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.

Recent Articles
  • Talkback Feedback: Sense and Nonsense

    On this edition of Talkback Feedback, Newswatch 16’s Scott Schaffer tries to separate the sense from the nonsense after being accused of only using calls from old, nasty, people.

  • Women Accused of Stealing Purse from 82-Year-Old Woman After She Offered Them Ride

    WEST PITTSTON — Police in West Pittston say two women are suspected of stealing a purse from 82-year-old Pat Gayoski after she gave them a ride from Gerrity’s supermarket on Wyoming Avenue. “She talked to me, the lady, and she said, ‘Oh I have to walk all the way to Eighth Street.’ And me, like a Good Samaritan, I said, ‘Come on, I’ll run you down there,’ Gayoski said. Gayoski tells us she drove the two women with all their […]

  • Talkback Feedback: Bueller….Bueller?

    Politics? What happened to politics on Talkback 16? On this edition of Talkback Feedback, Scott deals with callers wondering why the feedback can’t continue even while he’s on vacation.

  • Talkback Feedback: No Politics?

    For months we’ve been seeing political ad after political ad and election day is still more than two months away! So we wondered what would Talkback 16 be like with no politics? Scott Schaffer made the experiment happen in this edition of Talkback feedback!

  • The RailRider and the Social Media Star

    MOOSIC — It’s a big night for baseball fans in our area. One of the Yankees new prospects, Clint Frazier, is playing his first home game as a RailRider at PNC Field Friday night. Frazier was the top prospect the New York Yankees acquired last week in a trade with Cleveland. He’s expected to be a Yankee within a year, but first, he’s playing his first home game in Lackawanna County, with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. “Just happy to be here […]

  • Talkback Feedback: Don and Hill

    It should be no surprise by now that politics have dominated Talkback for the past several weeks. Even with Scott Schaffer’s best efforts, we just can’t seem to get it to stop!

  • Talkback Feedback: Politics and Pokemon

    This has been a huge week for politics in Pennsylvania with the Democrats in Philadelphia and Donald Trump in Scranton. Scott Schaffer was trying to keep the elections out of Talkback Feedback, but this week, that just wasn’t possible.

  • Sen. Bob Casey on Clinton Nomination

    SCRANTON — Thursday night, Hillary Clinton will make history in the birthplace of America. The granddaughter of a Scranton lace worker will become the first woman to ever accept the nomination of a major American party for president. U.S. Senator Bob Casey from Scranton is at the convention in Philadelphia, where he spoke to Newswatch 16. “The first time in 228 years that a woman is nominated for president by either party, it’s a significant moment in history and I […]

  • Officials: Suspect In Custody In Stabbing Death of Homeless Man

    EDWARDSVILLE — Update: State police in Luzerne County have a suspect in custody, following the stabbing death of a homeless man. Troopers arrested Daniel Holtslander, 38, of Wilkes-Barre Thursday, following an investigation. Holtslander is charged with criminal homicide. Original Story: The death of a homeless man whose body was found over the weekend in Luzerne County has been ruled a homicide. The partly decomposed body was found Saturday in the woods behind a shopping plaza in Edwardsville. State police identified the man […]

  • Penguins’ Pride Soaring High

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — As the Penguins stand on the brink of their fourth Stanley Cup championship, a lot of the team’s success can be traced right back to Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. Penguins fans crowded into Lucky’s Sporthouse just a long slap shot from the arena where they hoped to watch the team from Pittsburgh clinch the Stanley Cup. These fans know the big Pens wouldn’t be there without the contributions from several players who started their season with the […]

  • Man Shot near White House from Schuylkill County

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP —  Police converged on a secluded section of Schuylkill County soon after Jesse Olivieri was shot and apprehended outside the White House. Neighbors tell us Olivieri lived in a home along Malones Road. It’s said to be his parent’s house, but it’s unclear who actually lives here now. Police closed a section of Malones Road around the Olivieri house. Neighbors returning home on a Friday night couldn’t believe it when they found this. One neighbor who lives two doors […]

  • Trump Campaign Office Opens in Clarks Summit

    CLARKS SUMMIT — The race for the White House is hitting home. Pennsylvania’s suddenly-critical primary election later this month could go a long way toward determining the two major party nominees for president. On Friday, Republican front-runner Donald Trump opened a campaign office in our area. “He is the same man you see on TV he is in person. He is salt of the earth as is his family, and that’s what I really respect about him,” said Curt Coccodrilli of […]