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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
  • Gearing Up for the Race for the Cure

    SCRANTON — Runners and walkers continued to register for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, including a mom of five girls. For the agencies in our area that get help from the Komen Foundation, they hope there’s a rush on registrations. At Northeast Regional Cancer Institute they are especially rooting for success, less funding last year meant no Komen money for specialized genetic testing. “That is a critical resource that is no longer available… at least for this […]

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    A Final Farewell At Cpl. Bryon Dickson’s Burial

    DUNMORE — After his funeral mass in downtown Scranton, a procession carried Corporal Bryon Dickson to the community where he lived with his wife and boys. We were invited to be at Dunmore Cemetery for the final send off and burial of the fallen trooper. In a cemetery so silent and so peaceful, only the sound of horse hoofs could be heard as the state police guided their brother in law enforcement, Corporal Bryon Dickson to his final resting place. […]

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    Preparing for the Final Sendoff for Cpl. Dickson

    SCRANTON — A procession Thursday morning will take Corporal Bryon Dickson to downtown Scranton for a funeral mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral. It will be quite a scene as this state and beyond says farewell and thank you, but there’s a lot that goes into preparing for it, and making sure it is safe. Dunmore borough workers spent hours walking the streets putting up flags. Hundreds of them will wave along the expected route carrying Cpl. Dickson to burial. Flags […]

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    Former Mayor Heading To Prison For Child Porn

    JIM THORPE — The former mayor of Coaldale was sentenced Tuesday to up to three years in prison for having child pornography. He was found guilty in June of having the porn on his work computer in Carbon County. We asked Richard Corkery if he is scared heading off to prison after being convicted of looking at child porn. He told us he’s certainly not looking forward to it. A judge in Carbon County sentenced the former Coaldale mayor to […]

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    Cpl. Dickson: A Life Dedicated To Service

    DUNMORE — As the massive manhunt continues to find the killer, we are learning more about the trooper who lost his life. Corporal Bryon Dickson is being mourned by family, friends and complete strangers as a man who dedicated his life to serving others and who died just doing his job. Cpl. Dickson was a state trooper for seven years, a United States Marine, a Penn State grad, but his was a life of service cut short Friday night at […]

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    Pennsylvania Remembers 13 Years Since Terror Hit Here

    SHANKSVILLE — Across the nation, Americans paused to remember 13 years since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. There were ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania. We were in Shanksville this morning to experience how Pennsylvania pays tribute to its connection to 9/11 and we found others from our area felt the need to be there, too. For 13 years now, family members have come emotionally to remember the day […]

  • Memorial Service Held in Shanksville on Eve of 9/11 Anniversary

    SHANKSVILLE — On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a candlelight ceremony was held in Somerset County at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. The flight was hijacked by al Qaeda and was believed to be headed for Washington D.C. before passengers fought back and crashed the plane in a field. Newswatch 16′s Jon Meyer was at the emotional tribute in Shanksville.

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    Athens Thriving Three Years After Flood

    ATHENS — Three years ago many parts of our area were swamped with historic flood levels. One of the places hit hardest by the high waters was Athens, where much of that Bradford County community and its downtown were devastated by flooding. Main Street in Athens in September of 2011 was gutted after the historic flooding. But now nearly all the storefronts are filled, restaurants are busy, and just about everything looks new. “I think it’s great. It’s building up […]

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    Vandals Wreck Start To Soccer Season

    TOWANDA — A youth soccer organization got its fall season off to a rough start over the weekend finding vandals had wrecked their fields. Police say sometime overnight Saturday someone went on a wild joyride, tearing through the fields and making them unplayable, at least for a while. The fields were supposed to be filled with fun. A new soccer season started on Sunday. Instead, members of the Towanda youth Soccer Association found tire ruts everywhere at Riverfront Park. Two […]

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    Penn State Asks for Civility in Discussing Sandusky Scandal

    UNIVERSITY PARK- The president of Penn State University sent a message to alumni and Nittany Lions supporters Friday asking them to be “civil” in their discussion of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the way the university handled it. “The question is whether a lack of civility in discussing these issues will create a deeper divide, one that alters the remarkable bond that exists between all those who are a part of the Penn State community,” wrote university […]

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    Power To Save: Linked Up In The Laundry Rooms

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — It seems college students rely on their smartphones for just about everything and now that even includes their laundry. The phones may not be able to do the wash but now they can tell students at Misericordia University when their laundry is done in the dorm laundromats and more. It’s time for Misericordia University senior Leila Conerford to do her first load of laundry this semester but there are changes to the washers and dryers now on […]

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    Empty Lake Will Mean Changing Summer Plans

    RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK — State parks throughout our area will be packed this holiday weekend but at one of them, this unofficial ending to summer is also a farewell, for now, to a popular swimming area and lake at Ricketts Glen. We told you this week the lake there will be drained next year and while it will be missed, the park insists there will still be reasons to visit. It may not have been busy on a cool […]


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