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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!

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    Cleaning up the Garbage

    EAST PENN TOWNSHIP — Trash in Carbon County is going to where it belongs: the dump. The state Department of Environmental Protection is cleaning up six illegal dump sites in the Lehighton area. The DEP said Michael Stine of MS Recycling is responsible for the trash, but he’s appealing the citation. “Typically when there’s an illegal dump site, it’s the responsibility of the property owner to clean it up, whether he put it there or not,” said DEP spokesperson Colleen Connoly. […]

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    Dollars for Digital to Save a Theatre

    PINE GROVE — If you ever drive through Pine Grove on Route 443, you’ve probably passed the Pine Grove Theatre. It’s been there more than 100 years. People who grew up in the Pine Grove area said the place was like home. “We grew up two blocks down from the movie theater. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays we lived there,” said Barb Dunmoyer. Its days may come it an end. The place still uses 35mm film to play movies and Hollywood […]

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    Downtown Hazleton to Benefit from Casino Money

    HAZLETON — Two projects in the city of Hazleton are moving forward thanks to extra cash coming in from state casino money. The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress just received more than $500,000 dollars to help turn an old bank on Broad Street into an arts center and a parking lot next door into a park. “Those two projects we really see as key for kind of spurring and as a catalyst to other improvements downtown,” said Krista Schneider from the […]

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    Power To Save: Protecting Our Animals

    SUMMIT HILL — If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you could learn about the Power to Save at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill. The center is having an open house for people to learn about the importance of protecting nature. Baby birds, snakes, and turtles, the Carbon County Environmental Education Center sees it all. And now the center wants you to see it, too. The place in Summit Hill is hosting an […]

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    Property Owner Leaves Country, Taxpayers Pay to Demolish the Building

    MINERSVILLE — A mess on Westwood Street in Minersville might actually look better than it used to. Back in 2008, Said Attalla bought the property, but no one ever lived there. In 2011, the borough started to get complaints that the roof was collapsing and no one was taking care of it. “Out of all the houses, this was the worst looking one on the block,” said Teewanda McClendon of Minersville. Minersville police tried to get in touch with Attalla […]

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    Crumbling Street near Railroad Needs Repairs

    CRESSONA — Leaders in Cressona plan to meet with the railroad next week to see what can be done about part of a road that is falling apart. The borough owns the road but will have to go onto railroad property to fix it. People who live on Railroad Street in Cressona say the road has always had its issues, but recently part of the road started to fall apart and they want something done before the whole thing collapses. […]

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    Bear Captured in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Police and Pennsylvania Game Commission officers were called out Tuesday morning for reports of a bear in Hazleton.

  • Grilling Favorites Selling Fast for Holiday Barbecues

    WEST HAZLETON — Fireworks, food and family. That’s how many people plan to spend the 4th of July holiday. “Going to my uncles and swimming with my friends and family,” said Frankie Martinelli of Drums. For some, it’s really just all about the food and lots of it. Grocery stores were packed on Friday as people were stocking up for the holiday. Weis Markets in West Hazleton had even more employees working to stock shelves and working the registers. “We […]

  • Most Fireworks Banned in West Hazleton

    WEST HAZLETON– If you want to check out the big fireworks in West Hazleton this year, you’re going to have to head to a professional show. Police plan on ticketing people who set off fireworks with a big boom in the borough. Most fireworks have been banned in West Hazleton for decades, but police are letting you know which ones are permitted and which ones will cost you. “Legal fireworks are anything that doesn’t go up in the air, sparklers, caps […]

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    Opera House Tries to Get Back on the Right Note

    JIM THORPE — The Mauch Chunk opera house in Jim Thorpe seemed quiet on Thursday, but music has played in the hall for more than 100 years. Recently, the future of this place was up in the air. “The potential of going out of business was entirely real,” said Vicent DeGiosio with the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Some neighbors of the opera house complained that the music coming from the place on Broadway was too loud and violated the terms of its […]

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    Man Accused in String of Burglaries in Lansford

    LANSFORD — A string of burglaries in Carbon County is being blamed on one man. He’s now headed to trial on charges he broke into homes and businesses in Lansford, including the home of a cop. “I apologize to the people that I hurt,” said Joseph Zarsky from Nesquehoning leaving a court appearance in Lansford. Zarsky is now headed to trial on charges he broke into at least eight homes and businesses in the borough between July and October of […]

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    DPW Director: Tamaqua Pool Took on 400,000 Gallons of Mud

    TAMAQUA — People in Tamaqua said a pool off Catawissa Road used to be a mud hole back in the 1930s and it looks like the space is reverting back to its old ways. Tamaqua Councilman Justin Startzel took video of H.D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool when the storm hit Schuylkill County. Instead of the pool filling up with rain water, it filled with mud and tons of runoff from the mountain. “I can’t believe how much dirt is actually […]


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