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
  • On The Pennsylvania Road: It’s About Baseball

    The Little League World Series has become a major television event that is broadcast around the world. While it has become quite the spectacle, in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer reminds us it’s still about baseball.

  • Service Station Memories On The Pennsylvania Road

    It has been a long, long time since gasoline was less than 30 cents a gallon, but signs for 29 cent gas are catching some attention along a road in Lackawanna County. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found a service station providing a history lesson instead of gasoline or auto repairs.

  • Railroad Remembrance On The Pennsylvania Road

    A community in Wayne County is proud to call itself the birthplace of the American railroad. It’s been 190 years since the day the first train engine successfully roared down the tracks in Honesdale Jon Meyer pays tribute to the milestone in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Sharing Song and History

    A musical group in Wayne County is celebrating 40 years this year. In this stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found it’s a unique combination of two dozen musicians sharing song and history.

  • The People Helped by Go Joe 22

    Joe Snedeker’s Go Joe 22 bike ride to benefit Saint Joseph’s Center. Jon Meyer introduces us to some of the amazing people Joe’s ride helps each and every year On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Exploring a Bog On The Pennsylvania Road

    There’s a spot hidden in the woods of the Poconos where you can find plants normally found far to our north in Canada. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer takes us along on a tour of a Tannersville bog created thousands of years ago.

  • Millions of Pierogies On The Pennsylvania Road

    Summertime is church picnic and bazaar time in our area, and that means teams of volunteers are hard at work making ethnic treats. Jon Meyer found all the hard work is a mission of love in this stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Marking the Battle of Wyoming On The Pennsylvania Road

    This day marks the anniversary of one of the bloodiest days in our area’s history, a battle in the American Revolution that put winning independence in doubt. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania road, Jon Meyer shows us where the Battle of Wyoming played out in Luzerne County.

  • ‘Roundabouts and Tornaders’ – The Band Steele Share Their Talkback Anthem at WNEP

    MOOSIC, Pa. — It’s a musical tribute to Talkback 16. Bo Steele and Ben Rubino from The Band Steele had 10 minutes to come up with a tune on a national radio show just after they heard our Talkback 16 call. “We didn’t have tornaders until we put in the traffic circles because accounta you want to know why? When people go round and round in circles, it causes disturbances in the atmosphere and causes tornados.” Like the call, the […]

  • Exploring History and Nature On The Pennsylvania Road

    For years, the Wayne County Historical Society has put in a lot of effort to preserve an important part of northeastern Pennsylvania’s past. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found volunteers have created a spot to explore both history and nature.

  • Boulder Field On The Pennsylvania Road

    A pile of rocks may not sound like a thing of beauty in nature, but Jon Meyer found a spot on the Pennsylvania Road where a bunch of boulders have created a rare find in Carbon County.

  • State Flower Welcomes Summer On The Pennsylvania Road

    Pennsylvania’s state flower is now in bloom across our area and to experience the beauty of the Mountain Laurel, Jon Meyer went to a spot in the Poconos where you can see both the mountains and the laurel, in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

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