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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.


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    PIKE TOWNSHIP — For the past week, Davisland Farms near LeRaysville in Bradford County has been packed with onlookers trying to get a glimpse of a rare snowy owl. “It didn’t seem like a big deal, but then the beginning of the week I found out bird people were coming. I thought maybe it is a big deal,” said Brennan Coates. “From 6 a.m. until the sun goes down, there’s cars out here.” Kevin Raymond of Stevensville is the one […]

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    Five Generations Show Up for WWII Veteran’s 100th Birthday

    FAIRMOUNT TOWNSHIP — All Russell Halchak of Nanticoke wanted for his birthday were some scratch-off tickets. When you’re 100 years old, you’ve got all the gifts you really want. “I never drank and I never smoked,” said Halchak when asked what his secret to being 100 was. In the Sweet Valley area, it’s a celebration with all of Halchak’s family including a son, a grandson, a great-grandson, and even a great-great-granddaughter. “It means a lot,” said son Eugene Halchak. “And you […]

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