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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
  • Bishop’s Name to be Removed from King’s College Building

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Officials at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre say they will be changing the name of a building named for a bishop in the grand jury report released last week. The University of Scranton announced on Monday it would be doing the same thing to several of its buildings. On this Catholic college’s campus, the building that’s home to the school’s chapel and campus ministry is named for a bishop named in the grand jury report. Now, King’s College […]

  • Ashley HomeStore to Move to New Location

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Ashley HomeStore will be moving from its old location on Mundy Street to the old H. H. Gregg building across from the Wyoming Valley Mall. Shoppers should look to see the new store opening in the next month. Ashley HomeStore was one of the businesses destroyed by the tornado that ripped through Wilkes-Barre Township. Ashley HomeStore owner James Everett didn’t want to waste any time getting the store back open. “Since (the tornado), we were looking for […]

  • Fire at Northwest Area Delays Start of Classes

    UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Officials in the Northwest Area School District are considering their options after a fire at the high school on Saturday. The middle school/high school in Luzerne County is off limits. District officials say they are sure classes will not start as scheduled Monday morning. They do not know when they will be allowed back in their building. At Monday morning band practice at Northwest Area Middle and High School in Union Township something was missing — […]

  • North River Street Near Hospital Closed In Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Sewer work has closed a busy stretch of North River Street in Wilkes-Barre between Maple Street and Courtright Avenue for sewer work. The project is expected to take at least six weeks, and that is causing concern for some nearby businesses. “We’re going to have to weather the storm. That’s all we can do. We can’t change it, so it’s definitely going to affect us,” said Kevin Coombs of Smith’s New & Used Tires on North River […]

  • Landscapers Catching Up On Work After Heavy Rain

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Since we’re getting a break from the relentless rain, landscapers are rushing to work on their projects. We found worker’s from Keller’s Lawn Care and Landscaping hard at work in Wilkes-Barre. “The challenge is the rain we’ve gotten this year,” Keller’s Lawn Care and Landscaping owner Brian Keller said. “Between the raindrops and the sun, it’s been trying this year.” All of the rain has made it difficult for landscapers to do things such as cutting grass, meaning […]

  • Pittston Tomato Festival Underway

    PITTSTON, Pa. — Lots of folks will be heading to the tomato capital of the world this weekend for the Pittston Tomato Festival. There will be a lot going on in downtown Pittston throughout the weekend, with tons of food vendors, and lots of music and entertainment. On Saturday morning, there is a 5K run and a parade. And one of the biggest events of the festival is the tomato fight. It’ll be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival […]

  • Power to Save: Lighting the Way

    PITTSTON, Pa. — Drivers will soon see the light on a heavily traveled bridge in Luzerne County. The lighting upgrades are planned for next week on the Water Street Bridge connection Pittston and West Pittston. Planners are showing the power to save by using high efficiency LED fixtures. People Newswatch 16 spoke with welcome the upgrade. “I know it’s an old bridge, so if they need to repair the lighting then that’s what they have to do,” said Denise Hart. […]

  • LCCC Opens New Campus in Pittston

    PITTSTON, Pa. —  Luzerne County Community College just unveiled its newest campus. This one is in downtown Pittston. The college hosted a ribbon cutting. “The size of this building is just tremendous,” LCCC student Justin Glidden said. “I think it will be great for student who go here in the future. It will be very beneficial for them.” The Pittston Campus expects to serve about 200 students. Current students are excited about the new facility. “It’s very important because it’s […]

  • UPDATE: Susquehanna River Crests in Luzerne County

    WEST PITTSTON, Pa. — A sigh of relief could be heard all across the Wyoming Valley as the swollen Susquehanna River, well out of its banks, crested before causing a major impact. “I don’t think there is a danger of flooding in the town today because it’s supposed to crest around 29.5 feet,” said Leonard Stadts of West Nanticoke. The Susquehanna River crested at 29 feet, meaning many communities were not severely flooded. But the threat still scared many people […]

  • As River Level Rises, Farmers Rush to Save Crops

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A farmer in Luzerne County is worried about his crops. The Susquehanna River is expected to rise, flooding his fields. “We’ve had the river Susquehanna on our farm many, many times,” Larry O’Malia’s Farm owner Larry O’Malia said. “Timing is everything. It’s hard now.” No farmer wants to see their farm flooded. “About three weeks ago, when the rain all started we dodged a bullet then,” O’Malia said. “The original forecast that date was 25 feet […]

  • Flash Floods Rip through Benton as Fishing Creek Rises

    BENTON, Pa. — Heavy rain caused Fishing Creek in Columbia County to spill out of its banks Monday, causing flooding in Benton and other areas nearby. Major flooding in Benton, Columbia County @WNEP — Jessica Albert (@jessicaWNEP) August 13, 2018 “It’s just crazy how quick it came up, you know? I don’t think anybody was expecting for it to be this bad,” Forrest Diltz said. Water from Fishing Creek flooded several homes and businesses throughout the community. Dozens of […]

  • Improper Air Conditioner Use Led to Child’s Death in Scranton: Coroner

    SCRANTON, Pa. — The death of a baby in Scranton has been ruled an accident. The Lackawanna County coroner says 1-year-old Nicole Heaton died from hyperthermia and dehydration. She was taken to the hospital Sunday morning along with an 8-month-old baby. Police found those children in a home on Rundle Street near the Taylor borough line around 9 a.m. Sunday. The coroner says the family was improperly using a standing air conditioner unit, and it caused the air in the bedroom to […]