Cassie was born and raised in Moosic, Pennsylvania. She attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in Media Studies and Production and a minor in Political Science from the Klein College of Media and Communication. During her time at Temple, Cassie honed her skills at Temple University Television and interned at WPVI-TV, ABC NewsOne, and NBC News in Washington.
Cassie joined the Newswatch 16 team in December 2018 as a reporter/multimedia journalist. She grew up watching WNEP and is so excited to be home serving the people of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania!
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SCRANTON, Pa. — A church in Lackawanna County is raising cash by showing off some classic cars. The grounds at Saint Ann’s Basilica in Scranton was filled with cars of all makes and models Saturday for it’s sixth annual car show and chicken barbecue. Car enthusiasts were able to check out the cars and enjoy live music and basket raffles, all while supporting Saint Ann’s. “It’s good, and it’s a fundraiser that we have and it’s nice because you’re raising […]
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Drivers and history enthusiasts teamed up in Luzerne County Sunday to take on a scavenger hunt. Teams taking part in road rally in the valley each received a book of clues and decoded the messages which led them to a historic site in the Wyoming Valley. Teams raced against the clock to attempt to complete the hunt with the least mileage and the most correct answers. “You’re gonna learn about a lot of hidden gems for the […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — A deadly crash on Interstate 81 in Scranton closed the highway for several hours early Sunday morning. Police say a wrong-way driver is the cause. State police say six vehicles collided just before 1 a.m. The crash happened on the interstate near the Main Avenue exit in Scranton, at mile marker 189.9. People at the scene told Newswatch 16 the vehicles slammed together head-on in the southbound lanes, and the crash came just after police received reports […]
SCRANTON, Pa — On the outside, Roll Call in Scranton may look like any other firearms store, but inside it’s a multi-purpose training facility for local law enforcement and the public. Roll Call was opened in 2007 by Tom Harris. Harris and his son Joe, a former Scranton SWAT team member, saw a need for a space like Roll Call in northeastern Pennsylvania. “I realized that there’s very limited places to do adequate training where it’s actually safe. Many years […]
MONTROSE, Pa. — It has become a time-honored tradition in Montrose — the annual Blueberry Festival. But the way it began is somewhat unconventional. Back in 1980, it was just a couple of books and muffins being sold as a fundraiser for the Susquehanna Historical Society and Free Library Association. Then they decided to expand the event. “What comes ripe in Susquehanna County during early August? Blueberries! So the Blueberry Festival was born,” said Sue Stone, of the Susquehanna Historical […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — On any other weekday morning, Gina Pitoniak would normally be heading to work at Baker Tilly in Clark Summit. But on this day, her office looks a little different. She and three other colleagues from Baker Tilly arrived bright and early to St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton to volunteer their time. “Our company basically shuts down to go out and serve local charities within our community, so we’re all excited to do this every […]
CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Federal authorities are investigating after an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Wayne County was killed this week. Authorities at USP Canaan say Ricardo Martinez, 76, was killed Tuesday at the federal prison near Waymart. The coroner say Martinez died as a result of injuries from an assault. His death was ruled a homicide. His attacker has not been identified, but authorities believe the victim was killed by a fellow inmate. The prison has a […]
MIDDLEBURG, Pa. — All Nancy Shilling of Adams County has of her father are his letters to her mother during World War II. Shilling was just 18 months old when her father, Sgt. Albert E. Coleman of Sunbury, was killed at the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. “It says, ‘Somewhere in Belgium, I received a couple of your letters and was very happy because we are not receiving much mail anymore,'” Shilling read from one of her father’s letters. […]
WAVERLY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Standing proudly on North Abington Road in Waverly, it’s hard to miss the Waverly Community House, known throughout the community as simply “The Comm.” Opened in 1920, this weekend kicked off its centennial celebration, bringing out many to celebrate the history of the Waverly community. “I couldn’t imagine it without it because the Waverly Comm is just such an important building in this area,” explained Ethan Cutillo of Clarks Summit. “It just helps foster a broader […]
ITALY — A swimmer from Montour County is now a world first. Back in June, we introduced you to April Warrick of Danville who was training to become the first American woman to swim from Italy to France. Now, after accomplishing her goal, she spoke to Newswatch 16 about her record swim. “I noticed I could see the ocean floor, and I just started bawling. It was so emotional because I knew that I did it. I knew that I […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — It’s the last day for the faithful to pray at an annual pilgrimage that draws thousands to Scranton, and some are walking miles to get there. The 95th Annual Solemn Novena to Saint Ann ends Friday, July 26, on the feast day of Saint Ann. In the early hours of the morning, in complete darkness, faithful such as Michael English of Pittston Township walked ten miles to St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton. “I think this walk is […]
SHENANDOAH, Pa. – After nine days of solemn prayer, Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated Sunday not just in church, but out in the streets of Shenandoah. “It’s to honor our lady. It’s a tradition, over 100 years. 105 years this year,” said John Catizone, who has been participating for more than 20 years. He helps carry Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The congregation makes a grand procession of three miles throughout the borough. The procession included a life […]