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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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    UPDATE: Credible Sighting of Eric Frein Near High School Campus

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — State police said there was a credible sighting of Eric Frein near Pocono Mountain East High School around 9 p.m. Friday. During a news conference Saturday with Gov. Tom Corbett and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, authorities released new information about the manhunt, which they say has shifted south into Swiftwater and Paradise Township. Lt. Col. George Bivens said that Friday night a woman walking along a tree line saw a man similar to Frein, carrying a […]

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    Girl Struck, Injured By SUV

    JUST IN: 14-year-old rushed to a hospital after she was hit by an SUV on North Broad Street in West Hazleton. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 17, 2014 WEST HAZLETON — A girl on her way to school  Friday morning in Luzerne County was hit and injured by an SUV. According to police, a 14-year-old girl was struck by a Jeep Cherokee at North Broad Street and Madison Avenue in West Hazleton around 7 a.m. Friday. That girl […]

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    Jury To Decide If PennDOT Shares Responsibility For Deadly Crash

    WILKES-BARRE — It will be up to a jury to decide if PennDOT shares responsibility for a deadly crash in 2011 that claimed the life of a teenage girl. Attorneys for the family of Kayla McGrady are suing PennDOT in Luzerne County civil court, claiming that a curve on Suscon Road in Pittston Township was not safe and was lacking safety signs. The 18-year-old accused of causing the crash, Scott Smith, already admitted fault in 2011 and will remain in […]


    Pharmacy Hit By Robber

    NANTICOKE — Officers are looking for the man who robbed a drug store in Luzerne County. Police say a man robbed Spotanski’s Pharmacy on Prospect Street in Nanticoke around 9 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say the robber used a knife and got cash and drugs. The pharmacy is closed as police investigate. Authorities released a security camera image of the suspected robber. JUST IN: A robber armed with a knife stole cash and drugs from Spotanski's Pharmacy in Nanticoke this morning. […]

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    New Plans For Old Bank In Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Culture is coming to downtown Hazleton. A group wants to transform an old bank into a haven for artists. The former Security Savings Bank is a piece of history that many have overlooked on East Broad Street in Hazleton. But one group has some big plans now that it has bought this 107-year-old building from Luzerne County. “It will be a key feature to a new arts and cultural district downtown.” The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress was […]

  • Police: Suspect in West Pittston Bank Robbery Caught

    Police are investigating a reported robbery at Fidelity Bank in West Pittston. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 15, 2014 WEST PITTSTON — Police have arrested a woman suspected of holding up a bank in Luzerne County Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say Krystal Begliomini from Wyoming robbed the Fidelity Bank in West Pittston just before 2 p.m. Officers tracked her down in the King of Prussia, near Philadelphia, area Wednesday evening. Police brought Begliomini back to West Pittston Police Department […]

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    Heartwarming: Team Helps Honorary Captain Score His First Touchdown

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A video shared on YouTube shows how parents and coaches helped a student with special needs make his first touchdown over the weekend at Dallas High School. Mike Olenginski said parents and coaches helped to clear the way for his little brother to join the team, during the district’s first night game at home on Saturday. “My coach gave us the okay to have Justin over here go out for a touchdown after the halftime,” said Mike […]

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    Hazleton Man Found Dead After Boston Fire

    HAZLETON — A man from Hazleton has been identified as the victim of a bizarre crime in Boston. Police in Massachusetts say the case started as a deadly fire and now it’s a homicide investigation. That intense fire happened Friday night in the Roxbury section of Boston. We learned on Monday that a 69-year-old man from Hazleton was found dead inside the duplex and now police in Boston are saying he had been stabbed. Investigators say Santo Bernabel of Hazleton […]

  • Cracks, Tree Inspected on Market Street Bridge

    WILKES-BARRE — PennDOT crews spent the day inspecting a landmark bridge over the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. There was some concern after reports came in of a few cracks and a tiny tree growing out of one of the columns. Inspectors usually focus on the roadway and underneath the bridge deck during their routine checks, but today, those crews also looked at the iconic columns topped by eagles on the Market Street Bridge that have stood up against some […]

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    Bank Robbery At Shopping Center

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — State police responded to reports of a bank robbery Friday morning in Luzerne County. It happened around 11 a.m. at the M&T Bank branch at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton. JUST IN: Robbery reported at M&T Bank inside Laurel Mall near Hazleton. @WNEP — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) October 10, 2014 This is the third hold up in the past two weeks, but unlike the other robberies in Drums, this one happened near Hazleton, inside the Laurel […]

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    Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline To Cross Through Luzerne, Carbon Counties

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — Property owners in Luzerne and Carbon Counties have discovered that a new natural gas pipeline is in the works. PennEast Pipeline says it has filed paperwork with federal energy officials this week, with plans for a 108-mile long line that would start in the Dallas area and end in New Jersey. Company officials said the 36-inch line would be built at least three feet underground, and the line would go under the Susquehanna River. A PennEast Pipeline […]

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    Neighbors Relieved, Upset by Demolition in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — An apartment building in Wilkes-Barre hit by fire last fall is being demolished. Neighbors are happy it is being torn down because they say it’s been nothing but trouble since the fire last November. The building was torn down in just one day. Many of the neighbors are excited that it is gone, but one man who owns a home just a few inches away was upset with the way this demolition was handled. The bricks came tumbling […]


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