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
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    Meet ‘The Biscuit Lady’ at the Williamsport SPCA

    WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming County’s SPCA is always looking for volunteers, but once in a while, members of the nonprofit meet someone who goes above and beyond for their animals. One woman has earned herself the nickname “The Biscuit Lady.” Mary Boatman likes to spend her Friday afternoons with friends, and she likes to give them dog biscuits, too. If you haven’t guessed it yet, this 89-year-old, who sometimes goes by Miss Mary, has a lot of furry, four-legged friends. The […]

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    Best of Best Student Musicians in Lycoming County Perform at Festival

    MONTGOMERY — The music coming from inside Montgomery Senior High School isn’t stopping anytime soon. “We sit down and play for like an hour or two, and we have a break for a second. Then we play for an hour or two, and then we have lunch, and then we play for an hour or two, and then we have a break, and then we play for an hour or two, and then we go home,” said Cade Neal. Each […]

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    Williamsport Area Student Killed in Wreck in Lycoming Township

    LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — A high school student was killed in a crash in Lycoming County Tuesday morning. It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Route 973 in Lycoming Township, near Cogan Station. Investigators said a 17-year-old girl driving a car was killed when she crossed the center line and crashed into a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Authorities said the victim was a student at Williamsport Area High School. The school’s superintendent released a statement, saying: […]

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    Investigation into Williamsport Mayor Handed Over to AG’s Office

    WILLIAMSPORT — The Lycoming County District Attorney reached out to the state attorney general’s office and said the mayor’s actions warrant a criminal investigation. There are claims Mayor Gabriel Campana took expense reimbursements he wasn’t allowed to have. “A review by my office has revealed several reimbursements that may, in fact, be illegitimate, and therefore warrant further criminal investigation,” said District Attorney Eric Linhardt. Linhardt wants to avoid a conflict of interest, so he is now handing off the investigation to […]

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    Happy Hunters on First Day of Rifle Deer Season

    MORELAND TOWNSHIP — The first day of rifle deer season is a tradition for many families hoping to get a trophy buck. Mark Shaner of Moreland Township trekked into the woods on Monday carrying only his rifle, but if things go as planned, He’ll be leaving with a deer in tow. “I’ve got quite a few bucks, but I’ve missed a lot too,” Shaner said. We met Shaner by his hunting blind on his property near Hughesville. He planned to […]

  • Community Becomes Family at Annual Thanksgiving Meal

    SUNBURY — There are those who can’t wait for the turkey on Thanksgiving and then there’s Rhonda Fisher. Fisher waits all year to feed a room full of people. Every year for 18 years the woman from Beavertown serves hundreds in need in Sunbury. “I get very emotional on Thanksgiving day. The angels come out,” said Rhonda Fisher. “It`s wonderful. I think she is such blessing, Rhonda. She really is. It`s such a blessing to have someone in the community […]

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    Thanksgiving at the Fire Station in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT – A group of firefighters in Williamsport spent the holiday at the fire station, so someone would be there in case of an emergency. Double checking equipment is something firefighters in Williamsport do every day at the station on Walnut Street. “We come in, in the morning we do our shift change,” said Joel Shirn. This day is different. It’s Thanksgiving. A lot of people have off for the holiday, but not Joel Shirn. “It’s just part of the […]

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    Planned Expansion Adds More Jobs in Clinton County

    CASTANEA TOWNSHIP — In Lock Haven, most people know about the Texas Restaurant. Newswatch 16 found out most of the patrons inside also know someone who works at First Quality Enterprise. “They do employ a lot of people,” said Willard Probst. “I think they are our new Piper Aircraft,” said Don Houser. About two years ago, the tissue paper factory that’s also the largest employer in Clinton County announced plans to expand at its site in Castanea Township. This week, […]

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    Two Men Taken to Hospital Following Argument, Gunshots in Bloomsburg

    BLOOMSBURG — Two men were taken to the hospital, one with a gunshot wound, after an argument in Bloomsburg. Police were called to an apartment building on Millville Road shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, officers said they found two men fighting. One of the men, Joshua Lahr, 24, had been shot in the face. The other man, Cyree Young, 21, had bruises on his head and face. Both were taken to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. There is no word […]

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    Blustery Start to Bear Season

    Editor’s Note: Some of the video may be disturbing to some viewers. NIPPENOSE TOWNSHIP — Statewide rifle black bear season started on Saturday. People say numbers are down and believe the snow and drastic dip in temperature may be to blame. So far, more bears have been killed in Lycoming County than any other county in the state. Tom Clouser says he was at the right place at the right time when he took his shot and bagged his bear. “I […]

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    Toy Train Expo Chugs Into Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — This weekend, thousands of people are expected to show up for an annual holiday tradition in Lycoming County. The annual toy train expo is chugging into Billtown. It’s going to take a few hours to unload all the boxes, so it’s a good thing Bill Lantz of Shippensburg has some help. Every year for over 20 years, Bill has brought his model train set to the William Huffman Toy Train Expo inside Park Place in Williamsport. It’s become something […]

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    Resiliency Plan to Breathe Life Back into Muncy

    MUNCY — Muncy, like many other small communities across Pennsylvania, is seeing a decline in population, fewer job opportunities, and negative effects caused by flooding. The state wants to find a way to combat these issues and so do people in Muncy. Customers usually come to the Original Italian Pizza in Muncy for one of two things: food or good conversation. “I’ve worked here a long time and like I said we see a lot of people,” said Beverly Fenstermacher. […]