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.
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UPDATE: The leak has stopped and the electricity is back on to homes around the Hazle Street area of Wilkes-Barre. Officials tell us since power has been restored to the affected area, the reception center at GAR High School closed as of 7:30 p.m. People are being allowed back inside their homes. WILKES-BARRE — Many residents affected by the gas leak in Wilkes-Barre were just trying to get ready for Christmas Eve dinner. But instead they woke up with […]
WEST PENN TOWNSHIP — A cop faces criminal charges after state police say the officer lied about being attacked on the job. It was back in September when West Penn Township Police Officer Melissa Ruch claimed she was assaulted during a traffic stop, but now state police say she made it all up and she is now facing criminal charges. Melissa Ruch is facing misdemeanor charges for lying to police. She’s also suspended without pay from her job as a […]
POTTSVILLE — A homeless shelter in Pottsville is looking to expand. “To me, it means the world. I can’t even explain. It means the world. My daughter deserves a good Christmas and I wanted to give that to her, but I didn’t think I was going to be able to,” said Toni Long of Schuylkill County. Long came to Servants to All Day Center in Pottsville looking for a little help. She is going through a tough time, but volunteers […]
GORDON — A road in Schuylkill County has seen its fair share of crashes over the years. Those crashes mostly involved tractor trailers that shouldn’t have been on the road anyway. Now Gordon borough officials and PennDOT are saying, “no more.” Come this summer, no trucks will be allowed to drive down Gordon Mountain Road. People who live at the bottom of the hill have seen dozens of crashes and hope the truck ban is enough. This year, there were […]
WEST PENN TOWNSHIP — Sophia Waltman doesn’t consider herself an artist, but the fifth grade student at West Penn Elementary School near Tamaqua says she likes to draw when the time is right. Time was the inspiration behind her poster. “I’ve seen what happens to you, what happens to your body and everything. It’s not very good,” said Waltman. Sophia and the rest of the fifth grade class made posters to inspire people to be drug-free. It’s part of a contest […]
HAZLETON — People who use a parking garage on South Wyoming Street in Hazleton can finally park in peace. After more than a year of work and more than $1 million, it’s finally a smooth ride around the garage. Before it looked new, it was in desperate need of some renovations. The garage would leak and some people say it was common to find chunks of concrete on your car. “Cracked concrete decking, deteriorating concrete decking, there were holes in […]
POTTSVILLE — When it comes to donations, every little bit helps, especially during the holiday season. That’s why a group in Schuylkill County decided to collect pennies and turn them into some real cash. You find them in your wallet, your car, and even your couch, but pennies — when you have enough of them — can really help someone out. That’s the theory behind the Pennies for People campaign by the Pottsville Lions Club. For the past month, the […]
POTTSVILLE — A family in Pottsville cannot understand how somebody could stoop so low as to steal a Christmas tree from the grave of a loved one. The tree was dedicated to a son who died years ago. The family is so distraught that they are now offering a reward to get the tree back. The Barnes family has no idea who would want to steal a Christmas tree from a cemetery, but whoever the crook is didn’t just take […]
ORWIGSBURG — Usually, even an excavator would have some trouble digging into the dirt this late in December. But so far, there is nothing usual about this December in Schuylkill County. Temperatures over 60 degrees mean companies such as Pine Creek Landscaping can keep working well into the winter. “We just planted some bulbs and did a little bit of mulching. It’s definitely extended our leaf cleanup, usually by this time everything is frozen to the ground,” said Jim Glunz […]
CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP — The Good News Bible Church in Locustdale has only been on Main Street for about a year. But behind the welcome sign is something very unwelcoming. Someone spray painted a profanity on the church’s shed. It happened when volunteers were inside the church getting ready for a holiday fundraiser. “We went out and found that someone had sprayed our shed with not too good words,” said Elaine Fox of Sunbury. Jamie Willis of Coal Township said, “If I […]
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY — There is something satisfying about cutting down your own Christmas tree, but usually it’s cold and your fingers may feel frozen. Not this year. Workers at Ringtown Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Schuylkill County says they’ve been busy with the normal crowd picking out real trees. They’re expecting a herd of people to come this weekend with warm weather in the forecast. “We’re pretty ready for them. We have the wreaths made. We have the trees ready,” said Joan […]
ORWIGSBURG — It’s not hard to find a smile at the Pinebrook Retirement Center in Orwigsburg. Dozens of residents there got a gift from Stephanie Graboski and her mom Linda Rhodes. The mother-daughter duo knits afghans for people living in nursing homes in Schuylkill County. They do it for free because it reminds them of Garboski’s grandparents. “They both passed away in nursing homes back in 2008 and 2011.” The pair started knitting and handing out the blankets in 2011, […]