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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
  • Girls On Guard Part II

    In part two of our special series, Girls on Guard, we’re focusing on a man in Lackawanna County who is teaching people – women in particular – how to protect themselves. His courses go on for weeks, but he offered to Newswatch 16 at 4 producer Kerry Brazen and Newswatch 16’s Julie Sidoni a few of the most effective moves they hope they’ll never need. For more information, go to www.girlsonguardpa.com

  • Living With Fragile X Syndrome

    There are many different forms of, and known causes of, autism.  Navigating through them all is the mission of Geisinger’s ADMI, or Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute. At its headquarters near Lewisburg, officials hold special events dedicated to particular disorders.  We got to sit in on one such clinic for patients who have something called Fragile X Syndrome. Legally, 5-year-old Tarel and 3-year-old Nina are brother and sister.  Biologically, they’re first cousins.  And mom and dad Joan and Tom Wynings […]

  • Girls On Guard Part I

    Do you walk a lot at night?  Are you alone walking to your car, or to your front door? How about on a college campus or leaving a bar? Maybe you’ve never felt unsafe doing those things, but plenty of women have stories to tell about being threatened, or even attacked. Newswatch 16 talked to a man who has made it his mission to empower women to be on guard. For more information, go to www.girlsonguardpa.com

  • Studying the Future of Disease

      Geisinger, in a major collaboration with a pharmaceutical company, is embarking on a long-term, large-scale project to study the genetics of disease right here in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The human genome is a complete set of genetic information that lives in each one of us, information that is carried in our DNA.  The world’s brightest scientists have been studying it for years.  Now researchers at Geisinger are taking it on. “Here’s something that rural Pennsylvania can participate in. […]

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    Diagnosing AVM

    There’s a 15 year old in Northumberland County living a normal teenage life right now despite a brush with death just six months ago. A sudden terrible headache turned into a nightmare for him, and his family. Marcos Velazquez, or Mikey as his family calls him, remembers a Sunday afternoon last November at his home in Shamokin.  It was a lazy day. Mom and dad were watching a movie and he was in his room. “About a half hour later, […]

  • Fourth Annual Conference On Aging

    There are a lot of seniors in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, and many more people whose lives are affected by caring for them.  Discussing new perspectives on senior care is the topic of a conference this week at the University of Scranton, the Fourth Annual Conference on Aging. LIFE Geisinger is just one provider that will be represented at the conference.  LIFE stands for “living independently for elders,” like Roberta Cortese of Old Forge. “They make you feel at home. They […]

  • Allergy Season: It’ll Hit Fast And Hit Hard

    Lots of people are excited about the spring sun bringing warmer temperatures after what has been a long winter.  But many others are dreading the next few weeks- allergy sufferers- and with good reason.  This allergy season is expected to be a rough one. Spring can be brutal for people with allergies, whose symptoms can include coughing, runny noses, sneezing, and in some cases, sinus infections. “You could be allergic to anything,” said Dr. Puneet Bajaj, a board-certified allergist with […]

  • PA Doctors Keep Close Eye On Polio-like Illness In California

    Doctors in California are watching for signs of more children being affected by a polio-like syndrome.  So far about 20 kids have been stricken with the disease, from which only some of them have recovered. You may have heard the story of four-year-old Sofia Jarvis, from California.  After being hospitalized with what doctors thought were asthma symptoms, Sofia’s left arm suddenly stopped working. That was two years ago, and she is still paralyzed. “They’ve labeled it as a polio-like illness.  […]

  • ‘A Gift From God'; Woman Credits Car Crash With Saving Her Life

    “It was a gift from God.” That’s about the only way a pastor from central Pennsylvania and his wife can describe the horrific wreck she was in last fall.  Despite what she went through to recover from those crash injuries, the incident saved her life. Camella Converse of Millville told us about the day last September when she was driving with two friends on a clear, sunny morning, admiring hot air balloons that had suddenly appeared in the sky. “The […]

  • Renal Race 3 – This Weekend in Wilkes-Barre

    In Wilkes-Barre this Sunday morning, it’ll be runners and walkers taking to the streets before the St. Patricks Parade kicks off. Renal Race 3 kicks off on Public Square.  Last year, some 600 people came out to walk or run, something organizer Erin Pikul of Wilkes-Barre never thought she’d see when she first started the race three years ago. “I thought- we’ll come down to the square, we’ll walk around it three times- it was sort of a joke.  I […]

  • Introducing the EICU

    Caring for very sick patients…from miles away.  It’s happening at Geisinger’s Wyoming Valley and CMC facilities with something called the EICU, or Electronic Intensive Care Unit. Patients in intensive care units at CMC or Wyoming Valley will now be monitored not only by their physicians and critical care nurses, but also by staff miles away near Danville. “No doctor can be in a hospital 24 hours a day.  This is there as backup,” explained Dr. Anthony Aquilina.  He is Chief […]

  • Healthy Hearts 365 Days A Year

    It’s a little late for the official Heart Health Month: February was over last week.  But considering that so much of heart health comes from factors we can control, it’s never too late for a few reminders. “Heart month really never ends, because you gotta take care of your heart 365 days a year,” noted Dr. Russell Stahl.  He’s Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Geisinger CMC in Scranton. “What most people don’t realize is that heart and vascular disease is […]


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