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!
POCONO RACEWAY — Monster Energy drinks give some people the kick they’re looking for to stay awake. They can also be your ticket to the races at Pocono Raceway later this month. For the third year in a row, Pocono Raceway is taking part in the Monster Energy NASCAR Free Friday. “Monster and NASCAR approached us and said, ‘We’ve been doing this forever with Supercross. We’ve recycled a million cans, you get free entry.’ We said, ‘We’re in, let’s do […]
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 […]
FACTORYVILLE, Pa. — Students in a Wyoming County elementary school are doing hands-on experiments and learning all about how agriculture affects their lives thanks to a mobile science lab. “I took a class through the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and they had a class out at Penn State. One of those days, we were there we were introduced to this lab,” said Karen Shaw, an elementary teacher at Lackawanna Trail. It’s a mobile agriculture education science lab. “The farm bureau has […]
PITTSTON, Pa. — Have some old silverware or a tea set that’s collecting dust in your attic? That dusty stuff can be upcycled into something brand new. Some wind chimes carry the sound of a new beginning for a teapot and many other items at Fly Me home In Pittston. The transformation from old to new is done through upcycling. “The general definition is taking something with little or no value and making it valuable again,” said Fly Me Home […]
COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A new certificate program at Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center could help you stand out in the crowd. “It gains them the foundation knowledge to be a sustainable professional. It’s a differentiating credential that students can add to their resume,” said Michelle Wheeler, an ecological educator at LCEEC. That’s what’s driving the new sustainable leadership certificate program at LCEEC. Michelle Wheeler, one of the ecological educators, explains the program and what students can expect. “We saw […]
KEYSTONE COLLEGE — A college in our area is cutting down some trees to save their forest from a destructive insect. Heath and Julie Crum of Crum Tree Service are busy these days cutting down ash trees at Keystone College. The ash forest surrounding the college has become infested with the emerald ash borer. “Once it gets to an area, it takes about three years to completely destroy the population of the ash trees,” Julie Crum explained. The emerald ash […]
MOOSIC, Pa. — Keeping local fresh ingredients on the menu is a challenge for any restaurant. That challenge is even more difficult during the winter months here in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. “Of course, you can absolutely see it as you’re cooking it.” That’s the word on cooking local farm-fresh ingredients from the executive chef at Harvest. One of the core values at Harvest is, “fanatic attention to quality, service, and consistency.” They achieve this by locally sourcing as much […]
SCRANTON, Pa. — Some people believe a key to sustainability is in your diet. “It makes a bigger impact on the environment in a positive way to be a vegan driving a Hummer than to be a meat eater driving a Prius,” said Christian Pilosi, owner of “eden – a vegan café.” That’s not just coming from the owner of a downtown Scranton vegan cafe. A recent report published in the journal “Science” concluded that livestock production is the single […]
DICKSON CITY, Pa. — This week’s temperature free fall is sure to drive up your heating bill and potentially freeze your pipes, but you don’t necessarily need a professional to help keep your pipes from popping. That icy wind blowing into your home is making you cold and causing your heating system work overtime. We went to the Home Depot in Dickson City to get some do-it-yourself tips on how to keep the cold out. “Window installation kits, a lot […]