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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
  • Wilkes University Swears in its First Police Officers

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Wilkes University is starting a police department for its campus. The university swore in its first officers on Friday. “To have this day, and keep in mind, so many of (our officers) are law enforcement officers all around,” Wilkes University Police Department Chief Christopher Jagoe said. “So, to have this day, like today, I think is important to them.” Wilkes is in the process of converting its public safety department into a police department. Currently, the university […]

  • Luzerne County’s Coroner Set to Retire

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman is set to retire at the beginning of next month. His first day at the coroner’s office was in 1975. He started as a deputy coroner. “I’ve been a field investigator, a chief deputy coroner and now coroner,” Lisman said. “Basically, I tell people I’ve done everything in the office, except be the secretary.” Over the course of his 43 years at the coroner’s office. He remembers several difficult cases he’s […]

  • Heart-shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Sometimes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift isn’t flowers or candy; it’s something many people eat all year long. Every time the phone rings at Joe’s Pizza in Nanticoke, owner Joe Hynoski looks forward to the call, but on Valentine’s Day, the orders are a lot more fun. “I’m very happy and excited when we have the different holidays because it gives me a bit of a challenge,” Hynoski said. For about three decades, he’s spent his Valentine’s […]

  • Few Details After Two Young Women Shot in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Police are still searching for the suspects after two teenagers were found shot in a busy intersection Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre. Both of those victims are young women, and police say they are still in the hospital. Police believe the actual shooting happened about a block away from where the victims were found on South Main Street. Windows of the car were shot out, and inside, police found two 19-year-old women from Scranton with gunshot wounds. “I […]

  • Fire Company Sells Hotel to Buy Truck

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Community members in Luzerne County are coming together to lend a hand to a volunteer fire company. Years ago, a community member donated a property to the Mountain Top Hose Company. Another community member has now bought that property to help the fire company get new equipment. Jim Foley just purchased the Mountain Top Hotel and the restaurant and bar inside of it – Cavanaugh’s Grille. “Couple of reasons,” Foley said. “I’ve known Dave Hourigan and […]

  • Murderer in Luzerne County Sent to Prison

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A murderer received a long prison sentence in Luzerne County on Tuesday. Joseph Marchetti, 52, of Freeland, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and attempted murder on Tuesday morning and was sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty for Marchetti. Investigators say Marchetti shot and killed his girlfriend Antionette Wilkinson, 46, and injured her mother Barbara Wilkinson, at a home in Foster Township in January of 2018. Marchetti had nothing […]

  • Tearing Down St. Joseph’s Church in Nanticoke

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — St. Joseph’s Church in Nanticoke is being torn down. The building is about 100 years old. “It’s a sad day,” Lorraine Beck of Nanticoke said. “We watched as our St. Francis Church which we belonged to was torn down and demolished and now again watching this. It’s hard to watch.” Crews are also tearing down the church’s rectory. The demolition drew a crowd. “(I came) just to see it,” Peter Rynkiewicz of Nanticoke said. “I’ve seen them […]

  • City of Wilkes-Barre Gives Proclamation to DPW Worker

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa — Wilkes-Barre’s Mayor gave one the city’s department of public works employees a proclamation for helping state police apprehend a suspect last month. We first met Wilkes-Barre Department of Public Works worker Martin Dartoe last month. It was just a day before he helped a state trooper catch a suspect on the run. HERO STATUS: the city of Wilkes-Barre just gave DPW worker Martin Dartoe a proclamation for helping state troopers apprehend a suspect recently. @WNEP — […]

  • Governor Visits Misericordia to Promote Women with Children Program

    MISERICORDIA UNIVERSITY — Governor Tom Wolf made a stop at Misericordia University on Friday to support the university’s “Women with Children” program. He says the program helps support the state workforce. The governor mentioned Misericordia during his budget address earlier this week. He wants to invest $5 million into programs like the one at the university. The program provides housing for single mothers and their children, so women can pursue a college education. “The program empowers single moms by providing […]

  • Investigation Into Missing Money at Honey Pot Club

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Nanticoke Police are investigating a report of missing money at the Honey Pot Club in Nanticoke. The chief tells Newswatch 16 a person affiliated with the Honey Pot Club who has access to the finances turned himself in connection with the missing money. The chief said 10’s of thousands of dollars were taken from the club over a period of two to five years. Club members we spoke with off camera said that the lights and water […]

  • Plane Makes Emergency Landing at WB/Scr Airport

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -- Everyone is safe after a plane was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday morning at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

  • Governor Wolf Proposes ‘Educate and Stay in PA’

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Governor Wolf just presented his 2019 budget which includes a part that would support community colleges and its students in the state. “I know a lot of students who would love to stay around the area especially if we have a little bit of a reason to,” said Cassandra Thomas, LCCC student. The governor is proposing an investment of $8 million for a program he calls “Educate and Stay in PA.” The program would give one-time grants […]

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