Carolyn Blackburne is a proud New Jersey native who is even prouder to serve northeastern and central Pennsylvania! She joined the Newswatch 16 team in March of 2017 as the Luzerne County reporter.

Before reporting at WNEP, Carolyn worked as a weekend evening anchor and multimedia journalist for a year and a half at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md. While there, Carolyn was responsible for shooting, writing, and editing all of her stories. She produced and anchored four hours of news every weekend.

Carolyn is also an ecstatic Orange Woman! She graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in May of 2015 with minors in information management and technology and political science. She is one of many Syracuse University graduates at Newswatch 16. As such, she had dreams of working with WNEP since she was just a sophomore in college.

This journey all began when Carolyn was 16-years-old with a blaring 5 a.m. alarm, a supportive 6 a.m. drive by mom, and a state-of-the-art high school T.V. program. Carolyn went to Mount Olive High School and anchored the morning announcements there every day. By the time she was a senior, she had been bitten by the T.V. bug so badly, she spent close to ten hours a day shooting, writing, and editing various projects before, during, and after school. She still visits the school to mentor other students and pay it forward.

When she’s off camera, Carolyn is usually concocting the next best grilled cheese recipe, blasting Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, or water skiing with friends and family. She loves to stay positive, meditate, and drink lots of iced coffee (even in the dead of winter)!

Feel free to e-mail Carolyn with any story ideas: carolyn.blackburne@wnep.com
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She’s available on Twitter at: @cblackburne


Recent Articles
  • Riders ‘Ecstatic’ Over New Night Bus Schedule in Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Some people in Luzerne County are rejoicing after a new night bus schedule made its big debut on Monday night. The new night bus schedule goes from 7 p.m. to just after 1 a.m. Now, a lot more people can take the bus to get to work on the night shift. Juan Ramos said he takes the bus to get to training in Wilkes-Barre for the Luzerne County Special Olympics but getting home to Ashley later at […]

  • Emergency Responder Hit by Dump Truck at Crash Scene

    MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Kunkle volunteer firefighters held each other close after state troopers in Tunkhannock say a firefighter was hit by a dump truck. Troopers say the firefighter was struck while he was rerouting traffic at an accident scene here at the intersection of Routes 309 and 29. The whole reason why emergency responders were redirecting traffic here in the first place was because a van hit this telephone pole. “Pretty surprising but at the same time, this intersection […]

  • Dallas Teachers Approve New Contract, Bringing Lengthy Dispute Closer to an End

    DALLAS, Pa. — Luzerne County’s longest running school district contract dispute is one step closer to ending. Teachers in the Dallas School District approved of the new contract after four years of strikes and rancorous negotiations. TEACHERS DISPUTE COULD BE COMING TO A END: After four years of strikes, a mediator came up with a new contract that the Dallas teachers union has approved of – by close to 99 percent. Now, the Dallas School Board will vote on the new […]

  • Seven Hurt in Building Collapse in Berwick

    BERWICK, Pa. — Seven people were sent to the hospital after the roof of a vacant building came tumbling down in Berwick. Firefighters said no one was inside the building on Second Street when it started falling apart around 3 p.m. Wednesday, but people on the sidewalk and sitting in their cars were hurt in the wreck. BUILDING COLLAPSE: Witness says the roof of this building on Second St in Berwick started to fall apart this afternoon and fell onto two […]

  • Some Poke Fun at Shawn Christy on Social Media, Others Call Him Political Prisoner

    RUSH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — In the more than three months Shawn Christy has eluded U.S. Marshals, he has become quite the figure on social media. Some Facebook groups call Shawn Christy a political prisoner. Others take a more cynical approach with one referring to Christy as the Wackadoo from McAdoo. More than 1,000 people are members of a group called Shawn Christy Political Prisoner. Christy’s mom and dad are among the people who run the page. “I think it needs […]

  • Bracing for After Effects of Hurricane Florence in Area Already Hit by Flooding

    PORT CARBON, Pa. — Most of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania is under a flood watch on Monday night as remnants of Hurricane Florence move through our area with the potential for heavy rain. People in one Schuylkill County community are especially worried about all this rain. Darlene Singleton and her husband Kenneth still have a lot of cleaning up to do at their home in Port Carbon from the flooding there last month. Now, the after effects from Hurricane Florence […]

  • Two Suspects Named in Carbon County Arson

    WEATHERLY, Pa. — Police have charged two people with arson in Carbon County. The charges come after a two-year investigation led police to uncover a tangled web of crimes in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Officers in Weatherly said the devastating arson on Third Street not only put the lives of neighbors and first responders in danger, but it also led them to a long investigation involving drugs and explosives. Even two years ago, police said they had their suspicions this was arson. […]

  • Folks in Luzerne County are Helping People and Pets from Hurricane Zone

    DALLAS, Pa. — Blue Chip Animal Refuge is helping animals from the hurricane zone. The shelter in Dallas took 10 dogs in from a high kill shelter in North Carolina that was in the path of the storm and some pups already have homes in Luzerne County. “Not only am I saving a life but now they’re not going to be displaced because of bad weather,” said Suzanne Stebbins, who adopted a dog from the hurricane zone. Of the 10 […]

  • Investigation Continues After Troopers Shoot Man in Susquehanna County

    HALLSTEAD, Pa. — The investigation continues in Susquehanna County after state police shot a man five times during an altercation Tuesday night. The man who was shot had allegedly been beating an older man in his home in Hallstead. According to court papers, James Lewis, 38, called 911 after he beat Stephen Esposito, 66, to the point where he was bleeding from his eyes and nose. While still on the phone with emergency dispatchers, Lewis threatened to kill Esposito. When […]

  • State Police Investigating After Neighbors Report Hearing Several Gunshots

    HALLSTEAD, Pa. — State police are investigating after neighbors say they heard several gunshots fired in Susquehanna County. State police aren’t saying much at this time, but neighbors on Dubois Street in Hallstead say they heard four to six gunshots shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Troopers won’t confirm if there was a shooting but say an ambulance was at the scene earlier. They wouldn’t say if anyone was taken to a hospital. Neighbors say it seems there was a fight happening […]

  • A Mother’s Promise to Never Forget

    SOUTH MONTROSE, Pa. — A mother in Susquehanna County is keeping her promise to never forget and making sure others remember, too. Hundreds came to a 9/11 memorial service in South Montrose to mark this 17th anniversary. Under dark skies, people remembered 2,996 bright lives. But here in Susquehanna County, one shines especially bright. “Danny was my son,” said Debbie Crisman. “Danny was 25 years old. He was born here. We moved to New Jersey. I came back to Pennsylvania […]

  • Seniors Deal with Flooding Problems for the Second Time in a Month

    DUSHORE, Pa. — Residents of a senior center in Sullivan County are dealing with high water for the second time in a month. Newswatch 16 was there at Sullivan Terrace Senior Center in Dushore last month when the parking lot was practically underwater, but now seniors have some added protection. The waterfall just outside Sullivan Terrace is usually a quiet stream, but with all the recent wet weather, it’s a lot louder and stronger. “Everybody in the building says every […]