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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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    Since the storm started, viewers have sent us hundreds of photos and videos from communities all over northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Here’s a look at some more of those images that are really helping us tell the Blizzard of 2017 story.

  • Your View of the Snow on Facebook, PhotoLink

    MOOSIC — This storm is affecting every part of our viewing area and so many of you have been sharing photos with us from where you live. You can add your snow photos to our Blizzard of ’17 photo gallery here.  

  • Shultz, Curley Plead Guilty to Endangering Children in Sandusky Case

    HARRISBURG — Two former Penn State University administrators have pleaded guilty for their role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Former Penn State vice president Gary Shultz and former athletic director Tim Curley have pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children in connection with the Jerry Sandusky case. The pleas come a week before the two men, along with former Penn State President Graham Spanier, were set to stand trial on accusations of a cover-up of […]

  • I-80 East Closed in Central PA after 25 Vehicle Crash

    SNOW SHOE — PennDOT reports that Interstate 80 eastbound in Centre County is closed after a pile-up involving 25 vehicles.  That happened just as snow squalls were passing through that part of central Pennsylvania late Friday morning. PennDOT reports that I-80 east is closed between Exit 147, Snow Shoe and Exit 133, Kylertown/Philipsburg. There are no reports yet if there are any injuries. The StormTracker 16 team said that snow squalls will continue passing through parts of our area this […]

  • Snow Making Returns after Tornado Damage at Montage

    SCRANTON- Less than a week after a tornado touched down near Montage Mountain Ski Resort, causing significant damage, the resort is making snow again. Montage Mountain got power back to get the snow guns running early Friday morning, just in time for temperatures cold enough to make snow.  Montage officials said it’s enough time to reopen the resort by Saturday morning… The ski resort was one of the areas hardest hit by last week’s tornado. The resort was already struggling […]

  • Students Paint Over Graffiti in Downtown Hazleton

    HAZLETON — A boarded-up building covered with graffiti was getting a whole new look on North Wyoming Street in Hazleton, thanks to a group of students from Hazleton High School. Students turned up to help clean up Thursday, using the effort as an out-of-the-classroom lesson in how a little effort can make a big difference in their community. “I’m tired of seeing all this graffiti so I just came down here to help out,” said Chayse Evancho. “People just like […]

  • No Threats at JCC in Scranton, but Increased Awareness

    SCRANTON — A series of bomb threats across the U.S. is fueling fears at Jewish Community Centers. No bombs have been found, but the FBI is investigating dozens of threatening calls. There have been no reported threats at the Jewish Community Centers in our area, but at the JCC in Scranton, there has been an increase of police patrols and other precautions. We also heard from members who were happy to hear President Trump denounce these treats. There have been […]

  • PennDOT Plans to Remove Traffic Split on I-81 North

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Another change is coming to the traffic pattern along one of the busiest stretches of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. For nearly a year and a half, drivers have dealt with traffic split into two separate lanes on I-81 near Pittston. PennDOT says that split is expected to go away and there won’t be any more in this construction project. We found drivers happy about that but anxious for all the work in that area to be […]

  • Students Create Valentine’s Cheer for Hospice Patients

    SCRANTON — Patients in hospice in part of Lackawanna County will be getting special valentines from school kids in Scranton on Tuesday. The boys and girls spent the day on Monday putting together care packages, hoping to spread some smiles. While many boys and girls will be making valentines to give to their classmates, the fifth-graders at McNichol’s Plaza Elementary School in Scranton had others in mind — patients in hospice care. “We’re making baskets for people who are ill […]

  • Loving the First Big Snow in Wayne County

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  • Governor Wolf Offers New Budget Proposal

    HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf is laying out his case for next year’s budget. There have been some fierce budget battles in Harrisburg in recent years and the next round of negotiations between the Democratic governor and the Republican-controlled legislature got underway Tuesday. Governor Wolf says he’s come up with a plan to close a big deficit. Wolf announced his plan in Harrisburg before a joint session of the Republican-controlled house and senate. No new taxes are recommended, and the […]

  • Rare Phenomenon Lights Up the Sky

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