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Kristina is a hometown girl. She 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.

Recent Articles
  • Gas Prices Continue to Fall in August

    KELLY TOWNSHIP — Now may be the time for drivers to fill their gas tanks. According to AAA, national gas prices are lower than they have been in years. Newswatch 16 caught up with some drivers traveling through Union County on Friday who were not complaining about the drop in price. Dozens of cars and trucks with out of state plates were pumping gas at a Sheetz gas station near Lewisburg. Melissa VanRensselaer is from New York. She has a […]

  • Lock Haven Business Plans to Tattoo People for Good Cause

    LOCK HAVEN– It’s been a little over a month since a fire engulfed the VFW building in Lock Haven. Now, a local business is stepping in to help one veterans group that lost nearly everything. That fire destroyed a lot of memorabilia and records that cannot be replaced, but a tattoo shop in Lock Haven said the VFW has made a permanent mark on the community, which is why the owner of the shop is looking to help the VFW/ […]

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    ESPN Compound Built at Little League Complex

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — The Little League World Series in Lycoming County is just two weeks away. This year, fans may notice a new building at the complex. Newswatch 16 got a tour of the space cleared for ESPN. Hawbaker Construction has just about wrapped up work at a site on the Little League World International Complex in South Williamsport. The site up on the hill next to Lamade Stadium is almost empty, but by game day it will be crowded […]

  • Go Joe XVII: Day 4

    Early in the morning on day four of Go Joe XVII, Joe Snedeker stood by the Newswatch 16 live truck in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. By this point in the trip, Joe has got his morning routine down pat. He pumps air into his bike tires, slips on his shoes, snaps a small camera to his chest, and heads out on the road for another day of biking. For the first few miles Joe had a riding partner. Newswatch 16 chief […]

  • Go Joe XVII: Day 3

    It is day three of Go Joe XVII, “Big City Blitz.” Joe began the day in Chambersburg and made it to Elizabethtown. Despite grueling temperatures, Joe pedaled through the heat. Day three of Go Joe XVII began in a corn field in Chambersburg. “A lot of farm lands here in Chambersburg. I’m headed east, east, my friend towards Harrisburg.” said Joe Snedeker. Joe cleaned the chain on his bike and headed north on Route 11. For most of the ride […]

  • Drivers Should Expect More Road Construction in Lycoming County

    LYCOMING COUNTY — Some of the attention in Lycoming County is on all the road work that’s ahead. Officials have announced plans to complete 46 new road projects in the next four years in the county. Newswatch16 stopped by one trouble spot where road work is already underway. Thanks in part to that transportation bill passed last year in Harrisburg, there is money to pay for dozens of new road projects and several other projects already underway across the state […]

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    Donated Plane Gets New Look At Penn College

    MONTOURSVILLE — Nearly two years ago, Newswatch 16 was there when a giant plane was donated to Penn College in Lycoming County. Now the school is using the plane as a giant opportunity to promote its aviation program. Penn College faculty helped heat and press specially designed panels on to this giant 727 jet. It sits outside the school at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. “Night and day, it’s been made over. It’s been washed. It’s been cleaned. It’s […]

  • Young Farmers at the Lycoming County Fair

    HUGHESVILLE— Some future farmers in Lycoming County showed off what their families’ farms have to offer at this year’s Lycoming County Fair. They were throwing bales of hay. It was a race to the finish line for these kids who have come to compete at the Lycoming County fair in Hughesville. The fairgrounds were quiet midday, but dreary skies didn’t stop dozens of young competitors from coming out for the Lycoming County Fair’s School Days. “We did it when we […]

  • Reptiland Celebrates 50 Years

    GREGG TOWNSHIP — A family run zoo in Union County celebrates 50 years today. Newswatch 16 went to Reptiland where families stopped by to take a look at all the scaly critters. Slithering snakes, crocodilians, and now komodo dragons. They are all inside Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland. It is a zoo on Route 15 near Allenwood made especially for these creatures. “It was a boyhood dream and I knew when I was twelve that I wanted to build a zoo for […]

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    Man Injured, Home Destroyed In Fire

    Homeowner says she heard an explosion in the home then saw flames. Fire Marshall is now at scene. @WNEP http://t.co/nD6uIbxXEz— Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) July 11, 2014 GREENE TOWNSHIP — Emergency crews treated John Nicholas for burns to his head and neck outside his home on East Valley Road in Greene Township near Loganton. “I’ll see you in a couple of hours. “ Nora Nicholas said that’s the last thing she said to her husband before he was flown to Lehigh […]

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    Restoring Power in Columbia County

    GREENVILLE TOWNSHIP — Thousands in our area are still without power after Tuesday’s storms. Electric companies are using their own crews and ones from out of state to try to restore power as quickly as possible. Families in Columbia County say it doesn’t make the wait any easier to take. Utility crews working on downed power lines on Eagle Road in Greenville Township near Orangeville have Edward Albertson feeling, “happy happy, happy, happy.” Homes on this road have been without […]

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    Tornado Damage In Sullivan County

    CHERRY TOWNSHIP — The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in both Bradford and Sullivan Counties. Some believe the same tornado that hit Bradford County also touched down in Sullivan County and destroyed property and terrified homeowners. The tornado destroyed one home and damaged several others in Cherry Township near Dushore. One was torn apart by high winds. The family hid in the basement when the tornado blew through. We spoke with them about surviving the storm. […]