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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    Big Fines for Big Vehicles

    FRACKVILLE — Frackville has had some issues with big vehicles like tractor trailers or campers parking on borough streets. The fine used to barely be a slap on the wrist, but now it will cost you a couple hundred dollars for taking up space on Frackville’s streets. A camper on West Washington Street in Frackville is taking up a lot of driving space. West Washington is a two-way street, but it would be a tight squeeze for two cars to […]

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    One Last Chance to Help Out

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Wayne Marks of Schuylkill Haven has spent much of his life helping people in need. “Can you imagine going hungry as many times as people go hungry every night?” That’s the reason he’s been helping families in need get a good meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each year, he makes food baskets for about 25 families in Schuylkill county. He asks friends for donations but usually ends up buying most of the food himself. “We need turkeys, we […]

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    No More Lighting Up in Public Housing?

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Smokers who live in public housing may soon have to find somewhere else to light up. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) wants to ban smoking inside those buildings. The Schuylkill County Housing Authority is ahead of the game here; it banned smoking inside public housing back in April. But even seven months later, not everyone is happy with the change. If you want to light up, you’re going to have to step outside. […]

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    Unrest in Missouri Sparks Conversations At Wilkes University

    WILKES-BARRE — Racial protests, hunger strikes and resignations: it’s all going on at the University of Missouri right now, but people around the country are talking about it. A communications class at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre has a lot to say. “It’s an unfortunate teachable moment that we have in front of us right now,” said Dr. Kalen Churcher. Many of the students there hope to end up in the journalism field one day. They’ve been keeping a close eye on […]

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    Businesses in Limbo on West Broad Street

    TAMAQUA — A handful of businesses inside an old building in Tamaqua are worried about the future. The employees found out on Wednesday that the building is going up for auction. There are three offices in the Masonic Temple Building in Tamaqua. Workers there knew the building was for sale, but had no idea it will soon be up for auction. Now, at least one business there is trying to figure out what to do before someone places the highest […]

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    Making Chemistry Fun

    RUSH TOWNSHIP — Some kids in high school dread heading to chemistry class — the labs, the tests and the periodic table, but kids at Marian Catholic High School near Tamaqua say chem isn’t all that bad thanks to their teacher Robert Valente. “Science can get boring. Obviously it’s not one of my favorite subjects, but he makes it a lot more interesting,” said Anthony Collevechio, a junior at Marian. Valente has been teaching science for more than 30 years, but […]

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    His Beatitude Visits Schuylkill County

    MINERSVILLE — His Beatitude Sviatoslav Schevchuk walked down the aisle of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minersville on Tuesday to greet kids who go to the school next door. The Major Archbishop is considered the leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church around the world. Students from the school, like Nadia Zimmerman, were pretty excited to meet him. “It was a big honor to be here and for him to be here. It was very amazing!” The students presented the leader […]

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    Pedestrian Dies After Hit and Run in Lehighton

    LEHIGHTON — There’s a small memorial on South First Street in Lehighton near Vincent Smith’s apartment. It’s where Smith was hit by a pickup truck that police report kept going. He later died. “The gentlemen used to go in Alfie’s here every once in a while and I would see him. He wasn’t that old,” said Steven Jurden of Lehighton. Meanwhile, Jennifer Coleman is locked up in Carbon County, facing a homicide charge after that hit and run. Police say Coleman hit […]

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    Homemade Bomb Removed from Home in Lansford

    LANSFORD — People in a community in Carbon County are still trying to figure out why someone would make a bomb. Over the weekend, authorities found a pipe bomb in a basement of a home in Lansford. “When people start doing terroristic things just a couple doors from you, it really gets your head out of the sand,” said Kathy Turner. Turner is talking about what happened on West Abbott Street in Lansford on Saturday night. Police got a call […]

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    Homes Damaged by Fire in Ashland

    ASHLAND — Fire ripped through a house in Schuylkill County Friday afternoon. It broke out around 12:30 p.m. at a house on Walnut Street in Ashland. The blaze damaged at least four homes and firefighters think a propane tank may have helped spread those flames. At least nine people are looking for somewhere else to stay. The back of the home where that fire started has collapsed. There was one person home at the time and she got out safely. […]

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    Alleged Real Estate Scammer Nabbed in Florida

    HAZLETON — A man accused of a real estate fraud scheme in Luzerne County has been nabbed by authorities in Florida. Ignacio Beato, 45, was detained late Wednesday at the Orlando International Airport when he tried to enter the country from the Dominican Republic. Beato is accused of accepting money from victims in the Hazleton area while using his position as a real estate agent to gain access to vacant homes. Unsuspecting victims moved into the vacant homes and only […]

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    Historic Shenandoah Church Being Renovated

    SHENANDOAH — The oldest Ukrainian Catholic parish in the country is getting a makeover. Usually there isn’t scaffolding in the middle of the pews at this church in Shenandoah, but St. Michael’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is getting some needed repairs. For years, the domes at the church have been leaking and the lighting wasn’t energy efficient but that’s changing. “We had to start first with our roof and our domes because that’s where most of the water leakage was […]


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