Jim is proud to call WNEP home after joining the team in November 2010 as a reporter covering the always exciting Luzerne County beat.

Jim is a native of Belmar, New Jersey but has already made a mark in the Poconos as a seasoned reporter. Jim began his newscasting career at Blue Ridge Communications News13 in 2007 first as its Carbon County reporter, then as its Monroe County reporter. Jim also dabbled in weather anchoring before making the jump to Newswatch 16.

Jim is a graduate of Villanova University (GO WILDCATS!) where he majored in communications and experimented in comedy talk radio.

Jim’s second passion is dirt track modified and sprint car racing. Since 1998, he has been the official track videographer at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. He has also filmed and announced at speedways as far away as Florida and Vermont and even Quebec, Canada.

In 2011, Jim became the voice of the Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA, calling the play-by-play action every Friday night on the microphone.

When not reporting live or getting a rooster tail of mud thrown at him from a 450hp dirt modified, Jim can be found riding the waves at the Jersey Shore, belting out karaoke at the local pub while sipping a lager, and chasing tornadoes and hailstorms on the back roads of NEPA.

Jim is a trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service, and is always on the look out for a good chase.

Jim also enjoys skiing, working out, driving to Florida for February Speedweeks, and listening to his two favorite “buddies” on Sirius XM radio.

Recent Articles
  • Former Senator Arlen Specter Dies

    PHILADELPHIA — The longest serving senator in Pennsylvania history, Arlen Specter lost his battle with cancer. Senator Arlen Specter, 82, died Sunday morning at his home in Philadelphia. Specter served Pennsylvania in the senate longer than anyone else, from 1981 to 2011, and his influence can still be seen even after his death. He is said to have shaped more of the United States Supreme Court than any other member of congress. According to his biography from the University of […]

  • Farmers Prepare for Hard Freeze

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Temperatures are expected to plummet overnight, possibly shattering records for the coldest readings ever for the date. Some farmers in Luzerne County are preparing for the fall freeze. Laura Gaiteri knows how to stock up on fresh vegetables.  It may be the last time she’ll be able to buy them this year here at Omalia’s Farms in Plains Township. “This is sad. This is really sad. I mean we are really here today getting the last of […]

  • Neighbors: Oliver Street is Crumbling

    WILKES-BARRE — 15 people who live along Oliver Street in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre said they want cracks that run up and down the asphalt fixed, as well as part of the retaining wall collapsed into Laurel Run. Newswatch 16’s Peggy Lee reported live at the scene that evening a little over a year ago when heavy rains forced crews to sandbag the wall shortly after it collapsed. Barriers have been in place ever since. “We have 10 people […]

  • Possible Furloughs for Wilkes-Barre Employees

    WILKES-BARRE — Calling it “the worst financial situation in the city’s history,” the mayor of Wilkes-Barre is asking his city employees to take some unpaid time off from work. A letter sent from Mayor Tom Leighton to the employees of Wilkes-Barre spells out the furlough plan. In it, the mayor is asking for volunteers to stop working for six weeks. Leighton wants volunteers for now, but in this letter he said he hasn’t ruled out mandatory furloughs if city finances […]

  • Governor Corbett Tours Lowe’s Distribution Center

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — At the Lowe’s distribution center near Pittston, Governor Tom Corbett saw firsthand the contributions made by dozens of workers, but they’re not just any employees. At the facility there are 62 workers with special needs. The unemployment rate for people with special needs in Pennsylvania is double that of the state average. “People in Pennsylvania want to work. Every one of them. Whatever their challenge is, every one of them is entitled to a chance to work,” […]

  • PennDOT: Engineers Will Study “Dangerous” Intersection

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The woman killed in yesterday’s crash in Luzerne County has been identified as 82-year-old Joan Madden of Mountain Top. The crash happened on what some people call a dangerous intersection on Sans Souci Parkway. And today, our phone calls and reports have prompted PennDOT engineers to take a closer look at that intersection. Police say Madden, a retired Crestwood High School math teacher, was killed when her car struck a pick up truck. The driver of the […]

  • Fatal Wreck In Luzerne County

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Officials say the driver of the white Mercury Sable was killed on impact after her car and a black pick-up truck crashed nearly head on in front of the Dundee Gardens in Hanover Township. It happened on the northbound side of the Sans Souci Parkway around 11:00 a.m. Monday. The coroner tells us Joan Madden, 82, was killed in the wreck along the Sans Souci Parkway near Wilkes-Barre. The Luzerne County coroner says the woman died from […]

  • Deadly Shooting in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Police in Wilkes-Barre responded to a shooting at Sherman Hills Apartments in Wilkes-Barre. The call came in around 8 a.m. Friday morning. Police and U.S. Marshals were on scene at the apartment complex this morning serving a warrant on an attempted homicide suspect out of Philadelphia. Investigators said the suspect, 29 year-old Robert Montgomery Jr., was staying with his father who lives on the 5th floor of Sherman Hills Apartments. According to court papers, the suspect’s father opened the door […]

  • State Police: Vendors can Make Millions off of Poker Machines

    NANTICOKE — A simultaneous, well-coordinated seizure. That’s how State Police describe their operations last night throughout four counties as hundreds of poker machines were seized from close to two hundred businesses. State Police say the machines are illegal if there’s a payout for those who play.  More than 250 State Police and Liquor Control Enforcement officers took part in the raid.  Sergeant James Jones says it all began two years ago when undercover officers on routine patrol noticed the large […]

  • Noon Update: Video Gaming Machines Seized

    Calling it the “largest illegal gaming machine seizure in the state’s history,” federal and state officials raided dozens of businesses and seized video gambling machines in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties Wednesday night. There were about 400 video gambling machines seized which investigators characterize as illegal because of illegal payouts. Investigators said that the majority of the machines were from one vendor who was the primary focus of the investigation. Newswatch 16 was there as machines were taken out […]

  • Undecided Voters Said They’ll be Watching Debates

    In just a few hours, folks all across the country will get their first chance to hear President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney duel it out on live television. Some folks we talked to in the Wyoming Valley on Wednesday said the debates could influence their final decision. “Could someone who says something different swing your vote? Yes yes. If they`re talking the way I want them to talk then they can get my vote. Hopefully it`s […]

  • Film Crew “Captures” Hit and Run Suspect

    PITTSTON — Usually it’s a news crew that hurries to the scene of a police chase. But in this case, this video came from a movie crew in downtown Pittston. Just before midnight Kevin Davis had a crew on Main Street in Pittston shooting the final scene to a movie he’s making. That’s when Davis watched a state trooper pull over a Chevy Blazer. “He stopped when the cops put their sirens on and so we thought he`s going to […]