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
  • Anglers Keeping An Eye On Ice

    WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — Anglers will be out in Schuylkill County Saturday morning for the first day of trout season.  The southeast part of the state gets a jump start on the rest of the Commonwealth. Trout season begins for the rest of the state on April 12. Newswatch 16 was there as last minute trout stocking was underway at Whippoorwill Dam near Frackville. Hundreds of anglers are expected for the opening round of trout fishing. About a third of […]

  • Lining Up Looking For Jobs

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Hundreds of people looking for work turned out Thursday for a career fair near Hazleton. That’s despite state figures which show the jobless rate is dropping. Dozens of people stood in line waiting for the doors to open.  The career fair is sponsored by the state and the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. Chamber official Lee Ann Fallabel said she’s not surprised. “It seems there is the same amount of jobs but apparently there is more people […]

  • Construction Season Underway

    DELANO TOWNSHIP — The construction season is getting underway in Schuylkill County, but there may be problems. Emergency crews are concerned because the work means a change in traffic patterns. Crews are busy starting to fix more bridges on Interstate 81 near Delano. The cost of the project is $37 million, with 15 bridges on the list. There are also traffic patterns changes on the Interstate which will affect drivers such as Janet Scott. “The bridges do need fixing, but […]

  • A Sea Of Green In Girardville

    GIRARDVILLE — Even though St. Patrick’s Day was Monday, many people in our area are still celebrating. One community in Schuylkill County is all decked out in green ahead of its parade this weekend. It seems you can’t go far in Girardville without seeing the green.  St. Patrick’s Day is a special time there.  It’s a day when everybody is considered Irish. “I love a parade, it’s a great celebration for the Irish,” laughed Sean Fogarty of Girardville. The population […]

  • Boulder Critically Injures 7-Year-Old Boy

    POTTSVILLE — A boy from Pottsville is in critical condition and his family is at his hospital bedside after an accident Thursday night. Police say while the 7 year old was playing on a hillside, he was badly injured by a large rock that became dislodged. Some neighbors of Michael Allen, age 7, of Pottsville are shocked and saddened by what happened to boy Thursday night. “I was really sad about it and I said a few prayers for them […]

  • Girardville St. Patrick’s Day Parade Information

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  • Theft and Fraud In Clerk Of Courts Office?

    POTTSVILLE — Newswatch 16 has learned that an investigation is underway into the Clerk of Courts office in Schuylkill County. The District Attorney called it possible fraud and theft. Steve Lukatch is Schuylkill County’s Clerk of Courts. He’s been in office for 26 years. Officials said they’ve uncovered that for six months, Lukatch’s car payment was being paid with taxpayer’s money. Lukatch denied wrongdoing and insists he made an honest mistake. “There was a mistake made in six months where […]

  • Woman Sentenced For Murder Plot

    POTTSVILLE — A woman who admits she plotted to kill her landlord and her boyfriend was sentenced today in Schuylkill County Court. Jamielynn Reilly of Sheppton will  spend between four and 10 years in state prison. She apologized when we spoke with her. “I am sorry and they know that they put me in a mental institution,” Reilly said. Brian Treco was one of Reilly’s targets. “I think she should have gotten more time for what she did for what […]

  • Two Restaurants Rebuilding In Luzerne County

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP –Two restaurants are making comebacks in Luzerne County. Workers are putting the finishing touches to the former Stage Coach Inn near Hazleton. Co-owner Drew Wandishin said he’s proud of the changes, including the eatery’s  new name: Theodora’s Restaurant. “I always wanted to have it in the honor of my mother Theodora who died when I was very young to cancer and it’s been an honor to do something like this.” The new owners have high hopes for Theodora’s. […]

  • Help In Making Career Choices

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — This is the time of year when high school seniors get close to graduation and have to put serious thought for their future. There is a school near Hazleton that wants to help them make their decisions. Nearly 300 high school students toured the McCann School of Business and Technology near Hazleton. Lori Kane, a school official, said the visit can be an important step in determining their futures. “Not only to showcase McCann and for many […]

  • Hit and Run Victim Recalls Being Hit

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — The search is also on for the driver who hit a pedestrian in Schuylkill County and kept going. The man survived and told Newswatch 16 what happened. He wonders why the driver didn’t stop. State Trooper Ed Sanchez visited the home of the hit and run victim near Girardville to see how Jesse Coolbaugh is doing and continue the investigation into the crash near Lost Creek. “I am just glad I am alive. It could have been […]

  • Power To Save: Heating With Corn

    UNION TOWNSHIP — A farmer in Schuylkill County has the Power To Save by using feed corn to heat his home. Ron Fetterman is a farmer who lives near Ringtown.  He loads his furnace with dried corn, corn which he grows. The corn is slowly pulled up a tube into the combustion chamber. Air is heated and is pumped into Fetterman’s home. “I wouldn’t go back to anything else as long as I could raise the corn and take care […]