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Emmy award-winning Investigative Reporter Dave Bohman focuses on breaking major stories, uncovering government corruption and waste, holding public officials accountable and telling the kind of in-depth investigative stories that help make Newswatch 16 one of the highest-rated television news operations in the US.

Dave’s stories hold public figures accountable, expose the depths of the region’s drug crisis, and act as a watchdog of state and local government. Here are just some of his major stories:
• He exposed a local car dealer who sold a new car to a woman but did not tell her that the salesman wrecked the car and had it rebuilt.
• He showed how the federal government cut off more than a million dollars in funding to a domestic violence program in Schuylkill County just because it used an ampersand “&” instead of the word “and” in its application.
• He showed how a local lawmaker got free luxury box tickets to a Penn State football game for this family trip, and how the lawmaker billed taxpayers for gas and mileage to and from the game.
• His investigative report, “The Faces of Meth” used two decades’ worth of mug shots to show how methamphetamine addicts aged drastically from drug use.

Before making Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania his home, Dave was on the “ Discover America” program, working as a reporter, anchor, and news manager at television stations in Vermont, North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico, and Florida.
In nearly four decades of television news, Dave has won more than 40 broadcast awards, including six Emmys, and a national award for reporting on religious issues.

Dave also does a lot of work for community organizations, and uses his time to promote healthy activities, which is why you will likely find him golfing in tournaments, or running in road races that benefit local non-profits. His hobbies include cooking and reading, and this former high school shortstop follows his hometown Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and New England Patriots.

Dave is a graduate of Syracuse University after majoring in Broadcast Journalism He now lives in Drums with his wife and two teenaged daughters.

You can reach Dave at

Recent Articles
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    ‘Christmas Miracle’ – Family Survives Crash under Truck

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Rescuers are calling it a Christmas miracle — a family from Ohio survived a crash on Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. Their car was wedged under a tractor trailer, dragged for a quarter mile and all four walked away from the wreck. A family car was destroyed but the couple and their two children walked away from the crash with only minor injuries. Hanover Township’s fire chief saw a mangled Kia Sorrento stuck under a tractor trailer […]

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    Remains Found in Luzerne County are Teenage Homicide Victim

    DOYLESTOWN, BUCKS COUNTY — A body found Halloween night in Luzerne County has been identified as a teenage girl who was reported missing from the Philadelphia area. Investigators are calling it a case of homicide. Authorities from several counties outlined the developments at a news conference in Bucks County. Three district attorneys say what was a missing persons case is now a homicide. But investigators still don’t know who killed the 14 year old whose body was found in our […]

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    Protesting the Electoral Vote in Harrisburg

    HARRISBURG — Because Donald Trump won the popular vote here in Pennsylvania, the state’s 20 electors are Republicans and all cast their electoral votes for Donald Trump. That vote took place as hundreds of anti-Trump demonstrators protested at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The Electoral College likely never received this much attention in Pennsylvania. Neither have the 20 electors, who’ve been besieged with mail, email, and a capitol rotunda full of protesters — none of which persuaded them to vote for […]

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    Belated Thanks for Tunkhannock Vet

    HAZLETON — Just in time for the holidays, Congressman Lou Barletta handed long-overdue medals to five military veterans from our area. One vet says the ceremony brought back memories of a dangerous time in American history. Jim Rosengrant’s medals and recognition come 53 years after his service at the center of a tense conflict that had the world on the brink of nuclear war. “We didn’t know how close it was to what was going on, really, until it was […]

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    Lawsuit Seeks Rebates for Scranton Trash Fees

    SCRANTON — People who think they pay too much for trash pickup in Scranton could soon get some help. Thursday afternoon, lawyers filed a class-action suit against the city, claiming Scranton broke its own rules and jacked up its garbage collection fees to pay other city bills. According to the lawsuit, city law reads, “the fees cannot be used by the city for anything other than the costs directly associated with trash removal.” That’s why the suit claims people who […]

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    Murderer Joann Curley Freed from Prison

    WILKES-BARRE — After murdering her husband with rat poison 25 years ago, convicted killer Joann Curley walked out of a state prison Monday morning and is now a free woman. At midnight Sunday night, Curley left the Cambridge Spring’s Women’s Prison near Erie to an escort van that took her to where she will stay for at least the short term.  She served 20 years at the state prison for killing her husband Robert Curley. Joann Curley admitted she put […]

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    State A.G. Office Drops Insurance Fraud Charges Against Bolus Family

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to dismiss insurance fraud charges against five members of a family from our area. Authorities charged the members of the Bolus family–including Lackawanna County businessman Bob Bolus, his fiancée, three children, and ex-wife–in June 2014. The attorney general’s office says Brian and Bob Bolus falsely claimed the others worked at family-owned companies so they could all get health coverage. Brian Bolus still faces more than 40 counts related to his business, Minuteman […]

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    Swim Team: Where are the Pictures?

    BERWICK — When you hire a photographer to take pictures of weddings, reunions, or other events, you expect to get those photos back in a timely manner. An area swim club paid hundreds of dollars to have team pictures taken of their kids last year and they’re still waiting. There are 54 kids, some as young as 5, competing for the Berwick Swim Club. Last December, the swimmers posed for team and individual pictures, pictures they never received. “Usually we […]

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    Why is Six-Year-Old Mausoleum Crumbling?

    EYNON — When a cemetery in Lackawanna County decided to build a mausoleum, it turned to a construction company run by the son of former cemetery board members. Now just six years after it was built, that mausoleum is crumbling, and people who spent thousands of dollars to be interred there say they were ripped off. Inside the chapel at St. Francis Cemetery in Eynon, the mausoleum vaults almost seem majestic, but upon a closer look, wooden wedges appear to […]

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    Porngate Report Released

    HARRISBURG — The acting Pennsylvania Attorney General released the long-awaited report on the so-called “Porngate” review, but it may not put an end to the controversy. Attorney General Bruce Beemer says the review of more than six million emails and documents shows there is nothing that impacts the administration of justice in the state. Beemer says the report found 13 judges or senior state government officials were labeled high-volume senders of emails that were identified as inappropriate that includes the […]

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    Newswatch 16 Investigates: Disenfranchised

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP — People looking to open a franchise restaurant hope to take in big profits and never have to report to a boss again. But one man from Columbia County who bought a bagel franchise claims he was ripped off and lost most of his life savings. John Willis of Bloomsburg is a safety consultant who commutes three hours a day to and from Harrisburg. He wanted to spend more time with his son, so he looked into opening […]

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    Police Investigate BB Gun Drive-by Shootings

    DUPONT — Police are looking for one or more drive-by vandals in Luzerne County. Officers said someone shot out windows on more than a dozen vehicles in Dupont around 10 p.m. Saturday. Most victims never heard the BB gun shots fired. Instead, they woke up, went to their vehicles to head out for church or to run errands, and saw the shattered glass. On four neighborhood streets in Dupont, car owners cleaned up by sweeping, vacuuming, and taping. “They got […]