Jackie joined the Newswatch 16 team in 2014. You’ll often see her out and about in Schuylkill County and the Hazleton area covering stories that matter to you!
A Long Island, New York native, Jackie graduated from Hofstra University (Roll Pride!) with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. During her senior year, she was chosen as KABC’s “On The Red Carpet” college journalist at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Jackie reported from the Oscar’s red carpet and interviewed stars like Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and, her personal favorite, George Clooney.
After graduation, Jackie made the move to Maine to work as a reporter and weekend anchor for WABI TV5.
She enjoys living in NEPA with her crazy dog Shea. You can usually find Jackie (hopelessly) rooting for her favorite teams: the Mets and Jets.
A social media addict, Jackie loves connecting with viewers on Twitter and Facebook. If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, give her a follow or like!
SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP — A driver in Luzerne County had quite a surprise as she traveled Route 93 on Wednesday evening: out of nowhere, a deer came barreling through the window and ended up inside the car. Even first responders didn’t believe it when a woman said a deer went through her windshield and ended up inside the car, but when they pulled up to the scene, there was a 100-pound doe in the back seat of a Toyota Corolla. You […]
BERWICK — Fire officials in Columbia County are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a Greek restaurant Thursday morning. The owner of Christos Family Restaurant says he has put his heart and soul into this place along Route 11, but after a fire ripped through the basement, he doesn’t know when he’ll see his customers again. The tables at Christos Family Restaurant in Berwick were set and ready to go for breakfast, but there won’t be a […]
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY — Hopeful, optimistic, or maybe just plain crazy: it’s how many people are feeling as they get ready for yet another record-breaking Powerball jackpot drawing. As you go in to buy your tickets hoping for the jackpot, places that sell the lucky numbers are making out pretty well. “They get their tickets. They buy a snack. They get a drink, get Dunkin’ Donuts. It helps us,” said Kathy Nicholls, manager of Fegley’s Mini Mart. Fegley’s Mini Mart in downtown Tamaqua […]
LANSFORD — A baby stroller still sits outside of a home on Spring Garden Street in Lansford, but two people who live there are now behind bars for putting two of their children in danger. Joseph Navarre and Melissa O’Brien are charged with making methamphetamine inside the home, exposing a baby and a two year old to the drug. People who live nearby said the parents seemed like your average neighbors. “They wave. They say hi to you when you see them. […]
POTTSVILLE — If you need snow shovels, sleds, or ice melt, you can take your pick at most stores right now. Thanks to a warm winter, many places like Hadesty’s Ace Hardware in Pottsville are loaded with the stuff. Employees at the place on West Market Street aren’t planning on moving the summer items to the front of the store just yet. With some snow in the forecast, there’s a snowflake of hope for some big sales. “We’re hoping for some […]
Girardville fire chief confirms Edward Willis died after a fire at his home on E. Mahanoy Ave this morning. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/xjDClTFls2 — Jackie De Tore (@jackiedetore) January 8, 2016 GIRARDVILLE — A man died after he and his wife were rescued from a fire at their home in Schuylkill County. Crews were called out just after 7 a.m. Friday to the home on East Mahanoy Avenue in Girardville. The fire chief rescued Christine Willis from the fire. Her husband Edward […]
WEST HAZLETON — The next time you go food shopping, you may want to consider some new ideas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released its new dietary guidelines. The main points of the new recommendations are: fewer restrictions on sodium and dietary cholesterol and more restrictions on added sugar. Beth Stark, a dietitian with Weis Markets, says it’s important to remember these are just guidelines. “It’s not a eat this, don’t eat that. It’s a variety of foods that you […]
RINGTOWN — Half a billion dollars could be yours if you’re the lucky person who wins Wednesday night’s Powerball lottery drawing. It’s one of the biggest jackpots in history and people in our area are buying tickets like crazy. So many people across the country have been buying those Powerball tickets, that just before noon Wednesday, the jackpot increased by another $50 million. We stopped by a shop in Schuylkill County that has had some lottery luck to see if […]
ORWIGSBURG — Shakey’s Gun Shop in Orwigsburg is usually a busy place. People are either shopping around, buying a firearm or trading one in. Employees there deal with a lot of background checks, so they were interested to hear President Obama’s new gun control plan. It includes expanding background checks on violent criminals and requiring anyone who sells a gun to have a license. At Shakey’s, employees say they already do all of that, but they don’t think that alone will […]
JIM THORPE – Flames ripped through the first and second stories of a home on South Avenue in Jim Thorpe. It took six different fire companies in Carbon County to put the flames out. Cathy Hiller and her son George live in the home. They both got out of the fire, but George is still in the hospital. His family says he was burned pretty bad. Fire crews say he jumped out of the second story onto the neighbors porch. “That’s not […]
WEST HAZLETON — West Hazleton mayor Frank Schmidt went to go pick up his mail on Monday, like he does every day. When he got to one letter, he thought he was opening another Christmas card. Not quite. “I opened it up and a check fell out. I picked up the check and it was for $10,000,” said Schmidt. The note inside the card said the money was for the West Hazleton police department and ended with the line “God bless […]
HAZLETON — Joe Jones has been a volunteer firefighter in Hazleton for more than 35 years. His friends say he’s always there when a member of the community needs help. “Joe’s been there, night time day time, anytime day or night when there’s a fire in the city he leaves his family, as we all do, don’t know if we’re coming back. So it’s time we help him,” said Tony Colombo, a Hazleton firefighter. Joe’s teen son, Joey, has cerebral palsy and […]