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
  • Like it or Not, Grocery Store Shoppers and Skiers Prepare for Winter Storm

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — Preparations for this weekend’s winter storm are being made all over Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Skiers in Susquehanna County made plans to stay on the slopes, but last-minute shoppers made sure to take the opportunity to get out on Friday night. Matthew Homisak was stocking up on essentials at Zazzera’s grocery store in Forest City. The possibility of 18 inches of snow could keep him inside for the weekend. He is not looking forward to the […]

  • Snow Plow Drivers, Grocery Store Clerks Work Overtime for Upcoming Storm

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — PennDOT has plenty of salt in its shed in Pittston Township for the upcoming snow storm, but PennDOT spokesperson James May said there’s a shortage of drivers to get it on the roads. “It will be all hands on deck. We have the resources to get us through this,” May said. PennDOT said its short 47 snow plow drivers across the northeast district, which covers Luzerne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne and Pike counties. However, officials said […]

  • Police: Woman Held Hostage, Beaten, Molested in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Police in Wilkes-Barre say a woman who was being held hostage and molested by a man who was threatening to kill her managed to escape on her own. Police say Matthew Gyle, 39, of Wilkes-Barre, threatened that woman with what looked like an ice pick and told her she wasn’t going to make it out of there alive. Police say he held the woman hostage for hours, beat her, and molested her at his home on Conyngham […]

  • Sanitary Authority Looking for Solutions to Controversial Stormwater Runoff Fee

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Board members for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority say they’re continuing to look into the possibility of eliminating or reducing the stormwater runoff fee, but they have no solid plan on how to do that just yet. That’s not what residents wanted to hear. The board held another meeting Tuesday night in relation to that controversial fee that’s caused such an uproar in Luzerne County. “I was in the Army for 35 years, and I’ll be […]

  • Local Wine and Beer on the Menu for Governor Wolf’s Inaugural Ball

    TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf will be sworn in for his second term on Tuesday afternoon in Harrisburg and a taste of northeast Pennsylvania will be on the menu. Breweries and wineries from different corners of our viewing area will be at the inaugural ball. At Nimble Hill in Tunkhannock, owner Gary Toczko poured his award-winning 2017 riesling made solely out of grapes from his vineyard in Mehoopany. His riesling will be on the menu at the inaugural ball. […]

  • ‘They Need to Get Rid of It, It’s Ridiculous’ Residents React to Potential Elimination of New Fee

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The new stormwater runoff fee in the Wyoming Valley has some residents up in arms. The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority announced on Friday it will be looking into every option to potentially reduce or eliminate the fee. Landowners in the Back Mountain, like Donald Gregory, said it’s a crippling added expense. “What you see here is their savior and they want to tax you out of your socks for it,” Gregory said. Gregory’s family has owned […]

  • Wild Hogs on the Loose in Schuylkill County

    WEST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A group of wild hogs are on the loose in Schuylkill County. Owner Michael Comisac said eight of his pigs escaped 10 days ago on his property at Big White Oak Ranch in West Penn Township. Comisac said he just sold those pigs for about $5,600. He put them in a trailer to cart them away and they got out underneath a fence. “I don’t know if something scared them or whatever, but they poked […]

  • Woman Charged for Deadly Williamsport Stabbing

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A woman wanted for a deadly stabbing in Williamsport was brought back to Lycoming County to face charges. U.S. Marshals arrested Monica Burns, 30, of Williamsport, Wednesday morning in Philadelphia. Authorities issued a warrant for Burns several days ago. Burns was arraigned at a magistrate’s office in Loyalsock Township Wednesday evening on charges including criminal homicide. Burns is accused of fatally stabbing Ryan Jones, 28, of Williamsport, earlier this month. Investigators believe Burns stabbed Jones in the chest […]

  • Caught on Camera: Woman Breaks into Borough Building After Allegedly Harassing Police Officer

    WEST WYOMING, Pa. — A woman is locked up in Luzerne County after she smashed her way into the West Wyoming Borough Building. Police say she had been harassing a police officer. Police say Ashley Keister of Nanticoke was arrested by the officer she allegedly began harassing in May of 2018. But this past week, police say she started sending that officer drawings and calling 911 because she wanted to talk to him. Surveillance video from outside the West Wyoming […]

  • Back to Business As Usual for Township Leaders After Fire Rips Apart Building

    GIBSON TOWNSHIP, Pa.  — The Gibson Township building looked like a ball of fire as flames destroyed nearly everything inside last Wednesday. Less than one week later, it’s business as usual. Township supervisors held their first public meeting since the fire at Tompkins Engineering, less than three miles away from the old building. Bob Salansky came to the meeting and was impressed by the supervisors’ resiliency. “They’re doing a wonderful job. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes to […]

  • Safety Concerns After Cop Charged with Multiple Counts of Sexual Assault

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Another woman has come forward saying she was sexually assaulted by a police officer in Ashley. His arrest raises questions, especially for women, on what your rights are if you’re being made to feel uncomfortable by a police officer. Attorneys in Luzerne County say every situation is different but if at all possible, you can use your phone to protect yourself. Law enforcement in the Wyoming Valley is saying what one particular police officer is accused of […]

  • Music Store Burglar Has One Thing to Say After Being Locked Up in Luzerne County – ‘Go Eagles’

    PITTSTON, Pa. — The only thing Dale Sourbeck, 49 of Pittston, had to say after police arrested him for burglary was, “Go Eagles.” The face he made when he realized he was on camera while allegedly trying to steal guitars from Rock Street Music in Pittston around 3 a.m. on Thursday told a different story. Police were able to catch up with Sourbeck because surveillance video caught a clear picture of his license plate and officers say they found stolen […]