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Carolyn Blackburne is a proud New Jersey native who is even prouder to serve northeastern and central Pennsylvania! She joined the Newswatch 16 team in March of 2017 as the Luzerne County reporter.

Before reporting at WNEP, Carolyn worked as a weekend evening anchor and multimedia journalist for a year and a half at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md. While there, Carolyn was responsible for shooting, writing, and editing all of her stories. She produced and anchored four hours of news every weekend.

Carolyn is also an ecstatic Orange Woman! She graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in May of 2015 with minors in information management and technology and political science. She is one of many Syracuse University graduates at Newswatch 16. As such, she had dreams of working with WNEP since she was just a sophomore in college.

This journey all began when Carolyn was 16-years-old with a blaring 5 a.m. alarm, a supportive 6 a.m. drive by mom, and a state-of-the-art high school T.V. program. Carolyn went to Mount Olive High School and anchored the morning announcements there every day. By the time she was a senior, she had been bitten by the T.V. bug so badly, she spent close to ten hours a day shooting, writing, and editing various projects before, during, and after school. She still visits the school to mentor other students and pay it forward.

When she’s off camera, Carolyn is usually concocting the next best grilled cheese recipe, blasting Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, or water skiing with friends and family. She loves to stay positive, meditate, and drink lots of iced coffee (even in the dead of winter)!

Feel free to e-mail Carolyn with any story ideas: carolyn.blackburne@wnep.com
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She’s available on Twitter at: @cblackburne


Recent Articles
  • Culm Bank to be Removed in Luzerne County

    SWOYERSVILLE — To some, it’s a local landmark, others call it an eyesore. Either way, there are plans to remove a culm bank this year in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16 spoke to some business and homeowners right next to the culm bank in Swoyersville and they’re happy to see it go, but some are a little worried it could be a dirty and dusty job. For decades, Richard Stefanides has always had the same view at Rich’s Service Station – […]

  • Disney is Making Dreams Come True for Teenager in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Disney is making dreams come true for one teenager from Luzerne County. Angela McKeown, 17, was chosen in a nationwide competition for its mentoring program, the Disney Dreamers Academy. Angela is curious about a lot of things. Most of all, she is interested in sign language and Disney. “I want to be an American Sign Language interpreter because I want to bring the Disney magic to those who cannot hear it themselves,” Angela said. Angela and her mom […]

  • Dogs Rescued from Breeder

    SHICKSHINNY — Humane officers in Luzerne County say three people from Freeland are facing the most animal abuse charges ever filed in the county after their breeding facility in Conyngham Township was found filthy. The three were in a courtroom Wednesday morning to face 130 counts each of animal abuse-related charges. John Dancho had nothing to say walking out of court after his arraignment in Shickshinny. Luzerne County Humane Officers took away 36 dogs from his breeding facility in Conyngham […]

  • Snow Plow Trucks Out in Full Force in Luzerne County

    PITTSTON — Snow plow trucks were out in full force on Tuesday in Luzerne County. Plenty of people also spent their day scraping ice off of sidewalks, too. James Fencher was one of them. He was busy Tuesday morning shoveling up snow and ice in Pittston. He even had a strategy to get the job done. “It’s just basically getting the ice off and then I’m going to put rock salt on it to fix it,” Fencher said. He wasn’t […]

  • Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King at King’s College

    KING’S COLLEGE — The nation pauses to remember civil rights leader and preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor his legacy by doing acts of service for the community and others. Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January, and this year it falls on Dr. King’s actual birthday – January 15. This year also marks 50 years since Dr. King was assassinated in April of 1968. Events are planned all across our area […]

  • New Businesses Bringing Thousands of Jobs to Luzerne County

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Thousands of new jobs are on the way to Luzerne County. A developer chose Hanover Township for the site for its new warehouses for clothing retailers Adidas and Patagonia. Those warehouses are still under construction but people are already excited to hear the news about more jobs. The warehouses are in Hanover Industrial Estates, bringing with them, thousands of new jobs. People in Hanover Township say they already know some who might apply. “I know quite a […]

  • Fire Department in Need of New Building Raising Money on GoFundMe

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — Firefighters in part of Luzerne County say they’re in desperate need of a new fire hall. The Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire Department is asking the public to help them raise $200,000 through a GoFundMe Page. For most firefighters, the danger starts once they’re on scene but first responders at Lake Silkworth say just getting out of the driveway of their station on Route 29 puts their lives at risk. “Christmas day I was almost hit from both […]

  • Woman Injured, Pets Killed in Bear Creek Township Fire

    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — A woman was injured and several pets are dead after a fire destroyed a home Luzerne County. Fire crews tell us that woman has minor burns from trying to get two cats and a dog out of the fire, but the pets did not survive. There’s not much left of a home off Velma Lane in Bear Creek Township after a fire ripped through the place around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Fire officials say Rebecca Gromel was […]

  • Temperatures Finally Above Freezing but That Can Mean Steep Heating Bills

    WILKES-BARRE — We are finally above freezing for the first time in two weeks, but the deep freeze in the past two weeks will likely mean steep heating bills. People in Wilkes-Barre are not looking forward to their next heating bill. “I need a second job,” Eddie Sienkiewicz said. “Absolute dread,” Markeata White said. “Horrible,” Jada Lynch said. “I think I’ve been putting it on 90 every night just to kick it on after work, then I turn it down to […]

  • Arrest Made in Mall Carjacking Case

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Wilkes-Barre Township police say they’ve arrested the man responsible for stealing a car at the Wyoming Valley Mall last week. Angelo Brito, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, was charged in connection with last week’s carjacking at the Wyoming Valley Mall. Police say it all started when Brito threw a young boy out of a 2015 Audi and took off on New Year’s Day.   Not long after that, police say Brito was in a hit-and-run crash on Kidder Street near […]

  • Rates for On-Street Parking Double in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE— New year, new price increase in Wilkes-Barre. Rates for on-street parking doubled on Monday morning. It used to cost $1 to park on Public Square for an hour; now it will cost $2. Like plenty of other people this morning, Lewis Morris got out of his car on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre to feed the meter, only to notice the price to park doubled. “I think it’s ridiculous. I think another quarter or 50 cents, but this is too […]

  • Anonymous Source of Warmth for People in Need in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE— There’s an anonymous source of sweetness on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. Someone tied up several bags with gloves and hats for people in need. A note on each says, “I’m not lost – if you need this keep warm, please take it.” “The most genuine, charitable giving is done when nobody is looking and not for a reward. It’s nice to see,” Chad Flack of Harveys Lake said. Even in this freezing cold weather, people said this is a […]