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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.

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    FOREST CITY — It was quite a scene in one Susquehanna County community on Tuesday as hundreds of students paraded through town with a simple message of kindness. It was part of a campaign at that school and others in the area to combat bullying and spread compassion and we saw that theme on display for everyone to see. The Forest City Regional High School band led the way as a sea of orange marched out of the school into […]

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    Penn State Captain Out With Injury

    A captain of the Penn State football team is hospitalized and the school announced that Ryan Keiser of Selinsgrove is out for the season with an injury. Keiser is at Penn State Hershey Medical Center where Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin says he underwent operations for a bowel injury. He also has a broken rib after being hurt at practice last week. Keiser went to Penn State as a walk-on after being a standout at Selinsgrove High School in […]

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    One Jailed, One Wanted In Meth Lab Blast

    NANTICOKE — One woman is in jail and now police have an arrest warrant for another man. Both are accused of causing a meth lab explosion over the weekend in Luzerne County. Police say the blast blew the front door right off part of the building and now we’re learning there were children in the apartment next door. Police accuse two people from Berwick of cooking methamphetamine when their meth lab blew up. Jessica Collett is in jail and Adam […]

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    Demolition Day at Dealership in Kingston

    KINGSTON — It was demolition day for an 83-year-old building at a car dealership in Luzerne County. It only took hours to bring down what was the home to Bonner Chevrolet in Kingston. It’s part of a big expansion for the dealership that will mean a whole new look along busy Wyoming avenue. Part of the building housed the office where Pat Gilberson worked for more than a decade. She took a break from work to watch it go. Other […]

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    Court Rules Jim Thorpe’s Remains Stay In Borough

    JIM THORPE — A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday against family members who wanted the remains moved from Carbon County to tribal lands in Thorpe’s native Oklahoma. The federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s decision allowing Jim Thorpe’s sons to move his remains to Oklahoma. For the past few years, the borough named for Jim Thorpe has been fighting to keep him there and now they have won a major victory in that battle. Thorpe’s […]

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    Auto Dealers Brace For Another Round Of Recalls

    TUNKHANNOCK — There is another major round of recalls hitting the auto industry. This time, the government is urging the owners of five million vehicles, from numerous automakers, to take action immediately to fix a potential problem with airbags. All the recalls recently have been keeping car dealerships busy including one we talked with in Wyoming County. The service department at Sherwood Chevrolet in Tunkhannock is a busy one with routine auto service mixed with numerous recall repairs over the […]

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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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    UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death in Susquehanna County

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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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