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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    Expecting a Large Crowd for Fall Festival

    JIM THORPE — The fall colors are starting to make an appearance in Carbon County, just in time for one of the busiest weekends in Jim Thorpe. It’s the second of three fall festival weekends in the borough. It’s usually extra crowded since many people have Monday off for Columbus Day and the tourists come out to see what Jim Thorpe has to offer. “We’re going to sight see in Jim Thorpe and then maybe taste some wine,” said Miriam Fisher […]

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    Federal Money to Help Domestic Violence Victims

    POTTSVILLE — A federal grant will soon help victims of domestic abuse in Schuylkill County. It’s the only county in the state to receive money from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Schuylkill Women in Crisis Center in Pottsville sees at least 30 domestic violence victims a month, and now there’s more money to help those victims. Schuylkill County applied for and got a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for $450,000. Some of that money will go […]

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    Deciding on a Future

    POTTSVILLE —  Decisions, decisions. Some high school students in Schuylkill County are deciding on a future! This is the only college fair in the county, so kids from Tamaqua to Pine Grove headed to Martz Hall in Pottsville to check out potential schools. “Not only from colleges, but also the technical schools and the military,” said Ellen King, the director of the Schuylkill County College Fair. Some of the kids will be the first members of their family to go […]

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    Accused Killer in Luzerne County Court

    WILKES-BARRE — The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband was in court Wednesday. A magistrate in Luzerne County found enough evidence to send a homicide case to trial. During the court hearing, we heard what may have been the motive for the suspect to allegedly kill his girlfriend’s estranged husband. That preliminary hearing was at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre for safety reasons. Preliminary hearings are typically short. This one lasted seven hours had 10 witnesses and […]

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    Cressona Mall Scheduled for Auction

    NORTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP — Another mall is heading to the auction block. The Cressona Mall in Schuylkill County is scheduled to be up for sale next week. A bank filed a federal lawsuit against the Cressona Mall in April when the mall was facing foreclosure and owed the bank almost $9 million. Now it seems the mall couldn’t pay the money back and the place will go up for auction next week. “People don’t have the money to spend.” The […]

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    Jim Thorpe’s Remains Will Stay in Jim Thorpe

    JIM THORPE — Jim Thorpe is here to stay. The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the latest appeal from the former Olympian’s family, which means his remains are staying put in Carbon County. “It’s good to see it finally come to an end, I hope,” said James McLean of Jim Thorpe. Thorpe’s remains have been in the borough for more than 60 years. His body is there because of an agreement between Thorpe’s third wife and the old […]

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    Tamaqua Salvation Army Celebrates 100 years

    TAMAQUA — A century of helping those who need it most. That’s what members of the Tamaqua Salvation Army say they’re most proud of. “‘Soup, soap, and salvation’ was the original motto of the Salvation Army. Now it’s ‘Doing the most good,’ which follows right along with that,” said Major Sharon Whispell at the Tamaqua Salvation Army. Major Whispell has been with the Salvation Army in Tamaqua for a few years. She says it’s an honor to work with some families […]

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    Pottsville Police Testing Out Body Cameras

    POTTSVILLE — You may soon see little cameras on the chests of police in Pottsville. The city is testing out the new body cameras to see which one is a good fit for police. “It has diffused possible bad situations. When people are on camera, on the good side, they react different,” said Pottsville Police Chief Richard Wojciechowsky. Originally, the Pottsville Police Department was looking into dash cams, but then it decided it would be more beneficial to have a camera […]

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    Big Increase in Fines for Killing Eagles

    SUMMIT HILL — It’s going to cost a lot more money if you illegally kill a bald or golden eagle in Pennsylvania. This week, the Pennsylvania Game Commission increased the fine, hoping to stop the killing altogether. Currently, if you kill a bald or golden eagle in Pennsylvania, it will cost you about $200. That fine is now going up to $2,500. “People shouldn’t hurt the bird that represents our country.” Earlier this year, a man from Lehighton was charged […]

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    Budget Battle Hurting Human Services

    POTTSVILLE — Another veto in Harrisburg means another day without a state budget. When do the taxpayers start to notice? Officials in Schuylkill County say that will probably be soon. State aid has already been stalled for things like human services. “Mental health, drug and alcohol, and intellectual disabilities,” said Dan McGrory, the Director of Schuylkill County Human Services. The county is also concerned with the budget when it comes to things like child and youth services and senior services. Everything […]

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    Back Home After Volunteering for the Papal Visit

    TAMAQUA — There was a lot of planning that went into Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia: the road closures, the security, and the help. The Salvation Army had thousands of volunteers in the city to make sure people were fed. Francis Latham of Lansford was one of many who helped out. “It was fun helping the firemen and priests out, giving food out.” Latham was part of a group from the Tamaqua Salvation Army who went to Philly for the weekend […]

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    A Family Remembers a Trip of a Lifetime

    DELANO — The Karlavage family is back home in Delano after what they call “a blessed trip of a lifetime.” The trio went to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis host the papal mass in Center City. “The feeling of being there was absolutely phenomenal,” said Kelly Karlavage. The family got the tickets to the mass through the Diocese of Allentown and traveled to Philly with a group from St. Richard’s Roman Catholic Church in Barnesville. The Karlavage’s saw the pope pass […]


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