Carolyn Blackburne is a proud New Jersey native who is even prouder to serve northeastern and central Pennsylvania! She joined the Newswatch 16 team in March of 2017.
She was awarded twice for reporting in 2019 from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasting. She took home an award for outstanding breaking report for a house explosion in Taylor. She also won outstanding feature news series for her reporting on Josiah’s story – remembering the inspirational life of a young man diagnosed with a rare disease.
Carolyn was one of the first people on the scene, even before emergency responders, when a tornado ripped apart a shopping complex in Wilkes-Barre Township. Her coverage of the EF-2 twister aired in full on ABC national news the next day.
Before reporting at WNEP, Carolyn worked as a weekend evening anchor and multimedia journalist for a year and a half at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, Md. While there, Carolyn was responsible for shooting, writing, and editing all of her stories. She produced and anchored four hours of news every weekend.
Carolyn is also an ecstatic Orange Woman! She graduated cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in May of 2015 with minors in information management and technology and political science. She is one of many Syracuse University graduates at Newswatch 16. As such, she had dreams of working with WNEP since she was just a sophomore in college.
This journey all began when Carolyn was 16-years-old with a blaring 5 a.m. alarm, a supportive 6 a.m. drive by mom, and a state-of-the-art high school T.V. program. Carolyn went to Mount Olive High School and anchored the morning announcements there every day. By the time she was a senior, she had been bitten by the T.V. bug so badly, she spent close to ten hours a day shooting, writing, and editing various projects before, during, and after school. She still visits the school to mentor other students and pay it forward.
When she’s off camera, Carolyn is usually concocting the next best grilled cheese recipe, blasting Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, or water skiing with friends and family. She loves to stay positive, meditate, and drink lots of iced coffee (even in the dead of winter)!
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