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
  • Search For Man Accused of Making Threats Against President Trump Turns to Lackawanna County

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Investigators searched for the Schuylkill County man accused of making online threats against President Donald Trump in Lackawanna County. U.S. marshals began searching the area behind the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in South Abington Township early Tuesday morning. A federal grand jury indicted Shawn Christy, 26, of McAdoo last week for making those threats. Federal agents first started looking for Christy about a month ago. He is wanted for making threats against President Donald […]

  • Community Remembers Former Church Destroyed by Fire

    TAMAQUA, Pa. — A former church in Tamaqua was converted into an art studio years ago, but people in the community tell us that the building is still very important to the community. Firefighters worked through the night trying to control a fire in the place on West Broad Street in Tamaqua over the weekend. “I was in watching TV and we seen the fire and the police out there and we were wondering what was going on,” Linda Yeager of […]

  • Concern Over Frackville Senior Living Facility

    FRACKVILLE, Pa. — People who live in one Schuylkill County community are worried about plans to build a senior living facility in the area. They voiced their concerns at a Frackville borough council meeting earlier this week. An empty lot on West Frack Street in Frackville used to hold a church. It closed years ago. Now, there are plans to build a senior living facility there, but not everyone is happy about it. “It just seemed like this was being […]

  • Two Homes Damaged by Flames in Port Carbon

    PORT CARBON, Pa. -- Flames damaged several homes in Schuylkill County Thursday afternoon.

  • Police Searching for Mail Thief in Luzerne County

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Authorities are on the hunt for a mail thief in Luzerne County. Sugarloaf Township police believe someone is taking mail out of post boxes looking for checks. Sugarloaf Township’s police chief says he first got reports about the mail thefts about a week ago when people came to him saying checks they wrote were cashed for thousands of dollars more than they were originally written for. At first glance, one check, made out for $4,500, looks […]

  • Cats Waiting for a ‘Furever Home’

    BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman who owns a canine bakery in Schuylkill County also adopts out cats. Pattie Lanz owns Sasha’s Canine Bakery. She makes healthy snacks for your pups. Never did she think she’d become a cat lover. “I wasn’t,” Lanz said. “Let’s put it this way. I am now.” Inside her store near Pottsville, you’ll find lots of dog treats, dog trinkets, and her dog Flynn. But that’s not all. She also has a room full of […]

  • Concern in Pottsville Over 100-Year-Old Building

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A section of a street in Pottsville was closed over the weekend because of a concern about an old building. The Thompson Building has been on the corner of North Centre and West Market streets for more than 100 years. “That building’s been there for years,” Megan Leymeister of Schuylkill Haven said. “It’s had different businesses in and out of it. None of them really last long.” With a building that old, there are bound to be some […]

  • Battling Addiction with ‘Hope & Coffee’ in Tamaqua

    TAMAQUA, Pa. — A new coffee shop with a unique mission is opening up in Schuylkill County. Hope & Coffee in Tamaqua had a soft opening on Monday. The coffee shop plans to help recovering drug addicts. “People are noticing us and walking by and seeing our balloons out and seeing what they’re all about,” said manager Loren Collura. Hope & Coffee held a soft opening to introduce their customers to the mission of their shop, which is to help […]

  • Abuse Cases Leading to High Costs for Shelters

    POTTSVILLE, Pa. — An SPCA in Schuylkill County says it’s seen an increase in animal abuse and neglect cases, including one where a dog had to have its leg amputated earlier this week. The Pottsville Lion’s Club is collecting donations for the Hillside SPCA. Workers at the animal shelter say these donations will go a long way in helping out the pets who need it. At first glance, Lulu looks like your average pup, but she had to have her […]

  • Cause of Fire in Hazleton Still Under Investigation, 25 Displaced

    HAZLETON, Pa. — A Fourth of July Fire in Hazleton displaced 25 people. Julio Citron is packing up his things and moving out of his home on Carlton Avenue in Hazleton. He is just one of 25 people displaced by a fire at two apartment homes on the street. “I was at my friend house and I received a call from my sister that the house was burning down,” Citron said. Firefighters said the flames started around 11:30 p.m. They […]

  • Susquehanna County Celebrates the Fourth of July

    MONTROSE, Pa. — People lined the streets for the annual Fourth of July Parade in Montrose. “They really come to watch us,” parade committee member Ed DeWitt said. “The weather, despite what was originally predicted, is beautiful today.” This year, the parade had about 80 floats. There was lots of music, and American flags lined the route. Montrose’s parade draws people from all over, including a Shriner’s group from New York state. “I think it’s because there is not a lot […]

  • Minersville’s Pool is Finally Open

    MINERSVILLE, Pa. — After more than a month of being closed, Minersville’s pool is finally back in business. “I’m so excited,” Michael Castle of Minersville said. “I can’t wait to go on the slides and diving boards.” The pool was supposed to open for Memorial Day, but there were problems that kept that from happening. The first was a broken pool pump. Once that was fixed, maintenance workers discovered there was a basketball clogging the pool, which kept it closed for a […]