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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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    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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    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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