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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 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
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    Interstate 80 Paving Frustrates Fourth of July Travelers

    MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP — At the start of one of the busiest travel times of the year, a paving project on Interstate 80 in Columbia County brought Fourth of July travelers to a halt on Thursday. Backups near the Berwick exit stretched more than seven miles as people sat for more than an hour. A lot of people think the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year. Experts say that’s wrong. Summer weekends are the busiest, especially […]

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    Drivers Thrilled with New Turnpike Interchange

    PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — People living near a new interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s northeast extension were thrilled giving it a try on Wednesday. The new Jim Thorpe/Lake Harmony exit opened Tuesday afternoon. It’s a new gateway to the Poconos for travelers coming from the Philadelphia area and we found it means big changes for people in Carbon County. Drivers are really testing out the new interchange on the turnpike’s northeast extension, especially the thousands who live near what’s now […]

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    Lowest Fourth of July Gas Prices in Years

    HALLSTEAD — The busy Fourth of July holiday travel period is here and for those hitting the road, gas prices are lower than they have been in five years. AAA says there’s a big difference this time when it comes to cheaper gas compared to back in 2010 and it will mean more drivers on the highways. When it’s time to pay at the pump this summer travel season, the pain is far less than we’ve seen in the last […]

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    Little Impact on Public if State Budget Impasse Goes On

    LACKAWANNA STATE PARK — Time is running out for Pennsylvania lawmakers and the governor to meet the deadline to have a state budget. It seems there’s more bickering than negotiating in Harrisburg and the chance for an on time budget seems slim. So what happens if there’s no budget by the deadline? We found we’ll see little impact, as opposed to past government shutdowns. Serene images from the lake at Lackawanna State Park certainly seem far away from the drama […]

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    Gnats Really Bugging People in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE — Waving off bugs has become the motion of the summer in Luzerne County. It’s affecting people out for a walk, Newswatch 16 reporters about to go on TV, and people we’re interviewing. Walter Sweetra had some around him at Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Park, but knows they get much worse. “We’re out hoeing around the tomatoes, they’re swarming all over you. It’s like this chasing them, getting into my bald head,” Sweetra said. Rawlyn Michaels works outside all day at […]

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    Chubby the Cat Loses Leg After Someone Shot It

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A woman from Susquehanna County picked up her now three-legged cat from an animal hospital on Thursday. Chubby the cat lost a leg after someone shot him last week. The outlook for Chubby is good but his owner can’t believe someone would do this to her pet and she wants to find that shooter. Chubby the cat was named for his chubby cheeks but now even more noticeable is his lack of a leg. Chubby is heading […]

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    Beachgoers Pleased to Find State Park Smoke Free

    PROMISED LAND STATE PARK — With the hot weather we’ve been having, a lot of people have been heading to state park beaches to cool off. And this summer beachgoers are finding some of them across the state are smoke-free including Promised Land State Park in Pike County and Locust Lake State Park in Schuylkill County. We found the pilot program going well at Promised Land. As people relaxed on what is now considered the clean-air beach at Promised Land […]

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    Another Attempt to Allow Sunday Hunting

    NICHOLSON — There is another push underway to allow Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. A lawmaker from Lackawanna County was among those using a rally in Harrisburg Tuesday to introduce a bill to change the law. We talked with hunters in Wyoming County on both sides of the issue that has been debated for years. Pennsylvania has more than a million hunters who head into the woods, especially at deer season. But not on Sundays; Sunday hunting has been banned for […]

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    Berwick Theater Is Dark But Hopes Are Bright

    BERWICK — Condemned signs are on the doors of a movie theater in Columbia County. A building inspector closed the Berwick Theater because of a leaking roof. It’s a blow to a nonprofit group that just took over management of the facility, but the group is using this to send a positive message. There are still movies posted on the marquis at the Berwick Theater, but condemned signs are on the doors, signs apologizing to customers, too. A building inspector […]

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    Power to Save: Library Grows to Include Community Garden

    MOSCOW — Some growth at a library in Lackawanna County means an expansion that is sprouting from the ground. It’s a construction of sorts at the expansion to the North Pocono Public Library, but there’s more planting than building in the new addition in Moscow.¬† A community garden is another example of how a library is more than just books. “It’s the center of the community. We provide information. We provide a place for the community to interact and to […]

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    Declaring War on the Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

    SHICKSHINNY — Some parts of the mountains in several counties in our area look more like winter than spring because gypsy moth caterpillars have defoliated the trees. This damp rainy weather might help stop their surge, but in the meantime ¬†businesses that sell pesticides are declaring war. The state has done some spraying for gypsy moth caterpillars on state forest and state game lands, but that doesn’t help homeowners watching the leaves get wiped out on their trees. There are […]

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    New Owners, New Name for Power Facilities

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Part of the company we used to know as PPL is now called Talen Energy. Talen took over the electric generating part of PPL on Monday. If you get an electric bill at your home or business from PPL, that won’t be changing. PPL will still be the company delivering power to customers, but starting Monday, PPL is no longer in the business of generating power. It’s the end of an era in parts of our area […]


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