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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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    THON 2017 Raises Over $10 Million

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Every year, thousands of Penn State students dance for 46 straight hours as part of the dance marathon known as THON. They do it to raise money to help those with pediatric cancer. Around 700 Penn State students packed the dance floor inside the Bryce Jordan Center, and they didn’t stop for 46 hours, while friends and family cheered them on. “For all of us, all 50,000 students to be here right now and to kind of […]

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    Locals Rally to Support Immigrants, Refugees

    SCRANTON — Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Scranton Saturday evening and marched through the city in solidarity as the country remains divided over President Donald Trump’s recent executive order regarding immigrants and refugees. Inside St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton, dozens gathered with candles in hand to support immigrants and refugees. Trump issued the controversial executive order a little more than three weeks ago. It was later halted by a judge in Washington. “We’re very concerned about the recent […]

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    Locals Benefit From THON Fundraiser

    JESSUP — It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for pediatric cancer research in Pennsylvania, as hundreds of Penn State students will dance for 46 hours as part of THON. Since THON first started in 1977, it has raised more than $136 million toward Four Diamonds, which helps in pediatric cancer research and care for those at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. An invaluable resource for families just trying to get through one of the most difficult times in their lives […]

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    Power To Save: Head Start Students Plan For New Garden

    WILKES-BARRE– Even with another month of winter to go, kids in Wilkes-Barre are already getting into the spirit of spring. Dozens of students inside Luzerne county Head Start learned how to plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables. “Nowadays you see kids and they want the candy,” said Jackie Vass with Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Vass is one of the volunteers who will help students at this Head Start learn to plant throughout the next couple weeks as part of “Operation Let’s Grow” program. “They […]

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    SCI Frackville Inmates Train Dogs Up For Adoption

    RYAN TOWNSHIP — SCI Frackville has some four-legged friends as inmates as part of a new program. Since last April, the prison has rotated hosting five dogs through a local dog adoption program called D.A.W.G.S, which stands for Dogs Achieving Wellness and Good Structure. “It’s a calming effect on the jail,” said one inmate named Jonathan. He is currently training his tenth dog through the program. “We’ll do 15-20 training sessions a day because there is not much else for me […]

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    Weather Woes for Drivers

    Snow and rain across our area created some tricky spots for drivers, and it’s only going to get worse. At the PennDOT shed in Dunmore, it’s not so much about the plows as it is about the brine solution that crews have to sprinkle on the roads to stop them from freezing. And even with treated roads, it was still tough driving for many across the area. Along Interstate 84, there were several spun out cars on Sunday as crews […]

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    Ball Fields In The Poconos Vandalized

    CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — Several little league teams likely won’t be playing on their fields this upcoming season in Monroe County after someone vandalized the fields. Overhead pictures taken by church trustee Bill Campbell show the extent of the damage, after learning someone had a little too much fun on the little league fields sometime Friday. Thousands of $$$ in damages to two little league fields – meaning four teams will have to play/practice elsewhere. 😲 @WNEP pic.twitter.com/eID1B1XfGf — Clay LePard […]

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    Snowmobiling For a Cause

    FOREST CITY — Plenty of snowmobilers are still reveling after Thursday’s snowfall. As many continue to hit the trails today and this weekend, one man who was killed in a snowmobile crash two years ago is being honored. “Somebody upstairs is looking at us,” said Sean Sheare, who credits his late brother with the ideal snowmobiling weather. Fitting, since this weekend, Sean and his family are honoring Brian Sheare, who was killed after his snow mobile went off the trail and […]

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    Bloomsburg University Professor Teams Up With NASA

    BLOOMSBURG — Hundreds of millions of miles away from Bloomsburg University, there’s an asteroid sitting somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. Dr. Michael Shepard spent months building a 3D model of the asteroid “Psyche” using a radar telescope. The asteroid is about a third the size of Pennsylvania, meaning the diameter would stretch from Bloomsburg to Philadelphia. Now, his model is being used by NASA as plans are in place to make a trip there to learn more about this asteroid. […]

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    Kindergartner Uses Motorized iPad To Communicate With Other Students

    WILMOT TOWNSHIP — This time of year, germs in schools can spread pretty quickly. Because of the potential germs, 6-year-old Abbi Brown can’t attend Wyalusing Valley Elementary School. Brown suffers from mitochondrial disease, which makes it incredibly difficult for her body to fight back from even the common cold. “She’s vulnerable to everything,” explained Chris Brown, Abbi’s father. “Every time she becomes sick and her body devotes that energy to battle that illness, other parts of her body suffer as a result.” […]

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    Big Day for Fire Department Fundraisers

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Fire departments across our area are using the Super Bowl as their own big day for fundraising. Several across our area held food fundraisers, from chicken wings to barbecue chicken to pizza. Chief Andy Hegedus of Rescue 27 Fire Company in Throop kept busy as the fire department raised money by selling 1,500 pounds of wings. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the volunteer company and makes all the difference when it comes to being out in […]

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    Hundreds Gather in Wilkes-Barre For Rally Against Refugee Executive Order

    WILKES-BARRE — One week after President Donald Trump announced a ban on Syrian refugees entering the United States, hundreds gathered in downtown Wilkes-Barre to protest the ban, even after a federal judge in Washington halted the ban. “It angers me, but I think it’s time to take it to the streets and take some action,” said organizer Christine Somers. The rally was organized by The Sisters of Mercy, The Peace and Justice Center, and the Islamic Association of Northeast Pennsylvania. Anas […]