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)!

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Recent Articles
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  • People are Keen about Beans at the 128th McClure Bean Soup Festival

    MCCLURE, Pa. — With spoons in hand, people in Synder County could not scarf down their beloved bean soup fast enough at the 128th annual Bean Soup Festival in McClure. It all started when Civil War veterans in Synder County threw the first Bean Soup Festival. The method of making the special soup hasn’t changed since. “All it has are these little holes and then you just stir back and forth,” Cindy Tyson said of the large soup spoon she […]

  • Protesting White Haven Center Closure

    WHITE HAVEN, Pa. — More than 100 people with intellectual and physical disabilities are being forced to find housing elsewhere after the state made its decision to close the White Haven Center in Luzerne County. Family members spoke out against the decision at a meeting with state officials Thursday night. The Department of Human Services says the decision to close the White Haven Center was made as a way to better integrate people who have disabilities into the community. But […]

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    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — After a full day of searching the home of a missing man in Luzerne County, troopers declared it a case of homicide. State police from the Wyoming barracks have been searching Bill Morse’s property for more than 12 hours. Troopers tell Newswatch 16 they’ll likely be there all night. State police and an FBI evidence response team ramped up the search for Morse Wednesday morning, using a sealed search warrant to sift through brush and wood […]

  • Furry and Friendly Welcome Back to School

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Colleges in our area have all sorts of different ways to welcome students back to campus. At Lock Haven University, students, administrators, and professors came together with their four-legged friends for some campus bonding. It’s hard to imagine a better way to be welcomed back to campus than with a parade of puppies. The university has scheduled dog walks to break the ice between canines and humans. “It attracts people because they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s such […]

  • New State Police Barracks Planned for Luzerne County

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — State police in Luzerne County are moving to a new headquarters. A new facility for Pennsylvania State Police Troop P is set to be built in Hanover Township, a few miles away from the longtime headquarters in the borough of Wyoming. The new 55,000-square-foot barracks in Hanover Township will be complete with indoor and outdoor gun ranges and brand new training facilities. Monday night, the developer was awarded a $225,000 tax break from Hanover Township. Joe […]

  • Peebles Department Store Closing, Gordmans Discount Store Taking its Place

    CARBONDALE, Pa. – It’s hard to miss the store closing banner outside Peebles department store in Carbondale. However, as one door closes, another one opens. The store will soon be a Gordmans, which is a discount department store. “Well, we like Peebles. We like the selection, they have nicer clothes, but they’re going to open a sister store so we’re all good,” Vicki Nixon of Waymart said. Folks who shop here at Peebles tell Newswatch 16 they are relieved another […]

  • Art Studio Helping Adults with Intellectual, Physical Disabilities Moves into Much Bigger Facility

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  • Bloomsburg University Student Hospitalized: Vaping to Blame?

    BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — A Bloomsburg University student is on life support in the hospital, and the sophomore’s parents say his critical condition was brought on by e-cigarettes. The parents of 19-year-old Kevin Boclair say their son had an asthma attack three weeks ago. They say his condition was only made worse by vaping. Boclair is on life support at a hospital near Philadelphia, hooked up to a heart and lung bypass machine. He initially suffered an asthma attack, and according […]

  • Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Is Touching Tribute

    PLYMOUTH, Pa. — A traveling Vietnam War memorial arrived in Luzerne County Tuesday night. With emergency responders and Vietnam War veterans leading the way, The Wall That Heals had quite the welcome to Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth. The wall is a smaller replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. “When it came down Main Street, everybody got so quiet, and it brings tears to your eyes,” said Bonita Dailey of Plymouth. The Wall That Heals […]

  • New Axe Throwing Facility Opens in Forty Fort

    FORTY FORT, Pa. — People were having an axe-cellent time testing their skills at the Hatchet Factory in Forty Fort at its grand opening. “I’m thrilled this is here it gives you another opportunity to do something inside when the weather isn’t great and it’s just fun and it’s unique,” Donna Caruso of Bear Creek Township said. The axe facility is the first to open in Luzerne County, complete with 13 lanes. Each axe-throwing session is 90 minutes long and […]

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