Suzanne lived in Monroe County when she worked for the Pocono Renaissance Fair, as well as Susquehanna County when she was an anchor at WICZ in Binghamton.

Suzanne had an unusual start to her broadcasting career. Her first full time TV job was as a shopping host. She pitched gems and everything else under the moon to insomniacs across America as a host on ShopNBC (then known as ValueVision.)

After a few years Suzanne ran out of synonyms for “sparkly” and got bit by the news bug.

Just in time to cover the millennium, Suzanne began her journalism career in the Twin Cities at Northwest Community Television’s 12 News where she was an anchor and reporter.

She then crossed the Mississippi and headed to Wisconsin as morning anchor at WGBA in Green Bay.

Other stops included WVII in Maine and WLNY in New York.

In 2001 she received a Minnesota Emmy Award for a news special comparing the experiences of different generations of veterans.

She also served on the Society of Professional Journalists National Ethics Committee.

Suzanne’s life was changed at the National Association of Broadcaster’s 2006 conference in Las Vegas when she met Ethan Harp, a reporter from San Francisco.

The couple was married 2 years later, just hours before the start of the 2008 convention.

When she is not working, Suzanne loves cold weather (really!), travel, and trying new recipes. In 2012 she won third place in the Spiedie Fest cooking contest in Binghamton.

Recent Articles
  • Blizzard Brings Winter Windfall to Ski Shops

    DICKSON CITY — There’s a store in Lackawanna County where, even though it’s almost spring, there’s still plenty of winter gear. At The Ski Corner in Dickson City, workers are whistling “Let It Snow.” Managers explain even people who never hit the slopes are stopping in this week. “A lot of jackets, a lot of gloves, face masks, goggles, a guy who doesn’t ski bought ski goggles in case it gets windy,” said Jerry Bruno. This time of year, most […]

  • Hill Section Attack Caught on Camera

    SCRANTON — While they don’t have the final numbers yet, police in Scranton say there were fewer than usual arrests during the St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday. However, later that evening, there were several violent attacks in the hill section where many young people were attending parties. While police in Scranton say stepped up security worked well during the parade, they admit preventing violence at the parties that follow in the hill section continues to be a challenge. Three people […]

  • Shoppers, PennDOT Preparing for Big Snow

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP– With a heavy snowfall expected Tuesday, shoppers in Luzerne County didn’t want to wait for the last minute for storm supplies. At 415 Pro Hardware near Dallas, customers passed over seeds and gardening supplies, for winter necessities like sacks of salt. Chris Sabatini of Dallas said she was picking up,”Batteries, light bulbs, and candles.” Instead of bread and milk, deer feed and bird seed were on the menu. “You have to make sure they have food,” explained Suzanne Motyka […]

  • Cheer and Chill at the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade

    SCRANTON — The wind whipped through bagpipers’ hats as they marched down Lackawanna Avenue during the 56th Scranton St. Patricks Parade. While it may not have been the most comfortable day to watch a parade, it was memorable. Irish eyes smiled through a ski mask, as performers did their best to warm up the crowd. “You just got to hope that your hair stays in place, your makeup doesn’t run, and you just keep smiling,” laughed Marielle McDonald, Miss Luzerne […]

  • Suspect in Deadly Stabbing Under Arrest

    LEWISBURG — A homicide suspect is now in police custody in Union County. Terrel Jordan, 32, of Mifflinburg, stayed silent as he was lead into the Union County jail, accused of the deadly stabbing of Aaron Boone, 28, of Lewisburg. Detectives have not said how Jordan knew Boone or what lead up to the deadly stabbing. Investigators say Jordan stabbed Boone in front of a home on South Seventh Street in Lewisburg around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses say the victim […]

  • Shivering Shamrocks! Parade Season Steps Off with Chilly Temps

    PITTSTON — The area’s first St. Patrick’s Parade of the year is a sure sign spring is on the way, but it sure didn’t feel like it on Saturday. Performers preparing for the Pittston St. Patrick’s Parade did what they could to fight the cold. Some cheerleaders bundled up in everything they could find. Irish step dancers stretched. In these conditions, warmups are key. Parade day brought snow squalls to Pittston, leaving spectators bracing against the wind. “Body warmers, toe […]

  • Tornado Victims Deal with Damage, Cleanup

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Storm victims and officials had a chance to take in all of the damage from Saturday night’s tornado in Luzerne County. Chapel Road in Pittston Township saw some of the most devastating damage. Families in that neighborhood are being helped by the American Red Cross while dealing with insurance companies and giving thanks they survived. The roof is gone and the chimney sits in shambles at the home Charlie Salvo built with his own two hands. As […]

  • Wild February Weather Causes Damage, Flash Flooding

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — Tornado warnings, roofs blown off, people trapped in homes, and property damage all over came with Saturday’s wild weather. Six families are out of their homes after that storm rolled through part of Luzerne County Saturday afternoon. The Pittston Township assistant fire chief tells Newswatch16 that 15 to 20 homes were damaged in the neighborhood of Chapel Road because of that storm. A video sent to Newswatch 16 shows the storm passing near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport […]

  • Cemetery Controversy Continues in Shamokin

    SHAMOKIN — Shamokin police charged the city’s mayor last month with desecrating graves and covering them with dirt, but as the mayor called news conference to announce the dropped charges, the arresting officer called the mayor a liar. Late Saturday night, the Northumberland County district attorney called for all criminal charges to be withdrawn against the mayor. Despite that development, the controversy over whether graves were damaged and who is at fault continues. Shamokin Mayor William Milbrand and his lawyer Frank […]

  • Child Dies in Wyoming County Fire

    WINDHAM TOWNSHIP — State police say two people made it out of a burning house in Wyoming County, but a child did not. Family members say that deadly fire happened at the home of Shane Fryer near Laceyville, and Fryer was inside with his girlfriend and her young son. Now, relatives are coping with the loss of the little boy. A photo from The Wyalusing Rocket-Courier shows the massive flames that destroyed a home on Golden Hill Road near Laceyville […]

  • Immigration Rally in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Demonstrations over President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration policy continued around the country Sunday. As demonstrators rallied in dozens of cities across the U.S., about 100 people gathered in Williamsport, expressing their dismay at President Trump’s new policies on immigrants and refugees. Waving flags and signs with slogans such as “Love trumps hate,” people rallied in front of the federal courthouse on West Third Street in Williamsport. “This flag is being distorted into standing for keeping people […]

  • Chilling for Charity in the Susquehanna River

    TURBOT TOWNSHIP — The cold wind and snow flurries made things feel even chillier at a polar plunge for charity. Just looking at the west branch of the Susquehanna River, Bonnie McDowell of Milton couldn’t stop shivering. “I’m dreading this,” she said. But despite the chill, dozens of people prepared to take the plunge into 38 degree water at Fort Boone Campground near Milton. Their goal was raising money for the Salvation Army’s youth programs including a summer music camp. […]