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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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    Power To Save: Dump The Pump, Ride The Bus

    WILKES-BARRE — It is National Dump the Pump Day and bus systems all over our area were offering free rides to go along with it. It’s meant to send a message as gas prices continue to rise. Regular bus riders in Wilkes-Barre noticed there were quite a few more people hopping aboard the Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses on this National Dump the Pump Day. Free fares certainly meant more riders, and happy riders. “Oh, it’s wonderful, it’s really wonderful,” […]

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    Special Mornings And Nights At Montage Water Park

    SCRANTON — With temperatures up around 90 the past two days, and many schools letting out for summer, water parks are a popular destination. Montage Mountain Water Park has been busy during the day but it’s not all rides and slides during the summer at Montage. Mornings and nights have some special offerings for very young and old. Little Kashius Warren doesn’t have to worry about the big kids knocking him over. He obviously doesn’t have to fear the polar […]

  • Swimmers Miss Lackawanna State Park Pool

    LACKAWANNA STATE PARK — With temperatures climbing near 90 on Tuesday, a lot of people were searching for places to cool off. But a popular swimming spot in Lackawanna County isn’t an option on this hot day or for the rest of the summer. We found people missing the pool at Lackawanna State Park. The only water left in the Lackawanna State Park’s pool is being pumped out. It is closed for the summer for a planned pool overhaul. “It […]

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    Special Ceremony For Old Glory

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Saturday is Flag Day and there are ways the stars and stripes will be honored all over our area. There was also a special ceremony on Friday in Luzerne County. We have seen the proper retirement of flags in the past through burning, but this was something new, the actual burial of those ashes. It looked like a typical military burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery near Wilkes-Barre with an honor guard, a hearse, and an urn sitting […]

  • Closing Arguments In Pal Trial

    SCRANTON — Closing arguments are now underway in a high profile murder case in Lackawanna County. The defense spent the late morning making its last pitch to the jurors after prosecutors cross examined defendant Neil Pal. The defense began closing arguments late Thursday morning, trying to convince jurors that Neil Pal did not know anything about a plan to kill Frank Bonacci of Dunmore. Pal spent much of the day Wednesday taking the stand in his own defense. This morning […]

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    New Owners for PPL Power Plants, What Does it Mean for Customers?

    The largest electric company is our area will no longer be the same kind of company we’ve known. PPL plans to get out of the business of making electricity and concentrate on delivering it. PPL is merging with another energy firm to form a new company: Talen Energy Corporation PPL thinks that by separating power generation from distribution both companies will be more valuable. Talen Energy will be the new owners of the nuclear power plant near Berwick, the coal-fired […]

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    Bridge Detour Causes Confusion

    LEHIGHTON — Drivers in Carbon County were warned that a detour around a bridge project was starting Friday, likely bringing traffic and confusion, and it certainly has. We were back in the Lehighton area to see the troubles caused by closing the southbound lanes on the Route 209 McCall Bridge. The detour is now in effect taking southbound Route 209 traffic away from the McCall Bridge over the Lehigh River into downtown Weissport Thousands of vehicles will be heading there, […]

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    Detour And Delays: Route 209 Bridge Project

    WEISSPORT — It’s a busy bridge on a busy road and part of it is set to close for the rest of the summer. The McCall Bridge along Route 209 near Lehighton is a major route for anyone in Carbon County who’s trying to get to the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos, or the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Thursday night, the southbound lanes of the McCall Bridge will close for months. All the southbound Route 209 traffic will be detoured off the bridge […]

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    Parents, Kids Thrilled As South Abington Park Reopens

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — After more than a year of being closed, the playground at a popular park in Lackawanna County has reopened. All of South Abington Park was closed all of last summer for a sewer line project. The playground is the last big piece of the park to reopen and we found parents and kids loving it. Only minutes after the new and improved playground reopened at South Abington Park near Clarks Summit, kids were back having fun […]

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    Road Worker Injured While Directing Traffic

    MOOSIC — A construction worker was hit by a car Tuesday while directing traffic in part of Lackawanna County. That worker had to be taken to the hospital after being hit where Birney and Pittston Avenues split in Moosic. Witnesses say he was guiding traffic for a line painting job around 12:30 p.m. when a woman drove into him. The windshield of her car is smashed where witnesses say the workers head hit. “She was ahead of me when she […]

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    Greek Festival Comes During Big Year At Church

    SCRANTON — Tens of thousands of people will line up to get Greek goodies this week in Scranton. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is holding its annual Greek Food Festival and this year’s big event comes during a big year of change for that downtown church. It’s the week every year when many in the Scranton area gets an appetite for all things Greek, and the people of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church put in many hours of work making up their […]

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    Beauty Schools Offer Gift To Cancer Survivors

    MOOSIC — There was a special gift for cancer survivors on Tuesday at Empire Beauty Schools: a free beauty service. We found those who battled cancer taking advantage of that offer at the Empire Beauty location in Moosic. The school was taking part in Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. It’s a chance to make all who battled cancer feel supported and appreciated, no matter how old they are or when they had cancer. “I was surprised. I had a […]


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