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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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    Lenten Food Sales

    It isn’t Lent in northeastern and central Pennsylvania without the fish frys, pierogie and pizza sales. Catholics can’t eat meat on Ash Wednesday or Fridays during Lent and plenty of places serve up meatless food to cater to that. The food rush was on as soon as the 12:10 Ash Wednesday mass was over at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Kingston. Parishioners with ashes on their forehead were ready to get fish and the fixings and a team of volunteers […]

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    Governor’s Moratorium Shouldn’t Impact Selenski

    WILKES-BARRE — So what does the governor’s office have to say about the argument Hugo Selenski’s attorneys tried to use in court? Is the governor’s moratorium meant to help prevent death sentences? The governor’s office tells us nothing has changed when it comes to prosecutors seeking the death penalty. It’s still a punishment under Pennsylvania law. The only difference is now the executions themselves are on hold while Pennsylvania’s capital punishment system is under review. The governor is requesting no […]

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    Thinking Spring at Dairy/Ag Day

    HONESDALE — On one of the coldest days of this winter, farmers in Wayne County were thinking spring. The annual Dairy/Ag Day took place in Honesdale and it was filled with thoughts of planting season and warmer days on the farm ahead. For a group of people used to working outside in all kinds of conditions, this is a rare day to focus on farming, inside, on one of the coldest days of the year. It’s the 32nd Wayne County […]

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    Severance Tax Vs. Impact Fees On Natural Gas

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — Governor Tom Wolf is traveling the state, promoting his plan to tax the natural gas industry to help pay for education, but counties and communities that already get a lot of cash from the state’s impact fee on natural gas fear the governor’s plan could take money from them. We heard a lot concerns about the governor’s severance tax in Susquehanna County. A severance tax versus an impact fee on natural gas: it’s a political debate now […]

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    Suspected Bank Robber Tackled as He Tried to Flee

    EDWARDSVILLE — A man tackled an accused bank robber as he tried to get away. Money went flying in the air as the suspect got pinned to the ground outside the bank in Luzerne County. The man police credit with catching that bank robbery suspect was sitting in a car outside the bank in Luzerne County when he saw the suspect come out with hands full of cash. That alleged robber didn’t get far and we talked with the guy […]

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    RadioShack Closing Stores in Our Area

    After years of being in business, many RadioShack stores are closing up shop. We now know which stores will close in our area and how many. The “store closing” and “clearance sale” signs are up at a RadioShack in Taylor. Similar signs are going up at more than 1,700 stores nationwide. After more than 90 years in business, RadioShack declared bankruptcy last week. Part of that includes closing these stores in our area: Analysts blame online competition and changing shopping […]

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    Crystal Cabin Fever Chilling In The Poconos

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — Crystal Cabin Fever is once again welcoming guests to a world of ice near Lakeville. It is, of course, a place that thrives on cold, so opening day falling on one of the coldest days of the year seems fitting. “It’s really cool!” said G’yana Leverock. Literally. It was 14 degrees while the first visitors got a look at all of this year’s frozen creations. “It’s freezing!” said Wendy Thee of New Jersey. “I am so cold […]

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    Power To Save: Environmentally Friendly Ice Melt Options

    SCOTT TOWNSHIP — Rock salt is the way many of us keep our driveways, sidewalks, and patios clear of ice and snow. Unfortunately, the stuff can be harmful to the environment and to pets. A whole load of calcium flake was loaded up at Justus True Value Home and Garden in Lackawanna County for Al Gibbs. This winter, he’s using a lot of it to care for the sidewalks at the Best Western Hotel where he works in Carbondale and […]

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    Residents Back at Care Home After Fire

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — Life is getting back to normal for dozens of residents at a personal care home in Susquehanna County, a week after fire forced them out into the cold. The staff worked long hours to get the place cleaned up and the residents back and we found all of them are relieved the ordeal is over. Most of the 55 residents of Gracious Living Estates personal care home in South Montrose have a new appreciation for mealtime and […]

  • Life Behind the Wheel of a PennDOT Plow Truck

    DUNMORE — People throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania spent the day clearing away from four inches to a foot of snow. PennDOT drivers were busy plowing away the mess before temperatures started to plummet later in the day. As Dave Jones headed to his truck, he knew he could be behind the wheel for much of the next 12 hours. Jones has been plowing for PennDOT since the blizzard of 1993 and he’s actually enjoyed the many snowstorms since then. […]

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    Sen. Casey Launches Bill to Fight Bullying

    OLD FORGE — A school district’s effort to battle bullying got some special recognition Friday.¬† Senator Bob Casey is using Old Forge as an example as he unveils a bill that would require districts across the country to fight bullying and harassment. Senator Casey met two boys from Old Forge Elementary School who did what he wants districts to encourage nationwide: stand up to bullies. “My friend was being bullied in the lunchroom; he was being called bad names. I […]

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    Power To Save: Clearing Clothes Clutter, Helping Those In Need

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — It’s such a good feeling when you clean out the closet and get rid of old clothes, but the problem is, too many clothes end up in the landfill when they could be put to good use. A church in Lackawanna County is now doing a monthly clothing drive ¬†where people can donate clothes they don’t want anymore and help others. Vivian Wenrich brought a carload full of shoes and clothes to the Daleville United Methodist Church, […]


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