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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
  • 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. […]

  • Icy Wonderland On the Pennsylvania Road

    The warmth has melted away much of the snow and ice left from last week’s record cold, but Jon Meyer makes a stop along The Pennsylvania Road to a world of ice in Luzerne County that is filled with frozen beauty.

  • Visiting the Eagles On The Pennsylvania Road

    On a cold day, it’s hard to imagine doing anything outdoors, but as Jon Meyer found in a trip On The Pennsylvania Road, it is a great time of year to visit the bald eagles along a river in Wayne and Pike counties.

  • Customers Thrilled with Barnes & Noble Return

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It was a day loyal customers of Barnes & Noble bookstore were waiting for. Seven months after the place near Wilkes-Barre was wrecked by a tornado, the store is back in its original location and welcoming people home. It was a warm welcome back for customers who waited in the single-digit cold. “They closed with a storm and they opened with a storm.” Their beloved Barnes & Noble is back where it belongs. “I could not […]

  • A Glimpse into Christmas Past On The Pennsylvania Road

    While most of us have taken down our Christmas decorations, the holiday lives on at one man’s house in Northumberland County. In this week’s stop On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer found it’s a glimpse into Pennsylvania’s Christmas past.

  • Remembering the Knox Mine Disaster On The Pennsylvania Road

    Six decades have gone by since the Knox Mine disaster underneath the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. Twelve miners were killed. Dozens were trapped, and the mining industry in the Wyoming Valley came to an end. In a special On The Pennsylvania Road, Jon Meyer shows us a new way the Knox Mine story is being preserved.

  • Collection of Cookie Jars

    If Mike Stevens taught us anything in his journeys On The Pennsylvania Road, he found that many people collect many interesting things. As Jon Meyer makes his first stop On The Pennsylvania Road, he found a collection of cookie jars in Sullivan County that tells quite a story.

  • Penn State Loses Heartbreaker in Citrus Bowl

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A bowl game celebrates the pageantry of college football, and the Penn State Nittany Lions have been to plenty of them. Plenty of fans have, too. Plenty of Penn State fans from northeast and central Pennsylvania made the trip to Florida to see the Citrus Bowl in person. “It’s wonderful. The stadium’s packed, a lot of spirit, great game,” said Valerie Berzanski of Wilkes-Barre. A bowl game like this is also a celebration for each teams seniors. […]

  • Orlando Becomes Happy Valley South

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking around the lots outside Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, you wouldn’t think it was 1,000 miles away from Beaver Stadium. The tailgate traditions Penn State is known for certainly made the trip south along with the fans. And everywhere we went, we found fans from northeastern and central Pennsylvania. “We got the RV. The whole family is along. We got the crew with us, friends from college. It’s a good time,” said Ben Amerman of […]

  • McGovernville: A NEPA Tailgate Tradition

    ORLANDO, Fl. — It is a much different setting for what’s known as McGovernville, poolside in the Florida sunshine. Jim and Maureen McGovern are the parents of McGovernville’s namesake, Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern. The Penn State junior from Luzerne County is a graduate of Lake Lehman High School and he has quite a following. “The support from northeastern Pennsylvania has been incredible. This is just a small piece of what’s been going on the past three years,” said […]

  • Marching Along with the Penn State Blue Band

    ORLANDO, Fl. — Penn State fans are familiar with this. The Blue Band songs and formations that help bring Beaver Stadium to life Saturdays in the fall. But you probably don’t think about this, all that goes into making that music magic on the field. The Blue Band held a rehearsal in Florida days before the Citrus Bowl. Among the 300 or so musicians, a lot of them come from counties in our part of Pennsylvania. This comes after hundreds […]

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