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You can catch evening anchor Julie Sidoni for two hours each weeknight on WNEP-TV, 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
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    Healthwatch 16: Screenings Save Lives

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Two facts about colon cancer:  It is one of the most diagnosed cancers in our area, and it’s cancer for which you can effectively screen and in some cases prevent. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and one woman from Lackawanna County is taking the opportunity to talk about how screening saved her life. “I neglected, at 50 years old, going for a colonoscopy.” Marie Santilli is 72 years old and lives in Moosic. She likes to […]

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    Life Flight Ground Takes Flight at Geisinger

    Life Flight Ground sounds a bit like an oxymoron but that’s what a new program at Geisinger is called Life Flight Ground Critical Care. It’s the crew and the equipment normally found on a medical helicopter, now available by roadway as well. Geisinger Life Flight has five operational sites, one each near Danville, State College, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Williamsport Regional Airport, and in Minersville. Often patients need to be transported from one of those sites to another. Life Flight Ground […]


    Primanti Bros. Serving Up Sandwiches in Dickson City

    DICKSON CITY — A new restaurant opening up in Dickson City on Thursday may be a fan favorite of anyone with Pittsburgh ties. Pittsburgh-based Primanti Brothers opens in Dickson City Thursday, serving up sky-high, mouthwatering meats and cheeses topped with the works. “It’s not just your typical sandwich,” said Allen Bayout. “It’s hard core. Piled up meat, cheese, fries, tomato, slaw traditional. Only at Primanti’s can you get it, not anywhere else.” The restaurant is decked out in Pittsburgh décor, […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Chair Yoga

    TUNKHANNOCK — Yoga takes on many forms. It can be an all-over intense workout, a relaxing few moments of calm, or anything in between. A group of faithful yogis meets once a week to do yoga in a chair, and not just any chair, but in the seats of the Dietrich Theater in Wyoming County. No dimmed lights and popcorn in this movie theater, at least not on this morning. There’s a whole lotta oommmm happening at the Dietrich Theater […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Baby Heading Home after Year-long Hospital Stay

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A family in Union County waited a very long time for a moment that happened this week. Their little girl finally got out of the hospital, and got to go home. Phylicia and Josh Martz of Mifflinburg are like any parents taking home their baby for the first time: excited, scared, looking forward to the future. But little Winter isn’t a newborn. She’s almost a year old, and up to this day, had spent her entire life […]

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    Marking National Nutrition Month

    March is National Nutrition Month, and Geisinger Health System has a few things going on to celebrate it. Food is obviously something we all need every day.  But the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics wants you to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.  That’s the theme of National Nutrition Month, which is just beginning. “It’s not a matter of mindlessly eating in front of the tv and the next thing you know a bag of popcorn’s gone. It’s- I’m feeling […]

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    Blind Author Inspires Others With Her Vision

    FACTORYVILLE — How’s this for a book synopsis? A young girl and her friend uncover a secret they can’t reveal and now they’re in danger. Sound intriguing? It turns out the main character in the book is blind. And the book itself was written by a woman from Wyoming County who is also blind. It’s library period at Lackawanna Trail High School near Factoryville and there’s a special guest. Two, actually, author Donna Hill of Meshoppen and her guide dog […]

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    National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: Do You Know the Signs and Symptoms?

    DANVILLE — It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. One type of eating disorder is far more common than you may think. “I gained and lost hundreds of pounds until I figured out that I had an unhealthy relationship with food,” said Julia Grocki, 38, of Berwick. Grocki says she used to eat a lot mostly in secret. She hid a lot of food wrappers. “I remember one time I went through the drive-thru to get coffee for a friend, and I […]

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    Learning to Ice Skate

    WILKES-BARRE — This is a busy time of year for ice skating! At Toyota SportsPlex in Wilkes-Barre, it’s the busiest few months of the year, according to officials there. Some parents say it’s good exercise and a great way to keep kids active during the wintertime. We stopped by during a kids’ learn to skate class. Lots of little ones were learning the basics of being out on the ice and learning to stay safe, too. “You have to protect […]

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    Healthwatch 16: Bringing Outdoor Cycling Inside

    KINGSTON — It’s not exactly prime time for getting on the bike and going for a ride, which is why one cycling instructor decided to bring the outside in. It was early on a Sunday morning, the coldest day of the winter so far in Luzerne County and around the area, but inside Vive Health and Fitness in Kingston, it’s nothing but blue skies and greenery up ahead. Welcome to Live Ride, an interactive cycling class. It’s Keith Swartwood’s brainchild. […]

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    Healthwatch 16: How A Son Saved His Dad with CPR

    HAZLETON — A teenager in Luzerne County is very uncomfortable with the term hero and says what he did the night his dad stopped breathing wasn’t a big deal. But his parents would beg to differ and are now talking about the importance of knowing CPR. Daniel Lozano, 14, doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. The eighth grader from Hazleton acted fast when, early one morning in late December, he suddenly heard commotion coming from his parents’ room. […]

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    The ‘Miracle Baby’ in the Poconos

    MOUNT POCONO — A baby born prematurely has more obstacles to overcome than full-term babies.  A baby born prematurely with additional significant problems has to fight even harder.  One family from the Poconos wanted to share its story of the little guy who beat a lot of odds to be here today. It’s hard not to smile at baby Bentley, a happy little blue-eyed boy just ten months old.  How he got to be here at all is quite the […]