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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

    Graphic Testimony from Husband of I-80 Rock Throwing Victim

    LEWISBURG — Randy Budd testified it was the most gruesome thing he has ever seen, describing his wife being hit by a rock while riding along Interstate 80 in Union County last month.  Budd took the stand Tuesday morning to testify at the preliminary hearing for one of the four teenagers charged with tossing rocks off a bridge along I-80 near Milton. “It felt like an explosion went into the car, grenade-like,” said Budd. Police say Sharon Budd was hit […]

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    Owner of Commonwealth Health says Data for 4.5 Million Patients Hacked

    FRANKLIN, TENN — Community Health Systems, the owner of Commonwealth Health in Northeastern Pennsylvania announced Monday that it was the target of a cyber attack affecting millions of patients’ data. In a filing with the U. S. Security and Exchange Commission, one of the largest owners of hospitals in the United States reported that it believes the hacking happened in April and June of this year.  Investigators for CHS believe a group from China is responsible for the attack, using […]

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    Power To Save: Solar Energy At Habitat For Humanity Home

    Forget about electric or gas water heaters.  A home in Wayne County will now get hot water thanks to the sun, even on cold winter days. And the homeowner got the new solar system for free thanks to a new effort by Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County. A solar panel is now perched on top of the home in Waymart and this is what will heat the water for the house from now on. This is a Habitat for […]

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    Drivers Thrilled To See Paving Project In Scranton

    SCRANTON — PennDOT has started a project repairing and paving one of the busiest and bumpiest roads in the city of Scranton: Main Avenue. There are going to be delays over the next week or so as work is done but drivers were thrilled seeing the paving start a year earlier than originally planned. First comes the repair work, workers digging down into the really bad spots along Main Avenue in Scranton, and then paving them. It’s all part of […]

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    Mishap In Montrose Leads To Water Main Break

    MONTROSE — For the second time in a week, crews installing natural gas lines in Montrose hit a water main, this time knocking out the water service to a busy business district in that part of Susquehanna County. Newswatch 16 was there not long after the pipe got hit by a drill and water came gushing out. Water rushed down Lake Avenue in Montrose when workers installing gas lines for Leatherstocking Gas Company hit a Pennsylvania American Water Company water […]

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    Federal Government Suing State Police For Discrimination

    GIBSON — The Pennsylvania State Police are firing back at the federal government the day after the U.S. Department of Justice sued the state, claiming discrimination against women who want to be troopers here. The feds claim the physical fitness requirements for cadets at the state police academy are too tough for women. The head of the Pennsylvania State Police said on Wednesday that the test is fair and necessary. The U.S. Department of Justice says graduating classes from the […]

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    Family Lost Everything In I-81 Wreck

    MOOSIC — It took hours to clear debris from the highway and get Interstate 81 back open after a crash Monday night. On Tuesday we learned all of the debris belonged to a family who was moving to Florida. They tell us that was their whole life spilled all over the highway. The family of five from Lackawanna County say they were packed up and moving to Florida when they lost control on Interstate 81. The camper they had filled […]

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    Thwarting Cart Crooks At Gerrity’s In Scranton

    SCRANTON — A supermarket chain has taken some extreme measures to stop shopping cart thefts. After losing hundreds of them each year, Gerrity’s is making it a little harder to steal them from its stores in Scranton. Nothing has changed at Gerrity’s for shoppers using their carts in the store. You can still easily take them out to your car in the parking lot, too. But Gerrity’s owner Joe Fasula showed us what happens if you try to take it […]

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    Swimmers Happy To Be Back at Beltzville

    BELTZVILLE STATE PARK — The beach is back open at Beltzville State Park after unsafe levels of bacteria in the water had it closed for the past 10 days. Almost as soon as the all clear came for swimming to resume, the splashing was back. The swimmers returned. The kids seemed the happiest to have the beach back open. “I get to swim and go out as far as I want,” said Hayden Clemency. “I swim in the lake, only […]

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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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