Brit joined the Newswatch 16 team in September 2019 after spending almost 2 and a half years covering Carbon and Monroe counties for a cable station. Before moving to Pennsylvania, Brit grew up in Portland, Maine and attended Emmanuel College in Boston. During Boston years, Brit played college basketball and Interned at WHDH7 Sports. There, she made her on-air debut interviewing Pablo Sandoval at Logan airport.
Despite dreams of becoming a basketball reporter for the Big10 or the ACC, Brit fell in love with Pennsylvania, local news and her now husband, Nick, while working in Carbon County. The Purdys live in Columbia County with their three dogs : Cash, Coco, and Hunter.
When she’s not working you can find Brit hiking, baking, seeking out new restaurants and coffee shops or walking dogs at the PSPCA in Danville.
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police say human remains were discovered off Pittston Township Boulevard in Luzerne County on Monday. Pittston Township police and state police were called to a wooded area near the Pittston Bypass around 2 p.m. Monday. They found human remains somewhere behind the former Kmart building. Investigators say those remains had likely been there for a while. Officials have not confirmed who the victim is or how they died. The remains were deteriorating and the death didn’t […]
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A Monroe County community showed up in numbers Monday morning to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over breakfast. The annual celebration breakfast was held for the 23rd year at East Stroudsburg University. The school’s president says the first breakfast brought a crowd of 40 people “To where we now have at least 350 people here this morning, so I think it is a statement to our community that we need […]
SHENANDOAH, Pa. — The smoldering warehouse along Lloyd Street is still adorned with icicles after a fire tore through the building Friday. Frank Zangari, president of Schuylkill County Fire Chiefs, said first responders’ gear was covered with ice during the fire. “So you’re totally covered with ice, your mustache has ice in it, your eyebrows,” Zangari explained. “Visibility becomes a problem.” Zangari said fighting the Lloyd Street fire was already a grueling task with some of the worst smoke conditions he’s […]
MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — PennDOT is asking drivers to slow down on Interstates 80, 81, 380 and 84. In Monroe County, conditions worsened, and many people rushed to hardware stores to get last-minute supplies. This employee at Steels Ace Hardware near Tannersville says rock salt was flying off the shelves. “People still come out in the snow and we’ll be here. We don’t close because of the snow. People rely on us. We have the stuff they need,” said Andrew […]
TAMAQUA, Pa. — Many people woke up with the surprise not having power Sunday morning, including Robert Hain. “I woke up, and I was in my recliner, it’s electric,” Hain said. “I had a hard time getting out of my recliner!” According to PPL, thousands of people across our area were in the dark. PPL posted that some outages were caused by tripped breakers, and others were the result of the weather. While Luzerne County had its fair share of […]
HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some spectators were directed back to their vehicles to drop off backpacks diaper bags and large purses as they tried to enter Hanover Area High School for a basketball game. “What they’re looking to do is just be a little bit more proactive to make sure you know to make sure they step in front of anything that could potentially happen in the future,” said Hanover boys basketball coach Chris Gray. Fans are no longer allowed […]
LANSFORD, Pa. — A new owner is hoping to unlock new opportunities in the former Panther Valley Middle School which housed students in Lansford for nearly a century. The Lansford Historical Society has deemed the school a historic classified building. The president of the historical society plans to help Andy Pedraza, the new owner, get tax breaks and additional funding to renovate, but as they showed us, there’s a lot of work to do, mostly aesthetic. “Honestly, the biggest undertaking […]
PENNSYLVANIA, — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission rolled out the annual spike in tolls Sunday morning. Tolls paid with EZ Pass, cash, and the pay-by-plate billing system have increased by 6 percent. In 2019 the most common toll for a regular size passenger vehicle was costing cash customers $2.30 but now it’s $2.50. Drivers using EZ pass saw an increase from $1.40 to $1.50. Many motorists say it’s not enough to make them opt for back roads “Probably I’ll just grin […]
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Pastor David Bixler of Emmanuel Baptist Church came into his place of worship last weekend to find a horrendous scene. “It looked like a tornado came through here,” the pastor said. The man police believe is responsible was already behind bars. State troopers found Steven Smith-Williams, 32, of New Jersey, walking naked along Four Mile Drive, not far from the church earlier this month. According to court papers, Smith-Williams was confrontational and kicked a state trooper in […]
STROUDSBURG, Pa. — New Year’s Eve always means a big party at Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg. This bar and restaurant are even kicking off the festivities early with a live band playing Monday night. “We always have great music here at Sarah Street. Tonight we have Public Displays of Rejection, tomorrow we have Track Suit Panda. Tomorrow is going to be a big event. We’re going to be close to sold out. You can probably still get in at […]
MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — Many people in the Poconos spent the day preparing to ring in a new decade. Choosing your drink for midnight cheers is quite a process at Blue Ridge Estates Winery near Saylorsbug, but lots of people in the Poconos took the day off to find that perfect bottle. “We have a wide variety of wines. They do a tasting, it’s usually five wines, $7, and they go home with a big beautiful glass,” said Theresa Lusardi […]