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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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    Lightning Hits Home, Boy in Hospital

    LANSFORD — Lightning struck a house in Carbon County Wednesday afternoon, damaging the home and sending a boy to the hospital. Two children were right near where the lightning bolt hit, and it caused quite a scare. A pile of bricks was left on the ground after the lightning strike blew apart the top of the chimney on the house in Lansford, and really shook up the people who were at home when it hit. “All the years I’ve seen […]

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    Rescuers, Family Thrilled With Successful Search

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — State police and rescue crews in Wyoming County had a lot of concerns as they searched for a man missing overnight into Tuesday morning. They feared the worst as they looked for the veteran with early stage Alzheimer’s disease but were amazed when they found him sitting along the Susquehanna River waiting for them. This was a good ambulance trip to the hospital as far as rescuers were concerned. The man inside was alive and in good […]

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    Montrose Native Chris Snee Retires From The NFL

    MONTROSE — Susquehanna County native, two-time Super Bowl champion, New York Giant Chris Snee announced on Monday that he is retiring from the NFL. Snee’s hometown of Montrose has followed his career closely, including on this day as he announced he’s done playing football. We talked with some of his big supporters there about his retirement. Snee announced his playing days are done by saying, “I know it’s my time.” Lingering injuries have sidelined Snee after starting almost every game […]

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    Power To Save: Farm Membership At Fertile Grounds

    NOXEN TOWNSHIP — A lot of us have memberships in gyms, libraries and golf courses but starting this week, people in Lackawanna County can become members of a farm. It’s called Fertile Grounds. You pay up front and the farmers do all the work to make sure you get fresh produce every week for months. Every week of the growing season, workers at Fertile Grounds Farm near Noxen pack up boxes full of fresh produce For several years, they have […]

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    AMAZING: Girl Recalls Being Swept Into Drainpipe By Flood Waters

    FRACKVILLE — A 12-year-old girl from Schuylkill County is on her way home from the hospital after being swept nearly half a mile underground in a flooded drainpipe. It happened Monday afternoon when firefighters were called to Mahanoy Creek in Frackville. Taylor Russell is quite a girl with quite a story. She was swept nearly half a mile underground in that drainpipe in Frackville. She told us today she held her breath the whole time, certain she was going to […]

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    Water Buffalo Arrives After Giardiasis Concerns

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — A water tank is now in place in a community where the state says the water isn’t safe to use because of the threat of giardiasis. On Monday, the DEP said the advisory not to use the water to drink, wash or bathe is in effect “indefinitely.” Some people living in two villages in the Hazleton area filled up at the water buffalo after it showed up Monday. Others tell us there’s no problem with the water […]

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    Power To Save: Farm Camp At The Lands at Hillside Farms

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — There are summer camps for kids underway all over our area but at one camp, kids are being put to work. The boys and girls are learning to do chores around a farm in Luzerne County, and a lot more. Some of these boys and girls may have taken their dog for a walk but a goat? That’s a new experience. So is playing around with a 5-week-old baby bull. This is farm camp at the Lands […]

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    Beltzville Beach Gone To The Dogs

    BELTZVILLE STATE PARK — There is no swimming on this hot day at Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. High bacteria tests are to blame for closing the beach just before the Fourth of July. But now we found the park is trying something new to help keep the water clean: the beach has been taken over by dogs, sort of. The swimming area is empty at one of the most popular state parks in the state on one of […]

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    School’s Finally Out At Wyoming Area

    EXETER — We usually talk about the end of the school year around Memorial Day, certainly not a few days before the Fourth of July. But Monday was the last day for students in the Wyoming Area School District because of a teachers’ strike last fall. Students in Wyoming Area saw neighboring districts in Luzerne County get out for the summer weeks ago, but because of a strike near the start of the school year, they had to go to […]

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    Berwick Carnival & Regatta Helping Save Public Pool

    BERWICK — It’s a big weekend along the Susquehanna River in part of Columbia County. There’s a carnival right along the water and boat races on the river itself, and all of it is meant to raise money to reopen a public pool in the Berwick area. All the bouncing, riding, and fun this weekend at the carnival at the Riverfront Test Track park in Berwick is happening so there can be summertime fun for years to come at Berwick’s […]

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    Celebrating In Scranton As Team USA Moves On

    SCRANTON — There were groups gathered in spots throughout our area anxiously watching the U.S. play Germany today and celebrations broke out when the U.S. advanced despite losing. We were at a big World Cup party in Scranton that was filled with ups and downs and a lot of excitement. Cheers rocked Ale Mary’s bar in downtown Scranton and so did groans of agony as Team USA shots came oh so close to being goals. This is thousands of miles […]

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    New Life At Historic Bank Building In Nesquehoning

    NESQUEHONING — There was a celebration Wednesday in Carbon County, marking the renovation of an old bank, bringing new life to the historic building. A Nesquehoning native saw the vacant place as an opportunity to bring his business to his hometown. It was a ribbon cutting to formally dedicate the new home to ETA Benefits in Nesquehoning. This building was built in 1914, the longtime home to a bank on the main street through town. In 2011 the bank closed, […]

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