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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.

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    Proposed Phone Bill Increase Could Help 911 Centers

    POTTSVILLE — For most people, it doesn’t matter how you call 911 because once you get in touch with a dispatcher, they’ll help you. But what you use to call 911 matters when it comes to funding. Right now in Schuylkill County, a cellphone fee for an emergency call is $1.00 and calling from a land line is $1.25. “Every time someone replaces a land line with a cellphone, we lose 25 cents,” said Scott Krater, the Schuylkill County 911 […]

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    “Five Points” Intersection Gets a Makeover

    TAMAQUA — A tricky intersection in Schuylkill County is getting a makeover. The place where Route 209 and Route 309 meet in Tamaqua can get confusing and the borough is working to make it an easier ride. That intersection in Tamaqua is known as five points. Between five roads, one-way streets, and a lot of truck traffic, it’s anything but simple, so the borough is working to make the intersection a little easier to understand. Thousands of drivers come through […]

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    Naming the Baby Swans in Schuylkill Haven

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Two baby swans have waited more than a month to have an identity of their own, but it’s official: meet Pearl and Buddy, some of the newest residents in Schuylkill Haven. The baby swans, known as cygnets, were born in May. Usually, a group of people known as the “swan patrol” name the newcomers. “They help us name the swans and they were kind of getting a little low on names after a while,” said B.J. Folk, the […]

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    Two Killed in Rig, ATV Crash

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Two people are dead after a crash between a tractor trailer and an ATV in Luzerne County. The crash happened at the intersection of Route 924 known as the Can Do Expressway and the ramp to Interstate 81. State police say two people riding on an ATV were killed in the crash. Neither was wearing a helmet. According state police, Amber Judge, 31, and Eric Baker, 23, both from Nuremberg were on that ATV. As they were […]

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    Free Lunch for All Hazleton Area Students

    HAZLETON — Brown bagging it may become a thing of the past for students in the Hazleton Area School District. Starting with the new school year, every student in the district, almost 11,000 kids, can get a free lunch. “To be able to extend that to all of our students will be a big benefit,” said Hazleton Area District Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler. More than 80 percent of students in the district have been on a free or reduced lunch […]

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    Mother Teresa in Mahanoy City 20 Years Ago

    MAHANOY CITY — It was 20 years ago that Mother Teresa came to Schuylkill County. This weekend the Blessed Teresa Catholic Church in Mahanoy City will remember the visit. People in Mahanoy City still get goose bumps when they think about Mother Teresa on their streets. The woman who many people believe will become a saint visited on this date in 1995. And some say they can’t believe it’s been 20 years. It was June 17, 1995 when Mother Teresa […]

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    Police Offer to Keep an Eye on Your Home While You’re Away

    WHITE HAVEN — It’s no secret that summertime is the biggest vacation season of the year, but what you should try to keep secret is when you’re taking that vacation. “During the summertime, you get a lot of people just walking through the woods or whatever and they just break into a home for no reason,” said White Haven Police Chief Tom Szoke. White Haven police are trying to stop that, but they need your help. The department is asking people […]

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    Damenti’s Restaurant Owners are Ready to Rebuild

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — As a restaurant owner, seeing flames fly around all your hard work is devastating. Just ask Kevin and Helen McDonald. On St. Patrick’s Day of last year, their restaurant, Damenti’s, burned down. They had worked and lived there for 40 years. It took a while, but now the couple is rebuilding. Kevin McDonald said, “It was about six months before we said, ‘What else are we going to do?'” The McDonalds are in the early stages of getting […]

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    Rain is a Good Thing for Lehigh River

    PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — Getting caught in a summer storm is usually not a good time, but it is good for something because it gets the water flowing! River experts said the bigger storms make a great ride for whitewater rafting. Pocono Whitewater near Jim Thorpe said a dam release and some rain is the perfect excuse to get in the water. “There’s the water coming out of the damn, but there’s also the water that comes out of the creek. […]

  • A New Life for Leiby’s?

    WEST PENN TOWNSHIP — It’s been a few years since people came to eat at the former Leiby’s restaurant and ice cream house outside of Tamaqua. The place closed back in 2007, after more than 40 years in business. “I honestly feel like when I drive past it, I feel like it’s still open sometimes,” said Miranda Amy of West Penn Township. Marie Miller of West Penn Township said, “I remember it always being busy and they had great ice […]

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    Remembering a Fallen Officer

    MAHANOY CITY — It’s been 20 years since a Schuylkill County native was murdered in California while trying to stop an armed robbery. Louis Pompei is buried in Mahanoy City and Tuesday morning friends remembered his life. There were a lot of tears and laughs at the memorial for Louis Pompei. He grew up in Mahanoy City and his fellow police officers say it’s an honor to see the place that shaped the Louie they knew and loved. It was […]

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    Traffic Cameras to Control Crime

    HAZLETON — PennDOT cameras in downtown Hazleton may soon do much more than just keep traffic flowing. Hazleton wants the cameras along Broad Street to join the city’s police force to help solve and prevent crimes. “To be able to record them in case we ever needed to go back and look at the tapes,” said Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi. The cameras were installed about a year ago as part of PennDOT’s Broad Street Corridor Project. Officials now plan to […]


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