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You can catch evening anchor Julie Sidoni for two hours each weeknight, on Newswatch 16 at 4 and Newswatch 16 at 5. She is also currently responsible for the station’s Healthwatch 16 reports.

Julie has been part of the WNEP team since February of 2002. She comes to WNEP from WJAC-TV in Johnstown, where she reported for a year and a half after graduating from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Before that, Julie worked as an associate producer at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. She got her start as a reporter for National Public Radio affiliate WDUQ-FM, also in Pittsburgh.

Julie grew up in St. Marys, PA and lives with her family in Kingston.


Recent Articles
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    The Spread of Zika Virus

    So far, there are no confirmed cases of Zika in Pennsylvania that we know of. At least one infectious disease specialist says it’s plausible that there will be. Zika was first discovered some 50 years ago in Africa, but it has recently and quickly spread through south and central America and into the Caribbean. Dr. Stanley Martin is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Geisinger Health System. He says women who are pregnant or want to become pregnant should definitely […]

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    Healthwatch 16: ACE – Acute Care for the Elderly

    BLOOMSBURG — There’s a new unit at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital especially for the frail elderly, who hospital officials say, need a different kind of care when they’re being treated. If you have ever dealt with someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia, or even someone who is elderly and frail, you know how even the smallest change in schedule or routine can cause big problems. “When you move dementia patients around, the new environment resets the clock and they really get […]

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    Watch Those Hands: Snowblower Safety

    BLOOMSBURG — It’s unusual that in late January, we’re just starting to talk about big-time snowfalls.  But over the weekend, there it was.  And hand surgeons at Geisinger were waiting for the onslaught of hand injuries from snowblowers. The sound of snowblowers was one you just couldn’t escape over the weekend in some parts of our area.  They got a workout after the first big snowstorm of the winter. Dr. Steven Goldberg was ready for the injuries to come in: […]

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    LIFE Geisinger Comes to Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Geisinger Health System operates two facilities called LIFE Geisinger, one in the Scranton area in Lackawanna County, and one in Kulpmont in Northumberland County. LIFE Geisinger is a program that serves seniors who may otherwise be in a nursing home. On Thursday, officials let us see their new third location, inside Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Theola Coles, age 86, of Wilkes-Barre, got a glimpse of the place where she’ll soon spend many of her days. “As Little Orphan Annie […]

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    Dogs Help Flyers COPE at Lehigh Valley Airport

    LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — We’ve heard of therapy dogs at nursing homes and hospitals,  even in court, bringing calm into an environment of tension and stress. There can be a fair amount of that at the airport. An airport that people from our area use got a dose of 4-legged tension relief with the rollout of a new program. Have you ever missed a flight? Been delayed? Lost your luggage? Time at an airport can be stressful. That stress […]

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    Staying Healthy at the Bloomsburg Fair

    There are more than food and craft vendors at the Bloomsburg Fair. You can also get a free health screening. Geisinger has a booth at the fair in the arts and crafts building. Here, you can get a free health screening. Visitors were able to check their body mass index and get a neurological test. And for the first time, mothers who are breastfeeding can use the lactation station. Geisinger’s Lisa Makara explains, “It’s a clean place to change their […]

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    Geisinger’s Cleft Palate Program

    DANVILLE — We got to meet little Daphne Krum on her first birthday, not long ago at Geisinger’s Woodbine Outpatient Clinic near Danville. She’s just getting the hang of the whole walking thing, but is otherwise a happy, healthy, active 1-year-old. Her mom Andrea remembers an ultrasound when she was 22-weeks pregnant, when doctors first discovered a problem. “You don’t really listen to what’s going on, you just think there’s something wrong with my baby.” The baby had a cleft […]

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    Geisinger Opens Short Stay Surgical Suite

    WILKES-BARRE — Some patients are being pampered a bit at a hospital in Luzerne County. Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre opened its new $7 million short stay unit and surgical suite on Tuesday. The new unit features 14 private rooms with beds, room service, iPads, and free wireless internet access for patients. Hospital officials hope it will make patients feel more at home and speed up recovery time. “When they come here, we’re looking to get them more in their natural setting, […]

  • New Device Helps Hospitals Keep Track of Patients

    SCRANTON — As hospitals get bigger and bigger, keeping track of patients becomes more and more difficult.  Officials at Geisinger CMC in Scranton believe they’ve found a cutting-edge way to allow doctors and family members to be better informed about where someone is at a given time. It looks a little like a traditional hospital bracelet, except it’s equipped with a chip. “It’s RTLS, or real time locating system,” said Kelly Worsnick, a registered nurse and Operations Manager of the […]

  • ‘Something Wasn’t Right’; Woman Diagnosed With Chiari, A Rare Brain Disorder

    SUNBURY — Sometimes it’s patients who teach their doctors a thing or two. Such is the case of a woman in Northumberland County who knew something wasn’t right even though her symptoms were fairly vague and she was reassured nothing was wrong. As it turns out, she had a rare condition that required major surgery. Mikki Anselmo of Sunbury can boast a long list of athletic achievements in high school and college and she’s proud to show off those memories. […]

  • Back to School, Back to the Germs

      School time can be germ time. Infectious disease doctors say there’s a natural lull during the summer when it comes to kids and infectious illnesses, but once class is back in session the germs start spreading once again. It’s a scene we will see over and over the next few weeks: kids heading back to school.  New backpacks, new pencils, and new concern about germs. “For us, children are a reservoir for infections,” says Dr. Swathi Gowtham, a Pediatric […]

  • Listening To Your Heart: A New Kind of Heart Monitor

    According to heart doctors, patients with congestive heart failure are some of the most likely to end up in the hospital over and over again.  Trying to prevent that is the idea behind a new implant now being used at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Luzerne County. Every morning you’ll find 63-year-old William Lambert of Plymouth in this room in his home, lying on a special pillow hooked up to a machine called Cardio MEMS. “Yeah I hop right on and […]

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