Kristina was born and raised in Luzerne County.
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 manga cum laude with a degree in Communication and a minor in Psychology in June 2012. 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 running, backpacking, and spending time with her dog Madison. When she can, she 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.

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    WILLIAMSPORT — The Lycoming County Planning Department wants to know what residents would like to see changed and added in their communities, but to do that they need you to take a survey. It’s all part of a 10-year plan to improve the county. If you’re like Jenifer Vanness and her fiancé Erik from Muncy, you want to see a positive change in your community. “I wish there were more activities in the Muncy area that my kids could get […]

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    Construction Continues into School Year in Montoursville

    MONTOURSVILLE — Students in the Montoursville Area School District who may have expected to come back to a new school this year are taking classes just feet from a construction site. Susan Earl isn’t used to teaching in her current classroom at Montoursville Area High School. She was moved to a renovated part of the building. “I don’t have ceiling tiles per se, but I do have a ceiling. they are in the process of working on the floors,” said […]

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    Maine-Endwell Wins the 2016 Little League World Series Championship

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — The final score Sunday night: Mid-Atlantic 2, South Korea 1. The team from New York is officially the Little League World Champions. Today, Newswatch16 found several fans who came out just to see them play. Some came to cheer on their home team. Others traveled hours, just for the love of the game. “It’s just a really fun family event,” said one game goer. “I haven’t missed one game yet. I have been here every single game,” […]

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    Trade And Transit Centre Opens in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT  — The city of Williamsport picked its biggest weekend of the year to officially open the Trade and Transit 2 Centre. Hundreds showed up for the ribbon-cutting at the Trade and Transit 2 Centre on West Third Street in Williamsport. The $12 million project is an expansion of the already existing River Valley Transit’s bus terminal on West Third Street. “We are going to have a first-floor expansion of our first transit building where passengers can wait,” explained Skip […]

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    Little Leaguers Play Pickup Game for Fun

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — The young players who have already been eliminated in the Little League World Series games have found other places to play way beyond the main stage. Just because they won’t be playing in the championship game, doesn’t mean they’re done playing baseball. The teams already eliminated from the tournament play what they call crossover games. We went to see Canada and Italy just outside Williamsport Thursday afternoon. The stands are a little smaller than the ones they’ve […]

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    Puppy Stolen From Woman’s Backyard

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    Little League Played by Kids, for Kids

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    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — They are making up games that were rained out over the weekend at the Little League World Series, and when it comes to parking, you could say it’s at a premium when thousands of people are in town. But much of the money collected to park goes to a good cause. A business just across the road from the complex offers up its parking lot every year to raise money for a charity. If you thought Lamade […]

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    Little League Games Rescheduled after Weekend Washout

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    SUNBURY — Kathy Yagodzinskie and her friend Linda are on a mission to find lunch. “Now we have soft pretzels which are good,” said Yagodzinskie. A portion of Front Street in Sunbury is closed until late Saturday so vendors at the 27th annual Sunbury River Festival can stay open. “It goes all the way up to the other end of Front Street,” added Dawn Marie Benfer. Over 100 vendors are ready to welcome a crowd of about 10,000 people this […]

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    Charges Filed after 4 year old Died in Hot Car

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