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Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You'll often see her out in the field with a camera and tripod in hand. As a multi-media journalist, Jackie shoots, edits and writes her own stories.

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, a short ride to her New York family and friends. It also makes it a little easier for Jackie to (hopelessly) root for her favorite teams: the Mets and Jets.

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    The Last Showing at West Coast Video

    POTTSVILLE — When was the last time you walked into a video store to rent a movie? It’s probably been a while. That may be why the last video store in Schuylkill County is gone for good. “Monday afternoon at 2′ o clock I decided, it’s time,” said Rick Miller. Miller owned West Coast Video on Market Street in Pottsville for 10 years. He admits the video store has seen its day because of things like on-demand, Netflix and Red […]

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    Hazleton Area School District Hires Police Chief

    HAZLETON — A school district in Luzerne County not only has its own police force but now it has its own police chief. The Hazleton Area School District believes it may be the first district in the state to hire that position. The Hazleton Area School district police force, which is a mixture of trained police and security officers, is actually larger than the city of Hazleton’s police department. Thursday night, the school board hired someone to be in charge […]

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    ‘An Allegation of Concern’ Raises Many Questions

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — “An allegation of concern involving an employee and a student.” That’s pretty much all the information parents in the North Schuylkill School District know about an incident at the district near Ashland. That message to parents was from school administrators in Schuylkill County, but it didn’t have any details about what may have happened. District officials said they found out about whatever happened between an employee and student late last week. The investigation is in now the […]

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    Chickenpox Virus at a Hazleton Area School

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP — If you log onto the website for Valley Elementary Middle School, you’ll find an alert at the top of the page with all facts about chickenpox. A letter, which was posted on Facebook, was sent home to parents from Hazleton Area School District administrators and said one child at the school near Conyngham has the virus. School administrators are now asking students who are not vaccinated against chicken pox to stay home from school until next Wednesday […]

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    First CNG Service Station in Schuylkill County

    CASS TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania continues to move forward in the natural gas industry and now another county hopes to use the energy source to save money and bring jobs to the area. Companies at an industrial park near Minersville celebrated Earth Day at a compressed natural gas service station that opened in January. The owners thought that Earth Day would be a great day to show the public how it all works. A tractor trailer filled up at the first […]

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    Remembering George Stevenson

    PALO ALTO — His name was George Stevenson, but if you were his friend, you probably called him Gumba. The 83 year old grew up in Schuylkill County and his family and friends said he was the kind of guy who wouldn’t shake your hand. Instead, he’d give you a hug. “A friendly, loving person, you felt the warmth coming from him when you talked to him. If you were in a crowd talking to him, he was looking at […]

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    Hundreds of Students at Career Fair In Pottsville

    POTTSVILLE — Hundreds of students in Schuylkill County took time Tuesday to plan for the future, thanks to an annual career fair in Pottsville. The students in Schuylkill County are taking a look at their options for the future. The Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council held their seventh annual career fair at Martz Hall in Pottsville. It was the largest event yet. About 1,000 students from all over the county showed up and now they have an idea of […]

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    Trying to Keep Coal Mining History Alive

    FOSTER TOWNSHIP — It’s the breaker that’s breaking down. Although it’s not a functioning piece of coal mining equipment, the structure at Eckley Miners’ Village near Hazleton represents part of Luzerne County’s past. “It was an industrial complex out here, but really the largest and the most dominant structure would have been the breaker itself,” said Bode Morin, the site administrator of Eckley Miners’ Village. This breaker was never meant to last this long. It was originally a prop for […]

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    Engineering Club Soars in the Sky

    NANTICOKE — A club at a high school in Luzerne County is taking flight.  Well, at least their project is. The engineering club at the Greater Nanticoke Area High School launched a weather balloon as part of a class project. Caitlyn Bigos, a freshman at the high School said, “We’re sending something into the edge of our atmosphere. It’s awesome!” Science teacher Anthony Fleury came up with the idea. He’s done a launch in the past, but this is the first […]

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    Melting Snow Reveals “Shenandoah Splinters”

    SHENANDOAH — Now that spring is finally here, people in Schuylkill County want to enjoy the outdoors. Instead, some people in Shenandoah are finding drug paraphernalia in borough parks. People in the borough have been posting pictures on Facebook calling them the “Shenandoah Splinters.” Some people have found the drug items in alleyways and in parks, including Girard Park off Route 924. “We found crack pipes. We found bath salts,” said Kevin Simmons of Shenandoah. Kasarah Miller of Shenandoah said she […]

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    More Discount Stores Coming to Luzerne County

    FREELAND — Shopping for a deal in Luzerne County will soon be a bit easier. Dollar General is opening a new store in Butler Township near Drums and moving another in Freeland, adding to the retailer’s more than 11,000 locations across the country. Those who shop at the store said bring on the deals. “It helps everybody,” said Dawn Borchick of Drums. “It’s lower priced. It’s beneficial.” Joseph Karlick of Freeland added, “In this area, because people don’t make a lot […]

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    Tamaqua Educator Up For Teacher of the Year

    TAMAQUA — A teacher in Schuylkill County is in the running for best educator in the state and just a few weeks ago, we featured her school lesson on Newswatch 16. Jolene Barron, a third grade teacher at Tamaqua Elementary could be the top teacher in Pennsylvania. “I received an email in October and I actually thought it was a hoax. I didn’t believe it at first!” Barron said. Mrs. Barron was nominated by parents of her students from last […]


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