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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 before moving Monday through Friday to Newswatch 16 at 5 and 5:30.

Jon has covered a wide range of stories for Newswatch 16. He won a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) award for his reports after he went to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 with a group from central Pennsylvania. He also won a PAB award along with Julie Sidoni for their extensive on-air coverage of the historic flooding of 2011.

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 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, 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. They have two daughters who keep them quite busy.

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    Guilty Plea from Bald Eagle Killer

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