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: A Chance for Kids to be ‘Early Explorers’

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — There’s a program starting up in a few weeks in Lackawanna County that will get young kids outdoors and excited to learn about nature. What kid doesn’t like to plant a tomato or turn over a log? It’s a simple question that Michelle Wheeler, an ecological educator at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, poses when asked about their Early Explorers program which starts up Monday, September 23. “Our goal for the program is to create stewards […]

  • Power To Save: Organic Farming and Sustainability

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A husband and wife team in Wayne County turned a home remedy for a skin condition into a full-scale organic farm. Pulling up to the Big G Organic Farm near Waymart, it looks and sounds like any other farm. However, Thomas Guadagno and his wife Eunha do things differently with their sheep and goats. “I talk to them every day. The ones I’m milking, we communicate a lot,” Thomas Guadagno joked. Jokes aside, the Big G […]

  • Power To Save: Cutting Paperwork Keeps Life Flight in the Air

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Geisinger Life Flight helicopter crews are usually called upon to help save lives. Now, those crews are using the power to save to help save money and improve efficiency. Life Flight helicopters require regular maintenance and inspections and that all takes place at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Within the past four months, Life Flight mechanics switched over to an electronic signature system. “Instead of pushing paper, we’re turning wrenches, like we like to say, and […]

  • Power To Save: Wonderful World of Water

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Heavy rain from summer storms like the ones we’ve had this week, create stormwater runoff and pollute our rivers, creeks, and streams. Kids at a camp in Lackawanna County are learning about water conservation and ways to cut back on that pollution. Pennsylvania American Water’s 10th annual Wonderful World of Water camp is the place to be for kids to learn about all things water. “We talk to them about water, how important water is. We […]

  • Solar Energy Powering Innovative Tech Ideas

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A new solar project coming to Wayne County will help power innovative ideas. Innovative ideas power the Stourbridge Project in Honesdale, and now solar energy will help power it. “Our technology sector was underrepresented here in Wayne County, so they decided to try the concept of a rural business incubator focusing on technology and innovation,” said Susan Shaffer, Stourbridge Project director. That’s how the innovative technology co-working space in Honesdale got its start about three to four years […]

  • Power To Save: Space Time Mead & Cider Works

    DUNMORE, Pa. — As you know, the theme of Go Joe 22 is “To The Moon.” Staying with that theme, Newswatch 16’s John Hickey takes us to space for this week’s Power To Save. “We’re taking the oldest beverage on the planet, honey wine mead, and we’re reintroducing it.” That’s how Space Time Mead & Cider Works gets its name. You can find the storefront in Dunmore. “Our mission statement is to make the highest quality product, world-class, using as […]

  • Power To Save: Community Roots

    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 […]

  • Power to Save: Bring Back the Ducks to Kirby Park

    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, […]

  • Summer Car Care Tips

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Sustainable Soap Shop

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A mom has turned an idea she came up with to help her daughter into an eco-friendly business in the Poconos. Making sustainable soap isn’t new to Kristen Knash. “Initially, I started when I was probably in middle school, you know, hobby, arts, and crafts. I was all into it,” Knash said. When her oldest daughter was born with eczema, she knew how to help. “With having the eczema problems, I was creating more homemade soaps that […]

  • Power To Save: Moka Origins Sustainable Start to Finish

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Tredegar Corporation Goes Landfill-free

    NORWEGIAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — As you finish your lunch at work, you probably end up going to the trash can to throw something away. That’s not the case at one plastic film manufacturing plant in Schuylkill County. Employees there are proud to be landfill-free. It’s a familiar sound in lunchrooms everywhere, but these aren’t trash bins. These bins are for different types of recycled materials that employees at Tredegar Corporation near Pottsville sort themselves. “We felt that, as a good […]

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