Carmella grew up watching Newswatch 16 in her hometown of Dunmore, Lackawanna County.

She first walked into the WNEP newsroom as an intern during the summer of 2012.

During her internship, she assisted reporters and photographers at the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial in Bellefonte, Centre County.

In January 2015, she came back! Carmella worked as a multi-media journalist and assignment desk assistant.

Along the way, she learned how to do several other jobs including producing and line producing. She was also the “Tuesday Taste Tester” for a little more than a year.

Most recently, she took over the reporting position in the Pocono Newsroom.

Carmella began her news career in Watertown, New York where she worked as a multi-media journalist. She was only in the North Country for nine months when she was offered Time Warner Cable News (formally Your News Now) morning reporter position in Binghamton, New York.

Carmella graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While at University Park, she was apart of many student run organizations including PSN-TV.

In her spare time, Carmella likes to travel. Whether she is visiting friends in other states or going overseas to see her family in Italy, she is always on the move.

If you have any story ideas for her in the Poconos, send them her way! She can be reached via email at

Recent Articles
  • Early Signs of Fall in the Poconos

    MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — The first day of fall is a little more than a week away, but signs of the season are starting to pop in parts of our area. Fall foliage is a big tourist attraction, especially in the Poconos. You can see some of the trees changing colors along Interstate 380 in Monroe County. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau puts together a fall forecast. It gives the best dates to come and check out the bright, beautiful […]

  • Outdoor Learning Center Open in the Poconos

    COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Learning just got a little brighter and breezier for pre-K students at the Mountain Center near Tobyhanna. An outdoor education and nutrition center is up and running. “This is our outdoor classroom. It’s basically just like an inside classroom, but we took it outdoors for the children to learn and explore in nature with all it has to give us,” said Francesca Cornman, Head Start educational coach. The new outdoor space is a project a few […]

  • State Police Hope New Lead Will Crack Cold Case

    LEHIGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Just behind a tree farm near Weatherly, there is a field with a little more than 100 white wooden crosses in the ground. Newswatch 16 went looking for one cross in particular — the one where “Beth Doe” rests. “Beth Doe” was a young woman, killed and stuffed into suitcases along with her unborn daughter. The luggage was found along the Lehigh River on December 20, 1976. “It was one of my son’s friends that came […]

  • 9/11 Through the Eyes of Former New Yorkers

    MOUNT POCONO, Pa. — Otilia Guanta lives in Blakeslee now, but 18 years ago, she lived in New York City. “I don’t want to remember. I don’t want to remember. I don’t wish it on nobody. Terrible, terrible,” said Otilia Guanta. The terror of 9/11 still haunts her.  Not just because of what she saw in the sky, but the unknown of where her loved one was on the ground below. “My son was working downtown when that happened. I […]

  • Drivers Not Happy with Oil and Chip Work on Route 115 in Monroe County

    TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s a bit of a rocky road for drivers on Route 115 near Blakeslee. PennDOT recently treated the road using a process called oil and chipping. Timothy Jones from Tobyhanna Township showed Newswatch 16 the marks left on his car. “It chips the windows, if you look on my windshield, the hood. I have chips all over my car. It’s ridiculous,” said Jones. PennDOT officials tell Newswatch 16 that oil and chipping is an important tool […]

  • Vandals Destroy Computer Labs at East Stroudsburg University

    EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — East Stroudsburg University police are looking for at least three people responsible for a vandalism spree. Computer labs in both the science building and Stroud Hall were destroyed. Danny Chen is a senior and has classes in both buildings. “The sci-tech second floor, most of sci-tech, kind of got vandalized. There was a lot of kind of stuff just like lying around. It looks like someone broke in and made some damage,” said Chen. According to […]

  • 11 Horses Die in Suspicious Barn Fire

    MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — All that’s left of a three-story barn on a property near Milford is a pile of rubble. Flames destroyed the place at County Seat Horse Farm and 11 horses were killed. Madeline Ribacka owned five of them.  The other six were being boarded. Ribacka was out of town when the fire happened. “It doesn’t make any sense at all, no sense,” said Ribacka. The fire happened just after 2 p.m. on Friday, August 30. A state […]

  • Demolition for Smithfield Gateway Project Begins

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The first of several buildings was demolished Thursday to make way for a multimillion-dollar project in the Poconos. That project known as the Smithfield Gateway will be a mixed-use development near East Stroudsburg. A vacant house on Route 209 near East Stroudsburg is the first to come down. Smithfield Gateway will take over more than 120 acres of land in Smithfield Township. More than 30 buildings, including parts of the old Mosier’s Dairy Farm, will be […]

  • Hurricane Dorian Disrupts Travel Plans

    STROUD TOWNSHIP — Travel agents at AAA near Stroudsburg are used to the hustle and bustle of booking trips, but after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and created some problems on the coast of Florida, things have gotten really busy. “It’s been crazy. Lots of people are trying to figure out alternate plans. People that are on cruise ships right now that were scheduled to stop in the Bahama’s, their itineraries have been completely altered, they have been made aware […]

  • Flagstaff Road Closed for Paving

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A heavily traveled road in Carbon County is temporarily shut down for paving. Flagstaff Road in Mahoning Township is scheduled to be closed until Friday. Many drivers have been using it to get around another project on Route 209. One by one, Newswatch 16 found drivers stopping to ask for directions after hitting a “road closed” sign on Flagstaff Road in Mahoning Township. Some are not happy, and others are just dealing with it. “I am […]

  • Thief Rips Out Barber Pole from Business in Carbon County

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Surveillance video from The Hair Cut Stop near Lehighton shows a man ripping out the barber pole from the front of the shop. “I was like, ‘Oh, where is the barber pole? Oh, my God,'” said Mary Fischer, The Hair Cut Stop. Mary Fischer owns the business in Mahoning Township. She says the theft happened on Monday between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Newswatch 16 showed the video to long-time customer Robert Williams. “Crazy. I mean […]

  • Wildlife Refuge Project Complete

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Everything you see at the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Delaware Water Gap — the land, the trees, even the butterflies — is now protected. Officials from several government agencies celebrated a project that now preserves 4,350 acres of wildlife habitat. “By protecting this area, we are conserving habitat. Not just for wildlife but for people, for people to enjoy and recreate. We are also protecting clean water. It’s so important for the valley and […]

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