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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 the Scranton area.

Recent Articles
  • Holiday Toy Safety – From a Medical Perspective

    Right about now, Santa is checking his list twice, and people are busy buying toys and games for the little ones in their lives.  But as always, it’s a good idea to make sure those gifts are as safe as they are fun. “Christmas is definitely a time we’re concerned about,” said Carol Hanson, the pediatric trauma coordinator at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. She point out, this is when kids are getting new toys and games and trying them […]

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    Explore Your Family Health History

    In just a few days, you’ll be sitting around a dinner table with your family and friends and maybe even a great-aunt you haven’t seen in a long time. A group at Geisinger thinks it’s the perfect time to talk about your family’s medical history. The more you know, the better you’ll be when it comes to preventative care. And experts have come up with a plan you can use for free to get the conversation started. This is the […]

  • Collecting Blood for Geisinger

    Geisinger Medical Center uses 25,000 units per blood a year.  That’s about 70 units a day, and it’s one of the reasons Geisinger has set up its own blood center, to collect exactly what it needs. Health officials say in general, the need for blood is even greater in the summer months, and over the holidays.   Geisinger Medical Center no longer relies on outside sources to gather the blood it needs for its hospital system.  It has partnered with a […]

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    Local Businesses Hope For Black Friday Boost

    HONESDALE — Today it’s Black Friday. Tomorrow it’s Small Business Saturday, a nationwide effort meant to celebrate smaller, local businesses. Some retailers in Wayne County are glad for whatever keeps shoppers coming through their doors. Black Friday often belongs to the malls and chain stores, with great deals to be had pretty much everywhere you look. While you might be snagging a great deal at a big store, or online, for the rest of the holidays shopping season, business are […]

  • Surgery Simulation

    Author Malcolm Gladwell once famously said it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.  But the idea of practice is sometimes tricky in the medical field.  Which is, in part, why more hospitals are integrating simulation into training. There’s a room at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville in which you can operate without really operating.  It’s called the simulator observation room. Dr. Sandy Green showed us around.  He’s an interventional cardiologist and Associate Program Director […]

  • Mini Strokes

    It was halftime in Houston a few Sundays ago when Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak hunched over, then dropped to his knees as he left the field for halftime.  Immediately he was surrounded by medical personnel and taken to a hospital. “My understanding it that his diagnosis was a TIA, a transient ischemic attack, a small blood clot in one of the arteries of the brain, caused him to fall and collapse,” said Dr. Tarun Bhalla. In other words, a […]

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: The New Recommendations

    If you’re not already on medicine to lower your cholesterol, there’s a chance you could be soon. Two groups- the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology- have released new recommendations when it comes to who should be on medication to lower their cholesterol. Statins are widely-prescribed drugs used to lower cholesterol.  They go by a number of different name brands, as we found at Brown’s Pharmacy on Scranton’s South Side.  Until now, a doctor would have prescribed […]

  • Getting Her Life Back

    A woman in Susquehanna County has a lot of good things to say about her doctors at Geisinger Medical Center.  After a lot of pain, and many months in a wheelchair, she is finally able to live her life again. The fact that Patsy Dmytryszyn is standing upright, walking around in her kitchen making coffee, may not look like an accomplishment.  But it certainly is to her. “My whole world turned around.   I was given a 20% chance of ever […]

  • Be Careful When You’re Carving

    As we get closer to Halloween, we enter prime time for pumpkin carving.  It’s a tradition for many families, but it can be dangerous.  One doctor at Geisinger Medical Center has already seen cases of hand injuries from pumpkin carving. “As you finally get through there may be a sudden release, where the knife goes much further than anticipated.  So as you’re cutting, it’s possible the knife slips and cuts your dominant hand,” said Dr. Steven Goldberg, a hand surgeon […]

  • The DiaRem Score

    When you hear “gastric bypass” surgery, you probably think of weight loss, and it’s true that it’s an available tool for some people to lose weight.  But in some cases it’s also effective in the battle against diabetes.   Some doctors at Geisinger are getting recognition for a scoring system they’ve invented to predict whether a patient’s diabetes would be helped by the surgery.  It’s called the DiaRem score. It’s estimated that 2/3 of the adult US population is overweight, and […]

  • Knee Replacement Surgery: The Economic Factor

    For people who are in need of a knee replacement, surgery can mean a whole new world of less pain and a better quality of life.  Whether to have the surgery is always a case-by-case basis, medically.  But for the first time, a group of economists has calculated the costs of not doing the procedure. In 2009, more than 600,000 people had knee replacement surgeries in the United States.  By the year 2030, that number is expected to be more […]

  • Measles Outbreaks are Close to Northeastern PA

    Measles is back in the headlines.  The number of cases used to be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide, before the vaccine was invented.  Officially it was eradicated as of the year 2000.  But now the number of cases is creeping up, and there have been outbreaks very close to our viewing area. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year could be the worst for measles in more than a decade. “We’re now seeing more measles […]