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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
  • Patient to Doctor During Surgery: “Are You Done Yet?”

    75-year-old Bruce Varner of Hunlock Creek says he remembers everything about the night last October he woke up at 2am with severe pain in his back and stomach. “The paramedic that got on board knew exactly what was happening.  So he called ahead to have Mariner meet him at the hospital.  If he hadn’t done that, I’d have died,” Varner says. “Mariner” is Dr. David Mariner, a vascular surgeon at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre.  And what was […]

  • Living To Tell About a Brain Aneurysm

    According to a Geisinger doctor, one-third of patients who have a ruptured brain aneurysm never make it to a hospital.  Of the remaining 2/3 who do, half will be left with some sort of permanent disability.  One woman in Lackawanna County beat those odds last year.  We spoke with her, and the doctors who performed a relatively new procedure to save her life, for this Healthwatch 16 report. Joanna Pazzalia from Moscow remembers only a bit about the day in […]

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    TAVR: A New Heart Procedure

    A Luzerne County man who wouldn’t have been a candidate for heart surgery got the help he needed using a fairly new procedure. It’s a way to repair a heart valve, before too much damage is done, without traditional surgery. Dan Russ, 90, of Dallas, has some stories to tell. He’s a World War II veteran, wounded in Iwo Jima when he was just a teenager. He also worked for more than 30 years in law enforcement for the federal […]

  • Preventing Cervical Cancer

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls cervical cancer “highly preventable” in the United States. Unlike a lot of other types of cancer, cervical is very treatable, if it’s found early. According to the CDC, cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the us.  However, in the past 40 years, that has changed and it all has to do with screening. The decline is largely the result of women getting a regular […]

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    Can The Weather Affect Your Heart?

    SCRANTON — An accomplished heart doctor and a WNEP-TV meteorologist, two longtime friends, had a theory about bad weather and heart attacks and decided to take a hard look at the data. Geisinger-CMC in Scranton is a busy place and it’s about to get even busier when an extensive renovation project is complete. But apparently it’s busiest when the weather is bad. “My perception was that raining, overcast, colder, snowier days were busier for us in the cardiac cath lab,” […]

  • Labor Under Water

    Childbirth experiences can be just as different as the women who have them.  Pregnant women are often urged to think about what kind of birth plan they would like before they go into labor.  A woman from Northumberland County is sharing her story, highlighting an increasingly popular option: labor in water. What 6-month old isn’t fascinated by running water. This little cutie is Kelsey Long, here with mom, 31-year-old Regan Long from Turbotville.  It turns out it was Regan who […]

  • A Special Kind of Daycare

    When parents need to work, daycare is typically an option.  But sometimes children require more specialized medical care, and in that case, the options are a lot more limited.  We visited one daycare center in Lackawanna County specializing in caring for some very special children. The inside of Trinity Childcare Center, on Boulevard Avenue in Scranton is bright and colorful, a perfect place for kids to learn and have fun while mom and dad are at work.  But this place, […]

  • Careful in the Cold

      There’s cold, and then there’s the kind of cold we’ve experienced lately.  Doctors see a variety of frostbite and hypothermia cases each year, but the big reminder is that they are preventable. Winter in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania can be brutal.  Bit it can also offer a lot of fun activities, if you don’t mind a chill in the air.  Sled riding and ice fishing are two popular picks around here.  And so far, people seem to be bundling […]

  • New Eating Disorder Recognized, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

    There’s a good chance you have heard of two of the more common recognized eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. Anorexia is characterized by severe food restriction, starvation, patients seeing themselves as much bigger than they are. Bulimia is when someone binges on food, then compensates for the calories using any number of unhealthy methods. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center clinical dietitian Janet Millner met with us to talk about a recently recognized eating disorder called Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake […]

  • Injury on the Ice

      Bitter cold temperatures are good for at least one thing: ice.  Ice fisherman are out in full force these days, as are ice skaters.  Skating is a great wintertime activity, but it’s a potentially dangerous one too. The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins make it look easy.  Hockey players, of course, are highly-skilled athletes whose job it is to skate. “…which is certainly going to be different than the person who goes to Rockefeller Center and skates, or who waits for […]

  • Preventing “Doctor Shopping”

      Last fall, then-Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 1180, creating a state-wide controlled substances database, set to take effect in June.  Proponents say it will cut down on prescription drug abuse by giving doctors the knowledge of who is prescribing what to whom, but opponents have privacy concerns. Suppose John Doe walks into “Pharmacy A” with a prescription for morphine, given to him by “Dr. B,” then does that over and over, using different doctors and different […]

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    UPDATE: Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder Investigation

    LOCK HAVEN – A man has been arrested in connection with a homicide investigation nearly 24 years ago. Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver County, was taken into custody on Thursday for the murder of Katherine Heckel, according to state police at Lamar. Groves had nothing to say as he walked out of the state police barracks near Lamar in handcuffs. Groves is charged with first and third degree murder for the 1991 death of Kathy Heckel of Clinton County. Investigators […]

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