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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.

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  • Manhunt Pushes Football Game to Saturday

    PARADISE TOWNSHIP — A high school football game was supposed to be played Friday night at Pocono Mountain East, but district officials wanted to play the game in the daylight while everyone is still on high alert for an accused cop killer on the loose. Pocono Mountain East fans came out for a big rivalry game at their home field Saturday. The crowds weren’t as big as usual under the Friday night lights, but fans who did come to the […]

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    Shops in Lycoming Mall Hiring Holiday Help

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP — Many stores in our area are right now looking for holiday help people willing to work during the Christmas shopping season. Some stores at the mall have already put up holiday decorations and pop up kiosks have also been set up in just the past few weeks. Stores are getting ready for the holiday season and many of them are looking for some extra holiday help. ‘Now Hiring’ signs and applications are out at dozens of stores […]


    Homeowners Get Help Paying For New Sewage Lines

    NIPPENOSE TOWNSHIP — Some homeowners in Lycoming County are getting help to pay for connecting to a new public sewer system. A sewage plant opened near Jersey Shore back in March and folks who live close to sewer lines were required to connect. The county has now received half a million federal dollars to help low income families connect to the new system. It’s work that began this week. Elijah Evans Excavating, a construction company from Danville installed a new […]

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    Shooting Victim’s Family Offers Reward Money

    WILLIAMSPORT — It’s been one day since a 16 year old was found shot and killed in an alley in Williamsport, and now the family of the shooting victim hopes the promise of reward money will help lead to the killer’s arrest. The family of TyFeak Gordon says they have come up with nearly $50,000 to offer as a reward to help find whoever killed the 16 year old. He was found shot to death in Williamsport early Tuesday morning. […]

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    16-Year-Old Boy Found Shot In Alley

    WILLIAMSPORT — A teen is the victim of homicide in Lycoming County. The 16-year-old boy was found with a single gunshot wound just after midnight Tuesday in Williamsport, and officers quickly determined it was a case of homicide. Williamsport police say they found a teenager unconscious around 12:30 a.m. with a single gunshot wound to the upper body. Police say the victim wasn’t too far from home when he was killed. He was found on Dove Court in the Newberry […]

  • Family Devastated Over Missing Goat

    PIATT TOWNSHIP — The owners of a missing goat in Lycoming County hope the possibility of a reward will help bring their pet back to them. Newswatch 16 told you on Friday that Petunia, the goat, has been missing since early last week. The animal’s owners believe it was stolen. Nancy Frye says her four goats are considered part of the family and she was devastated when one of them went missing last week. Now she’s considering offering a reward […]

  • Mobile Food Pantry Comes To Jersey Shore Area

    JERSEY SHORE — A food pantry in Lycoming County is temporarily back open after shutting down back in September. Newswatch 16 was there when volunteers started handing out boxes of food. Central Pennsylvania’s Food Bank and local churches have taken over where American Rescue Workers, ‘Love Center’ left off when it closed back in September. There was a line of people waiting for the mobile food pantry to open in Avis on Friday. Dozens of people stood in line while […]

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    Power To Save: One For All Recycling Program

    MONTGOMERY — Recycling just got easier for folks in central Pennsylvania. Instead of separating glass and plastic, people can throw their recyclables in one container. The change is because of a new $5 million facility in Lycoming County. Piles of scrapped paper products are dumped and sorted through at the Lycoming County recycling facility in Montgomery. Until recently, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and other recyclables had to be separated before being brought in by trash haulers. But now, that’s no […]

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    State Money Helps Repair Homes in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — Recently, Lycoming County received millions of dollars from gas impact fees to help home owners and people looking to rent lower the cost of living. Construction workers from STEP, a non-profit organization worked through the rain. They are making repairs to a home on Scott Street in Williamsport. “They’ve been working at it. They have been doing a wonderful job,” said Diane Leidhecker from Williamsport. After living in this home for 25 years, Diane Leidhecker says the house […]

  • Flames Damage Beauty Salon and Apartments

    JERSEY SHORE — A fire in Jersey Shore has left a hair salon in ruins and tenants without a place to call home. Jersey Shore’s Independent Hose Company raised its ladder in front of the building on Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore. Citizen’s Hose Company also helped fight the fire at Kassabella’s Beauty Salon. The business and two apartments above are badly damaged from smoke and flames. Citizen’s assistant fire chief believes the fire broke out in the kitchen of […]

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    Penn State Student Locked Up For Alleged Threats

    UNIVERSITY PARK — The threat of a mass shooting meant increased police presence at Penn State’s student center on Monday, even though police say they arrested the student responsible for the threat. A Penn State student is now in the Centre County jail, accused of making a threat to shoot other students on the University Park campus at noon. Even though there was an arrest Sunday night, university police took some extra precautions. Police say, Jong Shim, 20, a sophomore […]

  • Community and Commissioners Support Montour Preserve

    ANTHONY TOWNSHIP — Efforts are underway to save educational programs at a well-known recreation area in Montour County. Now that the property is changing hands, folks who use the Montour County Preserve have rallied support online and at a meeting Thursday night to try and restore educational programming at the preserve. Friday, Newswatch 16 spoke with county officials who say they have a plan to keep programming, but they may need the community’s support to help fund it. A group […]


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