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
  • Nonprofit Helping Children Forced to Find New Home After Tornado

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A nonprofit in Wilkes-Barre Township has to find a new home after last month’s tornado destroyed the place. Workers at Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere, also known as S.A.F.E., are worried because they got such a good deal on the rent in the Arena Hub Plaza. People at S.A.F.E. said they hope they can find a place as nice as the one they’re forced to leave because it was a huge office that was specially designed […]

  • People Come Face-to-Face with Power Company After Weeks of Outages in Spring

    STOURDSBURG, Pa. — Tuesday night’s storms were an unwelcome reminder for many folks in the Poconos. Back in the spring, homes, businesses, and schools in Monroe and Pike counties were without power for weeks following a string of storms. On Tuesday, people in Stroudsburg got to come face-to-face with the power company. Some people in Stroudsburg lost power for 12 total days in May and they had a lot to say to the Met-Ed power company. John Schnaitman uses Met-Ed […]

  • For $500, You Can Get Married in Landmark Luzerne County Building

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The Luzerne County Courthouse is open again for wedding ceremonies after its $2 million rotunda project. For just $500, you can get married inside the landmark Luzerne County building with 125 guests. People said having a wedding ceremony at the courthouse for $500 is a deal that can’t be beat. “I’ve been searching for venues for a while and everything is pretty much triple the price of what they would want there, especially for the amount of […]

  • Family Celebrates as Beautiful Baby Girl Wins Trip to Fiji on Live with Kelly and Ryan

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa — A beautiful baby girl from Pittston Township won her family a trip to Fiji. Ophelia Mecadon came in first place in the “Oh Baby” contest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Her family watched the announcement on TV at her dad’s work. “The whole roof of my practice just blew right off. It was incredible when we finally heard it,” Ophelia’s dad Francis Mecadon said. “I honestly didn’t even hear her name. I just saw O […]

  • Police: Waiter Steps In to Help Abused Woman

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police say a quick-thinking employee at a restaurant near Wilkes-Barre took matters into his own hands, leading to the arrest of a man accused of beating his wife. According to court papers, the wife was so badly bruised she could barely speak to make her order at Olive Garden earlier this week. The waiter knew he had to do something to help. A trip to the Olive Garden in Wilkes-Barre Township led to assault charges Michael […]

  • Baby Girl Makes it To Top 5 in “Oh Baby” Contest on Live with Kelly and Ryan

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A beautiful baby girl from our area made it to the top five in the “Oh Baby” contest on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Ophelia Mecadon may only be 10 months old but you can tell she knows she was born for the camera. Her mom Simone thought it would be a good idea to enter Ophelia into the competition. “We were just watching the show one morning and it popped up and everybody keeps telling […]

  • New Ordinance Could Make Aerial Fireworks in Wilkes-Barre a Thing of The Past

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Last week was the first Fourth of July people were able to legally set off consumer-grade aerial fireworks in Pennsylvania. However, folks in Wilkes-Barre said some people were not following the law and setting them off too close to other people’s homes. Officials in Wilkes-Barre are so concerned about this problem that they’ve proposed a new ordinance to city council that could make setting off aerial fireworks a thing of the past. All those loud noises were […]

  • Camp Build Kids’ Confidence in Very Special Way

    WYOMING, Pa. — A camp in Luzerne County is teaching kids how to be more confident in a really special way. “Whatever I think in my mind I put down, and I just get extreme with it, and I love it,” 9-year-old Lily Morgan of Hazleton said. Lily always lets her creativity run wild, but she feels especially comfortable letting loose when she’s at camp. “All my friends are here, and they’re all equal with me, so everything’s great to […]

  • City Officials in Pittston Battling Blight

    PITTSTON, Pa. — Vacant homes came down and citations were written up all along Tompkins Street in Pittston on Tuesday. City officials said this is just the start of a major clean up. Neighbors said they’ve been waiting for four years to see one vacant home come down. Donna Skechus lives right across the street and had to come outside to watch. “I think it’s the best thing that could happen to our neighborhood,” Skechus said. Code enforcement hit the […]

  • Plaza Owner Hopes for Holiday Reopening After Tornado

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s been almost a month since a tornado ripped through the Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township. Workers say it hasn’t been easy, but the Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township has come a long way since last month’s tornado. “No one has had a day off. We worked the Fourth of July and everybody put in work. We really sweat it. As a team, we came together and we did it well,” Belfor laborer Philip […]

  • People Welcome Wet Weather After This Week’s Heat Wave

    OLYPHANT, Pa. — This week’s heat wave had some people welcoming Friday morning’s wet weather. “It could rain for three days straight and I’d be happy,” Mike Grayson from Olyphant said. Temperatures all over our viewing area were consistently above 90 degrees in the last five days. Some people didn’t mind carrying around an umbrella on Friday, considering the uncomfortable heat earlier this week. “Terrible, terrible. Very uncomfortable,” Sophie Petrone of Peckville said. “It was oppressive,” Grayson said. Air conditioning […]

  • Luzerne County Cop’s Lip Sync Challenge Video Goes Viral

    HARVEYS LAKE, Pa. — It’s easy to see Harveys Lake patrolman Corey Pavinski isn’t shy. That’s why he was fine accepting the law enforcement lip sync challenge on behalf of his department. The video has more than 50,000 views on Facebook. The trend started at a sheriff’s department in Texas, hoping to shine a positive light on law enforcement. “With the job that we do and every time we’re bashed on social media or anything like that, this brings light […]