John Hickey joined the Stormtracker 16 weather team in January 2017. You can catch him weeknights on WNEP at 7pm and 11pm and on WNEP2 at 10pm.

Born and raised in Greater Boston, he attended Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University – Lyndon) in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. There John obtained his B.S. in Broadcast and Private Industry meteorology.

John best describes himself as “an outdoor cat”. This makes forecasting from the backyard more fun than work!

John began his career at WCAX in Burlington, VT where he got his start “in the biz” while still a senior at Lyndon. From there, it was off to the Southern Tier of New York for a morning meteorologist and reporter gig at WENY. After three years of covering the weather in the Twin Tiers which included the record flooding of the Susquehanna River in 2011 as well as the Elmira tornado in 2012, it was back to the Champlain Valley. This time, John joined the First Alert Weather team at NBC5 (WPTZ). While there, John served as the weekend morning meteorologist, started his own cooking series “In The Kitchen”, and skied/hiked just about every mountain in the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

When John’s not at work, he’s most likely doing one of his favorite outdoor activities or rooting for his beloved Boston sports teams.

You can reach John at He’s always looking for new hikes and disc golf courses to try!

Recent Articles
  • Power To Save: Fighting Fire with Fire

    HUGHESTOWN, Pa. — Using fire to help prevent larger forest fires has only been legal in Pennsylvania since 2009. Wildfires can cause significant damage when they get out of control. We talked to Joe Ulozas and Chris Layaou from the Pennsylvania DCNR about the use of prescribed fire as a way to help prevent them. “Mostly in Pennsylvania, it’s for fuel reduction or for silviculture treatment where you’re trying to control weedy vegetation or promote certain tree growth,” explained assistant […]

  • Power To Save: Be Careful of What You Flush

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — “A toilet isn’t a trash can.” That’s the message from officials at the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority in Hanover Township in Luzerne County. “There’s only three things that should go in a toilet — liquid human waste, solid human waste, and toilet paper,” explained WVSA director of operations Bernie Biga. We toured the wastewater treatment facility to get a better sense for why that is. “The bar screenings, it’s the first treatment here. We remove large […]

  • Power To Save: ‘Tree-cycling’ to Help the Environment

    SUMMIT HILL, Pa. — Before you drag your Christmas tree to the curb, find out about the benefits of “tree-cycling” in this week’s Power To Save. At the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, they do environmental programs both inside and out. We met with Franklin Klock, a naturalist at the environmental center in Carbon County. Klock is the resident expert and greeter for the Carbon County Christmas tree tree-cycling program. “Pennsylvania is one of the largest tree-growing states in the […]

  • The Power To Save in 2019

    Each week, Newswatch 16 brings you the Power To Save — a segment that highlights businesses and people finding unique ways to save money and energy. Here’s a look back on some of the most memorable Power To Save moments.

  • Lackwanna River Nominated for State River of the Year

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A river in northeastern Pennsylvania has been nominated for the 2020 River of the Year award. For the last 20 years, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has named a river of the year to help raise awareness about the importance of the state’s rivers and streams. “We’ve been nominated four times, this is our fourth nomination. We haven’t won yet,” said Bernie McGurl, executive director of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA). This […]

  • Power To Save: Salvation Army Supports Local Communities

    SCRANTON, Pa. — There are lots of different ways to donate to the Salvation Army, but have you ever wondered where your donation goes? When you drop cash into one of the Salvation Army’s red kettles, you’re helping to fund the Salvation Army Corps community center and the programs provided there. “A lot of people don’t know it, but we look to fund the whole year from what we get from the kettles,” said Major Robert Schmig. If you purchase […]

  • Power To Save: Winter Nature Camp

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Christmas is just a couple weeks away and the kids probably have the typical items on the list. Rather than video games or the latest electronics, why not give the gift of getting back to nature? “A lot of times we’re inundated with technologies and screens and a lot of indoor and sterile environment inside. We need to remind everybody to get outside and play.” That’s the take-home message Lackawanna College ecology and biology instructor Casie […]

  • LED Christmas Lights Give You The Power To Save

    DUNMORE, Pa. — Heading into the holiday season means your electric bill is about to spike, especially if you’re trying to pull a Clark Griswold. We spoke with a couple of experts at Jerry’s For All Seasons in Dunmore to help save you a couple of bucks on your electric bill this year. “The best thing that you can do, the most cost-effective and energy-efficient thing is to purchase and use LED lights,” said Alana Roberts, PPL regional affairs director. […]

  • Power To Save: Avoiding a Greasy Mess in Your Pipes

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Thanksgiving is only a week away and cooking up the big bird can lead to a greasy cleanup. Video from Pennsylvania American Water shows us some pipes look like under the city of Scranton. Fats, oils, and grease have hardened into unsightly piles. How does this happen? “Some people just pour it down the drain,” said Pennsylvania American Water official Susan Turcmanovich. “They pour it into their garbage disposal, and they think they don’t have to worry […]

  • Power To Save: Electronics Recycling Event in Lackawanna County

    SCRANTON, Pa. — An electronics recycling event is giving people in Lackawanna County the Power To Save. “I can’t ask folks enough, sincerely enough. Now is your chance. We might not be able to recycle these big TVs and computer monitors again soon.” That’s the message from Lackawanna County recycling coordinator Barbara Giovagnoli about the free electronic recycling event happening behind the Viewmont Mall in Scranton this Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Giovagnoli said old tube-style […]

  • Power To Save: Pumpkins for Pigs

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — When you drive past The Lands at Hillside Farms in Luzerne County, you will see a trailer with a pile of pumpkins in it. Those pumpkins are a delicious treat. “There’s a lot of carbohydrates. They go crazy over the seeds, so the food is good. It’s a natural food,” said executive director Chet Mozloom. In fact, those pumpkins are more than just food. “Outside of that, they like playing with them. The pigs are smarter […]

  • Power To Save: From Gourd to Gourmet

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — That pumpkin sitting on the front step might look great now, but soon it will turn to mush. So, before it starts to look ghoulish, why not make a meal with it instead? You were so excited when you picked out your pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. You put it outside as a decoration weeks ago. Instead of letting it turn to mush, why not turn it into something delicious? “People just look at pumpkin […]

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