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Clay LePard joined Newswatch 16 in October 2014 after spending several years reporting for WHBF in Rock Island, Illinois.

While in the Quad Cities, Clay brought viewers along to witness everything from a rare look inside the nation’s largest weapons manufacturer to following the largest case of municipal fraud in U.S. history.

Like many other proud alums at the station, Clay is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Clay also worked as a reporter for ABC News’ On Campus program, where he covered stories in upstate New York for a national audience. He also interned with NBC for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and with ABC News Nightline in New York City.

When he isn’t working, you can probably find Clay at the closest golf course or watching any of his favorite sports teams like the Syracuse Orange or New England Patriots.

Raised in Wenham, Mass., Clay currently lives in Dunmore and if you see him around, please say hello.


Recent Articles
  • Students Organize Prom for Peers with Special Needs

    KELLY TOWNSHIP — As students all across our area get ready for prom season, some students in Union County have been busy planning a prom not for themselves, but for children with special needs. Students from all over central Pennsylvania danced the night away Saturday at Silver Moon Banquet Hall near Lewisburg. This was the first time a prom like this has ever happened in Union County. The dancers are students with special needs from seven different school districts across […]

  • Bringing The College Dream Closer To Reality For Area Students

    LA PLUME TOWNSHIP — For some teenage students, the idea of going to college can seem out of reach. But one teacher in Susquehanna County is trying to change that mindset in her students, even if they are just in sixth grade. Krista Tully teaches language arts at Forest City Regional School District and brought along her sixth graders to her alma mater, Keystone College after she was surprised by what so many students wrote about their own futures. “I […]

  • Power To Save: Acid Mine Drainage to Concrete?

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — There are a lot of different elements that go into making concrete. But mostly, it’s water, cement, and gravel. But researchers at the University of Michigan are tapping into a new resource for concrete: acid mine waste. The Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, known as EPCAMR, shipped 180 gallons of acid mine drainage from boreholes located along Solomon Creek just outside Wilkes-Barre to the University of Michigan. “Maybe in Ann Arbor, there isn’t a whole […]

  • More Closures on Interstate 81 Expected

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — You may want to avoid driving through one section of the Abingtons in Lackawanna County beginning Thursday night. PennDOT plans to detour Interstate 81 traffic through residential communities in the Clarks Summit area. PennDOT made drivers aware that there would be some lane restrictions on the interstate while the Edella Road bridge was replaced. Now, after crews punctured a water line, it now looks like Interstate 81 will be completely closed in some directions over the […]

  • Lackawaxen River Trail Plans Moving Along

    HONESDALE — With the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky, it’s just about the perfect day to go for a stroll in Wayne County. “We just walk all over,” said June Putman of Honesdale. “We do street running through town, side roads and back roads,” said Amy Neugebauer of Honesdale. The problem for many is there’s not a whole lot of scenic spots to stretch your legs. “It would be so much nicer to hear birds chirping and […]

  • Update: Repairs Complete on Water Main Break in Lackawanna County

    DUNMORE — Pennsylvania American Water said crews have completed repairs on a large break on a water main along Mill Street in Dunmore. Officials said water service should be restored to all customers by Sunday morning. Customers may have cloudy or discolored water. The boil advisory remains in effect until further notice. Officials tell Newswatch 16 workers showed up Saturday morning to find the basement of the water plant flooded. It initially appeared as if a 42-inch water main broke, but […]

  • Troopers: Comedy DVDs, Guns, Ammo, Sniper Manual in Frein Hideouts

    MILFORD — Witnesses cataloged a list of things found in Eric Frein’s hideouts, including comedy DVDs, guns, ammo, and sniper training manuals. The father of accused cop killer Eric Frein also took the stand Friday at his son’s murder trial. Crates of evidence were carted into the courtroom at Frein’s trial in Pike County, and the jury heard about everything from what was in Frein’s room to what police found at his campsites in the woods. After a morning of […]

  • Trial Resumes after Morning Hospitalization of Eric Frein

    MILFORD —  More than two hours after the murder trial for Eric Frein was scheduled to start, Frein arrived at the Pike County Courthouse. Earlier in the day, Frein was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono in East Stroudsburg. It’s still unclear why exactly Frein, who turns 34 next month, needed to be treated. With the trial back underway in the afternoon, jurors heard from state police troopers who detailed the search efforts around the barracks that began the morning […]

  • PennDOT Unveils Plans for Paving in 2017

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — PennDOT announced Wednesday afternoon an unprecedented $639 million worth of construction projects to take place in northeastern Pennsylvania for 2017. As part of that announcement, Governor Tom Wolf explained that one the reasons so much funding is being put into our area is because of how much damage has been done to the roads thanks to the blizzard last month. And a good chunk of those construction projects won’t be in the downtown areas but rather on […]

  • Sen. Casey Holds Town Hall in Scranton

    SCRANTON — People had a chance to chat face to face with Senator Bob Casey in Scranton on Sunday. About 200 people attended the Democratic senator’s town hall at Lackawanna College, where he took questions about everything from health care to President Trump and Russia. .@SenBobCasey hosting town hall at @LackawannaEDU. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/aKgKXVeVYK — Clay LePard (@ClayLePard) April 2, 2017 “There’s no question [Russia] interfered in our election,” said Casey. “That’s a fact. Putin is a threat to us. He’s a […]

  • Concerned Grandmother Helps Catch Alleged Robber

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — Police made an arrest after an alleged attack at a hotel room in Lackawanna County. Investigators caught a break when a grandmother became suspicious of a man she was helping and called 911. Now he’s locked up and that woman has a cautionary tale. Louis Hairston, 42, of Olyphant is behind bars, charged with robbing and assaulting a woman inside the Ramada Inn near Clarks Summit. According to police, Hairston knocked on a hotel room door […]

  • Susquehanna Business Reopens After Fire

    SUSQUEHANNA —  Just about seven months after a fire destroyed Drinker Creek Beverage on Erie Avenue in Susquehanna Borough, the business is set to reopen in a new location on Saturday. Owner Ryan Dubas and his wife, Melissa, keep busy sorting through cases of beer that have arrived at the new shop on Erie Boulevard in the heart of downtown. “There was a lot of doubt right after the fire,” said Dubas. “That was really tough. We didn’t know where […]