Award-winning journalist Dave Bohman is Newswatch 16’s Investigative Reporter. Bohman’s exclusive investigations have earned him far more broadcast journalism awards in the last decade than any other reporters in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. Dave began work at WNEP 16 in January 2010.

“My job is to hold government officials and area businesses accountable for their actions,” is Dave’s operating principle. “An investigative reporter should be aggressive, tenacious, respectful, and have the ability to tell powerful stories.”

At WNEP-TV, Bohman’s investigations have uncovered corruption that has led to area elected officials to leave office, shady car businesses to close, and state and local governments to change laws and policies.
Bohman won the 2012 Emmy for Best Daily News Story “Four Loco.” The one-day investigation showed how a local teen who drank too much of the popular alcohol and caffeine-based drink was forced into a medically-induced coma, while doctors worked to save his life.
Dave won his second Mid-Atlantic Emmy in 2015 for Best Government story, “Ampersand.” The investigation showed how a center that helps abused women in Schuylkill County lost out on nearly a million dollars in grants because the grant-writer used an ampersand “&” instead of the word “and.”
Bohman has been awarded the Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Award for Investigative Reporting four of the six years that the investigative category has existed. That’s more than any other investigative reporter in the state. His favorite was “The Faces of Meth,” which looked at people convicted of using and selling methamphetamines. Using mug shots over a period of 12-15 years, Dave showed how meth addicts aged rapidly because of their prolonged use of the drug.

Before joining Newswatch 16, Dave worked at TV stations in New Mexico, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Vermont as a reporter, anchor, and newsroom manager. During his time in Tampa, Florida at WTSP-TV, he covered eight hurricanes, the contested Presidential election of 2000, and the right-to-die saga of Terry Schiavo.

Dave got into investigative reporting by accident. He was an all-league shortstop at the Governor’s Academy in Massachusetts and went to Syracuse University to study Broadcast Journalism to be a sportscaster. “And a funny thing happened,” he recalls. “I learned I loved playing baseball and watching most sports. But I never developed a taste for covering sports.” He quickly learned his passion was in news. That led to an internship with a Syracuse TV station, and a staff reporter position with the school newspaper, which set him on his career path to journalism.

While Dave will never be a sportscaster, he remains a major fan, and stays true to his roots as a fan of all professional teams in Boston, all Syracuse University college teams, and as the son of a Canadian mother, he is a huge fan of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, and the Montreal Canadiens Hockey team.

Dave is married to his wife Linda, and the Bohmans have two teenaged daughters. The oldest is now in college in Boston. When he is not working, you can find him golfing with his friends in the Hazleton Area. He also is a passionate cook, avid reader of non-fiction, and loves to travel.
His favorite travel spots:
(1) Cape Cod, where he grew up,
(2) Bermuda, where he spent part of his high school junior year as an exchange student,
(3) Montreal, with respect to New York and Boston, Montreal is the greatest city in North America,
(4) The British Virgin Islands, where he spent a recent family vacation and loved the food and people,
(5) Hudson Valley, New York, which offers the best getaways on a tank of gas.

Email Dave at

Recent Articles
  • Newswatch 16 Investigates: What Happened on Bus 24?

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — A 12-year-old softball player riding on her school’s team bus after a game fell on the floor after apparently suffering a seizure. Video from the bus shows she lay on the floor for more than six minutes before anyone seemed to notice. The girl has epilepsy and suffered what her doctor called as a grand mal seizure on the bus ride with her teammates at Greater Nanticoke Area Middle School in May. Her mother is now coming […]

  • Opposition to Renovate Former School for the Deaf Grows

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Some neighbors living near the old Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing want the city to pump the brakes on plans to renovate the buildings in Scranton and Dunmore. They’re concerned about both the plans and the man who wants to develop the property. California-based developer Lance Robbins has an option to buy the property from Marywood University, and his plans need zoning changes. Robbins’ record as a developer is checkered with unpaid bills, […]

  • Plumber Accused of Ripping off Customers

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Two women in Lackawanna County say they flushed thousands of dollars down the drain on a plumber who never finished work on their homes. Authorities say there may be even more victims. Chris Stepien of Archbald was in court in Scranton on Wednesday. He’s accused of not finishing work on the homes of two women, costing them $5,000 apiece. Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell tells Newswatch 16 there may be more people out there who feel […]

  • State Police Surround Turkish Retreat Center

    ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- State police vehicles have been outside a Turkish retreat center near Saylorsburg all morning Wednesday.

