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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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    Residents Back at Care Home After Fire

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — Life is getting back to normal for dozens of residents at a personal care home in Susquehanna County, a week after fire forced them out into the cold. The staff worked long hours to get the place cleaned up and the residents back and we found all of them are relieved the ordeal is over. Most of the 55 residents of Gracious Living Estates personal care home in South Montrose have a new appreciation for mealtime and […]

  • Life Behind the Wheel of a PennDOT Plow Truck

    DUNMORE — People throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania spent the day clearing away from four inches to a foot of snow. PennDOT drivers were busy plowing away the mess before temperatures started to plummet later in the day. As Dave Jones headed to his truck, he knew he could be behind the wheel for much of the next 12 hours. Jones has been plowing for PennDOT since the blizzard of 1993 and he’s actually enjoyed the many snowstorms since then. […]

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    Sen. Casey Launches Bill to Fight Bullying

    OLD FORGE — A school district’s effort to battle bullying got some special recognition Friday.¬† Senator Bob Casey is using Old Forge as an example as he unveils a bill that would require districts across the country to fight bullying and harassment. Senator Casey met two boys from Old Forge Elementary School who did what he wants districts to encourage nationwide: stand up to bullies. “My friend was being bullied in the lunchroom; he was being called bad names. I […]

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    Power To Save: Clearing Clothes Clutter, Helping Those In Need

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — It’s such a good feeling when you clean out the closet and get rid of old clothes, but the problem is, too many clothes end up in the landfill when they could be put to good use. A church in Lackawanna County is now doing a monthly clothing drive ¬†where people can donate clothes they don’t want anymore and help others. Vivian Wenrich brought a carload full of shoes and clothes to the Daleville United Methodist Church, […]

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    Airlines Saving Billions, But Passengers Aren’t

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — We are all saving quite a bit of money thanks to the low price of gasoline and the airlines are, too. They expect to save billions of dollars thanks to the low price of jet fuel, but the big U.S. airlines have no plans of passing those savings on to consumers. We talked to travelers at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International who are a little frustrated about that. Passengers who flew into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on a flight from […]

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    Australian Outback Comes To School

    FORTY FORT — Some kindergarteners took a trip into the Australian outback without even leaving school. The animals they would find Down Under came to them, as the boys and girls at the school in Forty Fort got to play with a kangaroo, as well as some lizards and snakes. The brave boys and girls let a tarantula go crawling right across their fingers, a little different than just seeing it in a book at Wyoming Seminary Lower School. “I […]

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    A Cold Day In The Life Of The Homeless

    SCRANTON — On a cold, snowy day, a group of students at the University of Scranton is learning what it’s like to be homeless in rough winter conditions. They spent the day on the streets and will also be out in the cold overnight. A group of University of Scranton students headed out of the warm comforts on campus into the cold streets of Scranton. They had no cell phones, little money, and the challenge to live life as if […]

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    Cold Conditions Have Been Great For Ice Fishing

    LACKAWANNA STATE PARK — While many people get a little tired of all the cold this time of year, some people love it, especially those who like ice fishing. They tell us conditions are great right now and the forecast looks like that will continue. While many may get a chill just looking at a wintry scene, those out on the snow-covered ice are loving it. Ice fishing season is here and the lake at Lackawanna State Park is dotted […]

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    DEP To Monitor Air Quality Near Silica Station

    TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP — After opposition to a facility that will serve the natural gas industry, the state began a project to monitor air quality in part of Wyoming County. A transfer station bringing sand for natural gas fracking is planned for the Tunkhannock area. The DEP will monitor the air before and after that station moves in. The work being done by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection near Tunkhannock comes after months of outcries from people worried about a […]

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    Power To Save: Nature-Based Playground Planned

    SCRANTON — When the winter weather breaks, a new park and playground will be set up in Scranton. But this one will be different than the rest. It’s called a “nature-based playground.” The place is for kids to have fun and learn about the environment. Right now, the spot along the Lackawanna River in Scranton just looks like a frozen dirt lot covered with snow. But architectural drawings show the transformation that’s coming along Nay Aug Avenue. It’s referred to […]

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    Smaller Crowds At Hugo Selenski’s Second Trial

    WILKES-BARRE — Hugo Selenski’s first murder trial in 2006 ended with him being cleared by the jury of homicide charges related to the deaths of two other people whose remains were found on his property. Back then it was standing room only in the courtroom. Not this time around. While Hugo Selenski has been in the headlines on and off for 12 years, his last trial came only a few years after bodies were discovered in his backyard. There was […]

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    Selenski Defense Counters Prosecution Opening

    WILKES-BARRE — Hugo Selenski’s attorneys will try to pin the killing of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett on accomplice Paul Weakley. That was the focus of opening statements by the defense as the long-awaited Selenski double murder trial began Wednesday. “Did Hugo kill Kerkowski and Fassett or was it Paul Weakley?” defense attorney Bernard Brown asked jurors. Brown made the case to the jury that Weakley had reason to frame Selenski. “Paul Weakley was jealous of Hugo and wanted him […]


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