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
  • Pottsville Businesses Get Ready for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    POTTSVILLE — Businesses all along North Centre Street in Pottsville are getting ready for the city’s 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “Some years are good,” Sage Coffee House and Tea Garden owner Jenn Raess said. “Some years are bad. Some years are snowing. Some years are raining. This year, I think it’s supposed to be good weather-wise and it’s always a good time.” Sage Coffee House and Tea Garden has been open since 1999. Workers there have seen their […]

  • Girardville Fire Chief Receives National Award

    GIRARDVILLE — Girardville’s fire chief Frank Zangari just received an award from the National Fire Prevention Association. Over the course of his 45 years as a firefighter, he Zangari said educating the community about fire prevention is the most rewarding part of his job. He spends a lot of his time installing smoke alarms with WNEP’s  Operation Save a Life and working with children and the elderly. His passion for fire prevention education has led him to win a big-time […]

  • Students Host Sit-in for Parkland Victims

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — As students all across the country and in our nation’s capital walked out of class Wednesday, students in Schuylkill County decided to sit in. “It was very emotional,” student Gracie Orosco said. “Once I saw them all flooding in at the same time, I teared up a little bit because it really put into perspective the effect you can have on people.” About 500 students at North Schuylkill Junior/Senior High School gathered in the school’s cafeteria for […]

  • Pierogies on the Fast Food Menu

    CRESSONA, Pa. — You won’t just find Mrs. T’s Pierogies in grocery stores now during Lent, you’ll be able to find them a fast food restaurant chain in our area. The next time you’re in a Long John Silver’s, think twice before you pick up your go-to side dish. “I like pierogies, so I’d rather have pierogies than French Fries every day,” said Scott Fleagle. Mrs. T’s Pierogies are now being sold at select Long John Silver’s locations, including the […]

  • Plow Drivers Work Around the Clock in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Hazleton city plow drivers worked to clear snow-covered roads Wednesday. The city had about a dozen plows out. The drivers took turns taking 12-hour shifts. One of the city’s plow drivers, John Tunnessen, has driven a plow for nearly two decades. “It’s not bad right now,” Tunnessen said. “We didn’t get what they called, so it’s really just starting to come down now.” While there were plenty of people who had to work through the snow day, Newswatch […]

  • Some Businesses Weather the Storm in McAdoo

    MCADOO — Many businesses in Schuylkill County closed on Wednesday because of the snow-covered roads. Renee Sosar’s day started with clearing her driveway. She was among the many people in McAdoo who spend the day digging out. She’s thankful only about six inches of snow fell at her house, knowing it could have been worse. “So, that’s OK. We’ll take it as long as it stays this way,” Sosar said. Plow drivers feel the same way. “We’re thankful that it […]

  • Hazleton’s Mayor Wants to Lease Street Parking Spaces

    HAZLETON — Hazleton’s mayor wants to lease parking spaces to alleviate parking issues and bring money into the city. “We’re looking for outside-the-box thinking on revenue sources,” Hazleton’s Mayor Jeff Cusat said. “The state, under ACT 47, is predicting that we’re going to be about $400,000 short for this year and moving forward.” Mayar Cusat said if a resident chooses to lease a space, a sign similar to a handicapped space sign will be placed in the spot. He believes leasing […]

  • Beer Distributors React to Possible Aluminum Tariff

    SUMMIT HILL —  Last week, President Donald Trump proposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum products imported into the U.S. The owner of All Star Beer in Summit Hill said he expects the prices of his canned products to go up if the tariffs take effect. “I would think that the price of everything would go up,” owner George Ruzicka said. “You know because the cost would just get passed down to the consumers.” […]

  • Athlete from Berwick Receives Olympian Welcome Home

    BERWICK — Elementary school students in Columbia County had a special visitor Monday morning — Olympic athlete Jayson Terdiman who hails from Berwick. The cheers of the students were a lot different than the ones Jayson Terdiman is used to. The Olympic luger just finished competing in his second Olympic winter games. “It was living a dream. I’ve been chasing this Olympic ideal for 18 years, and to get a chance to compete for our second games, it’s an incredible […]

  • Cardboard Classic Goes on Despite Snow

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — The WMMR Cardboard Classic sledding competition was held at Jack Frost Ski Resort despite the heavy snow. The conditions for the annual competition in Carbon County were not what the sledders were expecting. “It’s pretty brutal,” participant James Gentille said. “The wind is way heavier than years prior and with the snow, it’s nuts. I’m glad I’m dressed warm.” However, that didn’t stop them from taking on the challenge. Employees with the ski resort say they still had […]

  • Shenandoah Historical Society Needs Money for New Roof

    SHENANDOAH — The Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society’s museum is in need of a new roof. The historical society museum is filled with history. It’s all housed in an old warehouse on South Main Street in Shenandoah. “We’ve been collecting it over the years and the last couple of years people have been donating their things to us,” historical society president Andrea Pytak said. The historical society formed in 1998, but they didn’t get their building until several years later […]

  • Chief Cracking Down on Cemetery Trespassing

    MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — Mahahoy Township’s police chief is cracking down on trespassing and vandalism at the township’s cemeteries. “(People are) using, buying drugs, selling drugs,” Chief Brandon Alexander said. “We also got people dumping garbage. We also have people breaking into buildings, knocking over tombstones.” The chief said with all of the problems he’s been having recently, he’s had to double his patrols at the cemeteries in the township. “(My officers) would make two passes through all the cemeteries a […]