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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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    Greek Festival Comes During Big Year At Church

    SCRANTON — Tens of thousands of people will line up to get Greek goodies this week in Scranton. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is holding its annual Greek Food Festival and this year’s big event comes during a big year of change for that downtown church. It’s the week every year when many in the Scranton area gets an appetite for all things Greek, and the people of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church put in many hours of work making up their […]

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    Beauty Schools Offer Gift To Cancer Survivors

    MOOSIC — There was a special gift for cancer survivors on Tuesday at Empire Beauty Schools: a free beauty service. We found those who battled cancer taking advantage of that offer at the Empire Beauty location in Moosic. The school was taking part in Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. It’s a chance to make all who battled cancer feel supported and appreciated, no matter how old they are or when they had cancer. “I was surprised. I had a […]

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    Loan Program Helps Flood Victim Complete Recovery

    SHICKSHINNY — A day care business in Luzerne County has now completed its recovery from the big flood of 2011. It was the first to take advantage of a low-interest loan program for flooded businesses in Shickshinny with interest rates close to zero. For the day care, it was the final piece of the flood recovery process. The kids at Miss Ashley’s Beach House day care in Shickshinny certainly seem to be enjoying the new artificial turf in the outdoor […]

  • Vietnam Veteran Returns to Find Fellow Marines

    LUZERNE COUNTY — A Vietnam veteran is returning to Southeast Asia to help find two fellow Marines who are still considered Missing in Action. Edward Zimmerman of Bear Creek says he saw the bodies of the two as Americans rushed out of a battle more than 45 years ago. Now, he hopes to bring them back home. Zimmerman began his journey early Thursday morning at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. He’s joining an American team that specializes in recovering and identifying […]

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    Mahanoy Area Students Bring Back Fireworks Show

    For the first time in five years, a fireworks show will be back with a bang over a Schuylkill County community and it’s thanks to a group of high school students. The students at Mahanoy Area started an effort to raise money for a show and have succeeded, but we found they’re not done yet. Fireworks shows are such a big part of the Independence Day celebration in so many communities. But since 2009, all has been quiet above the […]

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    Neighbors Surprised at Thefts in Their Development

    PENN FOREST TOWNSHIP — People who live in a Carbon County housing community are surprised after hearing the news that thieves targeted several of their neighbors. A drive down Pawnee Lane in the Mount Pocahontas Develoment and you see more trees than houses but state police said a thief or theives saw targets in Penn Forest Township near Albrightsville. Troopers said someone broke into the crawl space under one house and another and stole all the copper piping at the […]

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    Main Street Bridge Reopens In Old Forge

    OLD FORGE — Traffic is now flowing on a new bridge in Lackawanna County. It replaces a crumbling bridge across the Lackawanna River in Old Forge. Some drivers showed up for the ribbon cutting on Friday, thrilled to see a detour is done, the road is reopened. After a year and a half of work, crews put on the finishing touches on the bridge that carries South Main Street over the Lackawanna River in Old Forge. Ann Monacelli had to […]

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    Workers Help Company Bounce Back from Fire

    BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — A celebration was held today near Berwick to thank workers for all their hard work, not only with their jobs, but also all the work they’ve done to make sure their company stayed in business after a fire. Workers at Consolidated Container Company near Berwick worried a lot about their future when the place burned back in September. But not only were their jobs safe. They never missed a paycheck, helped with cleanup and repairs, and […]

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    Wolf And His Jeep Roll On To Meet Corbett

    DICKSON CITY — In the race for governor in Pennsylvania, Democrat Tom Wolf is moving on to the November election and his Jeep most likely is, too. Wolf’s vehicle became a star of the primary election, even part of Wolf’s victory celebration Tuesday night. Is it Wolf vs. Corbett in November and Jeep vs. Dodge Ram? Wolf rode to victory Tuesday night and so did his Jeep. His vehicle became a sidekick of sorts during his campaign for the Democratic […]

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    Election Day Means Sauerkraut

    SAINT CLAIR — In many communities in our area, it’s not an Election Day without going to an Election Day dinner. In Schuylkill County, that usually involves organizations serving up sauerkraut and pork as a fundraiser. We stopped by the Saint Clair Lions Club for lunch. This certainly isn’t the pork voters worry about in Washington or Harrisburg. It’s the pork and sauerkraut that is a vital part of many voters’ Election Day in parts of Schuylkill County. “I do […]

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    Construction Forces Out Longtime Store

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — A big construction project is now underway in one Schuylkill County community, and it’s causing delays and congestion. It is also pushing a longtime business to find a new location. Special Moments bridal shop has been a fixture on Route 61 in Schuylkill Haven for decades, but now it’s moving. Gerri Inama is focusing on now transforming a building near Cressona into the new home for her Special Moments bridal shop. “It is a lot of work […]

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    Shenandoah Ready For Annual Kielbasi Festival

    SHENANDOAH — Thousands of people are expected to pack one community in Schuylkill County this weekend to celebrate a tasty treat it’s become known for. The Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival is Saturday and for the three big kielbasi makers in town, it takes a lot of work to get all that meat ready. Kielbasi Kabobs are just one of the kielbasi concoctions Lucky’s Kielbasa shop plans to serve up at this year’s Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival. This place and the other three […]

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