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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
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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 […]

  • Taking Precautions Against Enterovirus and The Flu

    WILLIAMSPORT — A hospital in Lycoming County says it has admitted nearly 100 children in the past month, complaining of the same symptoms. A pediatrician at Williamsport Regional Medical Center believes Enterovirus is to blame. The respiratory illness, Enterovirus is considered a national epidemic. In Lycoming County, doctors say the virus seems to be slowing down. A pediatrician we spoke with says schools and daycares should continue practicing good health as we head into the colder months. Tiny hands are […]

  • Is It an Ad or a Bill?

    WILLIAMSPORT — Is it a political ad or a bill? For some people in Lycoming County, the campaign letter they received in the mail looks like a notice that they owe money to the county. Now the tactic has the opposing candidate talking about pressing charges. Lycoming County Commissioners said they have received several calls from folks concerned about a letter they received in the mail that looks like a bill. The letter appears to be from County Commissionerr Jeff […]

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    Hunter Health Fair

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — The leaves are changing and hunters are starting to go out in the woods, but are they healthy enough for the hunt? A hospital in Lycoming County is offering free health screenings for hunters. Camouflage-colored balloons hang outside Susquehanna Health in Loyalsock Township near Williamsport. Inside dozens of people had their eyes, backs, and cholesterol levels checked. “Our effort is trying to help people identify things early on so that they can be safe,” explained administrative director […]

  • Neighbors Sick of Commotion From Locomotives

    WILLIAMSPORT — Folks living near a railroad crossing in Williamsport say they are sick of the noise. In fact, people who live near the crossing on Howard Street believe engineers blow the horns on purpose. Several neighbors say they feel like they are being harassed. Newswatch 16 went to the railroad crossing on Howard Street in Williamsport to find out first-hand how loud and long these engineers blow the horns. Instead, neighbors say what we ended up hearing was very […]


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