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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
  • 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. […]

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    Storm Cleanup on the Fourth of July

    LYCOMING COUNTY — For hundreds around Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, the Fourth of July was spent cleaning up from strong storms that pounded parts of the area Thursday night. The chain saw buzzed and wood chips sprayed, as Roger Harris worked to cut up tree limbs scattered through his yard on Factory Road near Cogan Station. It’s not exactly what he had planned for his Fourth of July holiday. “We’re going to have a party on cutting trees and maybe […]

  • Controversial Claims Bring Community Together

    LYCOMING COUNTY — There has been a bit of controversy this week in South Williamsport, all because of a school musical that was never performed. Beneath the surface linger questions of tolerance in the community. The South Williamsport Area School District made national headlines after the director of drama at the school claimed school officials decided to cancel plans for the musical “Spamalot” because of gay themes. Thursday, several community members said they hope the controversy will bring the community […]

  • Proposed Bill Would Allow Correctional Officers to Carry Pepper Spray

    WILLIAMSPORT — The parents of a federal correctional officer who was murdered on the job took part in a news conference, Wednesday in Lycoming County to push for legislation that would better protect prison guards. Federal correctional officers across the country do not carry any type of protection while on duty, but lawmakers want to see that change. They’re proposing a bill named after Eric Williams, the correctional officer from Luzerne County who was killed last year, and his parents […]

  • School Drops ‘Spamalot’ Musical Because of Questionable Content

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — A controversy is brewing in Lycoming County over the decision to cancel a musical that was set for students to perform next spring. In South Williamsport, administrators thought the subject matter of the musical was not appropriate for students. We had several viewers reach out to us because they are upset South Williamsport’s Junior Senior High School has dropped a performance of Broadway’s Monty Python’s Spamalot over controversial content, which includes a homosexual wedding. Cast members from […]

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    Gunfire or Fireworks?

    WILLIAMSPORT — A shooting in Williamsport over the weekend has neighbors there paying extra attention to what they see and hear. Newswatch 16 went to the neighborhood where the shooting happened. A family in Williamsport woke up to gunshots this weekend, and now with the Fourth of July coming up, they worry when they hear loud noises even if it is just from fireworks. There are a variety of fireworks for sale at a tent set up on East Third […]