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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
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    New Hoops in Honor of an Old Friend

    MINERSVILLE — Athletes in one community in Schuylkill County have a new place to play basketball and it’s in memory of a man who spent most of his time on the court. Stephen Angelo spent most of his 42 years on the basketball court. Gebe, as his friends called him, grew up in Minersville. Back in 2009, he committed suicide after a battle with depression. His friends wanted to honor Gebe and knew that basketball was the one thing that […]

  • A New Tool to Fight Blight

    MINERSVILLE — Minersville borough council says it has a new tool to fight blight in the community. “We’re going to go after the people who don’t care about their properties,” said Bob Mahalchick, Minersville borough manager. The borough recently voted on a new blight ordinance, making the borough part of an authority called a “land bank.” The borough picks properties to fix up. The land bank helps pay for it and then hopefully someone moves in. For the first five […]

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    The ‘Trump’ Card

    HAZLETON — “Who would you rather have negotiating against China, against Iran?” Donald Trump asked in a recent rally. Many people are asking the same question. Since Donald Trump announced he is running for the Republican spot on the presidential ballot for 2016, people have been talking. Some people who live in the Hazleton area say they love the guy. Others? Not so much. “I don’t think he knows what he’s doing. I really don’t think he knows what he’s doing,” said Chris […]

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    Hazleton Mayor: Clean Up the Park or I’ll Take Down the Hoops

    HAZLETON — The James Street playground in Hazleton used to be a nice place to hang out. At least, that’s what people who live there say. Recently, neighbors say the park is filthy. You can see some of the trash, but people say this is clean compared to most days. “We were cleaning the park up and everyone thought it was good because we were cleaning it up. Then we stopped and it became a pig sty,” said James Tolerico who […]

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    One Dead, One Injured from Crash in Susquehanna County

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — One person is dead and another is injured after a crash Sunday morning in Susquehanna County. State police said the driver lost control of his vehicle around 4 a.m. Sunday on State Route 374 in Lenox Township. Troopers said Shannon Schuler, 22, of Nicholson died in the crash and the driver, a 24-year-old man from Hop Bottom, was taken to the hospital. Investigators believe the driver lost control on State Route 374 while trying to follow a […]

  • UPDATE: Two Cheerleaders Killed in 903 Crash

    PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — A crash Thursday night on Route 903 in Carbon County left two 16-year-old girls dead. According to investigators, there were eight people involved in that deadly crash and at least five were teenagers. Some of those teens were supposed to start school in just a few days at Jim Thorpe Area High School. Jasmine Fonseca and Taylor Shepherdson were both 16 years old. They lived in the same development in Albrightsville and they were both on […]

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    Alleged Real Estate Fraud Victims Look for Help

    HAZLETON — Dozens of people in Hazleton have something in common. They say they were scammed by real estate agent Ignacio Beato. “I’ve been crying so much because I have my own room and I have friends here and I don’t want to leave,” said Gris Perelta of Hazleton. Perelta says her parents thought they bought a home from Beato last year. They recently learned the paperwork was fake and now they’re being kicked out. “Nope. Nobody is helping us. We […]

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    911 Dispatch Procedures Called Into Question

    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Katie Kaufman will likely be stuck on her couch for the next few days with a leg injury, but her family says that’s OK, considering all she’s been through. On Tuesday, the mother of two was at her house in Bear Creek Township. She got out of the car and forgot to put it in park. The car started to roll into the garage and pinned her in the doorway. She was able to call 911 […]

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    Demolishing Two Churches and a Convent

    ASHLAND — It’s been a few years since a mass was celebrated at St. Mauritius Catholic Church in Ashland. Dorthy Zerby was a member of the church for years. “Everything in there was so perfect. It was like heavenly. We really loved it,” said Zerby. Soon, the church that can be seen across town will be gone. Zerby said, “it’s heartbreaking. It hurts to see that.” The Diocese of Allentown decided to tear down two churches and a convent in the […]

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    Old Farmer’s Almanac: Winter is Coming

    TAMAQUA — Which do you prefer? Sun, swimsuits, and splashing?  Or shovels, scarfs, and snow? The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac is out and if you’re a true fan of winter, then 2016 will be your year! The almanac is predicting another brutal winter for the northeast with plenty of snow and downright freezing temperatures. It’s almost ironic that the almanac and its freezing predictions is released the same week as a heatwave here in Pennsylvania. At the H.D. Buehler Memorial […]

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    One Last Splash Before Heading Back To Class

    TAMAQUA — Families are making the best of public swimming pools this week as many kids are getting ready to head back to school soon. When it’s a Monday and about 90 degrees, the pool seems like the perfect place to be. But while a pool in Kingston may be packed now, it will likely be empty this time next week when kids head back to the classroom. Earlier in the day, we were in Tamaqua where the kids say […]

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    A New Home for an Old Mural

    POTTSVILLE — It took a team, but a mural on the side of an old building on Route 61 has moved to its new home. Dave Naydock painted a mural on the side of the former Brewer’s Outlet in Pottsville back in the 90s. When the store closed last year, fans of the painting wanted to save the mural. That will soon become a CVS, so CVS paid for the demolition of an old car dealership, Brewer’s Outlet, and for the mural […]


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