Alicia Nieves joined Newswatch 16 in January of 2015. She a native New Yorker, who grew up most in the Bronx, but spent a significant amount of time in Florida. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Radio & Television Broadcasting. After struggling to break into the news industry for just a little over a year, she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree at one of the best journalism schools in the country; Syracuse University’s S.I Newhouse School of Communications.
Just three months after starting her Master’s at Syracuse, she got her first break – working as a part-time reporter for WBNG-TV Action News in Binghamton, NY. For a year, she simultaneously reported for WBNG and completed her Master’s Degree.
Alicia says reporting is her passion. She loves getting to learn what makes a community ‘tick’, what’s important to that community, and trying to make a difference for the people in it. To help her do that, she’s admits to being a social media junkie! She says she tries to connect with viewers and get them the news they want as fast, but accurate, as she can get it. She welcomes followers on Twitter and Facebook to say hello or tell her about any stories in the community they think she should cover.
When Alicia is not reporting, she spends as much time as possible with her family in New York City and Binghamton. With six brothers, and two sisters, she’s a huge sports fan – most notably a diehard New York Giants fan.
HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Forget the Winter Olympics in Souci, for Hazleton Area School District students with special needs, it’s all about the winter games held at the slopes of the Eagle Rock Development in Hazle Township. Dozens of students, like Desiree Natt, received Olympic medals after a morning of playing special Winter Olympic games. When asked what game Desiree played, she told Newswatch 16 the spin around game in the snow. Some of the events at the Winter Olympics […]
WEATHERLY — A group in Carbon County raised enough money to buy an old school in Weatherly. A lot is about to change with the Mrs. Charles M. Schwab School building in Weatherly. For starters, it will soon no longer belong to a bank but to the borough. Back in May, Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors started the effort to save this century-old school. A nonprofit was formed and it took just seven months to raise the $50,000 needed to buy […]
FRACKVILLE — In Schuylkill County, SCI Frackville was another prison that was in danger of closing. More than 400 people could have lost their jobs there and been offered the chance to relocate. It’s been weeks of wondering whether the State Correctional Institution at Frackville would close. The decision finally came from the state Department of Corrections that this prison will stay open. “A sigh of relief actually, just a lifting of a burden off of everyone’s shoulders, especially some […]
WEST HAZLETON — A thief in Luzerne County successfully stole a package from someone else’s front porch and it was all caught on camera. But it seems the thief neglected to look at the sign posted next to the package. Police in West Hazleton have a pretty clear picture of a woman stealing a package from the porch of a home. While the thief was making a beeline for the package, she somehow didn’t see two surveillance cameras on the […]
NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP — A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of a mall in Schuylkill County. The owner of the Schuylkill Mall filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last October, and on Tuesday, the mall was auctioned off and sold for $2.1 million. The company that purchased the mall is Northpoint Development LLC. The company, based in Missouri, agreed to pay $2.1 million dollars for the mall, and assume the leases for a half dozen stores there. The future of […]
HAZLETON — After a man was shot Tuesday morning in Hazleton, police tracked down the suspect by following footprints in the snow. Those footprints led them straight to the home of to the alleged shooter and then a standoff. Hazleton police accuse George Salata of Hazleton of shooting another man in the face with a shotgun. The victim is in critical condition. Authorities believe the shooting happened after the two men argued over a woman. Salata faces felony charges of […]
GIRARDVILLE — A fight inside Girardville Borough Hall has two men in trouble with the law. The two men involved in the fight are the vice president of Girardville borough council and Girardville’s former mayor. Around noon Friday, two borough officials mixed it up inside the borough hall. “We’ve argued all our whole life,” said former Girardville Mayor Eddie Burns. “It’s all political, all the time. But this time he came after me this time. He had his arms around […]
PINE GROVE TOWNSHIP — Humane Society International is working to close all dog meat farms in South Korea. This month it was able to close a sixth, rescuing 200 dogs and now, two of those dogs have been sent to an animal shelter in Schuylkill County. Juliet is a 1-year-old Jin Du dog, recently placed at the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA near Pine Grove. She cowers in the corner, not just because this is a new environment for her but […]
WILKES-BARRE — While many people retire in their mid-60s, a 90-year-old in Wilkes-Barre is happy to still be working five days a week. Frank Sartorio started cutting hair when he was just 13 years old. Sartorio is head barber at Sartorio and Sons Barber Shop on West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre. Although the seasoned barber says he looks 29, he just turned 90 this month. Sartorio was cutting hair back when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. “I love it. I […]
SHENANDOAH — Flames tore through a home in Schuylkill County Wednesday morning. It started around 9 a.m. in the 200 block of West Centre Street in Shenandoah. A post on Facebook shows heavy flames coming from the front of the building. After firefighters put out the intense fire, they pulled out a half dozen kerosene heaters, another half dozen propane tanks, and containers filled with kerosene. A state police fire marshal says it’s not illegal to have the kerosene heaters […]
LEHIGHTON — Crews are starting the week-long process of demolishing and removing what is left of an apartment building along North 2nd Street in Lehighton. The demolition comes about a week after firefighters had to battle two blazes here, in one day. An initial fire started overnight last Monday and then hours later on Monday morning, the flames reignited. Much like the fire fight at the apartment building, the demolition of it isn’t going to be easy. “In order to load the wood […]
HAZLETON — A man is charged with sex crimes in Luzerne and Carbon Counties. State police say Keefer Mckenzie Ngirngesechei, 20, from the Hazleton area, used social media to target young girls and solicit naked photos of them. “What he is doing is using social media platforms. From there he is making general conversations and developing a strong rapport with these victims and from there he is exploiting them,” explained Trooper Anthony Petroski. State police say Ngirngesechi met teenage girls […]