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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.

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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    A Long, Hot Summer in Frackville

    FRACKVILLE — The pool at Memorial Park in Frackville will be empty this summer and for a few more after that. The borough in Schuylkill County is shutting down the pool for safety reasons. Once the snow finally melted, crews discovered cracks all over the pool. “We didn’t even know that the work needed to be done,” said Karen Domalakes, a Frackville borough council member. The pool is far from new. It was built in 1978 and hasn’t been upgraded since, which […]

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    Friends Mourn Man Killed in Good Friday Crash

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Four people were involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 81 Friday morning. Only one person survived. State police say Daniel Sleva Jr., 24, of Mahanoy City was traveling north on Interstate 81 Friday near where I-81 meets Interstate 80. Sleva crossed over the median into oncoming traffic, hitting the Johnson family’s vehicle head on. The 24 year old from Schuylkill County was killed. Debra Johnson of New York state and her son Peter died at the […]

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    Cressona Mall Faces Foreclosure

    NORTH MANHEIM TOWNSHIP– The Cressona Mall in Schuylkill County is facing some big money problems. The shopping center near Schuylkill Haven could go into foreclosure. Wells Fargo Bank filed a lawsuit against the Cressona Mall claiming it has defaulted on a multi-million dollar mortgage. Some shoppers said that’s surprising. “I just never would have thought, it looks like it’s thriving and there’s no problems whatsoever. I would have never expected it,” said Janalene Bensinger of Ashland. Ann Freed said she […]

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    Couple Needs Help After Weekend Fire

    BLYTHE TOWNSHIP —  Robert and Roseanne Grady lost almost everything in a house fire in Schuylkill County on Sunday. The family said that Roseanne is now in a medically induced coma at Lehigh Valley Hospital and on top of it all, her birthday was on Tuesday. Now, David Grady stands in front of what remains of his childhood home near New Philadelphia. “My parents worked their whole lives to pay off this house and just to see it burned up […]

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    Yuengling Voted Top Craft Brewery

    POTTSVILLE — A Pennsylvania beer has been named the number one craft brewery in the nation. The Brewers Association gave the top spot to Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville. With 900 cans a minute coming out of the place in Pottsville, it’s no wonder why Yuengling was named the top craft brewery in the nation. The Schuylkill County-based beer maker got the top spot on the Brewers Association’s list. “It isn’t our goal to be the top craft brewer or anything […]

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    Business Highs and Lows in Schuylkill County

    SAINT CLAIR — People in Schuylkill County won’t be making too many more transactions at the National Penn Bank Branch at the Schuylkill Mall. Bank officials announced the branch at the mall near Frackville will close this summer. Customers said they were notified by mail. “I got a letter that they’re closing on June 29,” said Vincent Wallace of Gilberton. The bank isn’t the only business to announce it’s leaving the Schuylkill Mall.  Anchor store Sears closed earlier this year […]

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    Fishing Club Needs the Community’s Help

    TAMAQUA — A group from Tamaqua has a little more than a month to pack a reservoir in Schuylkill County. On May 2 and 3, the Rabbit Run Fish and Game Association will host its 47th annual fishing derby, but this year it won’t be easy. Back in the fall, thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from the club’s sheds. “Our generator, chainsaw, lawnmowers were all stolen,” said George Weaver, vice president of the Rabbit Run Fish and Game […]

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    Grant Money to Pay for New School Playground

    SHENANDOAH — A Catholic school in Schuylkill County will be doing some renovation work this summer. The construction won’t be inside the classrooms, but instead, on the playground. A parking lot at Divine Mercy church in Shenandoah is what students from Trinity Academy call a playground. No gate, a low fence, and not even a flat surface. But that will soon change. “We’re going to be repaving the entire parking lot so that the surface is even and safe,” explained Sr. […]

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    Transforming an Armory

    PINE GROVE — The Pine Grove Armory in Schuylkill County has been vacant since 2013, but that will soon change. Pine Grove borough just bought this building for $60,000 and plans to turn it into a community center. “It will be a great asset to the community of Pine Grove,” said Mayor Will Shiffer. The borough was the only bidder for the armory, so they got the building by default. Either way, people in the community are excited to see […]

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    Hundreds of Job Openings in Luzerne County

    HAZLETON — For almost 20 years, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and the Hazleton CareerLink have hosted an annual job fair, but this year’s is the biggest yet “Usually we have anywhere between 600 and 800 people,” said Leann Fallabel with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. More than 60 employers came out to the Genetti Ballroom near Hazleton on Thursday to talk with job seekers in Luzerne County. Many of the vendors were from the industrial, medical or […]

  • Heroin Suspected in Bakery Production Line

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — An employee at a bakery plant in Luzerne County might have found heroin in one of the machines that makes bread dough, according to state police. Troopers say an employee at Aryzta found what they say was a heroin packet coming through a production line from a dough machine. That manufacturing plant produces dough and frozen bread products in Luzerne County that are shipped around the world Police say that employee told a supervisor about the suspected […]

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    Postcards Wanted to Encourage a Social Studies Lesson

    UPDATE (March 25) — The students have received postcards from all 50 states. TAMAQUA — Mrs. Barron’s third grade class at Tamaqua Area Elementary is learning all about the land of the free. During social studies, the students are getting a glimpse into the different regions across the United States. “We learn about the landmarks and stuff. It’s really cool,” said student Delia Coggiano, a student at Tamaqua elementary. “I just think it’s fun learning about the different states,” said […]


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