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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.

Recent Articles
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    Learning Some Lessons with the RailRiders

    MOOSIC — The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are once again welcoming school kids to the ballpark by scheduling morning games. The first was Wednesday, and while it may sound like just a fun day out of class, some schools are using it as a lesson of sorts with some fun, too. It was baseball bright and early at PNC Field in Moosic. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders scheduled a morning game so schools could bring take students there, and the weather certainly cooperated. “We […]

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    NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon at Penn State to Unveil Pocono Race Car

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s name and blue and white will be on Jeff Gordon’s car when he races at the Pocono Raceway in June. The NASCAR superstar was at Penn State’s main campus Tuesday afternoon to unveil the design of his car for the “Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400” at Pocono Raceway June 7.  The Penn State name on Gordon’s car for that race is meant to represent a new partnership with PSU and Axalta. That company does the […]

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    Officer Who Fired Shot in School Returning to Job

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP- The Western Wayne School Board has reinstated a school police officer who accidentally fired a shot inside the high school. A school board member said the board voted 6 to 3 to allow Paul Semler to return to his position in the high school, starting at the beginning of the next school year. Investigators said Semler accidentally squeezed the trigger while cleaning his gun inside an office of the school. The bullet went through his desk and […]

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    SPCA Closed by Illness Reopening

    DANVILLE- The Pennsylvania SPCA said it will hold a re-opening celebration this weekend as it returns to normal operations after an illness closed the facility last month. SPCA officials said the Danville location closed March 12th because it was experiencing an elevated number of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease complex or CIRD.  Now, the PSPCA reports that the dogs are healthy and ready to be adopted with no risk to families.  The cats were not affected by the illness. “I am […]

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    Perfect Day to Start the Season at Hollenback

    WILKES-BARRE — This was the warmest day we’ve had since the end of October, nearly six months ago. It was perfect timing for opening day at a Wilkes-Barre city golf course and we found golfers at Hollenback thrilled to be back on a day like this. Hollenback Golf Course is finally swinging into the season, and in golf language, sunshine and temperatures in the 70s could be considered a birdie, even an eagle, for opening day. “Oh, it’s great, fantastic, […]

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    First Trout Stocking At Covington Park Pond

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — Trout season in most of Pennsylvania starts next week, and for the first time a pond in Lackawanna County will be part of the first day action. Desandis Pond is at Lackawanna County’s new Covington Park and Newswatch 16 was there as a bunch of very interested volunteers stocked it with trout. Desandis Pond is splashing into a new era. Bucket after bucket filled with trout are transforming this spot near Daleville into a new fishing destination. This […]

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    Fourth Graders Turned Scientists In Scranton

    SCRANTON — The eyes of a bunch of fourth graders in Scranton really lit up Wednesday as science experiments literally blew up in their faces. A program meant to spur their interest in science-related careers stopped at McNichol’s Plaza, and judging from the kids’ reaction, it definitely got their attention. The fourth graders transformed into scientists at McNichol’s Plaza Elementary in Scranton. First, pouring vinegar into a glove with some baking soda in it. There was some shake, shake, shaking, […]

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    Protesting New Way Of Charging Tuition At Bloom

    BLOOMSBURG — Many students at Bloomsburg University are fighting a big change in how the school plans to charge tuition. Right now, full-time students pay a flat rate, but starting in the fall, Bloomsburg plans to charge tuition per credit and some students tell us that will cost them a lot more. A surge of students signed a petition during lunchtime outside the student service center at Bloomsburg University. Nearly 1,200 students have signed, opposing a change to how the […]

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    Warm Weather Means Start To Spring Yard Projects

    DICKSON CITY — Temperatures in the area soared up around 70 degrees on Monday, and with warmer weather staying the forecast this week, the spring lawn projects are beginning. We found Lowe’s outdoor area was a busy spot, finally. Flowers are in bloom outside, ready for planting. The thought of getting spring started at home brought a bunch of people to Lowe’s in Dickson City on this warm, sunny day. “This is the first flowers I’ve seen all year,” said […]

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    Store Closing in Honesdale After Three Decades

    HONESDALE — After three decades in business, a gift shop in Wayne County is closing. Country Dawn used to have locations in the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Mount Pocono areas. Now, longtime customers are learning the remaining store in Honesdale will close in May. Country Dawn gift shop employee Joann Ostrander took down a hanging lamp she just sold at the store in Honesdale, just one of the many things 20 to 50 percent off in the going-out-of-business sale. It’s a […]

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    Local Colleges on Fed Financial Watch List

    Several colleges in our area are on a federal watch list keeping an eye on their finances. 560 institutions across the country are on the U.S. Department of Education list. Four of them are in northeastern Pennsylvania. The feds say schools on the list are being watched for how they use taxpayer money. The Department of Education list is called “heightened cash monitoring.” Department of Education officials say the institutions on the list are being monitored to make sure federal […]

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    Fun for Special Kids is a Lesson for College Kids

    BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP — There were a lot of smiles on the slopes from dozens of special kids on Friday. Hazleton Area School District took 80 special education students to Eagle Rock Resort for what they call the Winter Olympics. It’s a day out of school for them but we found it’s a day of learning for some college students. It was some frigid fun at Eagle Rock Resort: 80 special education students treated to a special day tubing down […]


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