Award-winning journalist Dave Bohman is Newswatch 16’s Investigative Reporter. Bohman’s exclusive in-depth investigations have earned him more broadcast journalism awards in the last decade than any other reporter 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. In just the last seven years, Dave has accumulated more awards for broadcast excellence and Emmy nominations than anyone in the history of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre television market.

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 and his wife Linda live in the Hazleton area. Their two daughters are now in college. He also is a passionate cook, avid reader of non-fiction, a movie buff, sports fan (teams from Boston and Montreal), golf addict, wine expert and he 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, 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.

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Recent Articles
  • Protecting Seniors: Elder Care and Aggressive Male Patients

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — One of the little-known risks at elder care facilities involves men with dementia who become sexually aggressive toward other patients and staffers. One expert on dementia estimates 15 percent of men with dementia or Alzheimer’s will act out in a sexual manner, sometimes very aggressively. As our population ages, experts say we see more men whose mental capacity deteriorates faster than their physical strength and sex drive. Amanda Granville worked for a year and a half as […]

  • Thanksgiving with Friends in Honesdale

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A Thanksgiving tradition in Honesdale turned 40 on Thursday. The Thanksgiving Together Community Dinner fed dozens who showed up at a downtown church. “God is smiling today. I may do this and become hot and sweaty and a big mess in the kitchen. But the people care,” Laura Dyser of Honesdale said. People at the Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale do care about Laura Dyser’s efforts. For the past 15 years, she’s taken a week off from […]

  • Multi-state Ponzi Scheme Leaves Local Investors Broke

    SCOTRUN, Pa. — Federal prosecutors say they have cracked one of the largest Ponzi schemes since the arrest of Bernard Madoff a decade ago. Perry Santillo of Rochester, New York, has pleaded guilty to charges he bilked investors out of more than $70 million over the past 10 years. According to court papers, Santillo’s associates set up shop in the Poconos and used some of the investors’ money to support a lavish lifestyle. The operation in Monroe County alone bilked […]

  • County: Computer Error Led to 911 Delays

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Luzerne County’s 911 system had a programming glitch that left at least one caller stuck on hold during an emergency call. The county found the problem while looking into a report Monday from Newswatch 16. Colleen Engler from Dallas called 911 Saturday when a relative with a heart condition got dizzy and had symptoms similar to a stroke. County officials said Friday they found a programming error in the computerized 911 system that kept Engler from […]

  • Newswatch 16 Investigates: Firefighters and Cancer

    LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — Running into burning buildings may not be the most dangerous part of a firefighter’s job. Studies show cancer rates among paid and volunteer firefighters to be almost three times the national average. Local fire chiefs say the biggest dangers have shifted from the fires men and women fight to the smoke those fires produce and local departments are losing some of their firefighters. Madison Tratthen just celebrated her 18th birthday, her first without her father. “It […]

  • Democrats Domenick and Notarianni Claim Lackawanna County Commissioners Spots

    For the past month, the democratic team of incumbent Jerry Notarianni and newcomer Debi Domenick felt they had a comfortable, if not insurmountable lead. The two say they worked hard up to election day and cruised to victory. “You know if you work hard and worry a lot and give it heck and hopefully things work out, and I had a lot of confidence, and you just hope all goes well, and it did,” said Notarianni. Jerry Notarianni says he […]

  • Newswatch 16 Investigates: Slow to Answer at Luzerne County 911?

    KINGSTON, Pa. — When you call 911, fearing someone with you is having a heart attack or a stroke, you expect someone to answer right away. But a woman in Dallas says her emergency calls ended up with dozens of rings, a computer telling her to wait, even a disconnection before she got a live dispatcher on the other end of the phone. Colleen Engler says a relative appeared to be having a stroke Saturday afternoon near Dallas so Engler […]

  • Crackdown on Work Zone Speeders

    When drivers speed through construction zones, workers hope there’s a cop around to write a ticket. Near Harrisburg, police and state transportation officials showed off a new system where radar and camera mounted on an SUV can record a driver’s speed and take a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and then send out a fine. “We now finally have the opportunity to give our workers more protection than a hard hat and a vest,” Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton […]

  • Newswatch 16 Investigates: The Consent Defense

    Three former police officers in our area stand accused of using their position to coerce women into sex. Unlike other authority figures who face similar accusations, cops have an advantage in their defense. They were supposed to protect people. They wore badges and carried guns. Former Ashley police officer Mark Icker, former Wilkes-Barre police officer Robert Collins, and former Mount Pocono Regional Police Cpl. Steven Mertz are now accused of using their position of authority to force women to have […]

  • How To Pay for Police Calls in the Poconos

    MOUNT POCONO, Pa. — Borough officials in one community say just three businesses are responsible for almost all calls to police. Some homeowners in Mount Pocono want these businesses to pay a greater share for police coverage. There are two business districts in mount Pocono — a quaint shopping area in the heart of the community, and shopping centers filled with chain stores near Interstate 380. It’s businesses in these shopping centers that Mount Pocono’s council president Claudette Williams says […]

  • State Contractor Registry: Closing a Criminal Loophole

    SCRANTON, Pa. — When people need home repairs, consumer advocates tell them to make sure they check out the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registry. A Newswatch 16 investigation found that the registry has a loophole allowing some convicted criminals to register. Right now, anyone with $51, a Social Security number, and proof they are insured against property damage and personal injury can register in Pennsylvania as a contractor, even if they have been convicted of serious crimes. Rashida Lovely recently […]

  • Second Brother Arrested in Berwick Beating Case

    BERWICK, Pa. — A man is now charged with homicide in connection with a brutal beating earlier this month that ultimately killed a woman in Berwick. Christopher Lynn was arraigned in Berwick Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Lynn lives in Carbondale and was arraigned wearing an inmate’s jumpsuit because he was recently locked up in the Lackawanna County Prison on a probation violation. He served a year in that jail after pleading guilty to beating and robbing a woman in Thornhurst in […]

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