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
  • Snake Sightings Close Hazleton Playground

    UPDATE TUESDAY — The park has been reopened, according to city officials. HAZLETON — A reported sighting of two rattlesnakes near Altmiller Playground in Hazleton has neighbors on high alert. City leaders took action and closed the park immediately. Six snake traps were also put out. “I mean, if there are snakes in there, you don’t want anyone to get hurt depending on what kind they are,” Tony Salazer of Hazleton said. The city’s mayor says the rattlesnake reports were […]

  • Students Enjoy Outdoor Learning Experience

    LOCUST LAKE STATE PARK — Instead of spending the day in a classroom, a group of Tamaqua Elementary School students got to learn outside at Locust Lake State Park on Monday. “You just learn a lot with your friends and outside is just really interesting what you get to learn about,” fifth grader Cadi Fannock said. More than a 100 fifth graders participated. “Somethings we can’t cover in our curriculum, but it’s a lot of just getting out, walking around, exercise, […]

  • Adventure Racing National Championship Underway in Carbon County

    BELTZVILLE STATE PARK — The Adventure Racing National Championship is being held in Carbon County this weekend. “You’re challenging yourself and what you learn is that your body can handle a lot more than our mind will allow it to handle,” adventure racer Jeff Bell said. Adventure racing is a small team multi-sport event that utilizes mountain biking, trail running, canoeing and kayaking. The race lasts for 30 hours and is 100 miles long. This is the first time it’s […]

  • Teachers in Dallas School District Plan to Strike

    DALLAS — Teachers in the Dallas School District will begin to strike on Friday, September 22nd. Tensions are running high in the Dallas School District. Once again, teachers are going on strike. “They make better money than I do and a lot of other people do, and when they retire, boy, they have it made,” Irene Whitlock of Trucksville said. “I don’t want to take away from them but we can’t take away from the children just so that they can have […]

  • Hazleton Approved for Act 47 Loan

    HAZLETON — Hazleton is now a financially distressed city. Mayor Jeff Cusat filed for Act 47 last month, and the state will now help the city manage money. “It means the state is going to bring in firms that will come in and evaluate the city’s finances and the policies the city has and make recommendations on how we can improve ourselves,” Cusat said. Now the city will be eligible for a $850,000, no-interest loan from the state. The mayor […]

  • Police Respond to Standoff in Carbon County

    SUMMIT HILL -- Police have responded to a reported standoff in Carbon County Wednesday morning.

  • Teacher Raising Money For Tablets For Her Students

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Two teachers in Schuylkill County are trying to raise money to purchase tablets for their classrooms. North Schuylkill Junior-Senior High School teacher Melanie Fowler teaches seventh and eighth grade English. About a week ago, she and another teacher started a fundraiser to get 33 Kindle Fires for their students. They will cost about $1,900. “Right now, we have a paperback text, but the online version of the text allows for more enrichment for the students who basically […]

  • ‘Tamaqua Has Heart’ Supporting Community Programs

    TAMAQUA — The Tamaqua Community Arts Center is encouraging the borough’s citizens to “have heart.” All around downtown Tamaqua, you’ll find shirts and signs that say, “Tamaqua Has Heart.” The signs and shirts are part of a program started by the Tamaqua community arts center about two years ago. Their goal is to promote a future for their community by encouraging unity and tourism. The project started with the display of these hearts in the downtown over Memorial Day weekend. […]

  • Schuylkill County Church Helps Families Buy First Homes

    MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — The Community Mission in Minersville is helping people in need buy their own homes. Gavin Billbe is a disabled Army veteran. He has never owned his own home, but now that’s all about to change. “It’s a dream come true having the opportunity to own a home,” Billbe said. Billbe will be buying this home just outside Mahanoy City. Pastor Bob Alonge from The Community Mission in Minersville made this all possible. “After we rehab this house,  we’re […]

  • Mother Remembers Man Found Dead in Northumberland County

    MOUNT CARMEL TOWNSHIP — The Northumberland County coroner has released the name of the man found dead near Mount Carmel. The victim is Sean Maschal of Mount Carmel. State police found his body in a wooded area along Route 54 in Mount Carmel Township Wednesday morning. State police said he had been shot in the head. Maschal’s mother, Catherine Langley, said he could make anyone laugh. “So many people loved him,” Langley said. “I never met anybody who didn’t love my son. […]

  • In Luzerne County, Remembering a Veterinarian’s Legacy

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — A prominent veterinarian and humanitarian from Luzerne County has died. He was the founder of The Lands at Hillside Farms, a place for the public to learn about farming and an animal hospital that has saved countless pets. Ask just about anyone who knew Dr. Doug Ayers and they’ll tell you how incredible he was. “If you look at the choices he made, he could be driving around in a Ferrari and living in a mansion and […]

  • Local Grocery Stores Now Offering Home Delivery Service

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — This week, several grocery stores in northeastern Pennsylvania will start offering grocery deliveries to your home. Depending on who you are, grocery shopping can either be fun or a pain. Now, several grocery stores in our area are offering a way to make grocery shopping a little easier for its customers. This week, Wegmans is one of the stores launching a grocery delivery service. “I think it is a great idea,” Emily Shufeldt of Scranton said. “I […]