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
  • 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.

  • Honoring Our Heroes On The Pennsylvania Road

    It is known as the day of days – D-Day – 75 years ago tomorrow when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to help turn the tide in World War II. Over the next three days, Newswatch 16 will bring you the stories of veterans from area who were there that day. Jon Meyer talked with one from Luzerne County in this stop On The Pennsylvania Road.

  • Hail Pummels the Area During Severe Storms

    Powerful storms blew through the area on Tuesday, triggering several tornado warnings. One of the biggest impacts of these strong storms was the hail. Viewers throughout our area sent us photos and videos of some of the largest hail we’ve seen in a while. It almost looked like winter in Lycoming County. The ground turned white from all the hail near Haneyville. Almost immediately after the storms began, we started to see the photos of massive chunks of hail. Pieces […]

  • Airport Goes to the Dogs

    WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport marked a milestone last month: the most passengers on record. On Friday, they added some more activity to the terminal not travelers, but some four-legged friends. A group of therapy dogs is on a new mission at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport called the AVP TAILS program — TAILS meaning therapy animals integrating less stress. “There are airports across the country that are looking to reduce stress at airports, make it a […]

  • Preserving History On The Pennsylvania Road

    An old fire station turned into a museum about Hazleton’s rich history is struggling to stay open. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer learned about the effort to keep it alive and preserve the many treasures inside.

  • Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

    Memorial Day weekend is considered the kickoff to the summer season and many of us will find ways to celebrate it. However, Newswatch 16’s Jon Meyer met a woman On The Pennsylvania Road who reminds us the real reason for the long weekend.

  • ‘A Night of Broadway’ Celebration in Northumberland County

    SHAMOKIN, Pa. — A celebration of high school musical theater is being held Wednesday in Northumberland County. It’s called “A Night of Broadway,” and nine high schools are taking part at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center in Shamokin. This is another chance for those high school performers from around this area to show off all their hard work. It’s the second year for the Northumberland Theater League’s night of Broadway.  Newswatch 16’s Jon Meyer was the emcee of […]

  • Looking for the Bright Side On The Pennsylvania Road

    We all know it has rained a lot recently and we’re on track for one of the wettest springs on record. While many of us are tired of all the wet weather, Jon Meyer is On The Pennsylvania Road, trying to find a positive side to all the dreary days.

  • Filling the ‘Fabridam’ On The Pennsylvania Road

    An inflatable dam is filling up on the Susquehanna River at Sunbury, creating a popular summer recreation area Lake Augusta. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer takes a closer look at 50 years of the Fabridam and what makes it so unique and so special.

  • Hiking the Glen Onoko Falls Trail On The Pennsylvania Road

    The Glen Onoko Falls Trail in Carbon County has officially closed to the public. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says too many people were injured or killed there. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer isn’t getting into the debate over that decision but hiked that trail to show us why so many hikers considered it so special.  

  • 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.

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