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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.

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    HARFORD TOWNSHIP — Hundreds of fifth graders from throughout the northern tier were taking a little ride into their futures on Wednesday. The boys and girls were able to get behind the wheel of all kinds of trucks and heavy equipment and in the process, get a glimpse of the many careers available to them. We were there for the fun at the Harford Fairgrounds. Fifth graders were bending pipes like they do on the natural gas drill rigs throughout […]

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    Big Improvements on Rough Stretch of Road

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — A stretch of road in Susquehanna County that was called the worst road in northeastern Pennsylvania last month is undergoing repairs. A construction crew says they’ve heard from a lot of happy drivers as they rebuild part of Route 167 and many other spots that needed major repairs along this road between Brooklyn and Montrose. After weeks of work, a lot of this road in Susquehanna County is much smoother. “Big difference, big difference, like I said, […]

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    Businesses Thrilled to See Construction Work Complete

    SCRANTON — Businesses in part of Scranton are thrilled a project is wrapping up on a busy stretch of road. Those shops and restaurants in and around the Keyser Oak Shopping Center learned there’s a “cost of construction” that’s more than just the price of the paving. Construction workers put the finishing touches on a paving project along North Keyser Avenue in Scranton. Several weeks of disruption near the Keyser Oak Shopping Center are done, and that means stores like […]

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    Power To Save: Competing Over Knowledge of Nature in Envirothon

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — Teenagers in the Poconos learned about the world around them on Thursday and competed with other high schools in the process. The Envirothon is a statewide competition and schools in Wayne and Pike Counties were testing their knowledge Wayne and Pike County high school students were doing the job of foresters, listening to the sound of birds to identify their calls, and learning the creatures that come from the waterways around here. It was a day of […]

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    Lake Jean Being Drained at Ricketts Glen State Park

    RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK — One of the attractions at Ricketts Glen State Park on the Luzerne/Sullivan County line will be off-limits this summer. Crews have started draining Lake Jean so they can repair a part of the dam. The gate is open and the water is rushing out the bottom of the dam at Lake Jean. In about six weeks, this popular attraction at Ricketts Glen State Park will be empty. “It will kind of be sad. Hopefully, they […]

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    Police: Teen Tried to Kill Mom for Taking His iPhone

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    Two Hurt in Wreck on Interstate 80

    TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP — Two drivers were taken to a hospital after a crash on Interstate 80 in Monroe County. It happened after 11 a.m. Tuesday along Interstate 80 near the Blakeslee exit. Tractor trailer rear ended PennDOT truck with flashing arrow warning of pothole patching, I80 W near Blakeslee exit. pic.twitter.com/mAaIFnW6IH — Jon Meyer (@JonMeyerWNEP) April 28, 2015 PennDOT tells us a tractor trailer crashed into the back of a PennDOT truck that was flashing a warning of pothole patching […]

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    Undercover with the IRS: Role-playing At King’s College

    WILKES-BARRE — King’s College students were holding guns and wearing wires for undercover operations on campus in Wilkes-Barre on Friday. Accounting students were living the life of IRS agents and learning it’s a lot more than just doing some tax audits. The tax deadline may have been last week but in this scenario, King’s College senior Cody Shields was getting wired up for an undercover operation at a questionable tax preparer. As Shields talked about his tax return with the […]

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    Success Story: Tech Start-up Celebrating Sale

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    Students Swipe Their Way into the Human Body

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — We live in a world where we can just swipe on a smartphone or tablet to do many things. Now, that includes going inside an actual human body. Picture an iPad the size of an adult. That’s what Misericordia University now offers students in its College of Health Sciences to learn human anatomy and more. Welcome to the new world of health education: students conducting a hands-on anatomy lesson inside a human body, but there is no […]

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    Truck Flips, Blocks Road

    DUPONT — Witnesses say a utility truck went airborne as it crashed Monday morning in Luzerne County. The wreck closed part of busy Route 315 and happened only hours after police launched a crackdown on speeding there. Dupont police started that crackdown on traffic violations on Route 315 at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Cops say two hours later the driver of a bucket truck ran a red light and wrecked. For more than half an hour, rescuers worked to free the driver […]

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    Longest Road Project Of The Year Starting

    MONTROSE — People living in the Montrose area have been dealing with their share of rough roads and now they’ll be dealing with quite a bit of construction. There are several projects underway and one of them is the longest road construction project this year in northeastern Pennsylvania. Take the ride from Interstate 81 and the New Milford area to Montrose and prepare to bounce around. We did as we hit pothole after pothole on Route 706. Some are hard […]


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