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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
  • 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 […]

  • Quitting Smoking and Your Heart

    There is a definite connection between smoking and heart health.  But there has also been a lot of talk over the years that drugs meant to help you quit smoking are also bad for your heart.  One Geisinger doctor says a new round of studies says that’s not exactly true. No need to rehash the dangers of smoking.  It’s linked to a host of problems, including lung and airway issues, heart disease, stroke and cancer.  In fact, “stop smoking” is […]

  • 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 […]


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