Bob Reynolds joined the Newswatch 16 staff in September of 1980. At that time, Bob worked weekends, including staffing the assignment desk. Since then Bob has worked every Newswatch 16 beat including a year of specialized reporting for Environmentwatch 16 in the middle 1990s.

Bob has won several Associated Press awards, including first place for investigative journalism. Bob says he enjoys investigative work because he always wants to “make a difference.” His recent efforts included several years of reporting on the 1976 death of a Susquehanna County attorney, Martin Dillon. In 1976 authorities said Dillon was the victim of an accidental shooting. Bob’s reports showed the father of two children was murdered. Shortly after the reports aired, the state police reopened the investigation. Dr. Stephen Scher was arrested, tried and convicted.

Bob attended Pittston Area High School, graduated from Brick Township High School in Brick, New Jersey, and attended the American School of Broadcasting in Philadelphia. He began his broadcast career at WCNR radio in Bloomsburg spinning records, producing commercials and reading news. Bob says he knew right away that he had a future in the broadcast news business. He worked in radio at stations in Williamsport, Honesdale, Wilkes-Barre and New Jersey before making the switch to TV. Bob worked for a year at WDAU-TV in Scranton before joining the Newswatch 16 team.

Bob’s hobbies are working his home computer and amateur radio.

Bob is married to Paula Deignan. He has four children and nine grandchildren.

Recent Articles
  • Marathon Runners Return Home

    WILKES-BARRE — The latest Boston Marathon is history and Tuesday some runners are a bit sore but yet thrilled with the experience. Three Boston Marathon runners from Schuylkill County stopped in Wilkes-Barre to share their thoughts. They were among the 10,000 athletes who ran the course. One year ago the marathon was marred by two bombings near the finish line. The three women from Schuylkill County, including Sandi Bergan of Pottsville, said this year overall they felt safe. “There were […]

  • Girl Wins National Storybook Contest

    ORWIGSBURG — There were nearly 9,000 entries for a nationwide contest and a fourth grader from Schuylkill County won the grand prize. The girl had the honor of writing the end of a storybook. Kayla March, age 9, is described as a good student at Blue Mountain Elementary East in Orwigsburg. She’s also very creative. The fourth grader entered a nationwide contest to finish a children’s storybook. The tale involved two cartoon characters who were on a banana-shaped spaceship.   It […]

  • Harsh Winter Affecting Crops

    UNION TOWNSHIP — The harsh winter is taking a toll on some farmers in our area this spring. You can’t beat picking your own strawberries. That’s what folks were doing last July at B and R farms near Ringtown. The berries are usually ready around the end of May. But farmer Robin Hetherington said not this year. “People are calling me wondering when they should schedule their vacation for strawberries and I have no idea. The strawberries are still sleeping. […]

  • Hearing Aid Store Robbed At Gunpoint

    POTTSVILLE — We hear of robberies almost every day but an unusual place was targeted by a bandit Tuesday morning in Schuylkill County. Police say a robber walked into the Ambrose Hearing Center on East Norwegian Street and confronted the owner. The victim said he handed over about $100 from his wallet. Henry Lorah said he’s surprised the business was targeted. “A hearing center? You never hear of a hearing center being robbed. Usually it’s a bank or restaurant or […]

  • Remembering Star Mickey Rooney

    POTTSVILLE — Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died. He passed away Sunday at his home in California. Many people in the area have fond memories of Mickey Rooney. The entertainer preformed in Pottsville 13 years ago this week. The star of stage and screen was a big hit. He poked fun at himself and his many marriages. After the show Rooney talked about modern music. “It’s ‘ya da do, bla buh do, cha-key-na’ and that’s no, I got news for […]

  • Classes Cancelled In Shenandoah Valley

    SHENANDOAH — Officials at a school in Schuylkill County say there were so many teachers and other staff who called in sick that classes had to be cancelled on Friday. It was a difficult decision for the school superintendent. For most of the morning, Shenandoah Valley school employees fielded questions from concerned parents. Classes were suddenly cancelled for 1,100 students. Nicole Matsuk, a parent, said the move was confusing. “We were all concerned, all the parents were calling we were […]

  • More Lanes For Route 61 in Schuylkill Haven

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — A road project that was on the books before the transportation bill was passed is getting underway in Schuylkill County. The Route 61 project is designed to relieve a headache for thousands of drivers. Crews are preparing the way to widen Route 61 in Schuylkill Haven.    PennDOT knows that this section is a headache for drivers with delays caused by traffic backups. “Sometimes it’s an hour or 45 minutes, especially Friday. Friday is really mean, everybody returning […]

  • Power To Save: District Recognized For Energy Savings

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — When school districts can save money in energy costs, they can devote more money to educating students and save taxpayers money. In this Power to Save report we see what one school district did that is now paying off with tens of thousands of dollars in savings. We caught up with taxpayer Neil Disabella at the North Schuylkill High School near Frackville. He pays his school taxes every year.   He’s also on a fixed income. “I put […]

  • Investigators: Faulty Appliance Blamed For House Fire

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — State police have determined what caused an early morning fire that destroyed a century-old home in Luzerne County. Investigators said an appliance is to be blamed. A piece of heavy equipment was used to clear some debris from a home in Drums. It was destroyed by fire.  A space was made so state police fire marshals could look for a cause. Investigators say the early morning blaze on East County Road was sparked by a faulty dehumidifier […]

  • Crumbling Wall Closes Road

    MAHANOY CITY  — You may think we’ve heard the last of winter’s effects on us, but that’s not the case in one Schuylkill County community. A collapsed wall there has caused a road to be closed. Tons of stone were dumped on Spruce Street in Mahanoy City.  PennDOT crews had the job of placing the rock to replace a retaining wall that collapsed. Without the wall, the road could have slid and endangered drivers. PennDOT blames the damage to the […]

  • Historic Factory Being Demolished

    ASHLAND — A piece of history is being demolished in Schuylkill County. Officials said it can’t be saved because of its deteriorating condition. Piece by piece, heavy machinery takes down a former apparel factory on Oakland Street in Ashland.  The factory was first built in 1888. It burned about 100 years ago and was rebuilt. Some people including Jim Klock, a member of the Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society, have a personal connection with the place. “My cousin worked in […]

  • Well-Known Store Closed Due To Expansion

    WALKER TOWNSHIP –The expansion of a business in Schuylkill County means a well-known store has closed for good. Charlotte Solt works in what some call cramped quarters at Koch’s Turkey Farm near Tamaqua. Charlotte said she shares the office with several employees and the tight space complicates her job. “It’s hard to hear on the phones. There is not enough room for our paperwork, just not enough room, a lot of interruptions.” But that’s about to change.  Solt and her […]

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