Dave Bohman’s hard-hitting investigative reporting not only gets results, but wins major awards. In just five years, he’s established himself as the most accomplished investigative reporter in local television. Dave’s 2013 story on how an ampersand “&” cost a Schuylkill County social service agency consideration for a million dollar grant, won the Emmy for best Government/Politics. Only four individual Emmy’s have ever been awarded for individual reporting in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre television market. Dave has won two. And his investigation on politically-connected ex-Scranton School Board members getting health insurance on the taxpayer’s dime earned him his third straight Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Investigative Reporting. He is the only local reporter to ever win PAB Investigative Reporting award.

Dave is now in his fourth decade of television news, having worked as a reporter, anchor, and manager in the business. For most of the 90’s, Dave was the weekend anchor of the WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. From there, he went to WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Florida he worked in the Tampa Bay region, establishing himself with his coverage of the 2000 disputed Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, and the Terri Schiavo “Right-to-Die” saga. He was also the lead reporter for a half dozen hurricanes. In Florida, Dave won more than 30 local and national awards for broadcast excellence.

Dave is a native of Cape Cod, and was an all-Massachusetts shortstop in high school before attending Syracuse University, and graduating in 1979 with a major in Broadcast Journalism. Dave is married and has two daughters. When he is not on the job, you might find Dave exploring his other passions that include gourmet cooking, running, reading, and golfing.

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    MIDDLE SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Federal agents arrested a couple from the Poconos Wednesday in connection with a nationwide military recruiting scandal that has led to arrests of more than 100 soldiers and cost taxpayers an estimated $30 million. The couple live near Marshalls Creek in Monroe County, but commute to New York City and work for the New York State Army National Guard. They were the first two soldiers from Pennsylvania to be charged in what army officials call a […]

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    Working, Earning and Needing Help in Wayne County

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — While some of their neighbors spent the morning with families opening presents, about 50 volunteers at the Centenary United Methodist Church in  Wayne County prepared a Christmas dinner for 350 people. Church volunteers are seeing more people like Anna Kubilus of Lake Ariel. People in need even though their families include full-time wage earners like Anna’s husband. She said, “He’ll pull a 12 or 13 hour day. And we still have a hard time making ends meet.” […]

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    The Gift of Mobility

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A single father from Scranton and his 12-year-old son with cerebral palsy received a Christmas gift they’ll never forget. Donors call it a conversion van, but the father calls it a godsend on four wheels. The van was retrofitted for Gene McAndrew of Scranton to take his son Asa anywhere. “There’s so much gratitude. It’s overwhelming,” McAndrew said. Asa was born with cerebral palsy. He grew up riding in balky booster chairs and then regular car seats. […]

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    Clerk Chases Away Robber with Baseball Bat

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP — A convenience store clerk in Luzerne County faced down a knife-wielding woman who demanded cash from the register. But instead of giving her the money, he pulled out a baseball bat and stopped the robbery attempt in its tracks. Hiren Patel hides a bat near the register to be prepared for trouble just like he faced Tuesday night. A woman showed a knife and said, “open the cash register.” Patel had an answer. Low gas prices may […]

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    Hazleton’s Interim Top Cop

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    ‘Thief of Hearts’ Now Facing Perjury Charge

    HAWLEY — Prosecutors in Wayne County say a man who claims he suffered head injuries when hit by a car in the bar parking lot made the whole story up. It is the same man featured in a Newswatch 16 investigation in 2012 when a group of women said he romanced them, and took their money. Ken Witkowski is charged with lying to police about an incident in the parking lot of a bar in Hamlin two years ago, an […]

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    Helper or Con Man?

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    Long Lines for Concealed-Carry Permits

    SCRANTON — In the midst of the gun violence in this country, it appears more and more people in our area want to protect themselves with guns. Permits for concealed weapons are up and all the gun violence may be one reason why. Lines to get licenses to carry concealed weapons get longer at sheriff’s offices throughout the region after every mass shooting. People say they feel safer if they can legally carry a gun almost anywhere, and as Wednesday’s […]

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    Mother of Suspect in Hammer Attack Speaks Out

    FOSTER TOWNSHIP — A worker continues to recover after he was randomly attacked on Black Friday by a man with a hammer. The mother of the suspect tells Newswatch 16 her son is mentally ill and the public needs to be protected from him. Josh Schoonmaker of the White Haven area was charged with aggravated assault after Friday’s hammer attack. He’s locked up in the Luzerne County jail and is on suicide watch. His mother worries he won’t get the […]

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    Kane Names Team to Investigate Porn Emails

    PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has appointed a team of special prosecutors to look deeper into the so-called Porngate scandal. Kane, a Scranton native, calls it an independent review of controversial emails shared among prosecutors, judges, and other court officials at the state and local level. As she fights perjury charges and a legislative effort to remove her from office, state attorney general Kathleen Kane is putting the focus back on emails. Kane says exposing these emails from […]

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    Alleged Mugger in Custody after Rest Area Attack

    FOSTER TOWNSHIP — A man is in custody in Luzerne County, charged with beating a rest area worker with a hammer on Interstate 80. Rob Oney is the overnight attendant at the Interstate 80 rest area near White Haven. Midway into his overnight shift, he was cleaning the men’s room when he was struck in the back of the head by a man with a hammer, a man screaming something Oney didn’t understand. “This person, whoever he is, God bless […]


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