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Emmy award-winning Investigative Reporter Dave Bohman focuses on breaking major stories, uncovering government corruption and waste, holding public officials accountable and telling the kind of in-depth investigative stories that help make Newswatch 16 one of the highest-rated television news operations in the US.

Dave’s stories hold public figures accountable, expose the depths of the region’s drug crisis, and act as a watchdog of state and local government. Here are just some of his major stories:
• He exposed a local car dealer who sold a new car to a woman but did not tell her that the salesman wrecked the car and had it rebuilt.
• He showed how the federal government cut off more than a million dollars in funding to a domestic violence program in Schuylkill County just because it used an ampersand “&” instead of the word “and” in its application.
• He showed how a local lawmaker got free luxury box tickets to a Penn State football game for this family trip, and how the lawmaker billed taxpayers for gas and mileage to and from the game.
• His investigative report, “The Faces of Meth” used two decades’ worth of mug shots to show how methamphetamine addicts aged drastically from drug use.

Before making Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania his home, Dave was on the “ Discover America” program, working as a reporter, anchor, and news manager at television stations in Vermont, North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico, and Florida.
In nearly four decades of television news, Dave has won more than 40 broadcast awards, including six Emmys, and a national award for reporting on religious issues.

Dave also does a lot of work for community organizations, and uses his time to promote healthy activities, which is why you will likely find him golfing in tournaments, or running in road races that benefit local non-profits. His hobbies include cooking and reading, and this former high school shortstop follows his hometown Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and New England Patriots.

Dave is a graduate of Syracuse University after majoring in Broadcast Journalism He now lives in Drums with his wife and two teenaged daughters.

You can reach Dave at

Recent Articles
  • Many in Port Carbon Face Recovery Without Flood Insurance

    PORT CARBON, Pa. — Hundreds of flood victims saw their retirement dreams wash away by rising water in their communities this week. They decided not to buy flood insurance because they cannot afford it. What were flooded streets are now muck-covered dusty roads in Port Carbon in Schuylkill County. Cathy Manning lives near the center of this community and sees the damage from the flood pile up outside and inside her house. “Totally devastated,” Manning said. “Mud everywhere.” Flooding in […]

  • 16 Investigates: Controversial Coffee House Lease at Nay Aug

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A few years ago, Sean McAndrew was President of the Scranton Municipal Recreation Board, overseeing Nay Aug Park Operations. In June 2016, a woman who helped a young couple get a lease on a concession stand in Nay Aug, wanted the authority to renew the couple’s lease. But what happened next took McAndrew by surprise. The couple was told they would lose guaranteed exclusive rights to sell concessions in the park. In an email, obtained by Newswatch […]

  • City Official Leasing Building at Nay Aug Park for Coffee House

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A Scranton city council member wants the state’s ethics commission to look into a deal that will allow a city worker to lease a building in Nay Aug Park and operate it as a coffee house. Scranton’s ethics law reads, “no employee of the municipal government shall use any public property for personal benefit or profit.” A city department head plans to turn a public property into a private business specifically, a gourmet coffee house. Scranton’s city […]

  • Officer Charged With Voluntary Manslaughter in Lehigh County Shooting

    SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa — A police officer is now charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting and killing a New Jersey man near Allentown. The officer reportedly admitted he was wrong when he shot and killed an unarmed man. Police say Joseph Santos, 44, from New Jersey, was harassing drivers and damaging cars on July 28 in South Whitehall Township after spending the day with family at nearby Dorney Park amusement park. Police dispatched South Whitehall Township Police Officer Jonathan […]

  • Nuisance Home: Mosquito Breeding Ground?

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Many communities in our area have neighborhoods struggling with nuisance houses – rotting, abandoned shells of buildings people once called homes. A few of these eyesores have swimming pools in their yards, and that brings another level of concern. Neighbors say a home on Bloom Avenue has sat vacant for three years. In addition to its ugly-looking front, people believe the property is responsible for an increase in mosquitos. Look closely at this house at 1735 Bloom […]

  • Pool or Splash Pad at Nay Aug Park?

    SCRANTON, Pa. — There are two swimming pools at Nay Aug Park in Scranton, but one city official says the park could solve some of its problems if it replaces one of the pools with a splash pad. Splash pads are cheaper to run, but expensive to build and some wonder they would draw crowds. Megan Black brought her four-year-old son Zack to the James Walsh Pool Complex at Nay Aug Park about the time temperatures hit the high 80s. […]

  • ‘Trump Townships’ May Matter in Barletta/Casey Race

    GALLAGHER TOWNSHIP, PA. — There are 58 “Trump townships” in rural areas of the electoral landscape in northeastern and central Pennsylvania where at least 80 percent of voters chose Trump in 2016. We went to one community where the vote for Trump was almost unanimous, to see how popular he is a year and a half into his presidency. Gallagher Township is in Clinton County but during the last presidential election, 88 percent of township voters, like Harvey Palmatary, chose […]

  • Local Fire Chiefs Warn of Solicitation Letter

    EXETER, Pa. — You may have received a letter seeking volunteers and money for local fire departments. Local chiefs are warning that some of those solicitations should be thrown away. The letter is legal, but chiefs of local volunteer departments in northern Luzerne County call them misleading and say if many of their donors sent money because of the mailer, it could cost these volunteer departments money they desperately need. The Exeter and Wyoming Hose Company share a fire station […]

  • Search for McAdoo Fugitive Shawn Christy Cancels Race

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The reward for information leading to the capture of Shawn Christy has doubled to $10,000. Christy has been on the run since June after authorities say he made online threats to kill President Trump. The search for Christy remains centered in the Hazleton area. Authorities describe Christy as armed, dangerous, hungry, tired, and desperate. There’s also evidence he’s been in the southern Luzerne County community of Drums, and because of that, a local racetrack owner canceled […]

  • Police Commissioner in Wyoming Borough Accused of Theft

    WYOMING, Pa. — Wyoming borough’s police commissioner is accused of stealing a computer from another community where he once served as chief. Police Commissioner Michael Flanagan left the state police barracks in Wyoming Thursday afternoon and had little to say. Two months ago, state police took a computer from the Wyoming Police SUV Flanagan uses. Sources say the serial number matches the one that was missing from Laflin two years ago when Flanagan was police chief and its department dissolved. […]

  • Charging Drivers Who Text Behind the Wheel

    Do police in Pennsylvania enforce laws against texting and driving? It depends on where you live. According to court records, some counties in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are three times as likely to see distracted driving tickets than others. There are a few counties in our area where a crackdown on texting drivers seems to be a priority, but around the state, police charge an average of just eight drivers a day with distracted driving–eight drivers a day in a […]

  • D.A. Charges Commissioners’ Former Chief of Staff with Indecent Assault

    ARCHBALD, Pa. — Andy Wallace, former chief of staff for the Lackawanna County commissioners, has been charged with indecent assault and harassment over attempts to molest a store clerk in Eynon, according to Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell. Wallace turned himself in at a magistrate’s office Tuesday afternoon. The affidavit in the case indicates Wallace approached an 18-year-old store clerk at P&R Discount Store in Eynon last month. Powell said the investigation revealed Wallace had a pattern of approaching […]