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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
  • Healthwatch: Enterovirus 68

    By now you’ve likely heard the term “enterovirus.”  That’s the name of a family of viruses, typically seen this time of year.  But one in particular, enterovirus 68, is proving to be a frightening and fast-moving condition, mostly seen in children. Scientists aren’t really sure why enterovirus 68 has popped up now. “It’s not a frequent flyer. We don’t see it very often. The last time was 40 or 50 years ago,” said Dr. Michael Ryan.  He is a pediatric […]

  • Taking the G-CMC Tour

      If you’ve driven past Geisinger CMC in Scranton lately, you have no doubt seen – or heard – the construction.  It’s been going on since last fall.  Officials there thought it was time for us to get a look inside. First up is an entrance to the emergency department, with an ambulance entrance and patient drop-off parking.  Then we walked upstairs, led by project superintendent Rick Thomas. “It’s a very difficult project just because of the logistics of the […]

  • It’s Not Just Morning Sickness

    Most women who’ve been pregnant have experienced some form of morning sickness.  But there’s most morning sickness, and then there’s hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition making headlines recently because Duchess Kate is now suffering from it for the second time. Nausea is a symptom that’s very common among pregnant women, according to Dr. Hans Cassagnol. “About 80% of people that become pregnant have some kind of morning sickness,” he said. Dr. Cassagnol is Associate Chief Quality Officer at Geisinger Health System, […]

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    LumBar Inventor Hopes to Help Others

    Ever heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention?” One man from Lackawanna County would likely agree with that. After years of dealing with lower back pain and not finding the right way to treat it, he invented a way to get relief on his own and is now offering it to everyone else. John Cowder of Dunmore knows a thing or two about back pain. “A few years ago it started getting really bad. I couldn’t sleep at […]

  • Music That Heals

    It’s said that music soothes the soul.  But in a hospital setting, it can also help to heal. That’s the idea behind bedside visits from a certified clinical musician, who volunteers her time at Geisinger CMC in Scranton. It’s a frightening time for 80-year-old John Carvalho of Gouldsboro, who was admitted to Geisinger CMC in Scranton a few days ago after he had a heart attack.  He says he couldn’t breathe and was panicking. He’s feeling much better now, at […]

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    Police: Woman Threw Baby Against Wall

    POTTSVILLE — A woman from Pottsville is in jail after police say she physically abused her own baby by throwing him against a wall. At last check, that 2-month-old boy was in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown. Police say medical tests shows that the baby has skull fractures, a blood clot, and several bruises. Police say it all happened when the teenage mother said she became frustrated with her son. Larisa Zimmerman, 18, of Pottsville is locked […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Talking About Depression

    The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought to the forefront the topic of depression. Mental health experts say depression is very common, but that arming yourself with some facts, and being aware of common signs that someone is struggling, could help save a life. The news that celebrated actor and funnyman Robin Williams took his own life this week at the age of 63 hit his fans hard. It also prompted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention […]

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    Colorectal Cancer Screening

    SCRANTON — Colorectal cancer is often diagnosed in northeastern Pennsylvania at a rate 20 percent higher than the rest of the state and the country. Getting more people screened to catch it early is the goal of a program in Lackawanna County. We met with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s director of community and patient services Laura Toole. She told us about a program going on now for those who fall into certain low-income and under-insured guidelines. It’s a way […]

  • Woman’s Jaw Surgery: “Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before”

    A woman from Columbia County had no idea that- when she sought treatment for some swelling on the side of her head- she’d soon be discussed around the country.  It turns out what she had is something doctors have rarely seen before, but a medical issue doctors at Geisinger could fix. Kathleen Wells from Stillwater says for years, every few months, she’d feel a strange pain down the side of her head.  She described it as “not all that severe.”  […]

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    Full Brain Theory

    The next time you forget something you were supposed to do, consider this: scientists say it’s not that you’re forgetful; your brain may just be too full. The next time you see grandma or grandpa struggle to remember a name or a word, think about all the information they need to sift through to get there. That’s the thought behind the “full brain theory.” In a report published earlier this year called “The Myth of Cognitive Decline,” some scientists suggest […]

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    Telegenomics Center

    What’s now a big, empty space is about to be a state of the art genomic facility in Luzerne County. Officials with Geisinger Medical Center announced plans for a new center in Forty Fort, Which will be home to researchers and others in the genomic field. Construction work will soon begin at a Geisinger medical facility on Welles Street in Forty Fort. Officials showed images of what the new genomic medicine center will look like when it’s done. “This really […]

  • Saving a Leg

    A man from Luzerne County and his wife had already gone through the transition needed after he lost a leg.  Then they realized he could lose the other one too.  But a team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center was able to save it. If you’ve ever come across WVIA-TV’s Ballroom Show, you may have seen David and Ellen Tosh of West Pittston, showing off their fox trot.  Dancing is one of the things they liked to do best a […]

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