Jon Meyer anchors Newswatch 16 at 5 and 5:30 with Julie Sidoni.

Jon started at Newswatch 16 as a reporter in June, 2003. His first job at WNEP was as the Luzerne County beat reporter. He then anchored the weekend evening newscasts for six years before moving Monday through Friday to Newswatch 16 at 5 and 5:30.

Jon has covered a wide range of stories for Newswatch 16. He won a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) award for his reports after he went to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010 with a group from central Pennsylvania. He also won a PAB award along with Julie Sidoni for their extensive on-air coverage of the historic flooding of 2011.

Jon is no stranger to Pennsylvania. He came to WNEP from WJAC-TV in Johnstown. There he served as weekend anchor and reporter. Jon was a key to WJAC’s coverage of the September 11, 2001 attack on America. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed only 20 miles from Johnstown in Somerset County. Jon was the first reporter at the crash site. He followed the story extensively for the weeks and months that followed. His accounts of the crash and his experiences covering it appear in several books about September 11 and its aftermath.

Jon grew up just west of the WNEP viewing area in St. Marys, Elk County. He and Julie Sidoni are from the same town and went to high school together.

After high school, Jon went to Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations. Jon is a big sports fan, always rooting hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Penn State football and the Syracuse Orange football and basketball teams.

Jon is also a fan of outdoor activities like hiking, boating, skiing, fishing and hunting.

In 2009, Jon married Newswatch 16 reporter Renie Workman. They have two daughters who keep them quite busy.


Recent Articles
  • A Mill Transformed On The Pennsylvania Road

    This weekend, people in one community will get their first look at the transformation of an old mill that stood mostly empty for decades. Jon Meyer got a look inside the place that once drew people together for work and will now connect them with entertainment in this stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Unique Home for Model Trains On The Pennsylvania Road

    The holiday season is upon us, and for many people, train sets are still a big part of Christmas. It’s a tradition for a model railroading group in Carbon County to share its display with the public this time of year, and in his stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found it has a unique home.

  • Talkback Extra Podcast: Talking Impeachment Hearings

    Impeachment has been on the airwaves a lot the past couple weeks, and calls about it have filled our Talkback 16 line. This edition of Talkback Extra gives you a glimpse of the many calls that didn’t make the air. And we’re using them to launch a discussion of impeachment with Keystone College Political Science Professor Jeffrey Brauer. Don’t forget to click “subscribe” in the player above so we can let you know when the next episode premieres. Want more […]

  • Amusement Parks from Times Past On The Pennsylvania Road

    A documentary premiering this weekend will bring many people in Luzerne County back to their childhood. Sunday evening at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre will be the first showing of the film looking at the old Hanson’s Park at Harveys Lake.  It is produced by Tim Novotney and Bob Savakinas. There will also be a showing of a recent documentary about Angela Park near Hazleton that was done by Sam-Son Productions. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, […]

  • Times Past at the Inn at Pocono Manor

    It was a fire that leveled a piece of Pocono history earlier this month. We have shown you all the flames and all the damage at the Inn at Pocono Manor. In this stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer gives us a closer look at the history of that 117-year-old inn and what made it so special.

  • On The Pennsylvania Road: A Barbershop from the Past

    A man given a severance package from his job in information technology decided he wanted to keep on working. His new line of work is helping bring to life a much simpler time. Jon Meyer takes us to the relatively new barbershop in Wilkes-Barre that feels like it’s been there for 100 years.

  • On the Pennsylvania Road: Fall Foliage

    Already, much of the vibrant color is gone. However, this week, Jon Meyer found it’s worth going out on the Pennsylvania road in search of fall beauty while we still have it.    

  • A Dandy Mansion On The Pennsylvania Road

    A mansion in Bradford County that is almost 150 years old has seen a lot of uses over the years but after a time, it fell into disrepair. Now, much of it has been restored in an interesting way. Jon Meyer found a combination of modern convenience helping preserve an important part of history in this stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Beautiful Bridges On The Pennsylvania Road

    A lot of people find this time of year perfect for exploring the beauty of our area. In parts of central Pennsylvania, colorful leaves make some pieces of history really stand out. Jon Meyer found The Pennsylvania Road carrying him through covered bridges this week in Columbia County.

  • Salt Springs On The Pennsylvania Road

    The leaves are rapidly changing color, and in some parts of the area, the fall foliage is already near its peak. Jon Meyer found a perfect place to see the leaves and a lot more On The Pennsylvania Road in Susquehanna County.

  • Waiting for October Weather On The Pennsylvania Road

    Temperatures soared into the 80s on Wednesday, and it felt nothing like an October day, but all that will change soon. Jon Meyer was out On The Pennsylvania Road to show us that if we look around, it certainly looks like October, and maybe it’s time that it feels like it, too.

  • Harry West, Popular Radio Personality, Has Died

    Harry West, a popular radio personality in our area, died Friday in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. His voice brought smiles to people every morning in what was considered WARMland. Born in Reading in 1930, West was part of the team that made WARM the most listened-to radio station in northeastern Pennsylvania for decades. His voice started the days of tens of thousands of radio listeners in the area every day in the 1960s and 1970s, filling the WARM airwaves with corny humor. One […]

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