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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.

Jon has covered a wide range of stories for Newswatch 16. He went to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010 with a group from central Pennsylvania, staying at an orphanage with 75 kids. He has also traveled with Penn State football for Newswatch 16's coverage of the Nittany Lions' bowl trips to Florida and California.

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 Newswatch 16's 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,(at least trying to), 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.

Recent Articles
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    Unique Store Closing After 35 Years In Business

    JUSTUS — After 35 years in business, a unique store in Lackawanna County is closing. K-9 Corral Jeans and Western Wear has been selling cowboy hats, western boots, blue jeans and more to generations of people, but the owner of the place in Justus tells us it’s time to retire. There’s a big change coming for Phyllis White after 35 years of being behind the counter at K-9 Corral Jeans and Western Wear in Justus. She is retiring, and with […]

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    Underground Fire Near Homes In Eynon

    EYNON — Smoke has been pouring from an underground fire in Lackawanna County most of the day as firefighter dig deep trying to put the culm fire out. The underground fire is right near homes in Eynon where we found neighbors worried and crews quickly finding this wasn’t an easy fire to put out. For hours they dug; for hours they sprayed water; and for hours the smoke and steam just kept coming. Firefighters and borough crews spent the day […]

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    UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death in Susquehanna County

    SUSQUEHANNA — State police arrested a man for a shooting death in Susquehanna County. Jonathan Kopacz, 34, of Thompson is being charged with homicide for the death of Kelly Conklin, 22 of Susquehanna. The two had a relationship that ended in May. Authorities said Conklin’s body was found inside a car at a home on Washington Street in Susquehanna around 1:15 a.m. Friday. Troopers said Kopacz admitted he had been planning this for months and bought two guns specifically to […]

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    Federal Government Forecasts Normal Winter

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — The federal government put out its forecast on Thursday for the coming winter and after what we went through last year, this looks like good news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says this winter should be a normal one for us. For people we found enjoying a nice day in Lackawanna County, that’s a relief. The fall colors were glowing on this sunny day at South Abington Park near Clarks Summit. This could be […]

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    Wrecked Bar Back Open In Susquehanna County

    HALLSTEAD — A bar and restaurant in Susquehanna County is back open, only six weeks after a car plowed into the place, destroying much of the bar area. We were in Hallstead on Wednesday where the owner was proud to show off all the repairs and thank all those who helped after the crash. It looked like an explosion inside Maloney’s Pub and Restaurant in Hallstead. Surveillance video shows a car plowing right into the bar. The car was entirely […]

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    Reaction To “Pastoral Earthquake” At Vatican Meetings

    NANTICOKE — Talks at a meeting of the pope and bishops in the Catholic Church is drawing worldwide attention and surprise as they discuss issues, including the further acceptance of gay and divorced Catholics. Halfway through the conference, a report from their discussions is calling for a “more merciful approach.” It is a two-week meeting of bishops and the pope at the Vatican meant to discuss family issues that observers have called a “pastoral earthquake.” From the possibility of allowing […]

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    Power To Save: Colleges Compete To Save Water

    SCRANTON — Pennsylvania American Water Company is pitting colleges and universities across the state against each other in a contest in which the environment is the big winner. It’s easy to spot all the water bottles students carry around on a college campus like the University of Scranton. Some are refillable; many more are buying bottle after bottle. “It fills up and when you’re done, it automatically stops.” But Pennsylvania American Water will install a specialized water fountain that refills […]

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    AAA Calls Hands-Free Devices Distracting for Drivers

    SCRANTON — For years we’ve been told of the dangers of driving while talking on the phone and texting while driving. But now, AAA says devices made to help us call and text hands-free are also dangerous when we’re behind the wheel. And we found drivers aren’t surprised with the results of that AAA research. We hear it all the time: talking on the phone while driving is a major distraction. All kinds of devices have been designed so we […]

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    Some Ebola Concerns From Travelers In Our Area

    After an American tested positive last week in Texas, the deadly disease Ebola is getting more and more attention and people in our area are noticing. Travelers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport are far from Ebola scares in Africa, even from the concerns in Texas, but heading out of here on a plane links them more to the world and worries about the deadly disease. “We’re very aware of it, and I’m in the medical field so I wash my […]

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    Bathing Bruin Caught Swimming In Backyard Pool

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — It was quite a surprise for a family in Luzerne County when a bear showed up to take a swim in their backyard swimming pool and it didn’t just take a quick dip. The bear swam three separate times Thursday afternoon and it was all caught on camera. We know bear show up in backyards all over our area, including right here in the WNEP backyard but at a home in Hanover Township, a bear really put […]

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    State Police List New Details In Search For Eric Frein

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — State police held a news conference Friday afternoon updating us on the search for Eric Frein, the man they believe shot two state troopers three weeks ago, killing one and severely injuring another. Search teams looking for suspected cop killer Eric Frein spread out through the Delaware State Forest on Friday near Cresco in Monroe County. Troopers showed us a photo of what they believe was a campsite used by the accused cop killer. State police […]

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    Power To Save: Shoppers, Stores React To California Bag Ban

    BLAKELY — This week, California approved the first statewide ban on plastic bags at supermarkets and convenience stores. It’s meant to keep them out of landfills and from littering roads and waterways, but in this week’s Power to Save report, we found shoppers do recycle a lot of the bags in our area and like having them as an option. At Quinn’s ShurSave Supermarket in Blakely, there’s still the option: paper or plastic… even both. But in California, plastic will […]


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