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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
  • Peace Walk Draws Hundreds to Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — From a distance, it looks like a crowd of people, but up close, with their signs and big smiles, it’s easier to tell the group marching at Penn College is a community united. “We have to do this together, stand together, hold one another’s arms because together we can make a difference,” said Brittany Tasch. The Beloved Community Council and Step/AmerCorps in Williamsport teamed up for the annual Martin Luther King Day Peace Walk in Williamsport. This year, around […]

  • Workers Checking Flood Gates, Drains in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — Workers in one part of Lycoming County have spent the past few days preparing in case of flooding from rain and thawing snow. This drastic jump in temperature can cause ice buildup in small streams which can cause flooding. Workers in Williamsport don’t expect the area to flood but they’re preparing just in case. As foreman for Williamsport flood control department, Steven Mundrick is used to standing out in the rain, but he doesn’t usually check the large […]

  • Sporting Goods Store Returning as Gander Outdoors

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP — An outdoor sporting goods chain that filed for bankruptcy and closed locations in Lycoming and Lackawanna Counties less than a year ago is reopening under a new name. Gander Mountain is set to reopen as Gander Outdoors later this month in Dickson City and in the Lycoming Mall complex near Muncy. Gander Outdoors is opening several locations across the country in the next few months, and we got a look inside one of the new businesses. Gander […]

  • Flames Gut Home in Northumberland County

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a building in Northumberland County Tuesday morning. It broke out around 10:30 a.m. in a home on Susquehanna Trail in Delaware Township, near Turbotville. Strangers risked their lives trying to save a woman they thought was in her burning home in Northumberland County. Seth Depasqua was on his way home after picking up football tickets he bought from someone online when by chance he ended up passing the house fire. “I just seen the smoke, […]

  • Freezing Outside for Cool Cash

    MUNCY CREEK TOWNSHIP — Even on the coldest days, some people are outside for their job, but not many are like the man we met near the on-ramp for Interstate 80. For the next two days, he plans to be outside in hopes of bringing in a paycheck. They’re bundled up but these two are not so happy about being outside, especially Isaac Dixon. The 20-year-old from New York State blames his friend for their current predicament. “He wanted to […]

  • Williamsport Church Opens It’s Doors to Anyone Needing to Escape the Cold

    WILLIAMSPORT — First United Methodist Church on Market Street in Williamsport is opening its doors to people in need of a place to stay warm and sleep this weekend. This is the first time the church has done this. The idea came from a couple in the church who recognized the need, especially in the cold temperatures. Local organizations and people in the community have donated coats, blankets and food. The church has room for at least 50 people. People […]

  • Searching for Frozen Fire Hydrants 

    WILLIAMSPORT — They’re not on an emergency call, but what Williamsport firefighters are doing work that could help in an emergency. “The weather depicts it. I mean if we have a real mild winter, we don’t go out as much, but a winter like this where it’s extremely cold, we have to stay out there and stay ahead of it,” said James Baker. Firefighter James Baker is talking about staying ahead of freezing water lines that could cause fire hydrants […]

  • Police Department Hires First Female Officer in Over 50 Years

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — Founded over 50 years ago, Old Lycoming Township’s police headquarters has grown into a full-time department since the 1960s, but the organization has never had a female police officer until now. “It’s pretty exciting. I’m excited. I don’t feel much different from the guys. I feel like one of the guys, but it is different being a female. You can tell people are like, ‘Whoa, that’s the new girl,'” said Officer Shyann McKivison. She may not […]

  • Rising Death Rates Due to Narcotics in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — A few days before the new year, upon the third floor in his office in Williamsport, you’ll find Charles Kiessling Jr. “Trying to get things closed up what cases we can,” said Kiessling. This year in Lycoming County, the coroner has had quite a few cases to investigate. “We’re about 360 cases for the year,” continued Kiessling. “We have to investigate any calls, suicides, homicides, drug deaths,” Kiessling added. It’s the drug deaths that have the Lycoming County […]

  • Cold Causing Car Concerns  

    WILLIAMSPORT — This stretch of cold weather could cause some car troubles for drivers in our area. Newswatch 16 followed a tow truck driver around Williamsport as he helped people stuck in the cold in Lycoming County. When the temperatures drop, Dincher’s Auto Body Inc. in Williamsport gets dozens of calls, so tow truck driver John Ritter has to move quickly. “I have a flat tire, a lockout, and a tow today, so far,” Ritter said. Up first is a […]

  • Last-Minute Holiday Shopping in Lycoming County

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP — With just a few days until Christmas, the holiday shoppers are out — that includes Bridgette Button. “It’s the weekend before Christmas, of course, there are going to be a lot of people around. I’m surprised there aren’t more,” said Button. Button drove over an hour from Renovo to get to the Target near Muncy. She plans to shop all day or at least until everything on her Christmas shopping list is checked off. “I’m shopping for […]

  • Williamsport Officers Get Lifesaving Gift

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Williamsport received an early Christmas present that could save their life one day. A doctor in Lycoming County is behind the effort. Dr. Matthew Messa carried his gift into the Williamsport Police Department Thursday. “One for every department member, so it should be 50,” he said. “It does it does feel like a Christmas gift. It’s exciting. it’s something that seems so small, but to us, it’s a huge thing. It’s life-saving, you can’t beat that,” […]