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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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    Popular Events Move into Mall at Steamtown

    SCRANTON — There is a new holiday spirit at the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton after years of struggles. That includes two big holiday events that moved into the mall for this season. Both start Friday night, and both are excited to join the mall’s new owner is spreading some new excitement there. The holiday spirit is back at the Mall at Steamtown in what has been an empty space for nearly two years. Lackawanna County’s Festival of Trees takes […]

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    Power To Save: Recycling Pumpkins

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — For many, the Christmas decorations are going up and the signs of fall are getting packed up or thrown away. That includes all those pumpkins from Halloween and Thanksgiving. The remnants of a happy Halloween and a happy Thanksgiving now surround the farmhouse at the Lands at Hillside Farms in Luzerne County. The educational farm and dairy near Shavertown put out a call for old pumpkins and certainly got them. We’ve had thousands of pumpkins. We’re surrounded […]

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    Agriculture in Action: A Classroom on Wheels

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Some boys and girls in Wayne County were a little surprised on Tuesday to learn that their food doesn’t only come from the grocery store or restaurants. A special classroom on wheels stopped at their school on a statewide mission to teach children about agriculture. “We’re going to be tasting juices to see what’s better for us.” It was a day of experiments involving agriculture at Evergreen Elementary School near Hamlin. The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab […]

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    Studying Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery Before Knee Replacement

    DANVILLE — People struggling with obesity are more likely to have trouble with their knees. But there’s a problem: if you weigh too much, most surgeons will say no to a knee replacement surgery. So now Geisinger is leading a study looking at the benefits of patients having weight loss surgery first to make knee surgery possible, or maybe even prevent the need to replace that knee. Joanne Walsh’s physical struggles are easy to see. One of her knees is […]

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    Cyber Monday Draws People Online and In Store

    DICKSON CITY — What we now know as Cyber Monday got its start 10 years ago, and now it has become a regular part of the holiday shopping routine. In our area, there were plenty of people heading online, but the stores themselves were busy too, including some shoppers taking part in what’s becoming a more common part of the Cyber Monday tradition. While the Target store in Dickson City remained busy after the Black Friday weekend rush, saw […]

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    Sunny Day Starts Ski Season

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — Even though we’ve had one of the warmest Novembers on record, and it was 60 degrees on Friday, ski season got started in the Poconos. Big Boulder ski resort in Carbon County took advantage of the cold earlier this week to make enough snow. Despite weeks of warmth, this resort is once again the first in the state to open, and the place was packed. “Yeah, I was a little surprised actually. It’s been really warm this […]

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    Construction Causes Big Holiday Travel Backups

    PINE GROVE — People trying to get home for Thanksgiving had a hard time Wednesday in Schuylkill County. An ongoing construction project on Interstate 81 backed up traffic for miles. Many people were welcomed to northeastern Pennsylvania for the Thanksgiving holiday by traffic and a lot of it. Interstate 81 north, one of the main routes to our area, was jammed with backups more than eight miles long due to a long-term construction project near Pine Grove. “It was a […]

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    Snowmaking Begins at Ski Resorts

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — While there was real snow in some parts of our area, there were plenty of fake flakes flying, too. For the first time this season, many ski resorts in our area started making snow, but there’s a big hurdle for them to get over before opening: a warm-up in the forecast later this week. All day long, the snow was blowing onto Big Boulder Mountain near Lake Harmony. Temperatures were below freezing for much of the day; […]

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    Geisinger Studies Impact of Obesity on Kids’ Hearts

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — We often hear about the potential dangers involved with kids being overweight but now there’s a new reason for concern, and it could be a big one. Geisinger researchers have found that obesity is actually impacting the hearts of boys and girls, with signs of heart disease as early as 8 years old. Even the Geisinger researchers looking into the impact of childhood obesity on the heart were surprised by what they found: that boys and […]

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    Mike Stevens: Stops Along the Pennsylvania Road

    If you’ve tuned in to WNEP-TV anytime over the past 40 years or so, chances are you’d see the work of one man: Mike Stevens. Mike has been part of Newswatch 16 for almost four decades now. Most of the time he’s looking for interesting stories about interesting people he’d meet while traveling the Pennsylvania Road. Before Mike started winding down the road less traveled, he grew up in the Wyoming Valley. He graduated from Swoyersville High School, worked some […]

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    Far From Home Watching Terror in France

    SCRANTON — A prayer vigil is set for Monday at the University of Scranton to remember victims of terror attacks. Students, staff, and members of the community are not only praying for the victims in Paris, but also for victims of ISIS attacks in Lebanon and Iraq. Among those taking part in this vigil is a young woman from France, currently teaching and learning at the university and watching the terror unfold at home. As she watches and reads about […]

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    Court Reinstates Sandusky Pension

    HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled Jerry Sandusky will once again receive his state pension. The court ruled that the crimes Sandusky was convicted of back in 2012 happened after he retired as a Penn State assistant football coach. Because of that, the court said he is still eligible for his pension payments. The state’s Commonwealth Court released the ruling Friday morning. Sandusky and his wife will once again be getting $59,000 a year in a state pension. […]


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