Andy is a Lackawanna County native and Marywood College (now Marywood University) graduate who spent ten years in radio before making the move to television in 1990. He joined WNEP-TV in June of 1998 to produce Newswatch 16 Saturday and Sunday morning. He became anchor of the broadcasts one year later.
He is the recipient of several awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. During his career in broadcasting, Andy has served as reporter, producer, anchor and assignment editor. He even served as a side-line reporter for live broadcasts of football and basketball games.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — One of Wilkes-Barre’s better-known buildings was hit by fire Monday morning. The fire at the Thomas C. Thomas building at North Pennsylvania Avenue and East Union Street broke out around 1 a.m. Firefighters were confronted by smoke, flames, and exploding ammunition stored in the basement. Magen Washilewski works in the office of the National Alliance for Mental Illness two floors above where the fire started. She didn’t know about the ammunition danger below. “I knew it was […]
JOHNSON COLLEGE — Battling decades of stereotypes at Johnson College in Scranton, some young women learned the trades aren’t just for men. On this freezing cold morning, this was called “Girls on Fire” at Johnson College in Scranton. Young ladies from Forest City Regional, Lackawanna Trail, and Tunkhannock Area High Schools learned science, technology, engineering, math, and the building trades are no longer “boys only.” Rozalie Smith from Tunkhannock Area came to learn what Johnson has to offer, strongly considering […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — A hospital chain in our area says it’s making a change in the way critically ill or injured patients get to the emergency room. Commonwealth Health says that it’s getting out of the helicopter business. Commonwealth Health showed off its emergency helicopter named Commonwealth One at Nay Aug Park in Scranton less than five years ago. The health care company has grounded the emergency air service, saying it was underutilized. Commonwealth Health officials say other helicopter services […]
PITTSTON, Pa. — From parading through the streets one day to shoveling two days later. Newswatch 16’s Andy Palumbo was in downtown Pittston Monday morning with a check on the conditions. There he found a snow-covered tomato on Main Street. On snowy mornings, Jason Voitek jumps in a pickup truck and plows private roads and parking lots for Meadow Run Landscaping. “It’s been a good winter,” he said. “Not too big snowstorms, just enough to make some money.” Jason says all […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — More changes are coming to the Scranton School Board. The newest member of the Scranton School Board is Tom Borthwick, and for him, the eighth time was the charm. He ran for or tried to get appointed to the Scranton School Board seven other times before he finally was successful. “Now I can finally take those ideas I’ve been putting out there and bring them to bear, and hopefully, give my son and everybody else’s kids a […]
GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Investigators know why a house went up in flames Sunday night in Columbia County. According to the Greenwood Township fire chief, it started as a kitchen fire and it took off from there. Viewer video shows the flames shooting from the home along Rohrsburg Road just outside of Millville. Firefighters were called there around 8:30 Sunday night. The Greenwood Township fire chief says the home was filled with smoke and flames when they arrived. A second-alarm […]
HAZLETON, Pa. — It started as snow and then changed to sleet and freezing rain. Despite it all, people who live and work in the Hazleton area found ways to get through the storm. Hazleton woke up to a coating of snow coupled with icy winds Tuesday morning. Schools closed, but businesses remained open. Roads were slippery, but Chris Harrison from Jeanesville still made an early morning supermarket run. “Made a supermarket stop for a little bit of lunch because […]
LOWER MAHANOY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Officials at Line Mountain School District in Northumberland County have decided to cancel school for Monday. District officials say an incident of “swatting” that led to some tense moments at the school Friday is still under investigation. Swatting is when someone fakes a 911 call for an emergency. In this case, state police say it was initiated in Indiana. That threat was totally false. Police were sent to the school Friday as a precaution. There […]
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — After a delay, President Trump will give his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revoked the president’s invitation to give the speech during the government shutdown. The deadline for another potential shutdown is looming. A key component of the president’s speech is expected to be immigration and border security. So, what do young people want to hear out of the president during the State of the Union address? We met […]
JESSUP, Pa. — Crews are working to fix a big hole in the middle of Route 247, known as Church Street, in Jessup. PennDOT officials called it a mine subsidence. “I think it’s dangerous because a person like me that’s not aware of it, especially if it happened when it was still dark out, what happens? You could get killed,” said Dale Schank of Daleville. The news of a mine opening up here did not come as a surprise to […]
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — It was a terrifying morning in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday as children had to jump from a burning apartment building. The alarm in the 300 block of Scott Street came in a little after 2 a.m. Smoke and flames were showing when the first firefighters arrived. Two kids were trapped on the second floor. The only way out was to jump. Randy Kreitzer was here visiting friends. He was down below and helped catch the children as they jumped. […]
JESSUP, Pa. — On this brutally cold morning, on this morning filled with negativity, there is someone who manages to stay positive. Meet Sy Sebastianelli of Jessup. The cold will not stand in the way of his morning ritual of standing outside his home and having his coffee. “Well, I just enjoy being outside. Occasionally, you get tired of cabin fever and I come out to see what’s going on.” Sebastianelli says he layered up to do this, and no, […]