You can catch evening anchor Julie Sidoni for two hours each weeknight on WNEP-TV, 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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    Biking For Better Health at St. Joseph’s

    ST. JOSEPH’S CENTER — With all the talk of Go Joe 19 this week, we thought we’d take a trip to St. Joseph’s Center in Lackawanna County. What we found was a summertime tradition: kids riding bikes! These are special bikes built just for those who need a little extra help. Is there anything better in summertime than hopping on your bike and going for a ride? In this neighborhood near St. Joseph’s Center, it’s possible you’ve seen 16-year-old Christian […]

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    Running Over Depression: A Monroe County Man’s Story

    It’s “running season” right now, a time that people are participating in 5k races or busy training for fall marathons.  One man from Monroe County is among them, but he’s not exactly training for time.  He likes to say he’s running for his life. Each year, in the fall, the Steamtown Marathon draws thousands of runners from all over to tackle the 26.2 mile course between Forest City and downtown Scranton.  For the last seven or eight years–so many he […]

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    Opiate Overdoses: A Look at the Numbers

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — A doctor at Geisinger, whose family has been impacted by drug abuse, headed up a recent study about opioid overdoses. The balance between alleviating pain and keeping people from overdosing is a popular topic in the medical world and out of it these days. The last few years have seen what Dr. Margaret Jarvis calls an exponential increase in deaths from opiate overdoses. A few examples of opiates include heroin, morphine, Percocet, and OxyContin, just to […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Focus on the Aging Brain

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Pennsylvania has an older population, one of the highest in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Treating diseases common in that population, specifically Alzheimer’s, is important here, and will continue to be more so as the Baby Boomers age. That has prompted Geisinger Health System to form an aging brain clinic. Helen Gambal of Old Forge looks awfully good for 88 years old. it was her birthday just this week. Her son David says she’s […]

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    Ronald McDonald Room Planned for Geisinger

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — No parent wants to imagine what it would be like to have a seriously ill child. But it happens, and all across the country, Ronald McDonald Houses exist to help families by giving them a home away from home. The house in Montour County is expanding, taking its resources even closer to those who need them the most. It’s mere steps from Geisinger Medical Center in Montour County, but the Ronald McDonald House of Danville looks more like […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Dealing with the Sun

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Ah, summertime… nothing better than getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and sunshine, whether you love boating on your favorite lake, cooling off at the community pool, or hitting the waves and the sand on the beach. You already know how important it is to use enough sunscreen, but chances are you have already done a fair amount of sun damage to your skin. “It’s extremely important to start now to protect yourself from the sun.” […]

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    Walk 2 Miles in my Shoes for RSD

    MCDADE PARK — This weekend for the 14th year in a row, people will gather at McDade Park in Lackawanna County to raise awareness of, and money to research, a debilitating disease. The woman behind it all says she’s hoping for the best turnout yet since it’s her last year to be involved. This is a good day for Joann Spalnick of Jermyn, able to get out of her wheelchair, sit in her living room, and talk with Newswatch 16. […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Testing for Heart Disease

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — You’ve heard the phrase before: know your numbers. There’s a nationwide trend of awareness when it comes to preventative medicine — colonoscopies for colon cancer, mammograms for breast cancer. A Geisinger cardiologist thinks the same might someday apply to heart disease. Dr. Bryan Martin is a cardiologist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. He sees patients who have diagnosed heart disease but it’s those who don’t that he’s talking to now. “There are some patients who have no symptoms […]

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    Healthwatch 16: 3D Mammography in the Poconos

    EAST STROUDSBURG — Officials at Pocono Medical Center say in the two years they’ve been offering 3D mammograms, they’ve seen an increase in the breast cancer detection rate. “10 years ago, we had old film screen mammography, so it was actually films that needed to be developed, which left out a lot of detail,” says Barbarann Carroll, the Chief Mammography Technician at Bartonsville Healthcare Center, part of Pocono Medical Center in Monroe County. She calls their 3D mammography machines the […]

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    Healthwatch 16: 3D Mammograms Could Be Key in Early Detection

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — When it comes to mammography and breast health, this area is lucky to be so advanced. Karen Williams of Coal Township has had a mammogram every year since she turned 40. She’s 52 now, and she’s just had her first 3D mammogram. She says it felt the same as the typical 2D mammogram she’s had in years past. “Hopefully they can see things they couldn’t see before,” said Williams. At Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, technician Jessica […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Drug Take Back

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — A study done at Geisinger Medical Center confirms there’s a lot of unused prescription medication out there, and in many cases, it is disposed. A new program is aimed at keeping potentially-dangerous medication out of the wrong hands. You go to a pharmacy to pick up prescription drugs, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the Drug Enforcement Agency allowed pharmacies to take back controlled substances if they apply to do so. Pharmacist and Geisinger Health System Researcher Eric […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors with Lasers

    HARVEYS LAKE — There’s a type of brain tumor called a glioblastoma.  It grows rapidly. It’s aggressive, and there are only a few options out there to treat it. But a doctor at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Luzerne County says he can now use something he calls a game changer when it comes to this particularly deadly tumor. Monika Pfeiffer is proud of her beautiful flower garden, and she should be. We took a walk around her scenic […]