 Months After Baby Died in Recliner

    NANTICOKE — Parents of an infant that unexpectedly died in Luzerne County were arraigned on criminal charges Friday. Tracey Gonda and Corey Eckrote surrendered to authorities and were charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment at district court in Nanticoke. Authorities said 2½-month-old Jaxon Eckrote died on Valentine’s Day from asphyxiation and compression injuries from a recliner chair. Court documents said the infant was on Gonda’s shoulder when she fell asleep in a reclining chair. According to detectives, Gonda eventually […]