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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
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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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    Lawmakers Troubled By Police Chase Data

    NESQUEHONING — Some state lawmakers found statistics we showed on Newswatch 16 regarding police chases in Pennsylvania alarming. State police continue to investigate a deadly wreck earlier this week in Nesquehoning involving a police officer who lost control of his cruiser with lights and sirens on. Troopers won’t say if it was a chase. We found numbers showing Pennsylvania saw around 1,500 police pursuits. More than 500 of them ended in crashes. In 14 of them people were killed, mostly […]

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    Questions Surround Conduct Of Officer Homanko

    NESQUEHONING — Some people who live in Nesquehoning say it was just an accident waiting to happen with a police officer involved in a deadly crash Monday night. Investigators still won’t say why that officer had his lights and siren on at the time of the wreck but some residents have filed complaints about him in the past. State police didn’t give us any update Wednesday on their investigation into the deadly crash involving Officer Steven Homanko but we did […]

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    Neighbors Of Crash Victims Express Shock

    HAZLETON -- Some of those who knew the victims of the crash in Carbon County are devastated hearing that Carola Sauers was killed and her husband Michael seriously hurt.

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    Frustrated Drivers Stuck In I-81 Traffic, More Delays Expected

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Drivers say it’s just not fair that they had to sit in backed up traffic Monday while crews fixed holes the pavement of Interstate 81 in Luzerne County. They feel if the highway had been paved the right way just a couple of years ago, it wouldn’t need to be fixed again, now. Much of Interstate 81 through Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties was repaved within the last two years, but on Monday PennDOT was patching numerous potholes […]

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    Power To Save: Competing And Learning At Envirothon

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — By teaching kids about the environment, they can learn how to save it. That’s the idea behind a two-day competition in the Poconos. There are environmental challenges for fifth and sixth graders: identifying animals based on their fur or their skulls, or being able to pick out a bird by the sound of its chirping. Students from numerous schools worked their way through the outdoor world, competing in Envirothon at the Monroe County Conservation District. “I think […]

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    Road To Hope Ride Stops In Scranton

    SCRANTON — A special bike ride to honor those in law enforcement killed in the line of duty pedaled its way into Scranton on Wednesday. The ride is stopping in communities along the way to meet families of the fallen, and on this day that was the parents of a corrections officer killed last year in Wayne County. Lackawanna County law enforcement and their sirens guided in pedaling police officers, sheriff’s deputies and more from all over the country. This […]

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    Jeers Over A Jeep: PA Governor’s Race

    We are now two weeks away from Pennsylvania’s primary election and one of the biggest races is for the Democratic nomination for governor. Last week that race took a negative turn and now the attack ads are running, even attacking one candidate’s choice of vehicle. Somehow a Jeep has taken a starring role in the race for governor in Pennsylvania. Polls show Tom Wolf leading on the Democratic side. Some of his ads feature him riding in his Jeep. Now […]

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    Mess In Montrose: Summer Of Construction

    MONTROSE — A community in Susquehanna County is bracing for a summer of construction. A big project is underway to redo Route 706 and that means months of mess in Montrose, including the busy downtown. Construction workers are on the job along Route 706, a sight drivers around Montrose are getting used to. Route 706 is the main road through town and a $9 million project is underway to widen it and make improvements. “Only a few routes in and […]