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
  • Dramatic Transformation On The Pennsylvania Road

    There’s a rapid transformation underway across our area this week as leaves and blooms are quickly popping out. The gray of winter is going away, and Jon Meyer found you don’t have to head into the woods to find nature’s beauty right now. You can go anywhere On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • A Church Visit to the Past On The Pennsylvania Road

    In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer takes us to a historic church in Luzerne County where Easter is one of only two services a year.

  • Easter Candy On The Pennsylvania Road

    Christians are in the middle of the season of Lent, leading up to Good Friday and Easter next week. At many churches in our area, Lent means a lot of prayer and a lot of fundraising. Jon Meyer found a sweet sale happening at a church in Schuylkill County in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Sweet Stop On The Pennsylvania Road

    Easter is only a few weeks away, so this one of the busiest times of the year for candy sales. Jon Meyer found a stop On The Pennsylvania Road in Schuylkill County where there is plenty of candy for the Easter baskets, and quite a bit of nostalgia, too.

  • Three Mile Island On The Pennsylvania Road

    Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most notorious incidents in Pennsylvania history: the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg. Jon Meyer talked with Mike Stevens about Mike’s reporting on the partial meltdown. It’s a stop On The Pennsylvania Road Mike vividly remembers.

  • Farewell to Winter On The Pennsylvania Road

    Spring officially started on Wednesday, and while we all know we can still get snow and cold in the weeks to come, On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found it’s time to say farewell to winter.

  • Art From Coal Mining On The Pennsylvania Road

    Our area’s coal mining past is still visible in many spots, especially the piles of waste unearthed and left behind. In this stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer traveled to Luzerne County and found an artist using what miners tossed aside as a canvas.

  • On The Pennsylvania Road to the Philadelphia Flower Show

    It sure doesn’t feel like spring yet, but Jon Meyer shows us where we can find a taste of spring. The Pennsylvania Road takes us down the Turnpike to Philadelphia.

  • Telling Veterans’ Stories On The Pennsylvania Road

    Last week, we introduced you to a World War II veteran from Lehighton whose war stories are now preserved in print in a new book. The story has gotten a tremendous reaction on our website and our WNEP-TV Facebook page, and now, that book has made The New York Times Best Sellers list. Jon Meyer found the journey of the author On The Pennsylvania Road and beyond is quite a story, too.  

  • ‘Spearhead’ On The Pennsylvania Road

    A bestselling author from one part of our area is out with a book this week profiling a World War II veteran from another part of our area. Jon Meyer sat down with both of them to talk about this heroic war story. This special edition of On The Pennsylvania Road even has old film footage of Clarence Smoyer in battle, footage that can be disturbing, but helps tell quite a tale. Click here for a list of book signings […]

  • Paper Caves On The Pennsylvania Road

    Our area is filled with unique geological features, but in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer takes us inside some caves that are about to disappear.

  • Health Issues Were Main Reason for Marino Resignation

    A spokesperson for Tom Marino says the former congressman had emergency surgery several weeks ago right around the time he announced his resignation. It’s just the latest complication in his battle with cancer that started 20 years ago. A spokesman says Tom Marino is still active, has a positive attitude and is now taking his medical concerns day by day but Marino felt his focus on health issues would make it tough to serve the constituents of the 12th district. […]

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