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
  • 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.┬áHis 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 […]

  • The Fair from the Air

    It’s a different perspective with the help of Skycam 16 and the skyride. Jon Meyer shows us the fair from the air On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Getting Recognition for WWII Veteran Was ‘Honor of My Life’

    LEHIGHTON, Pa. — It took 74 years for World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer to get the Bronze Star he earned with heroic action in the war. Major Peter Semanoff is the soldier who pinned the medal on Smoyer. He helped make it happen. Both men are from Lehighton. “It was the honor of my life, to be honest with you,” Semanoff said. The medal ceremony at the World War II Memorial comes after the release of the book “Spearhead” […]

  • A Long-overdue Honor On The Pennsylvania Road

    A big surprise awaited a World War II veteran from Carbon County who made a trip to Washington, D.C. Clarence Smoyer thought he was visiting D.C. as a tourist. Instead, he arrived at a ceremony to give him one of the military’s highest honors. Jon Meyer follows Clarence’s story On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Ambush at the Barracks: 5 Years Later

    Five years ago this night, two state troopers were ambushed at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County. One was killed, the other wounded, and northeastern Pennsylvania would live through months few can forget. It was chaos in the woods of Pike County. Shots that rang in the night at the Blooming Grove barracks on September 12, 2014, would frighten and sadden northeastern Pennsylvania for weeks. An ambush left Cpl. Bryon Dickson dead, Trooper Alex Douglass wounded, and […]

  • A Field of Honor On The Pennsylvania Road

    On this day, America marks 18 years since the September 11 terror attacks. Pennsylvania is, of course, part of the national 9/11 story; United Flight 93 crashed in a field in Somerset County. Jon Meyer takes us On The Pennsylvania Road to see what is now a national memorial to the victims.

  • Recreating a Piece of the Past On The Pennsylvania Road

    A trip into a couple’s backyard in Bradford County is a journey into the past. They brought to life a once-bustling village that vanished a long time ago, and Jon Meyer takes us there in this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Harvest Time On The Pennsylvania Road

    Harvest season is here with crops coming from fields all over the state. Jon Meyer went out On The Pennsylvania Road in central Pennsylvania this week. He finds many farms contribute much more than just food.

  • 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.

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