Kristina was born and raised in Luzerne County and is proud to call Lycoming County her new home.

Kristina joined the WNEP team as a multi-media journalist in March of 2014. She started her multi-media career working as a “one man band” for News13/SSPTV in Hazleton where she had the chance to anchor from time to time.

Kristina attended Clarion University and graduated in June of 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Psychology. While in college, Kristina co-anchored Clarion University’s campus live news broadcast on CU-TV the Nest. She also interned at a local radio station and at WNEP.

Kristina loves to perform and was classically trained in opera. In her spare time she loves to explore her new community and visit the local animal shelter. When she can, Kristina takes time to visit New York and New Jersey where most of her family lives.

Kristina is proud to cover news in her community and all of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. If you have a story idea or news tip you would like to share, you can email her at kristina.papa@wnep or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

Recent Articles
  • Planning for Memorial Day Along the Susquehanna River

    UPPER AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP — When you live close enough to walk to Shikellamy State Park, it comes with its perks. “It’s awesome. I love living on the river. I have tons of friends who have kayaks. I’m the odd man out for not having one usually.  A lot of people like to use tubes, towed behind boats with their friends that’s a lot of fun, and jet skis,” said Jacob Yeomans. It takes Jacob Yeomans about two minutes to get […]

  • American Rescue Workers Need Bigger Kitchen for Growing Need

    WILLIAMSPORT – Nearly $250,000, that’s how much the American Rescue Workers need to raise to repair the kitchen. Noon time at American Rescue Workers in Williamsport is also lunch time at the nonprofit. There were plenty of sandwiches and vegetable soup on Thursday. No matter the menu, the lunch line is usually out the door and it doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. The kitchen serves nearly 150 meals every day to folks who live in nearby shelters and […]

  • People Get Drunk to Help Police in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT – Every year, Williamsport Bureau of Police helps host a field sobriety class for officers across Lycoming County. The volunteers who sign up to help get to drink for free. Courtney Coulter was drinking enough alcohol with her new friends at the armory in Williamsport to feel a buzz. “(I’m feeling) very good,” said Coulter. A few cups later, Courtney was surrounded by police officers doing her best to act sober. Don’t worry, Courtney and her new friends are […]

  • Williamsport Area Students Head to Global Creative Competition

    WILLIAMSPORT — To build a winning team, 10-year-old Tyler Williamson believes sometimes you need to build your friendships first. “I’ve known him since I can remember honestly. He’s my neighbor you work with our dads,” said Tyler Williamson. The friends in fourth and fifth grade at Curtain Intermediate School in Williamsport are also team members. They compete in a global competition, Odyssey of the Mind. “I like to call it sports for the brains. It really is,” said Amy Neylon. […]

  • Flags Placed on Veterans’ Graves by Williamsport Firefighters

    WILLIAMSPORT — As Memorial Day approaches, members of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire are placing American flags at veterans’ grave sites at a cemetery in the city. It’s a simple gesture that takes less than a minute to do, but when these firefighters salute the graves of veterans who have passed and are now buried in St. Boniface Cemetery, they don’t do it for the thank you. “It’s about coming out and showing respect,” said Terry Dawes. Every year for […]

  • Books and Bonding at Williamsport High School

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — A lot of the 6th graders at Lycoming Valley Intermediate near Williamsport will tell you they look up to 17 year old Kurt Dannekar, but it’s not because he’s 6 foot 4. “When I was there age I felt the same way toward high schoolers. It’s really cool to be in a different position,” said Danneker. Danneker is a junior at Williamsport Area High School. He plays football and is already getting offers to play in college, […]

  • Warm Weather Woes for Some Workers in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Work as hard as Daniel Byron and you might break a sweat too. “It’s get out there and hurry back. If we don’t deliver we don’t make money,” said Daniel Byron. Byron does a little bit of everything at Long Island Pizza in Williamsport. On this day, he’s the delivery driver and that means he’s working out in the heat. “It gets super-hot in the cars,” said Byron. According to Newswatch 16’s chief meteorologist Kurt Aaron. May 18’s […]

  • Jersey Shore Hospital Announces Merger with Geisinger Health System

    JERSEY SHORE –  After more than one hundred years, a small community hospital in Lycoming County announced Wednesday it’s merging with Geisinger Health System. Two times a week, for months Susan Gibson makes the trip from Salladasburg to the hospital here in Jersey Shore. “Oh, I fell and broke my left shoulder,” said Susan Gibson. There are other hospitals in the area, but Susan chose to come here to Jersey Shore Hospital and Foundation. “I come to Jersey shore because […]

  • District Attorney Eric Linhardt Defeats Confer in Race for Judge in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — It was a hotly contested race for judge in Lycoming County. District Attorney Eric Linhardt defeated attorney Roan Confer. “Despite being in my tenth year, this has been an incredibly gratifying campaign. I’ve enjoyed it. I’m grateful to the voters and supporters. We’ve received significant support from Democrats and Republicans. This has been humbling,” Linhardt said. Confer met voters near his home in Montoursville earlier Tuesday. “I congratulate Mr. Linhardt on what appears to be a win for […]

  • Voters in Lycoming County to Decide on Judge

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — If you want to see voters in Lycoming County on Election Day, stop by the fire station in Old Lycoming Township. It’s the largest precinct in Lycoming County. “I come every time,” said Donald Bergerstock. “I think that it’s very important to vote.” For decades, Bergerstock has been casting his vote at this fire station near Williamsport, but this time he didn’t have much company. “I think it’s very light. Usually, it’s pretty crowded around here,” […]

  • Williamsport Crosscutters More Than Just Baseball Players to Host Families

    WILLIAMSPORT — Take a look at Debi Burch’s fridge. She doesn’t have children of her own, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be a proud mama. “They’re my boys. Many of them are so far away from home that their families never get here so we’re their family,” Burch, a Williamsport Crosscutters host family, said. Every summer for the past 10 years Debi Burch and her husband have opened their home here in Williamsport to complete strangers, who also happen to play […]

  • Williamsport Brush Drop-off Site Closed for Now

    WILLIAMSPORT — With trees twisted and tangled all over the city, there’s no shortage of work for the city streets department in Williamsport. “I don’t recall a storm of this severity it happened and now you deal with it,” said Tom Cillo, Williamsport city streets manager. Last week, strong winds and rain pulled down trees across Williamsport. Cillo and his crew of city workers are just now cleaning up Brandon Park where 17 large trees fell. “Our focus initially for […]