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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
  • Police Warn of Card Skimming Scam in Luzerne County

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP — Police have a warning for all shoppers: beware of credit card skimmers. This week, a number of people in Luzerne County found they lost hundreds of dollars to what investigators are calling a card skimming scam. The secretary at the Sugarloaf Township Police Department has been busy filing incident reports for people like Robert Jones, a victim of an alleged card skimming scam that’s gotten several people in the area. “I was notified by the bank on […]

  • No More Suds at Black Creek

    BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP — The sudsy situation at Black Creek is no more, but it is still the talk of the community. “It looked like it was snowing huge snowflakes,” Peggy Buchman of Black Creek Township said. “Ghosts were floating around town.” The soapy suds showed up late last week. Over the weekend, they washed away. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said that the foam came from the nearby Henkle Corporation that makes detergents and soaps. It used to be […]

  • Searching for the Cash Register Thief

    FRACKVILLE — A search is underway for a thief in Schuylkill County, accused of running into a beer store and stealing the cash register. As soon as the theft happened over the weekend, the owner of The Quart House in Frackville put out the surveillance video on social media in hopes of finding the thief. The owners of the beer store say the man ran into their store around 9:30 p.m. Saturday and stole their cash register. Now they’re hoping […]

  • Pottsville Announces Plan to Build Movie Theater Downtown

    POTTSVILLE — The city of Pottsville and the managers of the Pearl Theatre have announced they are hoping to open a theater in downtown Pottsville. Things were somber at the Pearl Theatre at the Schuylkill Mall on its last day, but there is hope in sight. “The last week or two, morale has started to dwindle away,” theater manager Zachary Gilbert said. “Now, we are starting to get a little more positive, especially if it ends up happening in the […]

  • Sudsy Situation in Luzerne County Creek Still Puzzles Investigators

    BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP The mysterious foam plaguing a creek in Luzerne County is still causing headaches for people who live nearby. Some say the suds were even worse on Friday. A spokesperson for the company where the foam is believed to be coming from says they are still investigating. To the untrained eye it almost looks like snow, but, it’s not. It’s a foam that popped up along a section of the Black Creek in Luzerne County this week. It […]

  • New Life for Point Diner in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA  — An old diner in Schuylkill County is getting some new life, reopening after being closed for about 30 years. With walls littered with old school records, walking into the Point Diner is like taking a step back in time. Customers can’t wait to start eating here. “All the places are closed down that usually have food,” said Robert Vasiliou of Coaldale. “Actually, I’m excited because there’s nowhere to eat breakfast around here other than Burger King. I guess […]

  • Pearl Theatre in the Schuylkill Mall Will Close on Monday

    NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP — The Pearl Theatre at the Schuylkill Mall is closing is closing on Monday. Jennifer Teter of Ringtown decided to spend her Thursday afternoon watching a movie at the Pearl Theatre. Teter is watching one of the last movies the theater will show. It just announced it’s closing. “It’s the one place to go in the area,” Teter said. “Now that it’s going to be gone, there’s not really much here to do anymore.” The Pearl Theater […]

  • Lackawanna College’s New Home in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Lackawanna College’s Hazleton Center has new digs on East Broad Street in Hazleton. The center’s new building used to be a bank. It only took about six months to renovate the inside. The building is about 14,000 square feet. “It’s such an upgrade from where we were before. I loved that building. I love the school, but just seeing this come to fruition is amazing. It’s modern. It’s amazing. It’s super cool,” said student Roselyn Ibarronzo. The new […]

  • Woman Having Issue with Guineafowl on Her Property

    ROARING CREEK TOWNSHIP —  A woman from Columbia County is having issues with rare birds that have shown up on her property. “They’re not like chicken size,” Emily DeWald of Roaring Creek Township said. “They’re nice and plump.” DeWald said four guineafowl have been paying visits to her property every day over the last couple months. She doesn’t know where they came from. DeWald believes the guineafowl showed up on her property because of her collection of bird feeders. “We just started […]

  • ‘Tamaqua Has Heart’ Transforming into ‘Tamaqua’s Raw Aspirations’

    TAMAQUA — “Tamaqua Has Heart” will now be “Tamaqua’s Raw Aspirations.” If you live in Tamaqua, you might remember seeing a lot of heart sculptures downtown. They were a part of “Tamaqua Has Heart,” a community art project that aimed to highlight the good in the area. “I love it,” Julinda Gonzalez of Tamaqua said. “I just moved back, and they were beautiful when they were out when I seen them for the summer.” That project has now evolved into […]

  • Montrose Pizza Shop Owner Plans to Rebuild After Fire

    MONTROSE — A pizza shop in Montrose that was destroyed by fire over the weekend will be rebuilt. “It was the most horrifying thing to see,” OIP Pizza owner Max Amato said. Amato was there watching his business of more than two decades burn. “Feels like I lost one of my kids,” Amato said. The restaurant caught fire Saturday night. Amato said the cause was electrical and started in one of the building’s upstairs apartments. Since the fire, the family […]

  • Space Heaters Flying Off the Shelves in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA — At M&S Hardware store in Tamaqua, There are a few holes in the aisle where the space heaters sit. “Heater sales have been brisk,” M&S Hardware Store Vice President Todd Miller said. “As you can see behind us, we still have a nice array of heaters ranging from electric and we also sell kerosene.” Miller said he’s not worried about running out. “We’ve been able to keep them in supply due to our twice a week orders from a […]