School Closings And Delays

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)!

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Recent Articles
  • Owner Devastated after Dogs Attacked, One Killed in Wilkes-Barre Park

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A walk in the park turned into a horrific scene for one dog owner. He says his toy poodle was killed and a boxer was seriously hurt by two unleashed dogs. DOGS ATTACKED: Jimmy Serafini and his boxer Ziva are missing their best friend… a toy poodle named Chloe. Serafini says he was walking his dogs in Miner Park when two unleashed dogs came charging, hurting Ziva and killing Chloe. How social media is helping their case […]

  • Plea Deal Reached in Poisoning Retrial

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. –An 86-year-old grandma entered a last-minute plea agreement in Luzerne County court. Helen Galli was accused of poisoning her son’s then-girlfriend with anti-freeze. The victim, Dawn Simyan, said she’s happy this is all over. “I’m satisfied. I have no more to say. Thank you,” Simyan said as she walked out of court. She is the one prosecutors said was given poison by Helen Galli in 2011. Galli was accused of putting anti-freeze into Simyan’s juice. The now 86-year-old […]

  • Teen Charged in Stabbing Death in Luzerne County

    UPDATE: According to state police, a teenager has been charged with criminal homicide. The teen is accused of stabbing a woman inside of her home. The victim has been identified as 66-year-old Sandra Lee Montanari of Weston. Police say Eric Montanari, 17, was charged as an adult. Neighbors told Newswatch 16 he is the victim’s grandson. Another man was hurt after police say he tried to fend off the stabbing attack by the teenager. Original Story: BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. […]

  • Threat Locks Down Luzerne County School

    EXETER — Police locked down a school in Luzerne County Thursday morning after a note threatening violence was found in a bathroom. Parents in the Wyoming Area School District were alerted to the situation around 8:30 a.m. when they received a call from the school. Parents say the school told them no gun was found, but there was a threatening message. Worried parents shared tense phone calls during a lockdown at Wyoming Area Secondary School Thursday morning, desperate to know […]

  • Students in Dallas Keep Memory of Florida School Shooting Victims Alive

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — At Dallas High School in Luzerne County, more than 100 students took to the football field on Wednesday morning not for a game, but for something much more serious. “Why does someone else’s right to own a gun outweigh my right to live?” One student asked the crowd. “We have to work together to get stuff done,” shouted another. Students at Dallas High School fill the football stadium. People shouting, “I’m standing up for what I […]

  • Rough Response to Rough Road Signs

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Potholes have become so bad on one road in Luzerne County, “rough road” signs have gone up. Neighbors say the road in the Back Mountain is long overdue for repairs, not warning signs. County officials say they’ve been trying to cold-patch Chase Road in Jackson Township for weeks, but because of the bad weather, nothing is sticking. We spoke to one driver repairing a flat tire who says he’s fed up with the situation. Ryan Swire […]

  • People Get a Chance to Show Their Skills at Job Fair

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The unemployment rate in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties hovers above five percent, which is higher than the state average according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A job fair near Wilkes-Barre was looking to change that. Shraddha Kodhari from Wilkes-Barre said she has a college education. It’s been hard to get her foot in the door for a position she loves since she moved to the area from India. However, at the Great Northeast Job Fair […]

  • Search Warrant Reveals New Information About Human Remains Found in Luzerne County

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — The police tape and patrol cars are gone but neighbors at what is known as the Pocono Trailer Park in Plains Township are still thinking about Saturday morning’s arson at a shed where human remains were found inside. “I think it’ll always be in the back of people’s minds, what happened here, and it’s going to take time for all of that to go away,” said Mike Pudim, neighbor. Newswatch 16 was there Tuesday as state police […]

  • Shoppers React to Change in Gun Sales at Dick’s Sporting Goods

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — It’s been two weeks since a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people. In response, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced it will no longer sell firearms to people under 21 or sell high capacity magazines at its stores, including the one near Wilkes-Barre. Semi-automatic military-style rifles will be removed from its 35 Field and Stream stores. Zsabria Owens from Wilkes-Barre says the school shooting makes her worried for her daughter. […]

  • Blue Angels Starring in 2019 Air Show, Predicted to Bring in Huge Crowds

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Blue Angels are set to star in the 2019 air show at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Airport officials said the Blue Angels actually chose to come back after a long absence to our area because last year’s air show was so successful. “We’re literally up against dozens of other airports who want to bring in the Blue Angels to their particular show and because operationally the last air show went so well, we were one […]

  • Evacuations at Luzerne County Plant After Hazardous Material Leak

    DALLAS — A paper plant in Luzerne County was evacuated Tuesday morning and crews in hazmat suits are checking out a hazardous materials incident there. Some workers have been taken to the hospital. We’re told 11 employees at Offset Paperback Manufacturers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency crews were called to Dallas around 7:30 a.m. and about 80 employees at Offset Paperback were evacuated. “It was very intense because, actually, we had a full-scale evacuation of the […]

  • Neighbors Make GoFundMe Page to Raise Money for County to Fix Potholes

    ROSS TOWNSHIP— There are so many potholes on one road in Ross Township that residents aren’t even waiting for crews to come fix the problem. Neighbors created a GoFundMe page on their own to raise money to give to the county for road repairs. It’s a bumpy ride on Main Road in Ross Township near Sweet Valley. Luzerne County road crews were out on Monday cold patching some of the potholes. Residents, however, had already taken matters into their own hands […]