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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
  • Dealing with Gestational Diabetes

    It’s estimated that between five and ten percent of pregnant women will be diagnosed with gestational diabetes, usually at around 26-28 weeks.  Geisinger is involved in a study that will look into how often women must test their blood sugars once they’ve been diagnosed. We met Adrienne Reitz of Dallas on her lunch break, here at Little Meadows Child Care Center in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain.  She came to feed and visit with her six-month old daughter, Scarlett.  Mom and […]

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    Award-Winning Device Helps Detect Heart Problems

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — If you’ve been in a hospital or even seen a TV show set in a hospital, you’ve seen this machine, sometimes mounted on a wall or on wheels.  It’s a heart monitor, among other things. But Dr. Terry Bauch notes he can’t throw it in a backpack. “We’re looking for ways to get technology that’s effective, safe, cheap, small and portable that we can do testing for fluid overload,” said Dr. Bauch Dr. Bauch is a cardiologist […]

  • “Simple Servings” Making for Easier Food Choices at King’s

    Making good food choices can be difficult when you have food allergies or intolerances.  Making students meal times a little easier is the point behind an eating option, new this year at the dining hall at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.  Officials there invited us in to have a look. You’ll find all the usual offerings here: french fries and quesadillas, hot dogs, and home-cooked favorites like pasta and stuffed peppers.   Looks good, but freshman Matt Evers can’t eat any of […]

  • Not Too Late For That Flu Shot

    We’re in the middle of February, with much of the winter behind us, but doctors are warning that it is still not too late to get a flu shot. Late last year, the State Department of Health declared the flu to be “widespread” in Pennsylvania.  But because flu season can last through March or April- or some years, even into May- a flu shot is still recommended. Dr. Joseph Koval is Medical Director for Clinical Performance at Geisinger CMC in […]

  • 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 […]


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