Jessica Albert joined the Newswatch 16 team in June of 2017. She’s excited to see and experience all that northeastern and central Pennsylvania has to offer.

Jessica grew up about 30 miles outside of our nation’s capital in Northern Virginia. She’s made quite a few stops before landing in Pennsylvania. Jessica’s first job in television news took her several hours away from home to Tupelo, Mississippi. As a reporter there, she covered a series of deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Magnolia State in 2014 and won her first AP award for best feature photography. Her next stop took her to the beach! She served as a bureau reporter for WCTI NewsChannel 12 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, which is the home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. She’s a huge supporter of our active-duty military members and veterans.

Jessica’s passion for the broadcast business began while she was attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design with a focus in broadcast journalism. She spent three semesters of her time at JMU interning at Harrisonburg’s ABC affiliate, WHSV.

When Jessica is not working, she loves to try new foods, catching up on her favorite tv shows and spending time with her family and friends.

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Recent Articles
  • No Tax Increase in Proposed Wilkes-Barre Budget

    HAPPENING NOW: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George is giving his 2019 budget address. @WNEP — Jessica Albert (@jessicaWNEP) October 15, 2018 WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Wilkes-Barre’s mayor unveiled his proposed budget for the city and it does not include a tax hike. Mayor Tony George’s plan for 2019 does include increasing the recycling fee. The proposal also says the city is considering selling off the city Park and Lock East parking area, as well as the city’s sewer lines. Wilkes-Barre had […]

  • I-380 South Reopens After Deadly Bus Crash

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The coroner confirmed one person is dead after a bus crash on Interstate 380 in Lackawanna County. The crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on I-380 in Covington Township near the Daleville exit. The bus went off the road in the southbound lanes and was leaning on its side. First responders are preparing to reopen a portion of I-380 south following a bus crash near the Daleville exit. Injuries reported. Coroner on the scene @WNEP […]

  • Driver Sentenced to House Arrest after Admitting to Deadly Hit and Run

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A driver entered a guilty plea in a deadly hit and run six years after the crash. The trial for Daniel Loughnane was supposed to start Monday but during a motions hearing Friday morning, Loughnane pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation with the first month served under house arrest with electronic monitoring. Loughnane hit and killed Rebecca McCallick, 19, with his pickup truck in Wilkes-Barre in July of 2012 and […]

  • Flooding Closes Holy Redeemer High School

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Heavy rainfall caused flooding inside of Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre. Students had to be released early because water came into the lower portion of the school where there are some classrooms and a cafeteria. A spokesperson for the school tells Newswatch 16 work has started to clean up the school. Holy Redeemer will be closed Friday. It is expected to reopen on Monday. Other section of Wilkes-Barre were also affected by flooding from the heavy rainfall. […]

  • Man Sentenced in Animal Abuse Case

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A man from Luzerne County will spend a month in jail and be put on probation for illegally breeding dogs in deplorable conditions. John Dancho, 71, of Conyngham Township, was charged in January with more than 130 counts of animal cruelty-related charges. So were his girlfriend Michelle Starkey and his daughter Amanda. Humane officers say the illegal breeding operation at Dancho’s property near Wapwallopen netted the most animal cruelty charges ever filed in Luzerne County. “The cages […]

  • Bench Honors Late Local Humanitarian

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A bench along Wilkes-Barre’s River Common Park has been dedicated to a veterinarian and humanitarian from Luzerne County who passed away last year. On an unseasonably warm fall day, a group of friends came together at Wilkes-Barre River Common Park to honor a beloved member of the Luzerne County community. The Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority dedicated a bench in the park in honor of Dr. Doug Ayers. Dr. Ayers passed away last year from cancer. He […]

  • Blanket Drive Honors the Founder of Boscov’s

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — As we head into colder days, Boscov’s is thinking of those who need a helping hand this winter. The store’s Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Hazleton, and Pottsville locations are doing a blanket drive called “A Blanket from Al.” “His ideals were — he was a very kind, giving man, supporting the community, and we want to continue,” Boscov’s employee Diane Jasonis said. “We want that kind of perception to go off in the world. The world needs a little more […]

  • Last Day to Register to Vote in PA

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Luzerne County’s Bureau of Elections office in downtown Wilkes-Barre was full of people rushing to register to vote. It was the last day for Pennsylvanians to make sure they could vote in next month’s midterm elections. “It was fast,” Matthew Epright of Kingston said. “They were right there to help you out and all. For the people who can’t read that well, they can still come down here and vote because the ladies here will help you out.” […]

  • River Street Project Taking Longer than Expected

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — It has been two months since work began on a sewer line project on one of Wilkes-Barre’s busiest streets. The project was supposed to be finished by now, but officials say there have been problems that have delayed the work. They say it may be another month before the project is done. The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority began work on a sewer line project on River Street on August 20. The work was expected to last six […]

  • Limousine Service Safety

    WEST WYOMING, Pa. — The owner of a limousine company in Luzerne County is speaking out about the tragedy in New York State. Newswatch 16 spoke to the owner of Luxury Limousine Service. He says this weekend’s crash hits close to home and wants to make sure that customers know to look for certain safety measures when renting a limo. A limousine crash that killed 20 people is now being called the deadliest vehicle accident in the US in nearly […]

  • Investigating Dead Dog Found in Duffel Bag

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Luzerne County SPCA needs help finding whoever left a dead dog in a duffel bag the woods. The dog was discovered over the weekend with a muzzle over its mouth and its legs bound. The SPCA says the dog had been left in the woods so long it’s hard to determine who left it there. A weekend walk in the woods in Hanover Township near the Susquehanna River led to the gruesome discovery. Angie Petix […]

  • Grant Money to Improve Luzerne County Traffic Congestion

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  A local developer just received a $3 million grant to fix the traffic congestion problem on a busy section of Route 315 in Plains Township. It’s all a part of a larger project to bring new life to the property where the former Valley Crest Nursing Home stands. “Getting here from the highway and getting back on the highway can be dicey,” Theresa Elias od New Hope said. “So, somehow merging back from either direction is a […]