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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
  • Grilling Favorites Selling Fast for Holiday Barbecues

    WEST HAZLETON — Fireworks, food and family. That’s how many people plan to spend the 4th of July holiday. “Going to my uncles and swimming with my friends and family,” said Frankie Martinelli of Drums. For some, it’s really just all about the food and lots of it. Grocery stores were packed on Friday as people were stocking up for the holiday. Weis Markets in West Hazleton had even more employees working to stock shelves and working the registers. “We […]

  • Most Fireworks Banned in West Hazleton

    WEST HAZLETON– If you want to check out the big fireworks in West Hazleton this year, you’re going to have to head to a professional show. Police plan on ticketing people who set off fireworks with a big boom in the borough. Most fireworks have been banned in West Hazleton for decades, but police are letting you know which ones are permitted and which ones will cost you. “Legal fireworks are anything that doesn’t go up in the air, sparklers, caps […]

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    Opera House Tries to Get Back on the Right Note

    JIM THORPE — The Mauch Chunk opera house in Jim Thorpe seemed quiet on Thursday, but music has played in the hall for more than 100 years. Recently, the future of this place was up in the air. “The potential of going out of business was entirely real,” said Vicent DeGiosio with the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Some neighbors of the opera house complained that the music coming from the place on Broadway was too loud and violated the terms of its […]

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    Man Accused in String of Burglaries in Lansford

    LANSFORD — A string of burglaries in Carbon County is being blamed on one man. He’s now headed to trial on charges he broke into homes and businesses in Lansford, including the home of a cop. “I apologize to the people that I hurt,” said Joseph Zarsky from Nesquehoning leaving a court appearance in Lansford. Zarsky is now headed to trial on charges he broke into at least eight homes and businesses in the borough between July and October of […]

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    DPW Director: Tamaqua Pool Took on 400,000 Gallons of Mud

    TAMAQUA — People in Tamaqua said a pool off Catawissa Road used to be a mud hole back in the 1930s and it looks like the space is reverting back to its old ways. Tamaqua Councilman Justin Startzel took video of H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool when the storm hit Schuylkill County. Instead of the pool filling up with rain water, it filled with mud and tons of runoff from the mountain. “I can’t believe how much dirt is actually […]

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    UPDATE: Police Investigate Pair of Shootings in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A couple of shootings in the same neighborhood in Hazleton kept police busy Wednesday. Police said one man was shot in the stomach around noon on Bennett Court. He was taken to a hospital. There is no word on his condition and no word on the search for the shooter. A few hours later, gunshots were exchanged nearby on East Green Street. One person was hurt and several men were taken into custody, according to the Hazleton Standard […]

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    Man Charged with Death of 4-Year-Old Boy

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A man from Schuylkill County is accused of killing a little boy almost two years ago. The 4-year-old boy died in October of 2013 from head injuries. Phillip Moeller is charged with involuntary manslaughter for that little boy’s death. Moeller was arraigned Monday, almost two years after Tanner Geiger died. Tanner Geiger, age 4, loved pizza, monster trucks, and digging for worms. Tanner was from Pine Grove. He died in 2013. Now, Phillip Moeller is charged with […]

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    Torrential Rain is Damaging Farmers’ Crops

    WAYNE TOWNSHIP — Living in Pennsylvania, we’re used to summer storms, but some of the torrential downpours over the past few weeks have farmers begging for a break. Michael Scheidel owns Little Peace Farm near Schuylkill Haven. “I made a promise not to complain about the weather because there’s nothing I can do about it. I’ve broken that promise maybe once or twice.” He said weather the past few weeks has been rough on his crops. The soaked soil makes […]

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    Parade Canceled, Fireworks Postponed

    POTTSVILLE — The forecast for rain has cancelled an Independence Day parade that was scheduled for Pottsville. It’s the second time this has happened this year. Pottsville’s St. Patrick’s Parade was also cancelled because of the weather. The city administrator says it’s been more than 10 years since the last time Pottsville had to cancel its Fourth of July Parade. He also says he doesn’t even think there has ever been a time when both the St. Patrick’s Parade and […]

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    DEP Plans to Spray for Mosquitoes Next Week

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — It’s a game of connect the dots with mosquito bites. Lauren Taylor of Schuylkill Haven said she has about 20. “There’s a lot of mosquitoes and they hurt, well, they itch!” The Department of Environmental Protection will soon be spraying for mosquitoes in Schuylkill County. No one in the county has tested positive for West Nile Virus so far this year, but the mosquitoes just keep showing up. “We figured it was best to treat them now, to […]

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    Owl Rescued from a “Stinky” Situation

    WEST HAZLETON — It was a stinky place to be especially for an owl. Workers at water treatment plant found the owl inside a tank at the plant Tuesday. Tim Readler is an employee at the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority. On Tuesday morning, he was just walking around and checking the tanks, but when he looked inside a tank he saw something staring back at him. “I saw the big yellow eyes staring up at me. It almost scared […]

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    I-80 Rock Throwing Victim Prepares for 7th Surgery

    LEWISBURG — Sharon Budd and the rest of her family weren’t just back in Union County for court hearings on Tuesday. The woman from Ohio is about to have another surgery at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. It will be her seventh since she lost an eye and had a piece of her brain removed after the rock throwing incident last year. This surgery will focus on replacing part of her skull, again. “They’re going to try to do some adjustment […]


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