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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.

She was awarded twice for reporting in 2019 from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasting. She took home an award for outstanding breaking report for a house explosion in Taylor. She also won outstanding feature news series for her reporting on Josiah’s story – remembering the inspirational life of a young man diagnosed with a rare disease.

Carolyn was one of the first people on the scene, even before emergency responders, when a tornado ripped apart a shopping complex in Wilkes-Barre Township. Her coverage of the EF-2 twister aired in full on ABC national news the next day.

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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Recent Articles
  • ‘The Irishman’ Advance Screening in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A private screening for “The Irishman” at Movies 14 was held in Wilkes-Barre Monday night. About 200 people filled the theater. Many were excited to see how Luzerne County, specifically people and places from here, would be portrayed on the big screen. “The Irishman” tells the story of Russell Bufalino from Kingston. The movie depicts Bufalino as a powerful mob boss who ordered the hit on labor leader Jimmy Hoffa in 1975. The Irishman in the movie […]

  • Rugged Road in Need of Repair Gets Nearly $1 Million in State Funding

    BOWMANSTOWN, Pa. — It’s a bumpy ride going along Craig Street in Bowmanstown. It’s deteriorating and covered with potholes. People who live nearby said the road is rough on their vehicles. “I just had my car realigned, so it’s a normal thing that our cars, you know, have damage,” Karen Perich said. However, thanks to that $880,000 state grant, the entire stretch of the main thoroughfare in Bowmanstown is going to be reconstructed. Roxanne Neri owns a massage parlor in […]

  • Christmas Tree Crop Doing Well

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It feels a lot like walking in a winter wonderland at Walker’s Tree Farm in Franklin Township near Lehighton. Noelle Ricci drove about an hour from Bucks County to use these trees to make wreaths. “They’re long-lasting. You fresh-cut them so they’ll last until February, March. It’s very different from the stuff that you’re getting at retail, so it’s amazing. They’re just awesome, awesome product,” Ricci said. That awesome product has kept Ricci coming back for […]

  • Preparing Your Vehicle for Early Winter Conditions

    KINGSTON, Pa. — According to our Stormtracker 16 team of meteorologists, the difference in the high’s and low’s are going to vary by almost 20 degrees over the next week. That means some people are already feeling the wrath of Old Man Winter on their vehicles. Janice Haynes of Swoyersville had a dead car battery. She said the cold weather is the culprit. She brought it to Autozone in Edwardsville to have it fixed. “Well, it’s hard starting it in […]

  • Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin’s First Home Game

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A milestone was celebrated at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Wednesday night. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took to the ice for the first time in Luzerne County 20 years ago. The team harkened back to that moment at its game against the Hersey Bears. The Penguins beat the Bears1-0. Some fans were filled with excitement and nostalgia. Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Dennis Bonvie and Chris Kelleher, and developer of the arena, Kevin Blaum, had the honor of dropping […]

  • Son Arrested in Homicide of Father Missing Since Last Year

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A son was arrested and charged with the murder of his own father in Luzerne County. Troopers believe the son made it look like his father went missing and then went on to take control of his dad’s money. William Morse IV, 28, of Sugarloaf Township, had nothing to say as he walked into the state police barracks in Wyoming. He’s been charged in connection with the murder of his father, William Morse III, on the […]

  • Serving Warm Meals to Members of the Military on Veterans Day

    MONTROSE, Pa. — Volunteers served a warm meal to hungry veterans at the VFW Hall in Montrose. Vietnam veteran John Horn said he appreciates the warm welcome, considering that wasn’t how he was greeted coming home from war. “We got spit on. We got stuff thrown at us. Today when they come back, they come through the airport, and you see people there waving flags and everything. When we came back, you didn’t see that,” Horn said. Thomas Jagel spent […]

  • Service Members Honored at Early Veterans Day Ceremony

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Service members and family members came together at the VA Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre for an early Veterans Day ceremony on Friday. Air force veteran John Day was there. He graduated from Coughlin High School in 1968 and was sent overseas less than two months later. “I like to hear their stories, how they sacrificed and everything. My father was World War II, so he got wounded pretty bad,” Day said. Hearing one another’s stories is […]

  • Local Kmart Stores Closing in February

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s the end of the line for Kmarts in our area and around the country. Kmarts like the one near Wilkes-Barre are slated to close in February. That announcement was just made. The company that owns Kmart also owns Sears and is closing 96 Sears and Kmarts nationwide. Those closures will start on December 2, 2019. The locations on West Front Street in Berwick, East Third Street in Williamsport, and Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township […]

  • The First Snow Flakes of the Season

    NEW MILFORD, Pa. — Our first winter weather of the season blew through northeastern and central PA earlier Thursday evening dropping up to two inches of snow in some spots. Newswatch 16 found the flakes flying in Susquehanna County right around evening rush hour. Mostly the northern tier and the Poconos saw the most snow from this system. In New Milford, it’s just the beginning of a long winter. “I work out in the gas fields so I’ve been standing […]

  • Two People Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Lackawanna County

    RANSOM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police want answers after two people were found dead in a home in Lackawanna County. Troopers in Dunmore say they spent more than four and a half hours Thursday night looking over evidence from the apparent murder-suicide in Ransom Township. According to officials, Robert Bowen, 68, of Clarks Summit shot and killed Barbara Naumann, 58, of Dunmore before turning the gun on himself. Police would not say what the relationship was between Bowen and Naumann, […]

  • Youngest Borough Council Member Ever Elected in Plymouth

    PLYMOUTH, Pa. – Voters in several communities across Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania chose candidates specifically to bring about change in the 2019 elections. Maybe nowhere is that truer than in the borough of Plymouth in Luzerne County. The change agent there is an 18-year-old who just graduated from high school. Alec Ryncavage started the process of running for borough council in Plymouth when he was just 17-years-old, not even old enough to vote! Now, he is 18 and ready to […]

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