As a native of the northern tier, Bill Wadell is excited to return to NEPA as a reporter based in the Wyoming Valley Newsroom in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Bill joined the Newswatch 16 team in December 2012.

Born and raised near New Milford, Bill attended Blue Ridge High School and contributed to the crime beat for the Susquehanna County Transcript.

After packing his bags and moving 350 miles across the state, Bill attended classes at California University of Pennsylvania, where he spent plenty of time as the executive editor of the Cal Times newspaper, as well as reported and anchored the weekly student newscast CUTV NewsCenter.

Splitting the difference after graduating, Bill relocated to State College in 2009, where he spent three years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at the Centre County bureau for WJAC-TV.

While working in Happy Valley, Bill covered crime, courts, dairy farming, the emerging Marcellus Shale natural gas industry and travelled with the Nittany Lions to Tampa Bay for the Capitol One Bowl in 2010.

During his final year in State College, Bill was on the frontline as the Jerry Sandusky scandal quickly surfaced and unraveled, leading to the arrest and trial of the former defensive coordinator.

Bill also covered the firing, death and public memorial of legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, as well as the lingering fallout on the University Park campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding Penn State.

Over the years, Bill has also interned at WBRE and WIVT in Binghamton, NY, as well as spent some time as a freelance multi-media journalist for HSTV in Uniontown, PA and freelance videographer for WPXI in Pittsburgh.

Bill is thrilled to return to NEPA, catch up with old friends, live closer to his family and make the Wyoming Valley his new home.

Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: Woman Won’t Answer Questions After Crashing SUV Into School

    WILKES-BARRE — Police say one woman is recovering from an injured leg after her SUV plowed right through an elementary school in Luzerne County. Officials said the crash happened at Heights-Murray Elementary School along South Sherman Street around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. JUST IN: SUV slammed into the gym at Heights Murray Elementary in Wilkes-Barre. Female driver rushed to the hospital. — Bill Wadell (@BillWadell) December 10, 2014 Skid marks indicate that the SUV likely drove up East Market Street, jumped two […]

  • Mayor Wants To Revive Disbanded Police Department

    LAFLIN — The mayor said she’s trying to find a way to bring back the local police force, 24 hours after borough council members voted to immediately disband the department. Mayor Dorothy Yazurlo told Newswatch 16 that many of the 1,400 residents in Laflin are upset by the decision to eliminate the department. “Four men have closed down our police department, locked out our police officers, the cars are gone and in my opinion there is absolutely no reason. Laflin […]

  • Garbage Truck Slams Into Home, Building Condemned

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — A truck slammed into a home in Luzerne County Tuesday morning. Authorities believe icy conditions caused a garbage truck to slide backwards into a home on Hildebrandt Road near Dallas just after 4 a.m. There are ruts in the front yard and a huge tarp now covers the front of the home on Hildebrandt Road near Dallas. Melissa Michaulk is expecting her second child in three weeks and she had no plans of moving until an unwelcome […]

  • Santa Spotted Driving Holiday Bus in Wyoming Valley

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP – Old Saint Nick was spotted driving a Luzerne County Transportation Authority bus on Monday. Newswatch 16 went along for the ride on the LCTA Route 18 “Shoppers Special”, on a bus that was decked out with Christmas lights and a fireplace. There is also a donation box for Toys for Tots, as well as a box for letters to Santa. Look who's behind the wheel of LCTA Route 18 today! See what's special inside Santa's bus tonight […]

  • Penn State Fans Scramble To Buy Pinstripe Bowl Tickets

    KINGSTON — Workers at Travelworld told Newswatch 16 that nearly 200 tickets for their Pinstripe Bowl Package sold out within 90 minutes on Monday. Debbie Freas told Newswatch 16 that three charter buses have already been booked for their $189 package, which includes tickets, transportation, tailgates, and souvenirs. “We’re totally sold out. We are trying to get more game tickets because we have a wait list going out there,” said Freas. “Penn State people will travel just about anywhere to […]

  • Donations Needed To Fix Ball Field Damaged By Thanksgiving Eve Storm

    EDWARDSVILLE – Volunteers of the West Side Little League in Luzerne County said they need donations to fix the backstop and netting damaged by snow last week. Groundskeeper Jason Hoskins showed Newswatch 16 the rusty poles that snapped under the weight on the snow, at the ballpark that was built back in 1955. “This last storm that we had before Thanksgiving kind of crippled it and it’s unrepairable,” said Hoskins. After getting a replacement estimate of $10,000, Hoskins is asking […]

  • Kingston Store Hit By Burglars

    KINGSTON — The owner of a store in Luzerne County is making a public plea after someone burglarized his store overnight. Police say guitars, cash, and someone’s Christmas gift were all stolen from the store. That store owner is asking anyone who sees a deal too good to be true on a guitar or a keyboard online or at a pawn store to be a suspicious. Police were called to Studio 309 Music, Antiques, and Collectibles on Wyoming Avenue in […]

  • “He Did It To Himself,” Man Defends Decision To Chase Hunter Suspected of Deer Baiting

    NORTHMORELAND TOWNSHIP – Lucas Davidson said he decided to share his side of the story about a wild start to rifle deer season after reading some criticism online. Davidson told Newswatch 16 that he’s had problems with Stephen Sudosky of Shickshinny for years, but it boiled over on Monday. Davidson said he reported Sudosky for suspected deer baiting in the Lake Winola area of Wyoming County on Monday morning. Later that day, Davidson claims that Sudosky came to his house […]

  • More Luzerne County Budget Woes

    WILKES-BARRE — There’s more fallout after the payday fiasco in Luzerne County. All of the county workers who were supposed to be paid last Friday have now received their checks, but now county leaders say they’re not sure how they’ll make ends meet through the end of the year. Luzerne County’s manager says the focus is on the cash flow coming in, not on the payroll worker who was fired. “County administration stands behind their decision?” “What decision?” asked Luzerne […]

  • Bridge Work Creates “Island” In Avoca

    AVOCA — People who live in a community in Luzerne County say a PennDOT project has left them feeling like they’re living on an island. Many construction projects have wrapped up for the winter, but contractors are still busy working on a bridge that carries Interstate 81 over Plane Street in Avoca. Because of the work, PennDOT closed Plane Street leading to the Brown’s Patch section of Avoca. “The bottom line is it’s going to be an improvement. That’s what […]

  • Hunting Dispute, Crash Under Investigation

    DALLAS — Police now say an alleged case of deer baiting sparked a chase in Wyoming County Monday night that ended with a crash in Luzerne County. Hunters we talked with say they’re baffled by this whole ordeal. Police confirmed this all started over alleged deer baiting and both men involved in the chase could face charges. Hunters say the woods in and around the Lake Winola area of Wyoming County are a popular place during rifle deer season. “Hunting […]

  • Worker Fired Following Luzerne County Payroll Fiasco

    WILKES-BARRE – Several Luzerne County employees and one county council member told Newswatch 16 that an employee was fired this morning because of a “human error” that delayed paychecks. More than 1,200 county employees expected to see their paychecks directly deposited in their bank accounts Friday morning, but officials said an employee who was supposed to approve the paperwork was not at work. Some workers received their pay late Friday or on Saturday, but others did not receive their direct […]

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