Chase Senior joined the Newswatch 16 team in September of 2017. He comes to WNEP-TV from Springfield, Illinois, where he spent two years as a sports reporter, multimedia journalist and radio co-host for Channel1450 and Sports Radio 1450.
Chase grew up just outside of Philadelphia in West Chester, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a degree in journalism. At Temple, Chase was an anchor, reporter and host on Temple TV, a radio co-host and play-by-play announcer on WHIP, wrote for The Temple News and held internships at NBC Sports Philadelphia, 97.5 The Fanatic and the Producers Guild of America.
Chase is excited to be back in his home state of Pennsylvania and is proud to serve such a loyal and passionate audience. Chase is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan. In his free time, he enjoys listening to rap music or podcasts, working out and spending time with his family and friends.
TAMAQUA, Pa. — A fire Sunday night in one part of Schuylkill County ended up revealing much more than expected. When fire officials arrived, they found the home full of exotic pets, and neighbors say the owners and their pets have that neighborhood feeling uneasy. A blue house in the 200 block of Washington Street in Tamaqua is now boarded up after a fire. People in this part of Schuylkill County say this wasn’t just some ordinary fire at a […]
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A popular landmark in the Lehigh Valley that was part of the steel industry’s glory days came down Sunday morning. Martin Tower, the former home of Bethlehem Steel, was completed in the early 1970s, and for decades, it signified the gold standard in the steel industry. But as that industry went downhill, so did the skyscraper’s value. Around 7 a.m. Sunday, the tower and all the history that came with it crumbled in a matter of seconds. […]
PINE GROVE, Pa. — They’re not necessarily the three little pigs but this trio has quite the tale. On Wednesday, an animal shelter in one part of Schuylkill County received a call they say they’ve never gotten before. The unlikeliest of animals were rescued along a highway, prompting the shelter to make room for three potbellied pigs at the Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA in Pine Grove. State police received a call Wednesday that three pigs were seen roaming around Route […]
TAMAQUA, Pa. — Actress and singer Doris Day, once called “America’s sweetheart,” has died at the age of 97. Day’s career in television and film spanned more than three decades, and many of the songs she made popular are still heard today. Early in her career, she performed in our area in the 1940s. Take a trip to the Tamaqua Station restaurant, home to a once-booming train station, and you feel like you’re going back in time. “People like the […]
WEST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A program at one Schuylkill County elementary school connects fifth grade students with senior citizens. They communicate through written letters, and on Wednesday, the pen pals met for the first time. West Penn Elementary School was transformed into a jungle, with fifth grade students wearing masks, disguised as different animals. This was done to keep a decade-old tradition fresh and fun. “This program shows just what senior citizens are capable of and the amazing things […]
TAMAQUA, Pa. — A fire broke out over the weekend at a Salvation Army branch in Schuylkill County. Although the damage could’ve been worse, a lot was lost. Donated clothes that are burned to a crisp and soot on the floor are what remains inside the Salvation Army in Tamaqua after a fire around 10 a.m. Sunday. “It is very frustrating because we start and we’re like, ‘OK, we see a small pile of stuff we collected and then we […]
SHENANDOAH, Pa. — A school in Schuylkill County is competing in a well-known competition against other schools across the country to benefit their music programs, and the contest is overseen by a famous musician. Duct tape holding together parts of a tuba — not necessarily ideal, but here at Shenandoah Valley High School, the band’s love for music is so pure, that if you give these students instruments in any condition, they’ll find a way to make it work. “We […]
ASHLAND, Pa. — Rain or shine, May’s Drive-In Restaurant in Ashland is always a happening place in that Schuylkill County community. Over the weekend, it turned into much more than just a local spot to grab some food. “All I know is that it’s a mystery and it will be filming on Snapchat in October,” May’s Manager, Kristina Schreck said. “That’s all they told us.” Borough officials tell Newswatch 16 a film crew with Bunim-Murray Productions was in the area […]
WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some elementary school students in Schuylkill County were treated to quite the nature show this week, and it’s turning into a yearly occurrence. School officials at Blue Mountain West Elementary School believe that over the past few years, the same female duck has flown into a courtyard at the school to lay eggs. On Wednesday, those eggs hatched, and momma duck led her ducklings into the wild as students looked on. Momma duck and her 13 […]
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A driver charged with a crash that took the lives of two people including her own little boy has entered a plea in Schuylkill County. A family finally got some closure more than two years after a deadly wreck. That crash happened in March of 2017 on Route 61 near Orwigsburg. More than two years later, the Naftzinger family finally knows the fate of the woman who killed the rock of their family as well as her […]
MAHANOY CITY, Pa. — Although the coal mining industry in our area isn’t booming like it once was, there are still major projects happening here. There’s a lot of excitement at Blaschak Coal Corporation just outside of Mahanoy City. The large anthracite coal producer in Schuylkill County is in the midst of its largest project in the company’s history. “This region has probably billions of tons of anthracite remaining in the ground, so as long as there are good markets […]
WEST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — On National Teacher Appreciation Day, some teachers in our area are being recognized for their work in the classroom. Michele Bittner grew up in the Tamaqua area and dreamed of being a teacher because she wanted to mold the youth. A teacher at West Penn Elementary School, Bittner’s been in the Tamaqua Area School district her whole life, and now her passion for teaching in her hometown is being widely recognized. “I do what I […]