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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    Crews Use Crane to Drop New Bridge in Place

    MORELAND TOWNSHIP — PennDOT crews used a crane Tuesday morning to lift an 80,000-pound truss bridge over Little Muncy Creek in Lycoming County. Among the changing leaves, an old bridge was replaced in a matter of minutes near Muncy. The new green steel truss bridge was suspended in the air over Little Muncy Creek. A crane slowly moved the 80,000-pound structure while workers pulled it into place. “It’s amazing how they can pick up and move stuff like this,” said […]

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    Husband to Spend Decades in Prison for Wife’s Murder

    WILLIAMSPORT — A homicide suspect in Williamsport admitted guilt in court, and now will spend up to 72 years in prison for killing his wife and setting their home on fire. Michael Wright covered his face as he left the Lycoming County Courthouse in Williamsport. He pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, abuse of corpse, and other charges. A judge then sentenced him to 33 to 72 years in prison. It was two years ago when, police say, Wright stabbed his […]

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    PA Lottery Players Weigh in on Jackpocket App

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Lottery players in New York State don’t have to go far to play, a new app launched this week that allows people to buy tickets from their phone. A new app launched Monday lets you buy official state lottery tickets in New York from your phone. It’s called Jackpocket. Right now, the app is only available to play for New York State lottery, but the creators hope to expand to other states. Rondald Ulmer o of Trout […]

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    New Way to Pay For Parking in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — The city of Williamsport is testing new parking meters because it wants to phase out single space parking in some downtown lots. Multi-meter parking is not a new concept, but for residents in Williamsport it is. Williamsport Parking Authority employees gave residents their first look at a multi-meter machine. “It gives you the opportunity — if you are going to run out of town, you are in a meeting, you are at lunch somewhere — you are not […]

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    College Shows off New $8 Million Science Center

    WILLIAMSPORT — A big tent is going up outside the new Peter Lynn Science Center at Lycoming College in Williamsport. With some landscape work underway, the school plans to show off the new $8 million addition this weekend. “I feel like surprising that they actually got it up in the time that they said it would. It’s nice now.” Inside the building, science majors are already working through problems in a new physics lab. Physics major John Woodburn said last […]

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    PennDOT: Haunted House Signs Must Go

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Next weekend the Elysburg haunted house opens for its 39th year. For many of those years, signs advertising the event were put up along a busy intersection near Elysburg, but this year that’ll be different. Suzie Woodruff wants people driving by her home to know about the annual Elysburg Haunted House. She helped carry a sign with a large green skull painted on it onto her property near Elysburg. “We need, you know, the people to come […]

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    New Diner Prepares to Open in Jersey Shore

    JERSEY SHORE — Restaurant owners in Lycoming County hope their hometown touch will help bring a new wave of business to Jersey Shore. Contractor Troy Musser showed Newswatch 16 around the former Crest Restaurant on Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore. “The Crest Diner was the number one place to go for breakfast for 40 plus years or so,” said Musser. Now under new ownership, the place has been renamed The Shore Diner. The building has been gutted. Crews work to […]

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    Seats Available on Bus to See Papal Mass

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP – Parishioners from St. Ann’s near Williamsport want empty seats on a bus to be filled when they board Sunday morning and head to see the pope in Philadelphia. Mary Jo Raniero did not want to miss Pope Francis speak to congress while she worked. “I’ve been watching non-stop,” said Raniero. She live-streamed coverage on her computer while at the rectory across the street from St. Ann Roman Catholic Church near Williamsport. “This is exciting for him to […]

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    Hospital Offers Modern Home Away From Home

    WILLIAMSPORT — A hospital in Lycoming County is now offering a new kind of room, and you don’t even have to be a patient. Queen-sized beds, flat-screen televisions, and a private bathroom. Starting next month, five new rooms will open at the Hospitality Inn. It’s connected by walkway to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center. “Inviting. That’s the word we are looking for. It’s inviting,” said Brenda Nittinger. Brenda Nittinger was just discharged after an overnight stay in the hospital on […]

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    Fruit Farm Hit by Tornado Hopes to Flourish This Fall

    FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — A fruit farm that lost acres of crops when it was hit by a tornado earlier this summer is preparing for its busy season. The owner of Marshalek’s Fruit Farm near Montoursville tells Newswatch 16 business is doing OK. He is hopeful apple cider season will help boost sales. Apples picked from Marshalek’s Fruit Farm travel up a conveyor belt and through a machine and within minutes, apples are pressed into cider. Cider is a big money […]

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    ‘He was just a joy to everyone’ – Family Gives Life from Son’s Passing

    JERSEY SHORE — A family in Lycoming County says their 12-year-old son had a loving and giving heart. That’s why they have decided to donate it and his other organs after his sudden passing Thursday. Jacob Walters, 12, from Jersey Shore passed away Thursday at a hospital. Jacob was thrown from his bicycle Wednesday after he rode into the side of an SUV driving down his street. “This is a picture of my son when he was probably about 6 […]

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    Police in Williamsport Looking for Homicide Suspect

    WILLIAMSPORT — An arrest warrant is out for a homicide suspect in Williamsport. Police say he’s responsible for deadly shooting over Labor Day weekend. Police in Williamsport are looking for Dwayne Hall. He is wanted on charges including criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Hall was not supposed to have a gun. Police say he shot Irahmeen Mills of Williamsport outside a bar on West 4th Street. Court papers say the two men were seen arguing early on the morning of […]


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