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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
  • Saving a Leg

    A man from Luzerne County and his wife had already gone through the transition needed after he lost a leg.  Then they realized he could lose the other one too.  But a team at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center was able to save it. If you’ve ever come across WVIA-TV’s Ballroom Show, you may have seen David and Ellen Tosh of West Pittston, showing off their fox trot.  Dancing is one of the things they liked to do best a […]

  • Assessing the Risk of Breast Cancer

    Treating breast cancer is one thing.  Figuring out if you’re at a higher risk of developing it is another, and a new clinic at Geisinger aims to help women do just that. Jody Shepperson has worked at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville for 34 years as a colorectal nurse specialist.  She started getting regular mammograms when she was 35, knowing that since her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 50, she herself was at a higher risk. “As […]

  • Introducing The Corset Body Lift

    Patients who lose a significant amount of weight, whether it be through bariatric surgery or other methods, say they feel happier and healthier than before.  But in some cases they’re also left with a lot of excess skin.  A surgeon at Geisinger has created a technique for dealing with all of that skin, if you’re interested in getting your shape back but don’t mind scars. Debbie Benkoski of Plains Township says she has struggled with her weight for as long […]

  • The Gift of a Future (Part 2)

    We’re going inside the operating room in this Healthwatch 16 report.  We already introduced you to two grade-school classmates, who hadn’t seen each other in decades, reunited as organ donor and recipient at Geisinger Medical Center.  Doctors allowed us to follow them into the OR for a better understanding of the process of live organ donation. “I’m so overwhelmed by the whole thing.  I don’t even know what to say,” Danny Tighe told us on May 23rd, just before he […]

  • The Gift of A Future (Part 1)

      It’s estimated there are 100,000 people on a national kidney transplant list.  They’re likely on dialysis indefinitely, waiting for a phone call that a compatible donor kidney is available.   A man named Danny Tighe from Luzerne County was one of those people, until just a few weeks ago.  That’s when a woman he knew as a girl- a grade-school classmate he hadn’t seen in 31 years- offered to give him one of hers. The tanned and healthy-looking Danny Tighe […]

  • Help For First-Time Moms

      Pregnancy and childbirth are two experiences that can lead to many questions for parents, especially for first-timers. Some moms ask their own mothers.  Others seek help from friends.  But there’s a program in Central Pennsylvania giving some first-time moms their own visiting nurse to help see them through. We got the chance to meet 5-month-old Travion, who seems like he really wants to start crawling.  Notice his hip hair-do?  His mom, 22-year-old Cheyenne Arnold of Mifflinburg, is studying cosmetology […]

  • Estate Planning: Start Early

      The topic of what happens after you’re gone isn’t really a fun one to dive into.  But experts who work with the area’s elderly population say just a bit of planning now can save your family a lot of heartache down the road. We recently sat down for an interview with Maria Maletta-Hastie at LIFE Geisinger, a day facility for elder care.  But this time, she was the one asking the questions: how will I protect my assets from […]

  • Summer Injury Time

      Lots of things change when the seasons change.  Warmer weather brings different clothing, different plans, and different activities.  It also brings more incidents of trauma to area hospitals. When it gets hot and humid outside, there’s not much more inviting than a dip in cool water.  Even though it’s clearly posted that you’re not supposed to swim in the waters of the Nay Aug Gorge in Scranton, plenty of people do each year.  Accidents while cliff diving, believe it […]

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    Student Forms ALS Club

    SCRANTON — There’s a club out there for just about anything you can think of. One University of Scranton student made it her mission to start one on campus about ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, something that’s always been close to her heart. For years, scientists have been working to discover a cure for ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. University of Scranton senior Christie Garrecht will do whatever she can to make sure they’re […]

  • Spring Clean That Medicine Cabinet

      Check that medicine cabinet or those bathroom shelves.  Find anything interesting?  Geisinger officials think lots of us have old or expired prescriptions hanging around, and they’re offering a chance to dispose of them properly. Behind marijuana, prescription drugs are the second most used and abused drug among kids and teens.   That’s what Dr. Anthony Wylie told us at the Geisinger Lake Scranton Facility. He wanted us to know about something Geisinger started a medication take-back program,  because he points […]

  • New Migraine Treatment

      If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, you know how debilitating they can be.  There is something new just coming to the market to treat them- not a drug, but a headband- that a doctor in this area tried out, and has recommended to a few of his patients. It’s called the Cefaly device, manufactured by a small company in Belgium.   It’s been available in Europe and Canada for about a year now, but was just recently […]

  • Girls On Guard Part III

    In the last part of our special series Girls on Guard, we take a look at improvising. Maybe you have your hands full of groceries, maybe you’re just walking to your car with keys in your hand. Even still, there are things you can do – and use – to keep yourself safe. For more information, go to www.girlsonguardpa.com


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