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.

Recent Articles
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    One on One with Senator Bernie Sanders

    SCRANTON — Before the town hall meeting Thursday in Scranton Bernie Sanders had time for an interview with Newswatch 16. For our Dave Bohman, it was not an unfamiliar interview. In Burlington, Vermont, Dave covered the mayor’s race in 1981, when Sanders, running as a Socialist, won by ten votes. Sanders spoke to Newswatch 16 about ten minutes before he spoke at the Scranton Cultural Center — his first of a busy day with three rallies in Pennsylvania, less than […]

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    Kane in Court, Lawyers Withdraw Motion

    NORRISTOWN, MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is fighting to keep a potentially damaging recorded conversation from being introduced as evidence at her upcoming perjury trial. On Wednesday, lawyers for Kane were set to go to court to blame prosecutors for leaking information about that wiretap, but at the last minute, they backed off. Kane, a Scranton native, is accused of leaking private information to a newspaper. But Kane and her lawyers were scheduled to be in court […]

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    Group Home Troubles: License Revoked

    PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services wants to shut down a group home in Carbon County after rapes, beatings, and more than 80 police calls in just three years. For more than a decade, people in Carbon County complained that teens from the group home disrupted classes and threatened students in Jim Thorpe Area schools. But it’s what reportedly went on inside the group home in Albrightsville that could force it to shut down. The group […]

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    Gino Merli Veterans’ Center Out of Jeopardy

    SCRANTON — The Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center in Scranton has its full operating license back. The center had been operating under a provisional license for nearly two years because of patient care and staffing violations. A state inspection last month showed patient care and staffing at the center improved so much, that the facility no longer operates on a provisional license. But for the past six months, this facility had the lowest license rating of any nursing home in […]

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    Rep. Frank Farina: ‘Error in Judgment’

    SCRANTON — A state representative from Lackawanna County regrets being reimbursed taxpayer money to pay for gasoline he used to get to and from a Penn State football game last fall. His acknowledgment came Friday after a Newswatch 16 investigation. Our investigation found that roughly 40 percent of area lawmakers take advantage of free Penn State football tickets offered by the university. But Rep. Frank Farina is the only lawmaker we know of who took the free tickets, and was […]

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    Political Perk: Free PSU Tickets to Lawmakers

    STATE COLLEGE — Go to a Penn State football game and you probably have to pay for your tickets. But some of your state lawmakers get free seats in a luxury box and Newswatch 16 has learned that one lawmaker used those free tickets to take his family to the game, then billed taxpayers for the drive to and from Beaver Stadium. State lawmakers who take advantage of the free Penn State football tickets say they are doing business and […]

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    Charges Dismissed in 2009 Attempted Murder Case

    SCRANTON — Joseph Olecki is accused of shooting a couple in Scranton with an AK-47 in 2009, but instead of going to trial in Lackawanna County, Olecki could be a free man in June because a judge ruled prosecutors in Lackawanna County violated his right to a speedy trial. Police say Olecki shot and wounded a couple in the backyard of  a home on Beech Street in Scranton on March 15, 2009, and fled. Ron Gallagher lives across the street. […]

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    Grandparents Scam Targeting Seniors

    DURYEA — The FBI warns senior citizens the so-called grandparents scam is back. That’s a scam where crooks call senior citizens with a frightening message:  that a grandchild is in jail and needs bail money to get out. Grandparents often complain their grandchildren never call, but when a couple in Luzerne County got a call from some someone they thought was their grandchild in jail in Chicago, the couple took the bait, and lost more than $1,000. Judy Carlson talks […]

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    Montrose Area Teachers Strike: By The Numbers

    MONTROSE — More than 100 teachers walked off the job in Montrose Tuesday morning after not being able to reach a contract agreement. They have been working under the terms of an old contract that ran out last August. Salary is the main sticking point, but they still make more than teachers in many neighboring districts. State figures show the average yearly salary of a Montrose Area teacher is $66, 664. That’s $8,000 a year more than the average teacher […]

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    Area Woman Charged in NC Child Death

    POTTSVILLE — A soldier who grew up in our area is now charged with murdering her own child in North Carolina. The 2-year-old girl died from what investigators say is a case of child abuse. Jeanie Ditty’s brother and sister in Pottsville say their family is going through too much grief to talk about her arrest. It is a case that has those who knew her growing up as Jeanie Vengen confused and some are angry. Jeanie Vengen Ditty was […]

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    Veteran Discharged from Hospital, Left on Porch in the Cold

    OLD FORGE — A veteran from Lackawanna County was treated for cancer at a VA hospital in New York City. Earlier this month, he was discharged, brought home, and left on his front porch on a chilly night. Coast Guard Veteran Michael Keslosky says he was wheeled up to his front porch in Old Forge by that transport driver and left there in his hospital pajamas along with his belongings. A friend captured the event on video. That cell phone […]

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    State Police Academy Graduates Small Class After Scandal Allegations

    LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP — Accusations of misbehavior among cadets going through the state police academy resulted in a smaller-than-usual class graduating on Friday. Around three dozen cadets were dismissed or left on their own due to cheating allegations. By most accounts, Pennsylvania has the oldest state police department in the country and its members refer to the agency as “the first and finest.” This graduating class could also be called “the fewest.” Members of the latest cadet class took the […]


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