Bill Wadell


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

  • VIDEO: Nude Photo Suspect Hits WNEP Reporter With Purse

    Posted on: 2:38 pm, March 11, 2014, by and

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP – A woman who admitted posting nude photos of her husband’s girlfriend online hit a Newswatch 16 reporter...
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  • Local Paralympian Wins Bronze in Sochi

    Posted on: 5:27 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    EXETER — The hallway bulletin boards and students’ shirts show the pride that Stephanie Jallen has brought to Wyoming Area...
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  • Guilty Plea For Hit and Run That Killed A Child

    Posted on: 3:22 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — A man admitted in court that he killed a boy in a hit and run crash in Luzerne...
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  • Luxury Condos Coming To Pittston

    Posted on: 5:36 pm, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 08:50pm, March 3, 2014

    PITTSTON — The bitter cold this winter hasn’t stopped construction crews in Pittston. A project is bringing upscale condominiums to...
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  • Guilty Plea For Indecent Contact With Teens

    Posted on: 11:31 am, February 28, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — A convicted killer who allegedly had indecent contact with children in a state prison in Luzerne County has...
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  • Accused Mobile Meth Lab Cook Offers Warning

    Posted on: 5:36 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 07:54pm, February 27, 2014

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP – Two people charged for a mobile lab explosion in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain have agreed to plead...
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  • Plea Entered For Theft Of Services

    Posted on: 9:45 am, February 27, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — The former head of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a theft of services...
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  • Guilty Verdict In Prison Endangerment Case

    Posted on: 3:11 pm, February 26, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — A jury in Luzerne County found a woman guilty of child endangerment after deliberating for only 30 minutes....
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  • Diverted Jet Makes Emergency Landing at Airport

    Posted on: 4:16 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 06:25pm, February 25, 2014

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP – US Airways said a flight from New England to Philadelphia was diverted Tuesday morning, when cockpit lights...
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  • Remembering Eric Williams With King’s College Scholarship

    Posted on: 5:18 pm, February 24, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE — King’s College has started a scholarship in memory of a federal corrections officer killed on the job. Newswatch...
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  • Teen Wanted For Stabbing Surrenders

    Posted on: 4:36 pm, February 24, 2014, by

    WILKES-BARRE – A teenager surrendered to authorities Monday in Luzerne County, five days after he was accused of stabbing a...
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  • Update: Traffic Signal Fixed

    Posted on: 4:50 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 10:27pm, February 21, 2014

    WILKES-BARRE – The traffic lights are working again at a busy intersection in Wilkes-Barre. The lights on Route 315 and...
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