  • Staples Reopening Three Months After Tornado

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Recovery continues for stores at the Arena Hub Plaza after a tornado damaged several retail outlets in June. Chain-link fencing still closes off part of the Arena Hub shopping center near Wilkes-Barre. Small signs alert customers to the stores that have reopened. Staples office supply store plans to reopen Saturday. “It’s been a challenge. I will say that,” Melissa Blanchard, store manager. On June 13, a tornado made a direct hit on the strip of stores […]

  • Homecoming for a Hero in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. —  Willard “Bud” Jenkins enlisted in the Army midway through World War II, and died in combat in the Netherlands, during a battle that was commemorated in the 1977 movie, “A Bridge Too Far.” The Army could not identify Jenkins’ remains for seven decades and listed him as missing and presumed dead until a breakthrough this summer. Edna Jenkins first thought of her big brother Bud as a hero when he was a teenager, she and her twin […]

  • Former Newswatch 16 Team Member at Center of Hurricane Coverage

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — A former member of the Newswatch 16 team is in the middle of storm coverage. Jon Evans was the weekend sports anchor here in the mid-1980s and now he anchors the news and reports for a station in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the hurricane made landfall. Jon Evans grew up in Nesquehoning. His wife Sheila is from Williamsport and they met at King’s College. All these years later, the couple found themselves in North Carolina and while […]

  • Reuniting a Purple Heart with a Family

    NEW MILFORD, Pa. — Sometimes, war veterans ride in Fourth of July parades; some even have streets and buildings named after them. Pvt. John Bolles of Susquehanna County was not one of those vets, but his family has now been reunited with a war medal that shows a brave sacrifice nearly 70 years ago. Their dad is Pvt. John Bolles who died in 1996. In 1950, Bolles was just 17 when he was wounded in combat in Korea and awarded […]

  • Lawsuit Against Dealers in Hazleton Automall

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some of the dealerships at the Hazleton Automall have no cars to sell, and carmakers are suing the dealers claiming the auto mall’s owners owes them millions. Two dealerships in the auto mall have empty showrooms. A third, according to court papers, owes millions. A lawsuit claims the owners of the group that runs dealerships near Hazleton, in Michigan, and in New Jersey is “a house of cards.” Drive by the Kia and Hyundai dealerships at […]

  • Community Firewatch Program Under Fire in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Firefighters in Wilkes-Barre say a plan to make neighborhoods safer is having the opposite effect. Members of the firefighters union call the Community Firewatch program “costly and dangerous.” Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George reinstated the program just three weeks ago, after it was phased out several years ago. The mayor is a former police chief in Wilkes-Barre and likens Community Firewatch to having police patrol a beat. Firefighters call it a waste of time. Wilkes-Barre Ladder Engine 6 […]

  • Jury Rules in Favor of State Police in Lawsuit

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A federal jury in Scranton ruled that state troopers did not violate the rights of a man they detained for several hours the day after two troopers were shot at the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014. Jurors reached that verdict just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Jeffrey Hudak of Clarks Summit was suing six state troopers. He claims the troopers violated his civil rights when they arrested him as a suspect in that shooting at the Blooming Grove […]

  • Lawsuit Against Troopers over Arrest in Frein Case

    SCRANTON, Pa. — The day after two state troopers were shot at the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014, police took a Clarks Summit man into custody and questioned him for several hours. That man is Jeffrey Hudak and he is now suing state police, claiming he was forcefully detained in a situation that left him scarred for life. Troopers testified they questioned Hudak because his wife had a relationship with Trooper Alex Douglass, who was shot and badly injured in […]