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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

    Shenandoah Valley Teachers on Strike

    SHENANDOAH – Most teachers around the state are preparing their students for finals, but 87 school employees from the Shenandoah Valley School District are walking the picket line. The teachers have been working without a contract for three years and union members said now is the right time to strike. “Why now? Things have come to a halt and this is our next step,” Richard Werner, the president of the Shenandoah Valley Education Association. However, teachers plan to be back […]

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    Brody is Back and he has a Buddy!

    HAZLETON — It’s a full house again for the Schwenk family from Hazleton. Brody, a 5-month-old Chihuahua Yorkie mix is back where he belongs: home. The dog went missing two weeks ago from the Schwenk family’s home on West Diamond Avenue, but a phone call on mother’s day helped bring Brody home. “I’m so happy that there are great people in Hazleton and it’s not as bad as everybody says. Yes, bad things happen here, yes, but look past all […]

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    Moving the Priests

    MCADOO — A parish in Schuylkill County is looking for family members of former priests, but it won’t be an easy task. Those four priests have been dead for around 100 years. Monsignor William Baker at All Saints Church in McAdoo says it’s not uncommon for a priest to be buried on parish grounds after they die. But that practice can cause problems when churches close or move and that’s what the parish in McAdoo is dealing with now. All […]

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    Capt. Jason Jones Memorial Day of Caring

    SUMMIT STATION — It was a beautiful day to help the community. More than 400 volunteers donated their time to help clean up Schuylkill County on Friday. People were hard at work all day at the Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Camp near Schuylkill Haven. “They’re out here from the goodness of their hearts because they truly want to help someone else,” said Kim Malone, executive director of Schuylkill United Way. The dozens of volunteers at Hawk Mountain did everything from […]

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    An Ambassador for Pottsville?

    POTTSVILLE — Two businessmen in downtown Pottsville are trying to think outside the box when it comes to improving their city. The men think the city should have an ambassador. Carmen Dicello and Patrick Murphy are longtime business owners in Pottsville. Now the duo has come up with a plan they hope will bring even more business downtown. They want Pottsville to have its own ambassador. The pair wants to find someone who knows a lot about the city and […]

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    Mother’s Day ‘Finders Keepers’ Jewelry

    POTTSVILLE — Annmarie Swanson is a single mom in Schuylkill County and both of her kids are in college. On Thursday, she found an early Mother’s Day surprise while getting her hair done in Pottsville. It’s all part of a giveaway from Murphy Jewelers in Schuylkill County. It’s called “Finders Keepers!” The jewelry store is hiding 100 of sterling silver necklaces all over Schuylkill County. Employees hope a deserving mom finds the gift or someone who could pass it along […]

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    Shenandoah Valley District Teachers Set to Strike

    SHENANDOAH — Students from a school district in Schuylkill County may get an early taste of summer vacation next week, as teachers at Shenandoah Valley say they’re going on strike. The Shenandoah Valley School District got word Wednesday night about that possible strike. Those teachers in the district say they’ve been working without a contract since the 2011-2012 school year. The superintendent at Shenandoah Valley School District received a letter stating that teachers in the Schuylkill County school district plan […]

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    Cop Arrested for Deadly Crash

    NESQUEHONING — A police officer is now charged with homicide by vehicle after a deadly crash nearly a year ago. That police officer in Carbon County was arrested Wednesday morning for his involvement in that deadly crash. At the time of last year’s crash on Route 209, Steven Homanko was a part-time officer for the Nesquehoning police department. Now, he faces charges including homicide by vehicle. A woman from Hazleton died in the crash last May. According to court paperwork, […]

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    Goodbye to a Fallen Firefighter

    PINE GROVE — It was the last call for firefighter Timothy Peters of Pine Grove. Peters died on Thursday from a heart attack, just hours after responding to a call. At his funeral, emergency personnel from all over Schuylkill County came out to say goodbye. His casket was placed on top of one of the fire engines he helped Pine Grove Hook, Hose and Ladder get. His son Zachary, who wants to be a firefighter himself, led the way. Peters […]

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    Missing Dog Belongs to Children with Special Needs

    HAZLETON — Meet Brody, he’s a 5-month-old Chihuahua/Yorkie mix. The Schwenk family in Hazleton just wants him home. The family thinks Brody got out through a hole in the back door at their home on West Diamond Avenue on April 26. “I looked. He wasn’t in the house. Next thing you know, we went outside looking for him and nobody’s seen him. He was just gone,” said Tara Schwenk of Hazleton. Brody belongs to Schwenk’s daughters, Kaylee and Riley. Both […]

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    Hospital Consolidation Planned in Pottsville

    POTTSVILLE — Plans are in the works for two hospitals in Schuylkill County to merge into one, and it could happen before the summer ends. For as long as many people in Pottsville can remember, there have been two different hospitals in the city. But that could soon change. Schuylkill Health is calling it a “campus integration plan” to merge the old Good Samaritan Hospital on East Norwegian Street and the former Pottsville Hospital on South Jackson Street, now known […]

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    A Community Pool and Painting

    POTTSVILLE — Crews in Pottsville are getting ready for swimming season, but something here at JFK Recreation Complex is getting a fresh coat of paint. A group of artists and city council members are coming together to turn a wall of waves into a mural that kids swimming in the pool can admire while taking a dip. “It’s like a storybook living here because everyone really does want to put those kids first,” said Gracie Joyce of Pottsville. The plan […]


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