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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
  • 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

  • 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 […]


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