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 (Go Hornets!!!) 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 John.Hickey@wnep.com. He’s always looking for new hikes and disc golf courses to try!
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — When you head to the ballpark for a game, you expect to hear the crack of the bat and smell your favorite stadium food. You don’t expect to be given a tree, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport. “PPL cares a lot about the community and it’s our way of doing our part for the community, building roots in the community literally through trees.” That’s how Tracie Witter, a regional affairs director […]
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — One bummed out seven-year-old girl hanging by her favorite pond in Kirby Park is Esmerelda, and she wants her ducks back. “How do we get the ducks to come back? No more throwing garbage in the water,” said Esmerelda. Esmerelda and her family visit Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre frequently. But this year, something has been noticeably different. “Normally every spring we see eggs and we were looking for them and she noticed that there wasn’t any ducks, […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — School’s out for summer, and families are ready to hit the road for summer vacation. But before you do, there’s a few things you should check out on your car to avoid a pricey repair bill down the road. The experts at Kelleher Tire in Scranton shared some tips on how to improve gas mileage and what maintenance should be done before summer driving season begins. “Biggest thing is tires, good tires. Check the air in the […]
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BETHANY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A sustainable coffee roaster and chocolate manufacturer in Wayne County is finding unique ways to stay sustainable both here at home and at its overseas farms. “The decision you make when buying your products and consuming your products can very greatly influence the lives of those growing those products. Our mission is to make consumers more aware of that,” said Jeff Abella, the co-founder of Moka Origins, a coffee roaster and chocolate manufacturer tucked away in […]
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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. — One school district in the Poconos is helping to keep the Poconos green with more environmentally-friendly school buses. Propane powered buses are a little more expensive than their diesel counterparts, but they save big on emissions and money in the future. It doesn’t sound like your typical school bus because this bus runs on propane. Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the East Stroudsburg Area School District added 49 more […]
TAYLOR, Pa. — Recycling rejection has been an issue throughout Lackawanna County. To help sort out the confusion, one community is using a mobile app. “There’s a large issue with recycling in the country right now. It’s not just a northeast Pennsylvania thing. It’s a countrywide thing,” said Taylor DPW director Bill Dixon. To help combat the recycling issue, people living in Taylor have a new tool at their disposal. “I saw an opportunity to bring something new into the […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — There’s a new hashtag challenge sweeping the nation and it promotes greening up the outdoor areas around where you live. “Taking an after picture, a selfie, with the bags next to you and posting it to social media with the hashtag ‘trashtag,'” explained Randy Ryan, the owner of The Kimchi Dude. If greening things up isn’t enough, The Kimchi Dude is offering an added incentive. “If you go out and you clean up a lot, and you […]
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