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
  • Drivers Get on the Road Early to Beat the Storm

    RICE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Easter weekend is a busy weekend on the roads, and with heavy rain on Friday, many drivers wanted to get as early a start as possible to beat the storm. Many drivers we spoke with say they didn’t want to drive in tough conditions, so they left early, especially people who were traveling out of state. Terry Meszler of Forest City and his dog Sadie took a break from driving at a rest stop on Interstate […]

  • Good Friday Fish Fry in Hughestown 

    HUGHESTOWN, Pa. — On Good Friday, many people make it their mission to get to a local fish fry. Hughestown Hose Company’s Good Friday fish fry has been a tradition in the community for about a decade. “To support our fire company we come every year. Either we take out or we eat in,” said Mary Grace Pupa of Hughestown. The event even brings out members from other fire companies. “To support our fellow hose company. I run with Germania […]

  • Corrections Secretary: More Funding for Pre-K Will Reduce Crime

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections came to Luzerne County highlight the importance of education when it comes to decreasing crime. State leaders believe spending more money on pre-kindergarten will save money for the state’s prison system which costs about $2 billion to run each year. “I think most citizens really want kids to have an opportunity to be successful, and I think that when citizens hear that if we invest money in quality […]

  • Edwardsville Neighbors Shocked by Homicide Arrest of Victim’s Granddaughter

    EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. — A neighborhood is in shock after a teenager and her friends are charged with murder. The victim is the girl’s own grandfather. Police in Luzerne County arrested three people overnight for a homicide that happened in Edwardsville. They’re still searching for a fourth suspect. The three suspects police arrested are all teenagers and one of them is the victim’s granddaughter. We spoke to people in Edwardsville who are shocked by the death and the arrests. Joseph Monka, […]

  • Death Investigation in Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. -- Police in Luzerne County are on the scene of a death investigation.

  • Groundbreaking for New Science Center at Misericordia University

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Misericordia University broke ground on a new building Wednesday morning. It honors a prominent family in Luzerne County and will be the largest building on campus when it is completed. This was a very big moment for Marjorie Henry Marquart and her family — the groundbreaking for Misericordia’s newest building. It’s a science center to be named after her parents Frank M. and Dorothea Henry. “My parents are passionate about education. They’re passionate about health care. […]

  • Flower Tent Manager Recalls Wild Weather in Wilkes-Barre Township

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — With all the severe weather this week, memes started popping up on social media celebrating a flower tent in Luzerne County. It survived a tornado that hit the county’s busiest shopping district in June and destroyed businesses all around it. The meme has been spreading around social media throughout the week. “We saw the one with Arnold Schwarzenegger and his machine gun saying, ‘Get to the tent!'” said manager Robert Letinski. It’s referring to the flower […]

  • Drug Takeback Program Called a Success

    WEST PITTSTON, Pa. — The Pennsylvania attorney general was in our area Tuesday to make an announcement about the opioid epidemic. He says drug takeback programs across the state have been responsible for taking a significant amount of prescription drugs off the streets. Many of us have walked by boxes for prescription drug disposal. “We get those drugs out of a medicine cabinet. We stop people from getting addicted in the first place. We save lives,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General […]

  • Misericordia Professor Remembers Notre Dame

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Newswatch 16 spoke to a professor at Misericordia University who recently visited the Cathedral of Norte Dame in Paris. People all around the world were watching as the Notre Dame cathedral burned. “I was hoping it would be out very quickly, but it is a monumental task,” Misericordia history and government professor Brian Carso said. The iconic church sustained extensive damage from the flames. Professor Carso visited Notre Dame over the summer while attending a conference […]

  • Sanders Makes Campaign Stop in Luzerne County

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Democratic Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday. “I believe that health care is a human right, not a privilege,” Sanders said. “That means whether you’re poor or middle class or elderly, you should be entitled to all the health care you need because you are human and in the richest country in the history of the world, we should get nothing less.” He spoke to about 300 nurses […]

  • Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Wilkes-Barre Area High School

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some protestors showed up at a groundbreaking for Wilkes-Barre Area School district’s new consolidated high school. The district held the ceremony Friday morning. About a dozen protestors showed up at the ceremony, worried that the land the school is being built on could be harmful to students’ health. The site is on nearly 80 acres of old mining land that will be the location of Wilkes-Barre Area School district’s new consolidated high school. “It’s just something […]

  • Truck Drivers Stunned by Arrest of CDL Examiner

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — State police arrested a former commercial driver’s license examiner who they say failed to properly test people trying to become professional truck drivers. The man troopers arrested was an examiner at Luzerne County Community College. They say he was responsible for about 140 truck drivers being allowed to drive on highways who were not properly trained. State police say our roads should be a little safer now that they have arrested Michael Jordan, 51, of Larksville. “It […]

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