Jim is proud to call WNEP home after joining the team in November 2010 as a reporter covering the always exciting Luzerne County beat.

Jim is a native of Belmar, New Jersey but has already made a mark in the Poconos as a seasoned reporter. Jim began his newscasting career at Blue Ridge Communications News13 in 2007 first as its Carbon County reporter, then as its Monroe County reporter. Jim also dabbled in weather anchoring before making the jump to Newswatch 16.

Jim is a graduate of Villanova University (GO WILDCATS!) where he majored in communications and experimented in comedy talk radio.

Jim’s second passion is dirt track modified and sprint car racing. Since 1998, he has been the official track videographer at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. He has also filmed and announced at speedways as far away as Florida and Vermont and even Quebec, Canada.

In 2011, Jim became the voice of the Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA, calling the play-by-play action every Friday night on the microphone.

When not reporting live or getting a rooster tail of mud thrown at him from a 450hp dirt modified, Jim can be found riding the waves at the Jersey Shore, belting out karaoke at the local pub while sipping a lager, and chasing tornadoes and hailstorms on the back roads of NEPA.

Jim is a trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service, and is always on the look out for a good chase.

Jim also enjoys skiing, working out, driving to Florida for February Speedweeks, and listening to his two favorite “buddies” on Sirius XM radio.

Recent Articles
  • Wilkes-Barre Holds Off Announcing Layoffs

    WILKES-BARRE — Friday is the day the city of Wilkes-Barre had hoped to announce who and how many city employees would be furloughed to save money, but that announcement never came. Mayor Tom Leighton spent Friday in meetings with union leaders, according to a Wilkes-Barre city spokesperson. In the final weeks of 2012, the city faces a $2 million budget shortfall. Earlier this week, 11 employees chose to take an early retirement plan, that eased the financial pain, but officials […]

  • Access Card Outage Causes Problems at Stores

    WILKES-BARRE — A glitch in a computer system is blamed for shutting down access card purchases for several hours on Friday. Folks across Pennsylvania and several other states couldn’t buy groceries with the cards that most know as food stamps. At one store in Wilkes-Barre many people left empty-handed. The computer system that handles access cards for Pennsylvania and several other states was down for about six hours from most of the morning into the early afternoon. Even though the […]

  • State Police Investigating Bear Creek Break-Ins

    BEAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — State police said they are investigating at least seven burglaries in Bear Creek Township over the last month. State police want folks in Bear Creek to be on the lookout for an older model, tan or gold, four-door sedan, a vehicle seen leaving the scene of one of the break-ins. “It’s horrible. These kids, probably from down in the city, they come over here and it’s easy pickings. Everyone works so there’s nobody home to stop […]

  • Firewood for Hurricane Sandy Victims

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP — A man in the Mountain Top area has decided to collect firewood for folks still without power in New Jersey. The wood is expected to be sent to hurricane victims by the weekend. Bob Parker chopped up firewood at the Mountain Top Hose Company in Fairview Township that will eventually be sent to the New Jersey shore to help victims of Sandy.¬† While many folks from northeastern and central Pennsylvania donated clothes and cleaning supplies, Parker said […]

  • Students Feast on Thanksgiving Meal

    FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP — A decades old tradition continued today at one elementary school in Luzerne County. Third graders feasted on a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at Fairview Elementary School in Mountaintop. The kids also learned the real meaning of the holiday. Dozens of third graders at Fairview Elementary School lined up for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey Day comes early this time of year at the school and all for a good cause. The guests of honor spoke […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Retirement Plan Falls Short

    WILKES-BARRE — Tuesday at noon was the deadline for eligible Wilkes-Barre city employees to sign up for early retirement. The plan came from city leaders late last week in an attempt to prevent layoffs before the end of the year. Only 11 city employees took the deal for the early retirement plan, much fewer than city officials had hoped for. According to a city spokesperson, 51 employees were eligible and now layoffs are likely. It was supposed to be a […]

  • Violent Weekend Around Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — This was a particularly bloody weekend in and around the city of Wilkes-Barre. Police responded to several shootings One of them on Friday night left a man dead. And the shooter is still on the loose. And investigators now say the shooting that left Leslie Smith of Wilkes-Barre was not a random act of violence. Police still don’t have anyone in custody after a shooting Friday night left Leslie Smith dead outside the Red Roof Inn in Plains […]

  • New Life for Old Bakery

    WEST PITTSTON — Some people may of heard of the Hitchner Biscuit Company in West Pittston. It closed 61 years ago, but on Friday, a new chapter began in the storied career of the building on Exeter Avenue as it was officially dedicated. A fresh coat of paint allows the Hitchner Biscuit logo to stand out on the outside of the more than 100 year old building. The bakery and ovens and machines are long gone, but new are the […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Mayor: No Layoffs

    WILKES-BARRE — For now Mayor Tom Leighton announced a last-ditch plan to save Wilkes-Barre city employees from layoffs. Leighton hopes a new retirement plan will generate enough interest among city workers, to offset a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Last month Leighton said layoffs of city employees, including police officers and firefighters, would happen if the city couldn’t get enough workers to sign up for voluntary furloughs. Only a handful of employees responded.¬†This latest plan from the mayor’s office is an […]

  • Making Room for Wyoming Seminary Arts Center

    KINGSTON — It’s not every day that you see a century old three story home picked up and rolled to a new address, but that’s what happened late Thursday afternoon in Kingston. The site of the three story home sitting on rollers was enough to attract a crowd in Kingston. The building on North Sprague Avenue is being moved to make room for the new performing arts center at Wyoming Seminary. Because of its history, beauty, and architecture, the Seminary […]

  • Former LCCC Secretary Charged With Theft

    NANTICOKE — A former secretary of the Luzerne County Community College is charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the college between 2009 and 2011. College officials said Janet Griffith of Nanticoke was officially fired on Wednesday. Police said over a two year period, she pocketed cash payments totaling close to $17,000 while she was a secretary at the school’s public safety training institution. The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation. Griffith is now charged with three counts of theft. […]

  • Man Dead After Being Hit By Car

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — The death of a man in Pittston Township last night has raised questions about the safety of a busy stretch of Route 315. Police say Lawrence Korman of Pittston was walking across Route 315 from a hotel to the fast food restaurant to get something to eat just before 11:00 last night in Pittston Township. Police say the driver involved didn’t have time to stop, and won’t be charged. Sergeant Lena Angelella of the Pittston Township Police […]

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