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You can catch evening anchor Julie Sidoni each weekday on WNEP-TV, on Newswatch 16 at Noon, 4 and 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 16: In Vitro Fertilization

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — Infertility is fairly common, yet one doctor believes people don’t talk about it enough. A young couple from Wyoming County shared with us the long road they traveled to be able to have a baby with the hopes that other people will start talking about it too. This beautiful family of three, Samantha and James McDonnell of Falls and their baby girl Mia are picture-perfect. but Sam says there’s a whole lot more to their story that […]

  • Tom Clark and NROC: The Importance of Prostate Cancer Care

    DUNMORE — If you’re a longtime viewer of Newswatch 16, you may recall a time about 10 years ago when then-Chief Meteorologist Tom Clark was off the air for a while. He was dealing with a health scare: a diagnosis of early stage prostate cancer. He’s talking about it now to highlight the care he received at Northeast Radiation Oncology Center in Lackawanna County and to remind men to pay attention to their own health. Dr. Chris Peters works at […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Considering Bariatric Surgery

    TAYLOR — A woman from Lackawanna County says she did not want to be on the sidelines. She was overweight and sick and said she’d had enough, and she decided on bariatric surgery to help. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers more than one-third of adults in the United States — nearly 37 percent — obese. That is leading to a higher incidence of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and even certain types […]

  • ‘It can cost you your life’ – The Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

    LEWISBURG — Colon cancer is so prevalent in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, a doctor in Lewisburg wants to underscore how important screening really is. Nationwide, in the general population, one out of every 20 people will develop colon cancer and 50,000 people a year will die from colon cancer. Those statistics are from Dr. Joe Gallagher, the medical director of Central Penn Endoscopy Center in Lewisburg. He says it’s the screening that can make all the difference. “You need to […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Helping Older Adults Stay Social

    WILKES-BARRE — A couple of years ago, a Gallup poll found that socialization is clearly linked to happiness and lower stress levels. And those 65 and older reported the highest levels of happiness of any age group when they spent at least three hours daily socializing. A doctor in the Geisinger group backs that up and introduces us to a man she says is living those study results. There’s a mid-day bowling game going on at the LIFE Geisinger Wilkes-Barre […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Breast Cancer Symposium on Saturday

    SCRANTON — There is a lot of focus on early detection, early diagnosis, and early treatment of breast cancer. But some in the medical field say there’s a growing need for information about later stage breast cancer too, especially in this area. The Komen Foundation of Northeastern Pennsylvania has teamed up with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine to present a symposium bringing a lot of information to the community for free this weekend. Lisa Kutra and Suzanne O’Hara shared their […]

  • ‘I felt the whole thing pop’ – Women and Knee Injuries

    WILKES-BARRE — An ACL tear is one of those injuries that stop you in your tracks. It’s very painful and requires surgery and a lot of physical therapy. Some athletes are at particular risk of tearing their ACLs and it turns out young women, in particular, are at a higher risk. Playing basketball is what you’ll often find 16-year old Lauren Blazaskie doing. Number 20 is a junior at Hanover Area High School. She recalls a game last year when […]

  • 3D Printing Replicates Body Parts

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — It’s one thing for a doctor or a patient to look at a scan of a body part on a computer screen. It’s another to actually hold a printed body part replica in their hands. That’s what’s happening more often at a hospital in Montour County. A printer is hard at work at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville and if you look closely, you’ll see it’s printing an exact replica of someone’s liver, layer by layer. “What […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Pregnancy and your Heart

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — There’s a link between complications during pregnancy and cardiovascular problems later in life, according to a doctor at Geisinger who is beginning a study to find out why. Jess Mathews, 35, from Selinsgrove, is pregnant with her first child, a little boy. She says everything was going great until about two months ago. “I mentioned to my provider that I was having some, what I thought were palpitations, and some tightness in my chest,” she recalled. […]

  • Healthwatch 16: MyCode Genetic Testing and Heart Disease

    ELYSBURG — A woman from Northumberland County was close to having a heart attack and she didn’t even realize it. She says she’s alive to tell her story thanks to genetic testing. Ten years ago, Jody Christ of Elysburg signed up for the MyCode Community Health Initiative, Geisinger’s precision medicine project to conduct research based on genes. She gave an extra blood vial during a routine blood draw at no cost and that was the end of it. Fast forward […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Family History and Cholesterol Testing

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — It’s not a stretch to call Stephen Motil an active guy. The 29-year-old firefighter with the Plains Township Fire Department is always on the move. He’s probably not who comes to mind when you think high cholesterol. But Stephen says his father’s side of the family has a troubling history when it comes to cardiac issues. His grandfather died of a heart attack at an early age and his father with an emergency when Stephen was young. […]

  • Healthwatch 16: Education Key to Preventing Child Obesity

    DANVILLEĀ — More than 1,500 parents in Pennsylvania were the subjects of a recent study done at Geisinger Medical Center. Coming from 31 elementary schools in our area, they took part in the study about childhood obesity. The bottom line? Researchers found that education is key. We’re told time after time obesity is a risk factor for so many illnesses: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. Carrying extra weight is hard on your joints, and can contribute to poor self-esteem and […]