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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
  • Volunteers Clean Up Kirby Park To Deter Crime

    WILKES-BARRE – As authorities work to solve a violent crime reported at a popular recreational spot in Luzerne County, a group of volunteers spent the day sprucing Kirby Park. Around 80 workers from Geisinger Health Plan split up at the park, to clean up litter and paint benches and curbs. “This is probably one of the greatest assets in the community. People need to come out and enjoy it. The more people that come out, the safer it will be,” […]

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    Back-To-School Sales Already?

    WILKES-BARRE — It may be mid-July but some stores have already started their back-to-school sales. During the dog days of summer, most people are shopping for party supplies like Haidyn Weber and her family from Hunlock Creek. “She graduated high school so she has to have a grad party.” The party is for her older sister but Haidyn was surprised to see back-to-school sales popping up in mid-July inside stores. “We’re not just selling back-to-school shoes, we’re selling straight up […]


    Local Travelers: Fear Won’t Stop Us From Flying

    LUZERNE COUNTY – As authorities investigate the circumstances of a deadly plane crash in Ukraine, travelers in the Wyoming Valley told Newswatch 16 that they will not let fear keep them from flying. Mae Licata of Dallas said she already has plane tickets booked to visit friends in Europe later this year. “I’m planning a big trip and I am concerned. I wasn’t when we first made the plans, but I am now.” said Licata. “If you were nervous about […]

  • UPDATE: Why are Promised Safety Upgrades at Sherman Hills Delayed?

    WILKES-BARRE– Two people were sent to the hospital after a late night shooting in Luzerne County. Shots rang out at Sherman Hills housing complex just before 11:30 last night after an attempted robbery. Police told Newswatch 16 that the two victims were both men in their early 20s. Officers have not released their names or conditions. There are still plenty of questions about the shooting, as well as the promised safety upgrades at Sherman Hills. A new fence was put […]

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    UPDATE: LCTA Bus Drivers Testify At Hearing

    ROYALTON — Intimidated and scared of losing their jobs, that’s what several bus drivers for the Luzerne County Transit Authority said during the second day of testimony in the alleged ghost rider case. Two LCTA executives are accused of inflating the number of senior riders in order to get more money from the state. One former LCTA bus driver believes that state officials knew about the scandal and let it continue for years. The second day of this preliminary hearing […]

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    Workers Testify Against LCTA Officials

    ROYALTON — Threats and unethical orders, that’s what workers and a former board member with the Luzerne County Transportation authority testified about in court on Monday. Two top officials at the LCTA are charged with lying about how many senior citizens got a free bus ride over a five-year span. A hearing for those officials got underway Monday morning in the Harrisburg area. Seven people testified in district court talking about the lies and manipulation allegedly ordered by LCTA executives […]

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    Volunteers Push Forward With Library Fundraiser After Storm

    DALLAS – Organizers said they would not let damage from a storm delay the annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction in Luzerne County. Leslie Horoshko told Newswatch 16 that the gusty storm knocked down the big top that had just been set up Tuesday evening. “The main poles were up but the rest of it was down. Oh it was awful, furniture was all over the place,” said Horoshko. “Chainsaws were going Wednesday morning all around, everywhere. This whole neighborhood […]

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    Owner Of Towing Business Sentenced To Jail

    WILKES-BARRE — A tow truck operator convicted on theft charges was sentenced Friday morning in Luzerne County. “I’m embarrassed about what happened. We’ll see what happens. “ Leo Glodzik was optimistic that he would be sentenced to probation or house arrest after the owner of LAG Towing was found guilty of stealing $1,000 in cash from a car he towed during an FBI sting in 2013. Instead Judge Lisa Gelb sentenced Glodzik to three to 12 months in jail, infuriating […]

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    Prosecutors: Accused Killers Incited By “Boondock Saints” Movie

    SHICKSHINNY — Prosecutors in Luzerne County said a movie about vigilantes was a factor that led to shooting deaths earlier this year. Holly Crawford and James Roche were in court over the deadly shootings in April. During the preliminary hearing, we learned that the couple had been watching the movie “The Boondock Saints” right before the shooting. After months behind bars James Roche looked like a different man walking into his preliminary hearing at a magistrate’s office in Shickshinny, compared […]

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    Search For Bank Robber In Luzerne County

    Police are investigating a reported robbery this morning at National Penn Bank along Route 309 near Drums. http://t.co/ySInJi9Mxh— Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) July 10, 2014 BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Police in Luzerne County are investigating a bank robbery. It happened around 10 a.m. Thursday at the National Penn Bank on Route 309 in Drums, Butler Township. Investigators said a man in his late 30’s showed the teller a weapon, got some cash and took off in a burgundy sedan heading south on […]

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    Stores Struggle To Keep Generators on Shelves After Storm

    LUZERNE COUNTY – While road closures and tangled power lines were easy to find in the Back Mountain and Sweet Valley areas, many people had trouble finding stores that had generators in supply. “They’re all sold out of generators right now, but I kept going through and calling every Lowes I could find. Selinsgrove, Lehighton, Hazleton, all over,” said Denny Briggs. “I finally found one in Mount Pocono.” Newswatch 16 stopped by Lowe’s Home Improvement in Edwardsville as a small […]

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    Power Could Be Out For Days Near Huntington Mills

    HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP — Utility officials in Luzerne County said it could take several days before the power is back on for hundreds of homes, businesses, and farms. The Back Mountain was hit hard. Crews are still trimming downed trees along Grandview Avenue in Dallas Township. UGI said there are still 11,000 homes and businesses without power in Luzerne County. To the west of the Back Mountain,  more roads were closed and even livestock killed in Tuesday night’s storm. UGI said […]


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