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
  • Bob Bolus Trucking Equipment on the Auction Block

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Businessman Bob Bolus is closing his truck parts and towing company in Lackawanna County. He held an auction Friday to sell off a lot of his equipment. Bolus had about a thousand items up for sale including tractors, wreckers and truck parts. “It’s time to move on. It’s not an area I want to invest in anymore,” Bolus said. After running his truck parts and towing business in the area for more than 50 years, Bolus […]

  • Harry’s Market in Wilkes-Barre Closing after 73 Years in Business

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — This will be the final holiday season for a meat market that’s been open for more than 70 years. Friday was the next-to-last day of business for Harry’s Market on Hazle Street in Wilkes-Barre. Customers from over the years are stopping by. “It’s time. 73 years, that’s a lifetime,” said Bruce Fendler. Fendler’s grandfather opened Harry’s Market in 1945. It’s changed locations over the years but has stayed a staple in the community. But now Fendler is […]

  • Students Combat Hateful Graffiti with Positive Messages

    KINGSTON, Pa. — Police in Luzerne County are trying to find vandals responsible for spray painting swastikas and racial slurs on the campus. The campus was tagged overnight. All the graffiti is gone now but new students trying to reverse the effect of the vandalism have left positive messages on the campus. All seems back to normal on the campus of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston but if you take a closer look, you can see remnants of graffiti spray-painted on […]

  • Police: Look Out for Utility Worker Scams

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police in Luzerne County have a warning after several reports of crooks posing as water company workers to get inside homes. The Sugarloaf Township police chief says earlier this week two men came to a woman’s house in Sugarloaf Township pretended to be water company workers. He says once they were inside, they stole items from her home. Sugarloaf Township police are looking for two men they say posed as water company workers to gain access […]

  • Child Hit and Killed by Pickup Truck at School Bus Stop in Columbia County

    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A child was hit and killed by a pickup truck while crossing the road to his school bus stop Wednesday morning in Columbia County. According to the coroner, Silus Hunsinger, 5, was hit by a pickup truck while crossing Rohrsburg Road near Millville. The coroner says Silus was crossing the road in front of his home to get to his bus stop. The bus was not there yet, and an adult was with Silus. “It’s too bad. Right […]

  • Luzerne County Women Returning WWII-Era Letters

    GLEN LYON, Pa. — Two women from Luzerne County are working to return letters written by veterans in World War ll. One of the women working to return the letters is Lorrie Materewicz of Glen Lyon. Years ago, she found hundreds of World War ll era letters inside her church, St. Adalbert’s. She made it her mission to return them to the family of the service members who sent them. “Its a tremendous feeling of satisfaction to bring even a snippet […]

  • Knitting a Mission of Love

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Once a month at St. Therese’s Church in Shavertown, a group of women meet to knit hats, blankets, and shawls similar to the one the church’s patron saint wears herself. “It’s turning a hobby, into something that’s mindful and being able to provide help and healing to other people,” said Prayer Shawl Ministry Director Adriana Stephens. St. Therese’s prayer shawl ministry makes the items for local charities. “It’s miraculous, in a way, because the piece we’re […]

  • Valmont Industries Closing Hazleton Plant

    HAZLETON, Pa. — A manufacturer in Hazleton has announced it will be closing its doors next year. Valmont Industries plans to stop production in Hazleton in February of 2019. Nestled into a neighborhood in the Heights section of Hazleton is the Valmont Industries plant. The plant makes steel utility poles. News just broke that this plant will be closing and that about 180 workers will be without a job. Down the street from the plant at a convenience store, we […]

  • Luzerne County Students Set to Perform at White House

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A group of student musicians from Luzerne County will perform at the White House on Thursday. They are a part of a community music group called Cellar Dwellarzz. The group has been invited to the White House to perform for President Donald Trump and members of the Executive Office. “You don’t get to say, ‘I got to play the White House,’ every day,” Cellar Dwellarzz member Marissa Klatch said. “I’m excited,” Cellar Dwellarzz member Luke Kranyak […]

  • Mountain Top Home Damaged by Flames

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Fire damaged a home in Mountain Top Wednesday morning.

  • Governor Announces Disaster Relief for Farmers Affected by Flooding

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced farmers in several counties can apply for disaster relief to cover losses due to excessive rainfall and flash flooding this summer. Newswatch 16 last checked in with farmer Larry O’Malia in August. All of the rain over the summer flooded his crops along the Susquehanna River in Plains Township. “It ended up going to a crest of 29 feet, which put the river at somewhere between 10, 12 feet covering the […]

  • Tovon & Co. Diamonds Set to Reopen in New Location

    DALLAS, Pa. — Many of the stores damaged by the tornado that hit Wilkes-Barre Township earlier this year are reopening just in time for the holiday shopping season. Tovon & Co. Diamonds has a new place to call home. The jewelry store was destroyed five months ago when a tornado hit Wilkes-Barre Township. It has now set up shop in the Dallas Shopping Center. The owner says this is like returning home. Years ago, his store used to be in […]