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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)!

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Recent Articles
  • Blind Artist’s Paintings For Sale in Wilkes-Barre Store

    WILKES-BARRE — There’s an artist in Wilkes-Barre doing what some might consider impossible. We first told you about Luzerne County’s blind artist back in May. Now, months later, you can see some of this Welcoming Works of Art all around Wilkes-Barre in a couple dozen stores. If Rob Hoyt could send one message with his artwork, he said it would be this. “It says, ‘just because your board is broken doesn’t mean you can’t fly.’ Things happen to people, but […]

  • World War II Purple Heart Recipient Offers Life Lesson

    KINGSTON — Veterans who were injured during their time in the armed forces are being remembered this week through National Purple Heart Recipient Day. There are few things as meaningful to Frank Steinberg, a purple heart recipient, as people stopping to say a simple thank you. “I’m in Kmart last night and a lady came up and she says, ‘thank you very much for your service,’ and you just stop and you freeze,” Steinberg said with tears in his eyes. […]

  • Popular Restaurant Changes Hands, Keeps Charitable Tradition

    EDWARDSVILLE — A popular restaurant in Luzerne County is changing hands, but the new owner is keeping up a charitable tradition. David Tevet has been the owner of Ollie’s Restaurant in Edwardsville for the past 36 years. Recently, he decided it was time for a change. “I just turned 65 and I felt it was the right time to retire and sell it to somebody who can run it another 36 years,” Tevet said. Kingston native Matt Borwick took ownership of […]

  • Driver to be Cited for Crash into Cemetery in Berwick

    BERWICK — Berwick police say they plan to cite a man for leaving the scene of an accident after they say he crashed his van into a cemetery in Berwick, knocking over headstones and damaging a parked car. Officers are not releasing the name of the driver but he turned himself in that morning. Neighbors say it was disrespectful to leave the crash in the cemetery. Toppled headstones are what remains in Pine Grove Cemetery off Walnut Street in Berwick […]

  • Camp Asthmacadabra Teaches Kids How to Better Handle Asthma

    DENNISON TOWNSHIP — Camp Asthmacadabra is just like any other camp, with archery, swimming and arts and crafts. What sets the camp apart from any other in Luzerne County? Kids are also learning how to better deal with their asthma. It was inspired with two people in mind. When the sun hits the lake just right at Camp Asthmacadabra, Michael Tracy said he feels something more than just the warmth of the sunshine. “I feel them all the time, I […]

  • New App in Luzerne County Makes it Easier to Catch the Bus

    HAZLETON — There’s a new app in Luzerne County that makes catching the bus a little easier. Hazleton Public Transit started using the app My Stop Mobile so that bus riders can see where their bus is in real time using their smart phones. HPT also included a live map on its website. Those with HPT said people were constantly calling about where their buses were. They started to use the app to make everyone’s lives easier. “Before I always […]

  • Popular Musicians from Luzerne County Still Recovering from Florida Crash

    KINGSTON — It’s been almost a month since a tractor trailer crash in Florida seriously hurt popular musicians on tour from Luzerne County. Lawyers representing crew and members of the band Adrenaline Mob said there have been rumors swirling on social media about the victims conditions since the crash. Attorneys held a press conference on Thursday to set the record straight. The law firm of Fellerman and Ciarmboli represents Janet Rains and Robert Dressler, both from Luzerne County. Kingston lawyer […]

  • Helping a Homeless Veteran Beaten to the Point of Hospitalization

    HAZLETON — A homeless veteran beaten to the point of hospitalization last week has people coming together to give him a helping hand. Slimmer, a homeless Marine veteran, said he’s had people help him while he was down on his luck in the past but never anything like this. It’s harder for him to get around Sisters Restaurant in Hazleton this week, but he has found strength in support. “You can’t kill a Marine sniper. It takes a lot,” Slimmer […]

  • Man Living in Elected Official’s Home Faces 100 Counts of Child Porn Charges

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — A man from Luzerne County is facing 100 counts of child porn charges. Police said Adam Snide, 42, was living at the home of a local leader who did not know about his online crimes. Snide said in court that he was living at Rice Township Board of Supervisors Chair Marcia Thomas’ home after falling on some hard times. He said she did not know about what Snide called an addiction to child porn. Snide said he […]

  • Rate Increase for Water Bill Has Customers Concerned

    WILKES-BARRE — 2.3 million customers of a water utility company could be paying more money on their monthly bills. However, in order to go through with its rate hike, Pennsylvania American Water has to hear from its customers. Customers were speaking out on Tuesday at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre about the utility company’s proposed rate hike. Christopher Visco is a customer from Scranton. He said the hike hurts rate payers. “We don’t have the jobs. We don’t have the income […]

  • Nanticoke Residents Shocked as Charges are Filed against Former Teacher, Mayor

    NANTICOKE — Edward Butkiewicz was once a public servant in Luzerne County, but he now faces charges, accused of trying to lure teens into his car with the promise of money, and this isn’t the first time Butkiewicz has faced charges. People who know the victims say they are on edge because Butkiewicz tried more than once to get teens into his car. A police report shows Butkiewicz tried to lure teenagers into his car in the Nanticoke area with […]

  • Noah Ritter Apparently Stops by the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market

    WILKES-BARRE — When Noah Ritter needs to unwind after giving some kid-friendly feedback in the judge’s seat for the ABC’s The Toy Box, he’s apparently with his Grandpa checking out the Farmers Market on Public Square. “Probably the biggest small city I could be in. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,” said Noah Ritter. Noah caught our attention during a Newswatch 16 interview at the Wayne County Fair three years ago and that got him quite a bit of national attention too. Now he […]