Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You’ll often see her out and about in Schuylkill County and the Hazleton area covering stories that matter to you!

A Long Island, New York native, Jackie graduated from Hofstra University (Roll Pride!) with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During her senior year, she was chosen as KABC’s “On The Red Carpet” college journalist at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Jackie reported from the Oscar’s red carpet and interviewed stars like Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and, her personal favorite, George Clooney.

After graduation, Jackie made the move to Maine to work as a reporter and weekend anchor for WABI TV5.

She enjoys living in NEPA with her crazy dog Shea. You can usually find Jackie (hopelessly) rooting for her favorite teams: the Mets and Jets.

A social media addict, Jackie loves connecting with viewers on Twitter and Facebook. If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, give her a follow or like!

Recent Articles
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    Final Chapter for a Pottsville Bookstore

    POTTSVILLE — An old bookstore in downtown Pottsville is getting ready for its last chapter. Good-Will Christian Book Store has had a home on North Centre Street for 65 years. On December 31, the place will close for good. “We could have closed up many years ago, really, if we were most interesting in making money, but that wasn’t my purpose,” said Roy Musser, owner of the bookstore. Musser ran the place for 40 years. He’s turning 70 and says it’s […]

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    Young Singer from Schuylkill County Wins Prize

    POTTSVILLE — It’s an offer most performers can only dream of and a teenager from Schuylkill County may turn it down. Makenna Copeland is still smiling after a pretty big weekend. The high school senior at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville spent the past few days in Indianapolis. She was there for the National Catholic Youth Conference. The biannual conference draws about 25,000 people and is home to the “Top Talent” competition. Copeland, 17, sings and acts, so she […]

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    A Farm to Table Thanksgiving

    WALKER TOWNSHIP — Koch’s Turkey Farm near Tamaqua is getting ready for its biggest holiday of the season. The family farm takes pride in their fresh birds. The owners say the turkeys are bigger than ever, thanks to a mild fall. “The turkeys grew outstanding. They were probably the best turkeys we’ve ever had this year,” said Duane Koch, COO of Koch’s Turkey Farm. Many people in Schuylkill County buy their turkey from Koch’s every year, even though it’s a tad […]

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    Moving Inmates out of the Schuylkill County Prison

    POTTSVILLE — About 40 inmates at the Schuylkill County Prison will soon be leaving, but they’re far from free. Those inmates will be transferred to other facilities in the state because the lockup in Pottsville is over capacity. “They are over-populated, so I’m sure it’s not great for them, but is it really supposed to be great for prisoners?” asked Peggyanne Doughtery of Pottsville. Right now, there are more than 300 inmates at the Schuylkill county prison, the maximum is […]

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    Coming Soon: Saint Mother Teresa?

    MAHANOY CITY — It’s been 20 years since Mother Teresa visited a church in Mahanoy City. A lot has changed since then, like the name of this place which is now called Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, but rumors in Rome may lead to a name change in Mahanoy City. Italian media outlets are reporting Pope Francis plans to make Mother Teresa a saint next year. “It would be marvelous. I would be over the moon,” said Alice Moore of […]

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    Kingston Couple Blocks Away from Paris Attacks

    KINGSTON — A couple from Luzerne County were in Paris during those terrorist attacks on Friday. They said they really didn’t understand the scope of just how scary the situation was until they got back home. Ron and Beth Mrochko had been looking forward their trip to Paris for more than a year. Everything from the tours to the shows was planned down to the finest detail. But on Friday night, their tour guide told the couple that Paris was […]

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    Pottsville Police Can Administer Narcan

    POTTSVILLE — It’s not a gun or a badge, but the Pottsville police department’s new tool can save someone’s life. It’s is an overdose protection rescue kit which includes a drug called Naloxone, also known as Narcan. It can help reverse the effects of an opiate overdose from drugs such as heroin. Pottsville officers took hands-on and online training to be able to administer the drug properly, but the chief says his officers probably won’t use it often. Police plan to […]

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    Maroons Finally Has a New Owner

    POTTSVILLE — Usually, when a building is up for auction it ends when the highest bidder makes a down payment. That didn’t happen when Maroons Bar and Grill in Pottsville hit the auction block a few weeks ago. The highest bidder was a man from New Jersey, but he decided to back out of the deal. The place was offered to the second highest bidder, but he didn’t want it anymore either. The third time was the charm for the sale. […]

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    Convenience Store of the Future?

    POTTSVILLE — Don’t expect a cashier to tell you to “have a nice day” at a new spot to grab lunch. The new shop is inside the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pottsville, but no one actually works at the store. Students and staff pick out what they want and pay for it themselves. “We don’t have to staff it. We don’t have to hire anyone. The services are filled daily, so the hoagies and sandwiches are made each […]

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    A Soldier’s Response About Syrian Refugees

    TAMAQUA — There has been much debate over the past couple of days over whether America should be allowing Syrian refugees into our country since the terrorist attacks in Paris. But a solider in Schuylkill County says arguing who we should or shouldn’t let on our soil isn’t the answer. Instead, we should be talking about unity. Private First Class Justin Startzel of Tamaqua says he has seen so much hate on social media sites over the past few days, […]

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    Big Fines for Big Vehicles

    FRACKVILLE — Frackville has had some issues with big vehicles like tractor trailers or campers parking on borough streets. The fine used to barely be a slap on the wrist, but now it will cost you a couple hundred dollars for taking up space on Frackville’s streets. A camper on West Washington Street in Frackville is taking up a lot of driving space. West Washington is a two-way street, but it would be a tight squeeze for two cars to […]

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    One Last Chance to Help Out

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Wayne Marks of Schuylkill Haven has spent much of his life helping people in need. “Can you imagine going hungry as many times as people go hungry every night?” That’s the reason he’s been helping families in need get a good meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each year, he makes food baskets for about 25 families in Schuylkill county. He asks friends for donations but usually ends up buying most of the food himself. “We need turkeys, we […]


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