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
  • Katana to Close after 27 Years

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A longtime downtown Wilkes-Barre restaurant will close its doors for good on Saturday. “We’ve had overwhelming support from our customers,” Teresa Ei said. Ei and her husband opened the hibachi restaurant 27 years ago in Midtown Village near downtown Wilkes-Barre. The business took off immediately. Now that katana is closing, the restaurant has been packed for its final days. “My parents, I know they eat here twice a week, at least. So for them, I don’t know […]

  • Christofer’s New Ride

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — About two months ago, we introduced you to a young man from Luzerne County with cerebral palsy whose family needed a new wheelchair-accessible van. After our story about him aired, donations started rolling in and on Friday, he got his new van. It was a special moment for Christofer Corra and his family. They live near Hazleton and love visiting lots of local places around there. Now that he has this van, he says he can […]

  • Victims’ Mother Testifies at Arson and Homicide Trial

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Emotional testimony in a Luzerne County courtroom as the mother of three boys killed in a deadly fire faced the man accused of setting it. The mother was in tears during most of her testimony. At one point, she looked at Preston Bonnett and told him he had no right to take her sons away from her. Susan Major testified Thursday that arson and homicide trial at the Luzerne County Courthouse. The victims are her three sons […]

  • Rope Across Trail Injures Cyclist

    LUZERNE, Pa. — Police in Luzerne County are searching for the person who tied a rope across a popular walking trail. Officers say a bicyclist was injured after riding into that rope Wednesday night. Luzerne borough police have taken that rope down, but they are trying to figure out how it got there and if it was put there intentionally. Luzerne Boro Police are investigating after a rope was found tied to a tree on the Back Mountain Trail. The […]

  • Testimony in Trial of Man Accused of Setting Deadly Fire

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The trial of a man accused of setting a fire that killed three young boys continued Wednesday in Luzerne County. This is day two of Preston Bonnett’s arson and homicide trial. After opening statements, the jury heard testimony from about 10 witnesses for the prosecution. Bonnett’s attorney is trying to prove that he did not set that deadly fire in 2017. Bonnett, 28, is accused of starting a deadly fire at a home on Oakwood Drive in […]

  • Pick Up PA Comes to Luzerne County

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Luzerne County is teaming up with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau on an anti-litter initiative. Luzerne County leaders want to keep views like the one of Wilkes-Barre along the Susquehanna River beautiful. They say one way to do it is to crack down on litter. “Your litter, you think it’s only impacting here. No, you’re impacting the globe and that is even more serious than our original discussion,” said John Maday, executive director of the Riverfront Parks […]

  • Trial Begins in Laflin Deadly Arson Case

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — The trial is underway for a man accused of killing three children by setting fire to their home. Jury selection got underway Tuesday morning in Luzerne County for Preston Bonnet. Bonnett faces three counts of homicide along with arson charges. Prosecutors will try to prove he set fire to a home in Laflin in October of 2017, killing three young brothers inside. At the time of his arrest nearly two years ago, Bonnett said he didn’t do […]

  • Spending Memorial Day Getting in Touch with Nature

    FRANCES SLOCUM STATE PARK, Pa. —  With weather like this, one of the best places to enjoy it is at Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County, especially on Memorial Day. There is something for everyone at the park, even the dogs and those who like to document nature. “Blue herring, green herring, mallard ducks and a big water snake,” said John Konopka of Swoyersville. Konopka and his friend are taking advantage of their day off from work. They regularly […]

  • Luzerne County Communities Come Together to Observe Memorial Day

    KINGSTON, Pa. — Communities on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County joined together to observe Memorial Day. “To enjoy the holiday weekend with my children,” said Jonathan Steber of Kingston. “It’s great to see the support. It’s great to see the veterans here, and it’s great to have this wonderful weather,” said Forty Fort Mayor Andy Tuzinski. The West Side Memorial Day Parade has been going on for decades. It is organized by the American Legion […]

  • Salon to Offer Services to Women in Shelter

    KINGSTON, Pa. — A hair salon in Luzerne County will be providing free services to a women’s shelter in the county, part of an effort to make them feel better about themselves. At Shakti Salon Spa in Kingston, looking and feeling good is key. The workers there want to lend their talents to a good cause. The salon will start giving free services including haircuts to the women who live at Ruth’s Place, Luzerne County’s only emergency homeless shelter for […]

  • Field Day Event for Students with Disabilities

    KINGSTON, Pa. — Hundreds of students participated in a large field day event in Luzerne County on Thursday. The event’s goal is to give students with disabilities a fun afternoon in the community. Before the rain started to pour, students gathered at Wyoming Valley West stadium in Kingston for a little friendly competition. About 750 kids from school districts in Luzerne County and in Tunkhannock participated in an annual field day event put on by Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18. “We […]

  • George Brown Thanks Campaign Team for Primary Win

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Wilkes-Barre City Hall will likely house a new mayor next year. George Brown won the Democratic primary over incumbent, first-term mayor Tony George. We stopped in at George Brown’s campaign headquarters in downtown Wilkes-Barre to talk about his win. “It came down to the very end of the campaign time,” Brown said. “So whatever happened yesterday, I could hold my head high and say, ‘We did everything we could do.'” This is not the first time George […]

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