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Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You'll often see her out in the field with a camera and tripod in hand. As a multi-media journalist, Jackie shoots, edits and writes her own stories.

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, a short ride to her New York family and friends. It also makes it a little easier for Jackie to (hopelessly) root for her favorite teams: the Mets and Jets.

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    Budget Battle in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — It’s the second year of a budget battle in Hazleton. Last year, the issue was never really resolved even though the matter ended up in front of a judge. This year’s story is similar. The mayor has vetoed the city council’s proposed budget saying that plan would put the city of Hazleton in even more debt. Even though his version includes a tax increase, he thinks it’s better for the city to pay a small increase this year. […]

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    Jury Selection Delayed In Selenski Trial

    WILKES-BARRE — After years and years of delays, the second Hugo Selenski murder trial was supposed to start with jury selection on Monday but the wait continues. The judge postponed jury selection until later this week while more legal wrangling played out at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Selenski arrived at the Luzerne County Courthouse on a day when jury selection was supposed to start in his second murder trial. Instead it was just another day with legal arguments in his […]

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    Man Charged with Setting Personal Care Home on Fire

    A resident of a personal care home in Luzerne County is locked up, accused of setting fire to the place. More than 60 people have been unable to stay at the facility near Pittston since the fire last month. Alan Irvin, 66, was living at Riverview Personal Care in Jenkins Township, and police said he set three fires in the building on December 18. According to court paperwork, police found a lighter in Irvin’s pocket before taking him the hospital […]

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    Tamaqua Designated as a “CRIZ” Borough

    TAMAQUA — Tamaqua is the first borough in the state to be awarded a new finance program. Governor Tom Corbett designated the community in Schuylkill County a City Revitalization Improvement Zone, known as CRIZ. It’s a financing program for businesses, and Tamaqua borough council president Micah Gursky said it won’t raise taxes for residents. “We don’t get a big check. We just have the opportunity to have Harrisburg send our money back to us. ” Gursky said the CRIZ program allows […]

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    UPDATE: Two Armed Men Rob Bank in Mountain Top

    MOUNTAIN TOP — Police said two men wearing ski masks and carrying  weapons robbed a Citizens Bank branch in Mountain Top. Authorities believe the two robbers ran off and that prompted police to search a wooded area along Route 309. People who stopped by the bank said it was only a matter of time before robbers hit a bank in Mountain Top. “Today? I’m not surprised. Why? Because it’s happening all over,” Shirlee Ied from Mountain Top. Police believe this […]

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    DEVELOPING: Bank Robbery in Luzerne County

    MOUNTAIN TOP — Police are investigating a bank robbery on the last day of the year in Luzerne County. The hold up happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Citizen’s Bank in Mountain Top. Police were seen looking through woods surrounding the bank in that part of Luzerne County and a helicopter has been in the air. Newswatch 16 will provide updates as soon as it becomes available. Police say two men with automatic weapons robbed this Citizens Bank […]

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    New Emergency Radios Mean Quieter Scanners

    POTTSVILLE — New radios will soon be in the hands of the 110 volunteer fire departments in Schuylkill County. County commissioners signed a $5 million lease to upgrade the county’s communication system among police, EMS, and fire departments. The new radios will be encrypted, which means police and fire scanners that many Schuylkill County residents listen to won’t be the same. “The regular scanner listeners won’t be able to hear it. However, there is a portion of it that still […]

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    Schuylkill County Spends Five Million Dollars to Update Radio System

    More than 1,000 of these new radios will soon be distributed to all the volunteer fire companies in Schuylkill County. It’s part of a $5 million dollar project to upgrade the county’s communication system among police, EMS, and fire departments. Most of the $5 million dollars budgeted for the project will pay for 1,140 radios. The Schuylkill County volunteer firefighters association will determine where the equipment is distributed, including some of the radios going to police and ems agencies that […]


    Schuylkill County Students Prepare for Pinstripe Bowl

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — John Shoener of Pottsville is warming up the whistle with some Christmas tunes. Come Saturday, the Penn State sophomore will be performing at a much larger venue: the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. “Just the opportunity to perform again with the blue band especially at Yankee Stadium, such a sacred ground,” said Shoener. Shoener, along with Colleen Brennan and Amanda Staller, all from Schuylkill County will be preforming in the Bronx with Penn State`s marching band, known […]

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    Charges Filed against 13 Year Old for Making Bomb Threat

    MAHANOY CITY — Another student in a Schuylkill County school district has been charged for making threats. Police accuse a 13-year-old girl of writing a threat that was found in the girls’ bathroom of Mahanoy Area Middle School two weeks ago. Investigators say the student later admitted to writing the note. The student is the second teenager in two months to be charged for making threats in the school district in Schuylkill County. A 13-year-old boy was charged last month […]

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    Plymouth Residents Concerned after Home Invasion, Armed Robbery

    PLYMOUTH — The homes on Harris Street in Plymouth are decorated with Christmas lights, bows and Santa, but neighbors said a recent home invasion has wiped away some of that holiday spirit. “It’s kind of scary because it was right across the street. So, it’s terrifying to live right across the street from something so horrible,” said Mary Kay Katchik of Plymouth. Plymouth police said a man broke into an apartment house and attacked someone inside. Authories are still looking for […]

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    Hazleton Wants the Public’s Opinion on Downtown Revitalization

    HAZLETON — There may be a lot of empty storefronts on West Broad Street in Hazleton, but the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress hopes that’s not the case for too much longer. “People are starting to see the empty storefronts as an opportunity rather than dead space,” said Krisa Schneider the executive director of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress. Schneider wants to bring the city of Hazleton back to its heyday when people would shop, eat, and play all right in […]


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