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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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    Hawley Winterfest Weekend

    HAWLEY — Everything from horse-drawn carriage rides to ice carvings will be on hand to help celebrate Winterfest, underway this weekend in Hawley. Artist Juan Espino was putting up some of the display that will welcome Winterfest visitors to the Hawley Silk Mill, just one stop in a weekend of winter fun. “It’s a big deal for our local people plus a lot of people are coming from different areas to visit us and enjoy our celebration,” Espino said. Espino […]

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    Power To Save: Making The Switch To LED Christmas Lights

    DUNMORE — If you drive through neighborhoods during this holiday season, you probably notice more and more homes with energy saving LED Christmas lights. The Christmas lights are glowing throughout Jerry’s For All Seasons in Dunmore. A mix of LED lights and the traditional incandescent lights deck the trees there. They light up the shelves, too, but at this store, the LEDs are becoming the big sellers. “Oh, absolutely. People are changing from incandescent. When their lights are finished, they’re […]

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    Trapped in a T-Bird: Hawk Stuck in Front Bumper

    KINGSTON — Workers made a surprising find at a car dealership in Luzerne County: a big hawk stuck in the front bumper of a Ford Thunderbird. The car came in on a delivery truck Monday when workers found the hawk peering out at them, still alive. They told us about their big effort trying to save the bird of prey. It was a bird inside a bird: a red-tailed hawk stuck inside a Ford Thunderbird at Rayco Eurospec Motorcars in […]

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    Snow Could Disrupt Finals Week At Colleges

    SCRANTON — It’s bad timing for a possible snowstorm at many colleges and universities in our area. It’s finals week. Snow Tuesday and Wednesday could delay those exams and make Christmas break a little shorter. The schools tell us they have contingency plans for a snow day during finals, but we found students at Marywood University hoping that’s not necessary. The library at Marywood is packed this week with students cramming for their final exams. A lot of these students […]

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    Gas Prices At Lowest Level In Four Years

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP — You have most likely noticed gas prices have plummeted in recent weeks. We’re down more than a dollar from earlier this year. The national average of $2.66 a gallon is the lowest in four years, and we found the big price drop is having a big impact on some drivers. As Corey Hill heads out on his Domino’s Pizza delivery runs in the Bloomsburg area, he knows he’s saving $6 or more a day on gas. He […]

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    Saving A Longtime Holiday Tradition In Berwick

    BERWICK — Volunteers are busy getting ready for a 68-year holiday tradition to begin Saturday night in Berwick. The popular Christmas Boulevard almost didn’t happen this year until a small group decided to keep the tradition alive. Christmas Boulevard transforms a street in Berwick into mile-long stretch of holiday fun. Organizers of the event this year say just weeks ago decorations were broken and old, interest was down, and it looked like it just wouldn’t happen, but they made sure […]

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    Furniture Chain Recycles 15 Million Pounds of Packaging

    DICKSON CITY — The ads have been running for weeks. A furniture store chain has been promoting its recycling efforts. And going behind the scenes at Raymour and Flanigan’s store near the Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County it’s easy to see just how much packaging material comes from the furniture industry. “There’s a great deal of Styrofoam. There’s a great deal of packaging. There’s a great deal of cardboard to use to make sure that furniture gets to you in […]

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    Mahanoy Area One Of Many Districts Dismissing Early

    MAHANOY CITY — The wintry weather on Tuesday caused a disruption to thousands of school kids and their parents in our area. Many school districts had early dismissals, including one district in Schuylkill County that already had its share of dismissals. But this was the first one at Mahanoy Area that was weather-related. As the snow was coming down, the schools were letting out in the Mahanoy Area school district, just one of dozens of districts in northeastern and central […]

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    Cyber Monday Also A Busy Day In The Stores

    SCRANTON — It is Cyber Monday, one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, but in Pennsylvania it is also the first day of deer season, where people off work and school who aren’t going into the woods, often head to the malls. We found a lot of shopping habits are changing but many are staying the same. The Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County was a busy place on this Cyber Monday. Not everyone was sitting in front […]

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    Game Commission Explains Why Tunkhannock Turkey Was Shot

    TUNKHANNOCK — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is justifying why it had to kill a turkey that took up residence in downtown Tunkhannock in recent weeks. That turkey became quite the fixture in Tunkhannock. It even got a name: Hector. There was a lot of outrage from a lot of people hearing that the game commission shot and killed that turkey on Saturday. The game commission is now offering more of an explanation why it was done. Video of Hector the […]

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    Earliest Opening At Camelback Mountain In Years

    MONROE COUNTY — The snow on Wednesday mixed with bitter cold last week helped Camelback Mountain in the Poconos get its earliest opening in years. Skiers and boarders were on the slopes for the first time this season at the resort on Friday and thrilled to be there. Black Friday is White Friday on Camelback Mountain. The ski resort in Monroe County welcomed boarders and skiers for its earliest opening since 2008, and they were excited when they heard the […]

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    Pharmacy Burglary Caught On Camera

    LAKE WINOLA — Police are trying to find two burglars who targeted a pharmacy in Wyoming County. The thieves smashed right through the front door of the place at Lake Winola early Tuesday morning. Police gave us a look at the surveillance video. Cameras captured step by step the break in at Lech’s Winola Pharmacy at Lake Winola, two thieves smashing the front door window and crawling inside early Tuesday morning. Once they got in, the cameras rolled as they […]


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