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
  • Drivers Pleased with Prices at the Pump

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Gas prices are finally on the decline after getting close to a four-year high in October. Some people are calling it an early holiday gift even if the snow felt like coal in their stockings. “I’m happy gas prices are down. I’m not happy we had a foot of snow last night. It was horrible.” More than 54 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles away from home for Thanksgiving, according to AAA. That’s up […]

  • Bad Roads Good for Hotels

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It was pretty smooth sailing on the roads in the Hazleton Friday, but Thursday night, cars were skidding, and it took a group effort just to get anywhere. PennDOT officials say there were at least 16 crashes or disabled trucks nearby along Interstate 81, Interstate 80 and the Turnpike, causing drivers like Susan Janett to pull over and call it a night. “It was awful. I was on the road, we were all going extremely slow. […]

  • Northern Tier Drivers Slowed by Storm

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — PennDOT crews continued to plow through the ice and rain Thursday night in Clarks Summit and most drivers stayed off the roads. But earlier traffic was crawling as this snow plow and salt truck made their way down a hill on south state street and it wasn’t an easy job for a snow plow driver at the Dalton Do It Center either. “I wasn’t planning on plowing tonight. I figured I’d come in the morning early and get it […]

  • Parents Oppose Outsourcing School Busing

    PARADISE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two hundred bus drivers from the Pocono Mountain School District have their jobs on the line. The school board is considering hiring an outsourced bus company. That bus company says it will keep those 200 school bus drivers if they meet the company’s qualifications, which would include passing background checks and drug tests. A sign showing support for school bus drivers sits outside Betty Kruk’s house in Coolbaugh Township. Her dad drove for the Pocono Mountain […]

  • Volunteer Fire Departments Getting Financial Boost from the State

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office announced it is releasing more than $55 million in funding to thousands of volunteer fire departments. Officials say the money will be distributed based on population and the number of volunteer fire departments. Excluding Philadelphia, all of the state’s remaining 66 counties will receive money. That includes at least $57,000 to every county in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Luzerne County will receive the largest amount: $1.1 million. Volunteers at the Lake Silkworth […]

  • WWII Veterans Living Together at Retirement Community in Williamsport

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — They were the greatest generation. But with fewer and fewer World War II veterans left to share their stories, it was truly inspiring to find a half dozen all living under the same roof. Some of these men even went to high school together. They served their country together, and now all these years later, they are living in the same retirement community together. The six men gathered in the common area of The Williamsport Home, […]

  • Drivers Are Sick of the Dark, Damp, Dreary Weather

    FREELAND, Pa. — It was a slick ride for anyone making their way around Freeland on this dark, damp Friday night. However, Sorrento’s Pizza delivery man Josh Fulk can’t be saucy about the wet weather. He just has to be careful behind the wheel. “It’s always foggy up on the mountain so you got to watch and the paving here isn’t the greatest so you got to watch out for potholes and it’s extra hard to see,” Fulk said. The […]

  • Police: Woman Lied, Estranged Husband Did Not Try to Shoot Her

    TAYLOR, Pa. — Police in Lackawanna County say a woman made a false claim about her estranged husband attempting to shoot her. Loretta Simonson denies making up a fake story about her estranged husband’s plot to kill her, just a couple of hours after police say she admitted to staging a crime scene and lying to authorities. “We get cases where people lie here and there, but of this magnitude, I’ve never been involved in something like this,” said Taylor […]

  • Climate Change, Changing Lives

    BRADFORD COUNTY, Pa. — This summer was full of extreme weather. It was the wettest summer on record in some parts of our viewing area, causing homes to flood and be swept right off their foundations. There were several tornadoes, including one with winds of up to 130 miles per hour which destroyed shopping complexes in Wilkes-Barre Township. Meteorologists say more intense weather could be on the way. Meteorologists say the time is now people and businesses need to start […]

  • Rearranging the Furniture May Have Saved Woman’s Life

    UPDATE: According to police, charges against Charles Simonson have been dropped after his wife, Loretta, admitted to firing the gun in the bedroom and lying to authorities about her husband’s involvement. (Original story) TAYLOR, Pa. — Rearranging the bedroom furniture may have saved the life of a woman in Lackawanna County. Police in Taylor say Charles Simonson, 63, fired a round exactly where his wife would’ve been sleeping if she had not moved the furniture in the bedroom. Police say […]

  • Police, Students Involved in Fight After School

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Dozens of students and police were caught up in a fight in Scranton Wednesday afternoon. Police say it started out as a fight involving a handful of Scranton High School students on Olive Street, but it grew into something much bigger. Cell phone video shows the fight spilled onto the street and stopped traffic on Olive Street in Scranton around 3 p.m. just as students from Scranton High School were dismissed for the day. Police say three […]

  • Meuser Wins 9th Congressional Seat

    DALLAS, Pa. — Republican Dan Meuser announced his win in the 9th Congressional District Tuesday night over his opponent, Democrat Denny Wolff. Meuser got a standing ovation when he arrived at the watch party at Leggio’s in Dallas. He was out all day encouraging people across his district to vote. People here in the Back Mountain say they supported Meuser partly because he is a strong supporter of President Trump. Policy wise, Meuser is pro-life, wants to repeal the Affordable […]