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Newswatch 16 Anchor Marisa Burke, a native of central Pennsylvania, was born and raised in Danville, Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1982 from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television Communications.

Marisa began her broadcasting career in June of 1980, as an anchor, reporter, and producer for WHLM AM/FM radio in Bloomsburg. Later that summer, Marisa accepted a position as a reporter for WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia and worked there for two years. She was quickly promoted to weekend anchor/producer and then to weekday co-anchor of the 6 and 11 pm newscasts.

Marisa joined WNEP-TV in April, 1984 as an anchor/reporter of the morning and midday newscasts. She is now producer and co-anchor of Newswatch 16 at 6.

Marisa is involved in all kinds of station-sponsored charity events including St. Joseph's Telethon, the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, the Race-for-the-Cure, Feed-a-Friend, Toys-for-Tots, and Coats-for-Kids. She is also host for the Greater Scranton Jaycee's Santa Parade.

Marisa has also been involved in WNEP-TV community projects including the distribution of free Vial of Life kits and colo-rectal cancer screening tests.

Marisa makes nearly 100 personal appearances a year.

Marisa is married and has two daughters, Rachael and Sarah.


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