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 He’s always looking for new hikes and disc golf courses to try!

Recent Articles
  • Power To Save: Something Old Into Something New

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Become a Sustainable Leader

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: ‘A Preventative Project’ to Save Ash Trees from Invasive Pest

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Farm-fresh in the Winter

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Sustainable Diet

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Keep Your Pipes from Popping

    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 […]

  • Power To Save: Car Batteries

    MOOSIC, Pa. — This week’s cold blast may have left you stuck in the driveway with a dead car battery. How can you check if it’s really dead and what’s the proper way to dispose of your old ones? “The battery starts its life out with a certain amperage and voltage rating, and as anything in life, it dissipates after time. The cold weather just kind of accelerates that process,” said Greg McMichael, Jack Williams Tire & Auto general manager. […]

  • Tree Sponsorship Gives Sweet Reward

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An annual tree sponsorship program with a sweet reward is underway in the Poconos. Maple sugaring season may seem like it’s forever and a day away, but the maple tree sponsorship program has started at Kettle Creek Environmental Center in Monroe County. “It’s a way for them to support environmental education programs, and also it’s a fun thing to do because it allows people to help us and get some pure maple syrup,” said environmental educator […]

  • Power To Save: New Life for Your Christmas Tree

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK, Pa. — Our current weather isn’t what organizers of Wally Ice Fest wanted. While the event held on Lake Wallenpaupack has been pushed back until early February, organizers are looking for your old Christmas trees now. “We’ll use as many as we get. If people still have them, please drop them off behind the visitors center,” said Keith Williams, president of the Chamber the Northern Poconos. The trees are used on the two nine-hole golf courses that are […]

  • Power To Save: A Year of Savings

    This week we look back on some of our most memorable power to save segments. Let’s start in Wayne County where, four years ago, a group of seventh graders in the Wayne Highlands School District started a food composting program. it was originally just a project for a Lackawanna College environmental program. Four years later, and you get the rocket composter. “It is one-of-a-kind in Pennsylvania and this region. We’re proud to say we’re the only school in the area […]

  • Power To Save: Sustainable Holiday Gift Giving

    SCRANTON, Pa. — With the season for gift giving also comes the time of year when we generate a lot of extra waste. “This season, from Thanksgiving forward, we create 25 percent more waste in general than the rest of the year, so we’re talking millions of extra tons of waste,” Lackawanna County recycling coordinator Barbara Giovagnoli said. The key to curbing the uptick in waste is to think about sustainability. There are a lot of ways to stay sustainable […]

  • Power To Save: Beating the Electric Bill Grinch

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Holiday light displays are popping up in neighborhoods here and all across northeastern and central Pennsylvania. They look great but that electric bill Grinch always catches up with us at the end of the month. PPL Regional Affairs Director Alana Roberts has some ideas to help you lower your electric bill this holiday season. “I think the first thing to do is when you’re pulling your decorations out of storage to inspect them, so if you see […]

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