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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
  • Power To Save: Transformation From Leaves To Compost

    SCRANTON — Leaf pickup has been in full swing in many communities recently, but what happens to those leaves if you rake them all up and put them at the curb. Load after load of leaves get dumped at the Lackawanna Recycling Center in Scranton. There are towering piles of leaves and other yard waste all over the facility along Boulevard Avenue. And all of it is just the start; fall isn’t over yet. “What you see here is only […]

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    Cpl. Dickson’s Parents Relieved After Capture

    FALLS — While many have been following the search for Eric Frein closely, none of us has watched and waited in the way Corporal Bryon Dickson’s family has for nearly seven weeks. Newswatch 16 talked with Cpl. Dickson’s mom and dad at their home near Falls about the capture of their son’s accused killer and their gratitude for all who searched for him. The man in an orange prison jumpsuit with the bruised and cut face is charged with killing […]

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    Power To Save: Phone Books – Necessity or Waste of Paper?

    WILKES-BARRE — It is phone book delivery time and bags bearing the latest edition of the Yellow Book have been turning up at mailboxes in Luzerne County. But do they quickly go from the doorstep to recycle bins or the garbage? Is there still the need for phone books? Among college students at the Wilkes University campus the answer was a resounding no. “It’s a waste of paper, in my mind,” said Wilkes student Andrew Niedig. “I don’t think anyone […]

  • Bank In Lackawanna County Robbed Again

    GLENBURN TOWNSHIP — Police say a woman used what appeared to be a stun gun to rob a bank Thursday morning in Lackawanna County. Last month, a robbery at the same bank near Clarks Summit was part of a multi-county crime spree. Investigators don’t believe the two robberies are connected but customers say it is all very concerning. One after another, customers showed up at the Glenburn branch of Peoples Security bank near Clarks Summit and were turned away. Even […]

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    Airport Staff Shoots Four Bears

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — The game commission says it is getting a lot of calls and questions from people wondering why it wasn’t involved in trapping or tranquilizing four bears at the airport in Luzerne County. But the wildlife experts say Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport staff made the right choice killing the mother bear and three cubs. Officials say the maintenance staff at the airport put planes and passengers first, shooting four bears near the runway last week. There are mixed opinions […]

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    Forest City Students Hold Parade Of Kindness

    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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