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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
  • Meet MARTTI

    It can be difficult understand what a doctor is saying even when you speak the same language.  Imagine the confusion when one person doesn’t understand the other.  Geisinger is trying to fix that with a video interpretation system that’s available whenever it’s needed.  Its name is MARTTI. Registered nurse Joi Siebecker was in charge of the floor one night at Geisinger CMC in Scranton when a patient whose language she doesn’t speak ended up in her epilepsy monitoring unit. “Patients […]

  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month

    We’re rounding out January, which is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a condition that causes nerve damage in the eye, often associated with a buildup of pressure around the eye. 73-year-old Elaine Schuh says she’s had good eyesight her whole life, and didn’t see glaucoma coming. “I didn’t feel it.  But (the pressure) has to be at a certain level.  Eventually you could go blind if you can’t keep the pressure down,” Elaine told us. We visited her home […]

  • 30 Squats for a Ride

    Have you heard what the Russian Olympic Committee did in Moscow?  Instead of paying for a ride on the city’s metro system, riders can instead do 30 squats to get a ride.  It’s a publicity stunt ahead of the Sochi Olympic Games, but it has an area doctor wondering if people here would consider incorporating even small amounts of exercise into their daily lives. Workers have installed what look like vending machines at stops along Moscow’s metro transit system.  They’re […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Core-Valve Replacement

    A man from Scranton is 81 years old, married 61 years, with 9 kids, 33 grandchildren, and 13 great-grand children. He’s also Geisinger’s 100th heart core-valve replacement patient. Newswatch 16’s Julie Sidoni explains in the Healthwatch 16 report.

  • Screening for Depression

    Doctors say they tend to see more depression this time of year, after the holidays, particularly in January and February.  But one doctor at Geisinger also calls depression under-diagnosed, and he’s doing something to counteract that. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, and what can feel like a long, cold winter is staring us head-on.  It’s prime season for depression, according to Dr. Mike Kovalick, a family physician at Geisinger’s Dallas Clinic in Luzerne County. “(In the) […]

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    Celebration Of Life Blood Drive Wednesday

    RICE TOWNSHIP — A mom in Luzerne County says she is beyond grateful for the gift of blood. Her youngest needed a blood transfusion when he was a newborn. She says she and her family wanted to say thanks and give back with a celebration of life blood drive on Wednesday. The Bleiler kids were busy on their day off from school in Mountain Top. They are Xavier,7; Alexis, 5; Maximus, 4; and Paxton, 2. Mom Heather now can’t keep […]

  • Robotic Tool for Scoliosis Surgery

    Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine, commonly found in children.  At Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, doctors are using a robotic tool to make scoliosis surgery safer and more precise. Madison Shaffer is a typical almost-13-year-old, a 7th grader at Central Columbia Middle School who likes hanging out with her family and friends.  But Madison says two years ago, she didn’t feel so typical.  She was often in pain.  “At school when I’d be sitting up too long […]

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    Easing Chronic Sinusitis

    DICKSON CITY — Chronic sinusitis is one of the more common chronic illnesses in the United States, and it affects people of all ages. Surgery can fix it, but often the aftereffects are unpleasant or sometimes very painful.  Now, there’s a new device that aims to make the recovery easier. Karen Brown, of Mount Cobb, who suffered from chronic sinusitis for five years, says living with it was horrible. “I always had an infection, always had difficulty breathing.  And it […]

  • Seasonal Craft for the Kids

    Julie Sidoni visits her son Charlie at his pre school to make a holiday craft.

  • 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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