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
  • Beautifying Graves Before Memorial Day

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — With Memorial Day weekend getting underway, plenty of people made the most of Friday’s nice weather by prettying up the grave sites of their loved ones who served in the military. Newswatch 16 visited a cemetery in Luzerne County. While Carol Lippincott makes room for flowers on the grave site of a friend who served in the military, she also digs up memories from the past. “It’s such a lovely day and Memorial Day, of course, […]

  • Memorial Day Ceremony at VA Hospital Near Wilkes-Barre

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s a tune we’ve all heard before but for veterans in the Memorial Day ceremony at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. The melody of taps never loses its meaning. “I’ve grown to learn from a young Private myself, learning what the military really means, what we truly do for the community and it’s about being a part of something that’s bigger than yourself,” said Major Cliff Morales of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Morales was the […]

  • Oldest Graduate in LCCC’s History Set to Walk Across Graduation Stage

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — It’s a familiar feeling for Ted Geffert, putting on his cap and gown for graduation. However, this time he has a title he hasn’t had in the past. He’s Luzerne County Community College’s oldest graduate. “As long as I stayed on earth, I had to become 82, I had no other choice,” Geffert joked. He earned his associates degree from Luzerne County Community College in Computer Information Systems. When he first enrolled back in school, his family […]

  • Seven Juveniles Arrested Following School Fight

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Seven students in Luzerne County were arrested Wednesday morning after a school fight. Police say it took 20 minutes to break up the fight at Plains Alternative Learning Center on Carey Street in Plains Township. Initially, school resource officers tried to calm the situation on their own, but they ended up needing backup from Plains Township police and other agencies. Seven juveniles were arrested and later released to their parents. Police say one teacher needed to […]

  • Driver Cut From Cab Following Tractor Trailer Crash on I-81 in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It took emergency responders nearly two hours to get the driver out after a tractor trailer rolled on Interstate 81 in Luzerne County Tuesday morning. Hanover Township Fire Chief Joe Temarantz said this was actually one of the most difficult rescues of his career. “Everything was upside down, so if you took a tractor trailer and flipped it, that’s what we dealt with. The roof was collapsed in on the driver. The driver was pinned in […]

  • Providing Comfort for Kids During Tough Times

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — For some kids in foster care, that moment when they’re taken away from their home may mean they leave with nothing more than just the clothes on their back. One woman has made it her life’s mission to make what can be a difficult transition a little more comfortable. Linda Coolbaugh and her husband Gerald unloaded backpacks full of toys, pajamas, and toothbrushes for Luzerne County Children and Youth. She does it because many times kids who […]

  • Police Continue to Investigate Deadly Stabbing, Neighbors Not Surprised

    ASHLEY, Pa. — No arrests have been made after a weekend stabbing in Luzerne County. Neighbors said they weren’t exactly surprised when they saw so many police cars outside the apartment on South Main Street. State police said Brian Breymeier, 31, was found dead on Sunday afternoon. “The neighborhood is usually quiet and no trouble around here, but since they moved up there, I don’t know. There’s a lot of trouble, I guess,” neighbor Esther Daubert said. Ashley’s police chief […]

  • Neighbors Fight Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Invasion on Their Own

    WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — People in a development in Mountain Top are taking on the gypsy moth caterpillar problem on their own after they say no one else would help. Luzerne County officials used to spray for gypsy moth caterpillars ten years ago but have since canceled that program. Now, people in Wright Township are tackling the problem head on. Gypsy moth caterpillars may be small, but they can do a lot of damage. John Hargreaves says the bugs destroy […]

  • Royal Cardboard Cutouts Made in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The royal wedding may be happening across the pond, but it means big business for one company in Wilkes-Barre. If you can’t be at the royal wedding in London this weekend, you can have the bride and groom in your living room. At least that’s what a lot of people think when they buy cardboard cutouts of Prince Harry and his wife-to-be Meghan Markle from Wet Paint Printing and Design in Wilkes-Barre. “They’ve actually outsold the pope! […]

  • PennDOT Project Plans Change for Public Safety

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — One of two projects that would have tied up traffic near a hospital in Wilkes-Barre has been re-thought. The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority and PennDOT wanted to shut down two major arteries to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital at the same time. Now, that has changed. PennDOT originally wanted to shut down the Route 309 off-ramp leading to general hospital in Wilkes-Barre, but now, they’ll be repairing the on-ramp going toward Dallas. For ambulances going to general hospital, […]

  • Parents Frantically Search for Kid’s School Bus, Later Find out Driver Was Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

    WHITE HAVEN, Pa. — An empty school bus and downed trees–that’s what parents say they saw on Tuesday when they were searching for their kids from Fairview Elementary School after the storm. Parents say they were told by the Crestwood School District their kids would be late because of the bad weather, but after a half hour went by, parents like Domenica Solarek took matters into their own hands. “Everybody was frantic looking for their kid,” said Solarek. Parents say […]

  • Armed Bank Robbery Leads to Police Chase, Two in Custody

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two people are in custody following a bank robbery and chase in Luzerne County. Troopers and a police officer from Plains Township had to pin the suspects’ car against a barrier to get them to stop. This is how a police chase ended after an armed robbery at Luzerne Bank in Plains Twp. The suspect’s car was hit by a trooper’s vehicle and pinned in on 309 south. Troopers say they found guns and money from […]