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.
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 […]
GORDON, Pa. — A Boy Scout in Schuylkill County helped design a fishing pier for people with disabilities to use for years to come. Evan Houser is not an Eagle Scout just yet. the pier was his eagle scout project, but he has not officially attained the rank as of now. student designs fishing pier for people with disabilities “I wanted to do something memorable and local and that’s when we decided to do this project,” Houser said. For his […]
SHENANDOAH, Pa. — Blighted properties are a problem in many parts of our area, including one Schuylkill County community where a large percentage of homes are vacant. We spoke with people who have lived in Shenandoah their entire lives. They describe that the Schuylkill County community as one that used to be thriving decades ago. A new study shows that’s nowhere near the case now. Pictures of downtown Shenandoah from the 1960s show cars lined the streets and you couldn’t […]
MINERSVILLE, Pa. — During a time when churches in our area are closing due to diminishing numbers, a church in one Schuylkill County community is doing everything it can to attract more parishioners. After the Sunday service at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minersville, a church official told Newswatch 16 that back in the church’s heyday, parishioners used to be forced to sit in the second level because it was so packed. As times have changed, that’s no longer the […]
MINERSVILLE, Pa. — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for a new veterans memorial park that will honor soldiers from part of Schuylkill County. A grassy lot in Minersville will soon be transformed. “You’re entering into town on one of the busiest state roads in our county, and you’re exiting, and you’re seeing a beautiful area that is dedicated to veterans,” said Minersville council member Ian Mahal. At the corner of East Sunbury Street and South Delaware Avenue will be […]
PINE GROVE, Pa. — A group of students from Schuylkill County will be traveling to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day to be with veterans of that battle for a special series of events. Students from Pine Grove High School will be journeying to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day next month. It’s safe to say there’s a mixture of emotions among Junior ROTC cadets from Pine Grove High School. In about a month, they’ll be setting out […]
WYOMING, Pa. — For over a century, this day has been recognized as Pennsylvania State Police Memorial Day. It’s a day for current and former state troopers to honor those who protected and served but fell in the line of duty. Active members of Troop P stood tall and saluted during the National Anthem outside the state police barracks in Wyoming on State Police Memorial Day. This day is an emotional one as it is every year for current and […]
LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A roundabout is slated for a heavily traveled road in part of Luzerne County. Even though PennDOT says the project is years away, it has people talking. Roundabouts are popping up more frequently in several parts of our area. They are designed to make drivers slow down, thus leading to fewer wrecks. “A lot of people are fired up. They come in here and they’re not happy at all.” That seems to be the consensus among […]
EAST NORWEGIAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A struggling mall in Schuylkill County is now under new management, the same management group that has livened up a different mall near Hazleton. Take a walk around Laurel Mall near Hazleton and you’ll notice several nontraditional stores and restaurants, and more importantly, people in the mall shopping. Travel south on I-81 to the Fairlane Village Mall near Pottsville and it’s a different sight — lots of empty storefronts, with few people. “We want to […]
POTTSVILLE, Pa. — The parking lots were empty at both Dancing Dandelion Daycare locations in Pottsville and Orwigsburg and the doors were locked, a rare scene for a Monday. “When I got out and got the newspaper, I looked over and there were no cars and that’s unusual for not a holiday,” said Al Laplaca. “Just the other day on Friday, it was pretty well packed. The Schuylkill County-based day care abruptly closed over the weekend with no warning. Parents […]
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. — Declining enrollment and financial burdens have forced several Catholic schools in our area to close over the last few years. Now, another school near Pottsville is set to close at the end of this school year. Parents of students at St. Ambrose Elementary School in Schuylkill Haven were notified on Friday that the school would be closing its doors in June. “Like most Catholic institutions and schools, they’re declining in enrollment. I know Nativity BVM has […]