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
You can also follow her on Facebook at: Carolyn Blackburne
She’s available on Twitter at: @cblackburne


Recent Articles
  • Cat in Luzerne County Put Down For Having Rabies

    LARKSVILLE, Pa. —  A community in Luzerne County is on alert after a cat was found with rabies. The SPCA said that cat was put down, but employees are warning people in the Larksville area to keep an eye out for any other rabid animals. Anita Raineri of the SPCA said the cat was acting aggressive and disoriented. “[The cat was] drooly, wobbly, with an imbalance,” Raineri said. The cat was found by a man with a cat colony, a […]

  • Veteran Reflects on Time in Iraq War as America Marks 16 Years Since Conflict Began

    AVOCA, Pa. — America is marking a rather infamous anniversary on Wednesday: 16 years since the start of our war in Iraq. Although the war ended in 2011, it still has a lasting impact on people here in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Newswatch 16 spoke to one veteran in Avoca who said his time in the Iraq War changed him for the better, but he realizes that is not the case for everyone. Andrew Depew was just 18 years old […]

  • Investigators Call Fire in the Poconos Suspicious

    STROUD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A weekend fire in the Poconos was ruled suspicious by police. Officers say the homeowners saw some sketchy characters circling the house on Ryan Drive near Stroudsburg moments before it went up in flames on Saturday night. Mary Talocka and her husband Joe watched from their house next door. “That flame was absolutely–it was horrible. It looks like what they’re putting on the TV now where it’s a chemical fire. Well, that’s the way this looked,” Mary […]

  • Irish Fest Gets Mixed Reviews

    JIM THORPE, Pa. —  Bagpipes blaring down the streets of Jim Thorpe was a staple in the parade for 20 years but now the town has opted for two weekends of an Irish Festival instead. Some people didn’t take that news lightly. “I was heartbroken,” said Mollie Thamarus. The first weekend of Irish Fest in Jim Thorpe was last weekend. Bartender Mollie Thamarus says the festival didn’t bring her much business. “The Irish Fest, it’s kind of hit and miss. […]

  • Veteran and Hometown Hero Passes Away at 97 Years Old

    TAYLOR, Pa. — A well-known and well-loved veteran from Lackawanna County passed away this week at 97 years old. Thomas Bracey served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the air force. He died on Tuesday but is being remembered for being an airman in three wars and a fireman at home. Newswatch 16 spoke to him at a Memorial Day parade in 2012. “It’s a beautiful day. It’s […]

  • UPDATE: One Person Dead After Shooting near Tannersville

    POCONO TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police are conducting an investigation into a shooting at a home in Monroe County.

  • Students React to News of Alleged College Cheating Scam

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Hollywood stars, CEOs, and fashion designers are accused of paying millions to get their kids into prestigious colleges across the country. A massive FBI investigation is just coming to light, and now, the justice department is charging 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Authorities say in some cases, parents allegedly paid for third parties to take ACT and SAT exams on behalf of their children. In others, college coaches were paid to help students […]

  • Man Wanted for Attempted Homicide After Stabbing in Berwick

    BERWICK, Pa. — Police are still searching for a man wanted on attempted homicide charges in Columbia County. Officers in Berwick say Bryan Arriaga-Soto, 24, stabbed Xavier Class at least eight times late Friday night. Jan Watts showed us where the bloody fight took place on West Second Street outside J.J.’s, the bar he manages in Berwick. Employees are still shaken up after witnessing it. “Traumatic, very traumatic, scary for them. They don’t like this stuff. We’re not here to […]

  • PennDOT: Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway Work to Cost More, Take Longer

    SELINSGROVE, Pa. — Drivers in central Pennsylvania will have to get used to sitting in traffic on Route 15 for another couple of years. PennDOT says the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway is expected to be finished three years later than originally planned. The project pushback is heavily affecting those that live nearby. It’s a familiar sight for anyone who lives between Winfield in Union County and Selinsgrove in Synder County: traffic backed up on Route 15. PennDOT has been working […]

  • A “Marvel”-ous Model for Girls

    SELINSGROVE, Pa. — “Captain Marvel” arrived in theaters Thursday night, and the female hero played by Brie Larson may serve as inspiration for young girls. Selinsgrove was just one of the places the movie premiered, but Captain Marvel’s influence has already inspired people of all ages. “It’s a different type of superhero,” explained Elizabeth Valentin of Selinsgrove. “She was an Air Force pilot before she was a hero. It’s not just a mythological character. It’s somebody that kids can relate […]

  • Angelo Ricci, Popular Pizzeria Owner, Passes Away

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A legendary pizzeria owner in Wilkes-Barre has passed away. Angelo Ricci founded Angelo’s Pizzeria, and he inspired two of his sons to open pizza shops of their own in the Diamond City. Ricci passed away Wednesday morning after weeks in the hospital. He was 87 years old, but leaves behind quite a legacy. “He was the greatest man you could ever meet,” said his grandson Brian Ricci. Angelo inspired a pizza making family business. He opened Angelo’s […]

  • Milton Area School Board Considers Closing Montandon Elementary

    WHITE DEER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An elementary school in Northumberland County could be closing its doors. Milton Area School Board members say enrollment at Montandon Elementary School has been declining, but parents say a smaller school means a better education for their children. If board members decide to close Montandon Elementary, those students would be transferred to another elementary school in the Milton Area School District, which currently has roughly four times more students. Parents in the Milton Area School […]

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