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
  • Remembering the King On The Pennsylvania Road

    Elvis Presley would have turned 85 years old last week. The King of Rock and Roll died more than 40 years ago. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found how a woman is keeping the Elvis legacy alive in Luzerne County.

  • On The Pennsylvania Road to the Farm Show

    Many Pennsylvania roads are leading people to Harrisburg this week for the annual farm show. Jon Meyer felt he can’t do our On The Pennsylvania Road segment without seeing the Farm Show for himself and he’s taking all of us with him for his first visit there.

  • Talkback Lookback 2019

    Another year of Talkback 16 has come and gone. Some of those calls got the attention of late-night comedians, radio stations, and more. Newswatch 16’s Jon Meyer has this Talkback Lookback. Can’t get enough Talkback 16? Check out the Talkback Extra podcast.

  • Tangle in Texas: Fun for the Fans

    DALLAS, Texas — It’s the Tangle in Texas — the Penn State Nittany Lions roaring into the Lone Star State for a big-time bowl game in a big-time stadium. Penn State fans were in Texas in droves for the game, but there are a lot of other reasons they make the bowl trip.

  • Tangle in Texas: Marching Into The Cotton Bowl

    DALLAS, Texas — It’s the Tangle in Texas — the Penn State Nittany Lions roaring into the Lone Star State for a big-time bowl game in a big-time stadium. Dozens of area musicians are part of the Penn State Blue Band and we spent some time with them as they prepared for the big stage of the Cotton Bowl.

  • Tangle in Texas: Walk-on Inspiration

    DALLAS, Texas — It’s the Tangle in Texas — the Penn State Nittany Lions roaring into the Lone Star State for a big-time bowl game in a big-time stadium. Penn State senior Nick Eury from Luzerne County came on strong in high school at Lake-Lehman, was a walk-on at Penn State, and grew to be a team inspiration.

  • Tangle in Texas: Behind the Lion Costume

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — He is likely the most recognizable figure at Penn State. But while every Penn Stater knows the Nittany Lion few of them really know the Lion, the man behind the mask. For the last three years, that has been Zach Sowa. “Put simply, it’s been the greatest blessing I could possibly ask for,” said Sowa.

  • Fans Witness Thrilling Cotton Bowl In Person

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Before the game even started it was pretty clear the saying, “Everything is Bigger in Texas” would prove to be true at the Cotton Bowl. Penn State came to put on a show at the AT&T Stadium. It started with the blue band taking the field under the stadium’s iconic video board. The home of the Dallas Cowboys became the home of the Nittany Lions versus the Memphis Tigers but teams ready to roar, inside this massive […]

  • A History Lesson for Penn State Fans in Texas

    Dallas, Tx, — Taking a break from football for some history. Dealey Plaza, a spot many Americans know from the history books. A place Penn State fans in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl felt the need to see, the spot President John F. Kennedy was shot 56 years ago. “It personalizes it. You see it in pictures, you see it on tv. It’s not the same as seeing it person and seeing the scale, how close everything is,” said Gene […]

  • Penn State’s Blue Band Practicing for Cotton Bowl

    DALLAS, Texas — Penn State fans have been arriving in Texas all day on Thursday as the Happy Valley moves south. Of course, among those making the trip is the Blue Band. Newswatch 16 was at the Blue Band practice that was at a high school stadium that seemed more like a college stadium, Texas-style here in the Dallas area. The Blue Band members practice all year long, but after a Christmas break where some admit they got a little […]

  • Penn State Fans Heading to Texas for Cotton Bowl

    Newswatch 16’s own Jon Meyer has made it to the Lone Star State as preparations are underway for the Cotton Bowl. The Nittany Lions are set to take on the Memphis Tigers Saturday afternoon deep in the heart of Texas. Jon and his photographer, Corey Burns, arrived in downtown Dallas around 4 p.m. on Thursday, and the first thing they heard was a “We Are, Penn State” chant from fans outside their hotel. From the moment, they got to the […]

  • Museum to Christmas On The Pennsylvania Road

    There’s a home in Monroe County that is filled with thousands of Christmas ornaments and decorations. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer got a look at all of them and says the two have created a museum to Christmas, right in their living room and kitchen.

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