School Closings And Delays

Jon Meyer anchors Newswatch 16 at 5 and 5:30 with Julie Sidoni.

Jon started at Newswatch 16 as a reporter in June, 2003. His first job at WNEP was as the Luzerne County beat reporter. He then anchored the weekend evening newscasts for six years before moving Monday through Friday to Newswatch 16 at 5 and 5:30.

Jon has covered a wide range of stories for Newswatch 16. He won a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) award for his reports after he went to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 with a group from central Pennsylvania. He also won a PAB award along with Julie Sidoni for their extensive on-air coverage of the historic flooding of 2011.

Jon is no stranger to Pennsylvania. He came to WNEP from WJAC-TV in Johnstown. There he served as weekend anchor and reporter. Jon was a key to WJAC’s coverage of the September 11, 2001 attack on America. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed only 20 miles from Johnstown in Somerset County. Jon was the first reporter at the crash site. He followed the story extensively for the weeks and months that followed. His accounts of the crash and his experiences covering it appear in several books about September 11 and its aftermath.

Jon grew up just west of the WNEP viewing area in St. Marys, Elk County. He and Julie Sidoni are from the same town and went to high school together.

After high school, Jon went to Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations. Jon is a big sports fan, always rooting hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Penn State football and the Syracuse Orange football and basketball teams.

Jon is also a fan of outdoor activities like hiking, boating, skiing, fishing and hunting.

In 2009, Jon married Newswatch 16 reporter Renie Workman. They have two daughters who keep them quite busy.


Recent Articles
  • Centre County Grand Jury Report Blasts Penn State over Fraternities

    BELLEFONTE — A grand jury report blasts Penn State University and its handling of hazing at fraternities over the last decade and makes recommendations on how the university can improve after the death of a pledge this year. The Centre County district attorney just released the findings of a grand jury, looking into the fraternity culture at Penn State.  It found a shocking history of hazing and says that must change. The grand jury says even the moves Penn State […]

  • Veteran of Pearl Harbor Recalls Horror of that Day

    SCRANTON — Listen carefully to the words of Walter Pasiak from Scranton. He’s one of the few Pearl Harbor survivors still around to share this story “It was a real mess the ships were burning all over,” he recalled. “I came out of the mess hall ready to go. Planes were flying all over the sky.” And then he saw the scene we’ve all come to associate with Pearl Harbor but Walter Pasiak was a 19-year-old witnessing all these horrors […]

  • ‘Crime Watch Daily’ to Feature Deadly Wilkes-Barre Arson Case

    WILKES-BARRE — A cold case in Luzerne County is getting national attention. The death of a postal worker has been a mystery for years and now, the national TV show Crime Watch Daily will focus on the case of Laurie Merritt. Her body was found in her home in Wilkes-Barre three years ago after a fire. Now investigators are digging deeper into that case. It is a story Newswatch 16 has been following closely for years — a much-loved mail […]

  • Teachers, Taxpayers Blast Scranton School Board

    SCRANTON — It was a heated Scranton School Board meeting Monday night, the first since the state auditor general blasted the district for severe financial mismanagement. The board approved layoffs to deal with big deficits. The Scranton School Board approved a contract Monday night with maintenance and clerical workers that includes 23 layoffs. Parents, teachers, and taxpayers went to the meeting fearing there are many more cuts to come. “Some of you guys are going to wear handcuffs!” one taxpayer […]

  • Lessons of a Lifetime from a World War II Veteran

    OLD FORGE — There are tributes to veterans happening throughout our area this week, and one school in Lackawanna County got a lesson that’s rarer and rarer to hear firsthand. A World War II veteran told his story of surviving D-Day in his role as a medic trying to save his fellow soldiers. “It never goes away, the memories will always be there, but as far as being nervous, no, you did what you had to do and you did […]

  • Trooper Shot is a Wayne County Native

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — State police identified the trooper shot during a routine traffic stop along Route 33 yesterday as Cpl. Seth Kelly. Cpl. Kelly is a 13-year veteran of the state police and a native of Wayne County. He is now stationed in Northampton County. Kelly was shot and badly wounded on Route 33 in Northampton County on Tuesday when investigators say a traffic stop went bad. Kelly was shot and rushed to the hospital where he’s been in […]

  • Opossum Photos Prompt Outrage in Bloomsburg

    BLOOMSBURG — Photos are quickly spreading on social media what many view as a group of young men abusing an opossum including feeding it beer. One of those involved is a student at Bloomsburg University. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is now investigating after the opossum pictures post got so much attention. On Tuesday, Bloomsburg University officials responded after learning one of its students is involved. In a statement, Bloomsburg University said one of the students pictured with that opossum is […]

  • State Auditor General Rips Scranton School District in Scathing Report

    SCRANTON — The state auditor general blasted one of the largest school districts in our area, comparing it to a compulsive shopper, recklessly spending more than its income. The auditor general released his audit of the Scranton School District Tuesday morning. He said he found serious financial instability and serious dysfunction rarely seen in school district audits. In a news release about his audit of the Scranton School District, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said there is too much finger pointing […]

  • Jerry Sandusky Denied New Trial

    BELLEFONTE — A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky’s request for a new trial in Centre County. The ruling issued Wednesday said Sandusky’s claims of an inadequate defense were without merit. Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was found guilty in June of 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children. In October of 2012, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky sought a new trial under the state’s Post-conviction Relief Act. Earlier […]

  • After Reports of Gunman, Marywood Responds to Concerns

    MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY — The President of Marywood University responded to student concerns that they weren’t notified when a potential gunman was on campus. About 60 police officers in Lackawanna County were dispatched to Marywood University Wednesday for the report of a man with a gun on campus. Marywood students say they were terrified when the campus was swarmed with police Wednesday afternoon and there were reports of someone with a gun. Students also say they felt left in the dark […]

  • Pennsylvania Man Among Las Vegas Victims

    SHIPPENSBURG — One of the 59 people killed in the Las Vegas massacre is a man from Pennsylvania. A community came together in prayer, as hundreds gathered in Shippensburg Monday night holding onto hope that Bill Wolfe would be OK, but then came the news Tuesday that the Little League and youth wrestling coach had died. “I got a phone call from my wife and says, ‘Billy and his wife Robyn was out at the concert in Las Vegas and […]

  • Powerful Storms Move Through Our Area

    Strong storms moved through our area Tuesday evening. Those storms even prompted tornado warnings in parts of Luzerne and Monroe Counties. Many viewers have been sending photos and videos of what was happening where they live. Glen Pascoe recorded video in Sugar Notch just as the tornado warning was issued for Luzerne County and the wind was whipping. There were a lot of photos of lightning. And after the storm, some damage was left behind including a tree down on […]