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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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    SCRANTON — While some people in her hometown of Scranton are praising Kathleen Kane for deciding not to run for reelection, others say she should go a step further and step down right now. We talked to people right after her announcement. “This was not an easy decision, but the decision today I am comfortable with and I will sleep well with,” Kane said at a news conference Tuesday. It was an announcement from a woman who was once the […]

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    Ice Fishermen Thrilled with Bitter Cold 

    NORTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — While many people are dreading the bitter cold coming this weekend, some are thrilled to see near zero temperatures: ice fishermen. The ice on many lakes has been unreliable this winter, but this cold will help thicken the ice, extend the season, and bring more people out on the ice. Joe Adrian of Throop was one of the only ice fishermen on the lake at Lackawanna State Park Friday morning. “Today I was a little leery […]

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    Bird Boxes Raise Money, Help Migrating Birds

    SUMMIT HILL — The cold weather coming this weekend is even tough on the birds, but a project by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center is meant to protect them. The assembly is pretty simple. Franklin Klock showed us how the Carbon County Environmental Education Center is putting together bird boxes. They’re a home for birds about to migrate back to Pennsylvania this spring, and dozens of them are for sale at the center in Summit Hill. “What we’re really […]

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    Family Turns Away Workers Wanting to Cut Trees

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — A family fighting to save its maple trees in Susquehanna County was able to turn away a crew that showed up to cut those trees Wednesday morning. Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday a group of workers showed up at the Holleran family property, ready to start cutting trees. But for a week, friends and protesters have been waiting there for that, hoping they could turn away the men with chainsaws. On Wednesday, they did, but the fight […]

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    HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf delivered his second budget address Tuesday morning in Harrisburg, even though last year’s budget still has yet to be passed. The governor started his speech today by saying, “This will not be an ordinary budget address.” Governor Wolf entered a room filled with lawmakers he’s been at odds with for a year and began a half hour of chastising the Republicans for putting Pennsylvania in a financial crisis. “But if you won’t face up to the […]

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    After Long Wait, Repairs Coming to Collapsed Road

    MEHOOPANY — A project to fix a busy road that started collapsing more than four years ago in Wyoming County is expected to start. The work is expected to take a few months, and during that time, there will be an on-and-off detour stretching nearly 20 miles. But those we spoke with are just glad to see the Route 87 repair project finally get done. Almost half of Route 87 near Mehoopany is gone. The collapse of nearly an entire […]

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    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Some Hollywood star power showed up to help in the effort to save trees a family uses to make maple syrup. He arrived in Susquehanna County as a company began the effort to cut down trees for a natural gas pipeline project. Actor James Cromwell has been in numerous Hollywood films and TV shows. Now he’s among the people joining the fight to save trees in Susquehanna County. We told you earlier this week about the […]

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    Power To Save: Picking Up Trash Instead of Plowing Snow

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    SCRANTON — Two senior citizens are in still critical condition after they were hit by a car in a supermarket parking lot in Scranton on Tuesday. The 88-year-old driver said she hit the wrong pedal. Police are still investigating and people who saw it all are still shaken up. Witnesses who rushed to help after the crash in the Gerrity’s parking lot can’t get the images out of their heads — and much more than just the damage to three […]

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    Longtime Restaurant Sold in Luzerne County

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    Shoppers Saving Money, Changing Checkout with App

    LUZERNE — We could be getting a glimpse into the future of grocery shopping at a supermarket in Luzerne County. Gerrity’s is testing a new app at its Luzerne location that allows shoppers to scan their own items and give them extra savings, too. You’ll likely be seeing more and more of shoppers with smartphones in their hands. They’re actually using an app on the phone to scan every item they buy, doing their own checkout as they go using […]


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