Jessica Albert joined the Newswatch 16 team in June of 2017. She’s excited to see and experience all that northeastern and central Pennsylvania has to offer.

Jessica grew up about 30 miles outside of our nation’s capital in Northern Virginia. She’s made quite a few stops before landing in Pennsylvania. Jessica’s first job in television news took her several hours away from home to Tupelo, Mississippi. As a reporter there, she covered a series of deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Magnolia State in 2014 and won her first AP award for best feature photography. Her next stop took her to the beach! She served as a bureau reporter for WCTI NewsChannel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, which is the home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. She’s a huge supporter of our active-duty military members and veterans.

Jessica’s passion for the broadcast business began while she was attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design with a focus in broadcast journalism. She spent three semesters of her time at JMU interning at Harrisonburg’s ABC affiliate, WHSV.

When Jessica is not working, she loves to try new foods, catching up on her favorite tv shows and spending time with her family and friends.

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Recent Articles
  • Schuylkill County Technology Center is ‘PA Smart’

    FRACKVILLE, Pa. — A representative from Governor Tom Wolf’s office toured the Schuylkill Technology Center in Frackville Tuesday afternoon to show the state’s support for the vocational school. The Schuylkill Technology Center offers about 20 different vocational programs to high school students in Schuylkill County. The governor’s office wanted to tour the facility because it highlights one of the governor’s initiatives to get more people into the workforce. Students at STC prepared lunch for a special guest: Eileen Cipriani, the […]

  • Taking Care of Historic Cemetery

    GIRARDVILLE, Pa. — An old, abandoned cemetery in Schuylkill County is getting a lot of attention one week before Memorial Day. Col. Patrick Monoghan was a Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who died in 1917. His grave is at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Girardville. “Over the years, I’ve adopted taking care of this along with them. Memorial Day is coming up and every year on Memorial Day, we have a ceremony here,” said Paul Kowalick of Girardville. Kowalick […]

  • Wreaths Honoring Veterans in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA, Pa. — Wreaths are on display in Tamaqua that honor veterans from the borough who died while serving the country. If you’ve driven through Tamaqua recently, the display is hard to miss. “The day they came up, I noticed them,” Jacob Mayeresky of Tamaqua said. “I live a couple blocks away.” They’re wreaths put up to honor veterans who died while serving their country. There are 91 of them in total. A group made up of all volunteers called Tamaqua […]

  • Preparations for Kielbasi Fest

    SHENANDOAH, Pa. — Shenandoah is known for its kielbasi, and that community in Schuylkill County will be celebrating its Polish treat this weekend. The Schuylkill County Kielbasi Festival is well attended every year, but kielbasi shops in town are worried that rain in the forecast may put a damper on the event. Preparations are already underway for the 11th annual kielbasi festival. “A lot of food, a lot of people, a lot of great things to do,” said Janice Jacobs […]

  • Taking the ‘Laurel’ vs. ‘Yanny’ Debate to the Laurel Mall

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The “Laurel” and “Yanny” debate seems to have taken the country by storm. Many people are split on whether the now infamous audio recording is saying “laurel” on “yanny.” With the audio recording becoming such a controversy, Newswatch 16 felt what better place to ask people what they’re hearing than the Laurel Mall, and we found people on both Team Yanny and Team Laurel. There were some people who said that us playing the recording for […]

  • Route 309 Roadwork to Continue Through Summer

    RUSH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A road project in Schuylkill County is closing some lanes along Route 309 outside Tamaqua. PennDOT began the work last month. It is a mill, patch, and paving project along a two-mile section of the road from Grove Street to Ben Titus Road. “I guess they have to do it because the roads are so bad all over. I’m glad it’s getting done,” said Beverly Macek of Barnesville. People Newswatch 16 spoke with say this section […]

  • Sculptures on Display in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA, Pa. — Sculptures are on display in Tamaqua as apart of a community art initiative. One of the sculptures is outside of the Tamaqua Station Restuarant. “(It’s) definitely something eye-catching,” Tamaqua Station Restaurant owner Melanie Ross said. “The five-point intersection is such a great place to showcase our local art.” In January, the Tamaqua Community Arts Center launched its latest art initiative called “Raw Aspirations.” “It’s the third in a series of public art initiatives aimed at helping our […]

  • Spartan Games Held in Schuylkill County

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The second annual Spartan Games were held at North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School on Tuesday. It’s a day for showing off athletic ability. “They look forward to this day the entire year,” North Schuylkill Junior Senior High School student Ari Wolfe said. “Last year was a huge success and I’m really happy to see even a bigger turnout this year.” About 650 students with disabilities from 15 schools in Schuylkill and Northumberland counties participated in […]

  • PETA Asks to Put Cow Statue Near Mother’s Statue in Ashland

    ASHLAND, Pa. — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it sent a letter to Ashland’s mayor asking if the organization could put a statue of a cow near the borough’s famous Mother’s Statue. PETA representatives said they sent the letter to Ashland’s mayor last week before Mother’s Day. Their hope was to get the borough to help them honor all mothers, including non-human ones. The inscription on the proposed statue would say, “Respect and honor all mothers. Go […]

  • A Day of Caring and Special Meaning

    ORWIGSBURG, Pa. — From Orwigsburg and beyond, volunteers were out in full force is Schuylkill County. “Just giving back to the community. It’s good to get involved and help out and help other people,” said student volunteer Andrew Johnson. It was all for the United Way’s Day of Caring. The United Way has hosted the event for about two decades. The goal is to get people to help out their communities. More than 200 volunteers are working on 18 service […]

  • Swans in Schuylkill Haven

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Cygnets are hatching at Bubeck Park in Schuylkill Haven. Bubeck Park in Schuylkill Haven is seeing more visitors than usual because of the swans that live there. “It’s something that’s rare,” Cindy Sterner of Schuylkill Haven said. “I don’t know of any other community that has swans.” The borough has two adult swans, Rambo and Abby. Three of Abby’s nine eggs hatched this week. Newswatch 16 got to watch Abby and her babies, known as cygnets, enjoy […]

  • Students in Schuylkill County Write Letters for Deployed Troops

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Students at North Schuylkill Elementary wrote letters for deployed military members. BB&T bank employees came to the school near Ashland to help the students write letters to military members deployed in Jordan. It’s a part of the bank’s annual Lighthouse Project. “We have a lot of clients that come in and talk to us about family members in the military and one of our employees actually has her husband deployed in Jordan where we’re sending the packages,” […]