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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
  • Injury on the Ice

      Bitter cold temperatures are good for at least one thing: ice.  Ice fisherman are out in full force these days, as are ice skaters.  Skating is a great wintertime activity, but it’s a potentially dangerous one too. The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins make it look easy.  Hockey players, of course, are highly-skilled athletes whose job it is to skate. “…which is certainly going to be different than the person who goes to Rockefeller Center and skates, or who waits for […]

  • Preventing “Doctor Shopping”

      Last fall, then-Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Senate Bill 1180, creating a state-wide controlled substances database, set to take effect in June.  Proponents say it will cut down on prescription drug abuse by giving doctors the knowledge of who is prescribing what to whom, but opponents have privacy concerns. Suppose John Doe walks into “Pharmacy A” with a prescription for morphine, given to him by “Dr. B,” then does that over and over, using different doctors and different […]

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    UPDATE: Arrest Made in Cold Case Murder Investigation

    LOCK HAVEN – A man has been arrested in connection with a homicide investigation nearly 24 years ago. Loyd Groves, 65, of Beaver County, was taken into custody on Thursday for the murder of Katherine Heckel, according to state police at Lamar. Groves had nothing to say as he walked out of the state police barracks near Lamar in handcuffs. Groves is charged with first and third degree murder for the 1991 death of Kathy Heckel of Clinton County. Investigators […]

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    City One Strike Ordinance Challenged In Court

    WILKES-BARRE — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Wilkes-Barre on behalf of two tenants and three landlords who’ve been hit under the city’s one strike ordinance. That ordinance was put into place in 2013 to crack down on problem landlords and tenants, but the lawsuit is seeking to have a judge deem it unconstitutional. In September 2013, Mayor Tom Leighton shut down a property, and dozens of others in Wilkes-Barre under the city’s one […]

  • Young People Have Strokes Too

    A stroke is something you might associate with someone who is older.  But strokes can, and do, hit young people too.  And knowing the signs of one is the best way to get help for yourself or someone you love. Simply put, a stroke happens when the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted or reduced.  When the brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen or nutrients, brain cells die, which can happen in just minutes.  They’re more likely to occur […]

  • AIM FARTHER: A New Method of Patient Care

      There’s a big difference between visiting a doctor for a check-up every few years and requiring long-term care for a chronic issue.  The Rheumatology Department at Geisinger Medical Center, which deals with many chronic patients, came up with a new method of care.  And so far officials say it’s working. Carol Krohn has been a registered nurse at Geisinger for more than 30 years.  She works in the Ophthalmology Department, but you can also find her as a patient […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Balloon Sinuplasty

    BLOOMSBURG — If you’ve ever had a sinus infection, you know how miserable it can be. Imagine getting one over and over and not getting much relief from medication. An ear, nose, throat specialist in Bloomsburg let us into the office to see a procedure he says has huge success rates. A patient is getting ready to say goodbye to his recurring sinus infections, at Northeast Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in Bloomsburg. “We did a cat scan and found […]

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    Toys Galore At Children’s Hospital

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Chances are you’re running around right now, getting those last few holiday gifts on your list, and getting them all wrapped up. But there are families spending this holiday season in the hospital with a sick child. At Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, some families who have been there threw a party Thursday and lent a helping hand. What’s normally a quiet hallway was transformed into a holiday wonderland at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Montour County. […]

  • Poison Control and Children

    Right now in your home there are any number of household cleaners and beauty products that might make your life easier, but may be very dangerous to children. And during the holiday season there are even more to watch out for. The kitchen is a room in the house where you likely spend a lot of time, but it can be a dangerous place when it comes to kids and poisonings. “Any day it could be anything, anything around the […]

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    One Wilkes-Barre Couple, Three Lives Saved

    A man in Wilkes-Barre needed a kidney.  His wife was happy to donate one of hers, but they weren’t a match.  What happened next was a chain of events that ended up saving the lives of three people in three states. Kevin Van Why of Wilkes-Barre has battled diabetes for 26 years. “All those things that can happen to a diabetic? I’ve had them all. I’ve had a heart issue, lost both of my legs, multiple surgeries on my eyes. […]

  • Back in Business After Double Knee Replacement

    A business owner in Sullivan County is back in business with two new knees. The simple act of walking was a lot more difficult last year at this time for 67-year-old Duane Perozzi of Mildred. “I was in a lot of pain,” he calls.  “A lot of pain.  It got to the point where I could do only one or two jobs a day.  That was the end of it,” he remembers. Perozzi owns a company that installs and services […]

  • Stop Smoking Before It Starts

      The Great American Smokeout is a way to get people talking about the dangers of smoking.  Do our kids know them too?  Pennsylvania officials think it’s important to get into school and teach early anti-smoking lessons. An assembly at West Scranton Intermediate School on Fellows Street was all about smoking, lung cancer, and cigarettes.  It was thanks in part to the PA Department of Health.  Bureau Director Tomas Aguilar has been traveling all over the state, talking to students.  […]


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