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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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    Another Vehicle Damaged By Objects Thrown On The Road

    BARRY TOWNSHIP — There has been another case of people throwing things at vehicles on the road, this time damaging a truck in Schuylkill County. Police say it happened early Tuesday, smashing the windshield, forcing the driver to stop and his truck to be towed. He wasn’t hurt, but we certainly have learned the consequences of this kind of behavior recently. A truck driver was just doing his job, riding along a stretch of Route 901 near Lavelle early Tuesday […]

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    Susquehanna County Native Rescued From Rough Seas

    MONTROSE — A man from Susquehanna County found himself, along with two boys and some friends, stuck on a capsized boat, miles out at sea. It happened over the weekend in Florida and dramatic video of the rescue is now getting national attention. We talked to the Montrose native and his father about his boat flipping and his calls for help. Video shows Jaren Catlin, a native of Montrose, clinging to the capsized boat off the Florida coast. It shows […]

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    Manhunt Comes During Popular Time For Tourists In The Poconos

    TOBYHANNA STATE PARK — The ongoing search for Eric Frein is happening at one of the busiest times of year in the Poconos. Tourists from all over visit the region to see the fall foliage. In parts of the Poconos, the foliage is already nearing peak color. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau wants everyone wanting to see the leaves to know, the Poconos are open for business even though one small part of it is dealing with an intense police […]

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    What Motivates Eric Frein?

    SCRANTON — The soiled diapers and empty cigarette packs left behind, the brief sightings by police, may suggest that the sniper suspect is making a cat and mouse game out of the manhunt in the Poconos. Law enforcement mentioned at a news conference Wednesday that Frein may be doing these things to taunt or tease officers. State troopers told us it seems Eric Frein has made himself visible at times to police searching for him, knowing they can’t catch him […]

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    Wilderness Survival Experts Cite Big Obstacles For State Police

    How is Eric Frein surviving in the woods all this time and how is it that police cannot find him? Some experts showed Newswatch 16 how it can be done and the challenge police have trying to find this self-taught survivalist. The experts in wilderness survival tell us if Eric Frein really knows what he’s doing, it would be easy for him to eat, sleep, and live in the woods for the last 10 days and easy for him to […]

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    Man Who Found Frein’s Jeep Just Happy To Help

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Authorities named Eric Frein a suspect in the deadly shooting of a state trooper after his Jeep was found in a retention pond by a man walking in the woods. Inside the Jeep, police found identification and shell casings from the rifle they believe was used in the ambush. We talked with the man who found the vehicle. Jim Novak has been following the search for Eric Frein closely, knowing he’s the reason police connected Frein […]

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    Driver in Crash That Killed Five Didn’t Have License

    CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP — The coroner said the driver responsible for a deadly crash in the Poconos didn’t have a drivers license. He said she was killed along with her three brothers and her daughter. The memorial is growing at the intersection of Route 115 and North Rocky Mountain Drive near Effort. There are flowers and teddy bears, reminders that four children were among the five people killed in a crash on Saturday. Now we’ve learned from the coroner that driver, […]

  • Gearing Up for the Race for the Cure

    SCRANTON — Runners and walkers continued to register for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, including a mom of five girls. For the agencies in our area that get help from the Komen Foundation, they hope there’s a rush on registrations. At Northeast Regional Cancer Institute they are especially rooting for success, less funding last year meant no Komen money for specialized genetic testing. “That is a critical resource that is no longer available… at least for this […]

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    A Final Farewell At Cpl. Bryon Dickson’s Burial

    DUNMORE — After his funeral mass in downtown Scranton, a procession carried Corporal Bryon Dickson to the community where he lived with his wife and boys. We were invited to be at Dunmore Cemetery for the final send off and burial of the fallen trooper. In a cemetery so silent and so peaceful, only the sound of horse hoofs could be heard as the state police guided their brother in law enforcement, Corporal Bryon Dickson to his final resting place. […]

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    Preparing for the Final Sendoff for Cpl. Dickson

    SCRANTON — A procession Thursday morning will take Corporal Bryon Dickson to downtown Scranton for a funeral mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral. It will be quite a scene as this state and beyond says farewell and thank you, but there’s a lot that goes into preparing for it, and making sure it is safe. Dunmore borough workers spent hours walking the streets putting up flags. Hundreds of them will wave along the expected route carrying Cpl. Dickson to burial. Flags […]

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    Former Mayor Heading To Prison For Child Porn

    JIM THORPE — The former mayor of Coaldale was sentenced Tuesday to up to three years in prison for having child pornography. He was found guilty in June of having the porn on his work computer in Carbon County. We asked Richard Corkery if he is scared heading off to prison after being convicted of looking at child porn. He told us he’s certainly not looking forward to it. A judge in Carbon County sentenced the former Coaldale mayor to […]

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    Cpl. Dickson: A Life Dedicated To Service

    DUNMORE — As the massive manhunt continues to find the killer, we are learning more about the trooper who lost his life. Corporal Bryon Dickson is being mourned by family, friends and complete strangers as a man who dedicated his life to serving others and who died just doing his job. Cpl. Dickson was a state trooper for seven years, a United States Marine, a Penn State grad, but his was a life of service cut short Friday night at […]


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