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Scott joined Newswatch 16 in May of 1999 as an anchor and reporter. He is currently the co-anchor of Newswatch 16 at 6:00, 7:00, 10:00 and 11:00 pm.

He came to WNEP-TV following a stint as morning anchor at WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. He got his start in broadcast journalism at Service Electric Cable TV in Allentown, and also worked as an anchor/reporter at WHTM in Harrisburg, before heading to Michigan in 1996.

Since coming to WNEP-TV, Scott has anchored the weekend newscasts, as well as the 5:00 and 5:30pm newscasts. He also covered news stories in every county of the Newswatch 16 coverage area.

Scott is a native of Reading, and graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, with degrees in Communications and Marketing.

Scott is an avid sports fan.


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  • Thanksgiving Eve Gives Boost To Businesses

    SCRANTON — The night before Thanksgiving is a big night for bars and restaurants, including those in downtown Scranton. But the night kicked off with an annual tradition that lit up the Electric City with the annual lighting of the Scranton Times radio tower. But it was clear that mother nature was going to be playing the Grinch for this holiday happening. The crowd was down sharply from last year, for the good vendors who came out, business was down […]

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    “Kids for Cash” Documentary: Meet the Director

    NEW YORK CITY — Kids for Cash. Three words that forever changed the juvenile justice system in Northeastern Pennsylvania. A documentary about the scandal made its world debut last night in New York City. A sold out crowd took in the movie at New York’s Documentary Film Festival. They watched the story of disgraced judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. Both are now jailed. Ciavarella received 28 years in federal prison for wire fraud, tax evasion, and honest services fraud. […]

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    “Kids For Cash” Premieres in NYC

    NEW YORK CITY — One of our area’s biggest scandals is hitting the big screen. The documentary is called “Kids for Cash”,  named after the scandal that put two Luzerne County judges behind bars for a long time. Newswatch 16′s Scott Schaffer was in New York City Sunday night for the movie’s world premiere.

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    “Kids For Cash” Movie Premieres in NYC

    NEW YORK CITY — One of the biggest scandals to ever rock Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania is now the subject of a documentary film and the movie “Kids for Cash” made its world premiere this evening in New York City. People were lined up outside the theater in Manhattan for the sold out debut, which came as part of New York’s documentary film festival. The film looks at the scandal that landed former Luzerne County judges Michael Conahan and Mark […]

  • Talkback Feedback: Newscat Speaks

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  • Governor Corbett Jump Starts Re-Election Campaign In NEPA

    PITTSTON — One day after the general election in Pennsylvania, there was more campaigning. Governor Tom Corbett stopped in the Pittston area Wednesday afternoon as part of his 2014 re-election campaign. “I am pleased to be able to tell you, that I’m running for governor one more time in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Corbett. Governor Corbett toured the offices of Linde Corporation, an infrastructure contractor near Pittston that has grown sharply in recent years, due to its business with […]

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    Talkback Feedback: Spooky Edition

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    Candidates for Scranton Mayor Square Off in Debate

    SCRANTON — Election Day 2013 is just two weeks away and while it’s been a somewhat quiet campaign season, things are starting to heat up in the Electric City, where voters will elect a new mayor of Scranton. And the two candidates squared off in their only debate Tuesday night. On one side, Democrat Bill Courtright, Scranton’s tax collector and former city councilman. On the other side, Republican Jim Mulligan, an attorney who has worked as a city solicitor. A […]