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
  • World War II Veteran Hands Out Patriotism Free of Charge

    WILKES-BARRE — In an effort to make the city of Wilkes-Barre shine before the Fourth of July, a World War II veteran was handing out free American flags. Jim Walsh, 92, woke up Wednesday morning on a mission to make the city beam with patriotism, free of charge. “Every morning I thank God for being born in America. I love it and I’m saddened by what’s happening,” Walsh said. Walsh is a World War II veteran who even served in […]

  • Couple Charged After Alleged Sex Acts Near Park Playground

    WILKES-BARRE— Two people are charged after police in Wilkes-Barre said the couple got a little too frisky near a playground in Kirby Park. Police said this took place within sight of hundreds of people, including children. It’s a story that is now getting attention around the nation. Kirby Park is typically a safe place for parents to bring their kids for some fun in the sun, but last Thursday parents were horrified by what they saw. “It’s something you just […]

  • Kittens Trapped in Condemned Wilkes-Barre Home

    UPDATE: Wilkes-Barre City Animal Control officers were at the house along with the cat rescue organization Whiskers World to trap the kittens. Later this week, they plan to get the adult cats. Earlier on Tuesday Newswatch 16 reached out to the Wilkes-Barre City Health Department for some answers on neighbors concerns, not long after that we found out the city was taking action on the home. WILKES-BARRE — Neighbors are scrambling to figure out a way to rescue kittens and cats […]

  • Teeing Up to Prevent Potential Utility Problems

    DORRANCE TOWNSHIP— We all know that 911 is the number to call when you have an emergency, but 811 is the number contractors call to prevent an emergency during a digging project. The first 811 Golf Classic teed off Monday morning at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Although a lot of the action happened on the course, the thought behind it was to know what is below. “The national number for no one call damages is about one in four. […]

  • Children Chow Down on Free Summer Lunches at Wilkes-Barre Parks

    WILKES-BARRE— Earlier this year, there were concerns that budget cuts in Wilkes-Barre would eliminate a program providing kids lunches in the summer. However, that program is now in operation after a federal grant helped provide the staff to serve up food and fun at city parks. “It’s lunch time,” Park attendant Kamrin Boatman yells to the kids playing at Coal Street Park. When the children hear that, they know it is time to get in line! “It gives kids who […]

  • Airport Celebrates 70th Year and Record-Breaking Number of Passengers

    WILKES-BARRE-SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — As the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport marks its 70th anniversary, it’s also celebrating a record-breaking month. More than 24,000 people flew out of the airport in May. Officials said that is the highest number of departing passengers in the airport’s 70-year history. “Airport performance for the month of May was extremely positive. Passenger boardings on a percentage standpoint went up 17.5 percent,” airport executive director Carl Beardsley said. Airport officials said the number of departing passengers in […]

  • Seniors Worry Gambling Bill Would Take Money Away from Lottery Play

    WILKES-BARRE— A bill passed in the Pennsylvania House would allow casino-style gambling in airports, veterans halls, and truck stops. Now, seniors are worried if it were to become law, that less lottery money would fund programs for the elderly. They are not the only ones who are concerned. There are 18,000 people in the state who are employed by casinos like Mohegan Sun in Plains Township. Opponents of the bill say those jobs could be cut if it were to become law. […]

  • Students Work, Learn in School Garden

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — Elementary school students in Luzerne County were getting their hands dirty to get a better appreciation of how farmers grow their crops. Students at Wycallis Elementary School are learning that if you want to grow some fresh food, you’re going to have to dig deep. “I didn’t think there would be as many rocks in the ground and that we would have to come out here and prep everything,” said fourth-grader Carolyn Comitz. Students in every grade […]

  • Husky Houdini Strikes Again: Dog Rescued From Roof for a Third Time

    NANTICOKE — A dog in Luzerne County took loneliness into his own paws Monday afternoon. He would not let anything hold him back from taking a perch on the roof to look for his owners. Maverick the dog sure lives up to his name. He has busted open the second-floor window with his powerful paws not once, not twice, but three times now! “He’s unbelievable,” Maverick’s owner Krystin said. “I call him Maverick the magician.” Back in February, firefighters rescued […]

  • Juror Posts on Facebook about Attempted Homicide Case During Trial

    LUZERNE COUNTY — In what the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office called the “most important case” in the county last week, a jury foreman posting on Facebook about the trial could have risked having the case thrown out even before it went to the jury. The judge for the Melissa Scholl trial told jurors not to speak to anyone about the case, including posting on social media, but it turns out those instructions may not have been followed. Judge David […]

  • Mistrial in Case of Mom Accused of Trying to Kill Self, Kids

    WILKES-BARRE— After seven hours of deliberations, the jury announced they could not make a unanimous decision and were deadlocked in the case of a mom accused of trying to kill herself and her two kids in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16 learned from one of the jurors that they were split: nine in favor of conviction and three opposed. Throughout the afternoon, jurors did have a few questions for Luzerne County Court Judge David Lupas, but he encouraged them to continue deliberating […]

  • Second Day of Trial for Mom Accused of Attempted Homicide in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — Prosecution rested its case against a mother charged with two counts of attempted homicide of her two children in Luzerne County. Melissa Scholl walked out of the Luzerne County Courthouse after her second day on trial Thursday. She is accused of trying to kill herself and her two children with carbon monoxide by hooking up a hose to her car’s exhaust pipe in a school bus parking lot. The prosecution has a Luzerne County detective take the stand […]