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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
  • Know Your Moles: The Importance of Skin Screenings

    Summer may not officially be here quite yet, but sun season definitely is.  We’ll soak up a lot of rays in the next few months, but before we do: a reminder about how important it is to protect your skin from sun damage, and to check to see if damage hasn’t already been done. When it comes to skin cancer, Kathy Buckley of Drums isn’t taking any chances. “My mother had melanoma in her 50’s. She has her 85th birthday […]

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    Better Balloons For Better Circulation

    When you hear about hardening of the arteries, sometimes the heart comes to mind.  But it can happen in other places too, which a man from Danville found out a few months ago. This is 66-year-old Robert Ernest of Danville.  Does anything look different about one of his legs to you?  Nobody else can tell either. “It started out, my foot was all red, I started getting sores on my foot,” Ernest remembered.  He met us at Geisinger Medical Center […]

  • A New Kind of Replacement Knee

      Anyone with chronic knee pain, who has needed a knee replacement surgery, knows the pain and the suffering that comes with not being able to live their life the way they want to.  Doctors say traditional knee replacements are safe and very effective, but there’s a new kind of knee available they hope will be even better in the long run. In the case of longtime knee pain and arthritis, knee replacements can be a necessity, according to Dr. […]

  • Bone Marrow Donation: Being The Match

    If you had an illness that required a bone marrow transplant, doctors say your best shot at a donor match would be from your siblings.  For a lot of reasons, siblings aren’t always a possibility, and even if they are, they’d only be a match 30-40% of the time.  That’s the reason behind a national bone marrow registry called BeTheMatch.org, and Geisinger Medical Center is now part of it. 46-year-old Ralph Reedy from Bloomsburg, wearing a mask to keep germs […]

  • Finding a Cure for Pediatric Brain Cancers: Little Eric’s Foundation

      A family from Luzerne County is sharing their story with the hopes that no other family will have to go through what they did. Eric and Jessica Speicher of West Pittston have formed Little Eric’s Foundation, in memory of their young son who died of a rare form of brain cancer. The Speichers love family photos.  They showed me a few of their favorites at their home in West Pittston, in particular shots of their son, Chase, now 7 […]

  • Fundraiser Hopes To Make the ER More Kid-Friendly

      The emergency room can be a scary place for an adult.  Imagine what a young child must feel!  Making kids more comfortable in the ER is the goal of a unique fundraiser this weekend in Lackawanna County, featuring kids themselves. Think about some of the things you’d see in an emergency room.  There are machines and wires, it’s bright and noisy, and that can be scary sometimes even for a grown-up, let alone a child. “We feel that when […]

  • New Healthy Aging Clinic

      The topic of aging is sometimes a tricky one, particularly with women, even though menopause is a natural part of the process.  Geisinger officials saw the need for a more comprehensive program dealing with menopause, and created what’s called the Healthy Aging Clinic.  But they’re quick to point out even young women are in need of their services. We met 46-year-old Jessica Davis of Danville, who had her ovaries removed two years ago after watching two sisters die of […]

  • Screening for Lung Cancer

      Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Northeast Pennsylvania.  That’s according to the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, which used State Department of Health numbers to determine that the incidence rate is 14 percent higher than the average rate in the United States. Screening for lung cancer is possible, and doctors now point out that Medicare, and some insurance companies, are starting to pick up the tab for the screenings, if you qualify. It may look intimidating, but […]

  • 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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