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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
  • 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.

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    Dog Neglect Investigation In Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — We are learning now that besides two dead dogs pulled from a Wilkes-Barre home, there were ones that were found alive as well but in pretty bad condition. Humane officers are caring for the surviving animals one day after they were called to a property on Bowman Street. A lot of neighbors on this street are upset, saying they called in complaints about noise and odor but nothing was done. SPCA officials tell us they did all that […]

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    Arena Expanding To Deal With New Competition

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A multi-million dollar expansion project is planned at Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. Officials say they’re trying to compete with a new arena coming to the Lehigh Valley. The Mohegan Sun Arena is already 15 years old. Work on this expansion is expected to start in the fall with a goal of attracting people to get to the arena early and stay late after the big events are over. The competition is typically on the ice during […]

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    Would Two New Turnpike Interchanges Reduce Congestion on I-81?

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP – State transportation officials said they have an idea that could take 25,000 cars and trucks off of Interstate 81, and divert the vehicles onto the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. At a maintenance facility near Pittston, PennDOT and Turnpike officials unveiled their plans for a year-long study on the feasibility of adding to high-speed interchanges. One interchange would be located south of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, and the other would be north of Clarks Summit, at […]

  • 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 […]