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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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    School Renovation Project Divides Community

    MONTOURSVILLE — A multi-million dollar project that would renovate a high school building in Lycoming County is causing quite a divide in one community. Montoursville Area School District is getting a lot of feedback from taxpayers about its $36 million project. Clair Souter finished breakfast but kept the conversation going with his wife while they sipped on coffee at Mel’s Cafe in Montoursville. “A lot of times the high school remodeling is a main topic in town recently,” Souter said. […]

  • Budget Impasse Forcing Senior Center to Temporarily Close

    MILL HALL — A senior center in Clinton County will have to close starting Monday until lawmaker’s pass a spending plan. It is perhaps one of the first victims in our area of the state government’s inability to pass a budget. People helped by the center hope Harrisburg takes action soon. Bingo is just one of the reasons why people like to come to this senior center in Mill Hall. Jane Wynn of Lock Haven  and her pals come down […]

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    After Woman’s Body Found, Neighbors Say They Saw Signs of Trouble

    WILLIAMSPORT — Neighbors near where a woman’s body was found in a trash can in Williamsport insist there were warning signs indicating trouble between the victim and the suspect in her death. But was enough done to try to prevent the violence that occurred? Neighbors and people who saw the couple around Williamsport say there were signs of an abusive relationship. People say they reached out, but the couple just wasn’t looking for help. “She was a beautiful person with […]

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    Suspicious Death Investigation in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — A housing complex in Lycoming County was filled with police activity all day for what investigators are calling a suspicious death. A specialized forensic team was called in to help. Neighbors watched as a forensics team searched through garbage bags in front of a home in Williamsport Tuesday afternoon. The Lycoming County coroner’s office left a housing complex on Sherman Street in Williamsport shortly before 5 p.m. taking dozens of garbage bags with them. Police had been there all […]

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    Section of Ceiling Collapses at PSU, Two Injured

    UNIVERSITY PARK — Two people were injured after part of a ceiling collapsed in an auditorium at Penn State University. According to a release from Penn State, a section of a balcony overhang inside Schwab Auditorium collapsed around 11:25 a.m. Monday. It was a close call for many inside a century-old building on Penn State’s main campus. Penn State officials say about 500 prospective engineering students and their families were inside the building when a section of plaster on a […]

  • Finally a Stretch of Dry, Warm, Sunny Weather

    WILLIAMSPORT — We have been talking the last few days about the perfect summer weather and many people in our area are saying, “It’s about time.” This is one of the longest stretches of dry weather this summer and Newswatch 16 found people enjoying that in Lycoming County. The sun was shining through the clouds and folks in Williamsport say they’ve been waiting all year for a stretch of summer days like this. “We can’t complain because winter time we […]

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    Route 220 Construction Woes in Clinton County

    PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP — A $17 million PennDOT project is underway in Clinton County and some drivers are having a hard time making their way through the construction zone. Orange barrels line a seven-mile stretch of Route 220 near Avis. Traffic is down to one lane while construction crews work to pave and patch about five miles of the highway and some drivers aren’t too happy. “It kind of freaks me out, makes me feel very claustrophobic, you know, just […]

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    SPCA Finds Cats Trapped in Box out in Sun 

    WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — The SPCA in Clinton County is now looking for whoever left three boxes filled with cats in their parking lot. The boxes were taped shut and the cats were abandoned in the heat over the weekend. “Help me plz” was written on each of the cardboard boxes that are now inside the Clinton County SPCA. Employees said someone taped the boxes filled with cats shut and left them in the SPCA’s parking lot near Lock Haven early Saturday. […]

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    Teens Face Charges for Violent Crime

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Williamsport arrested four teens accused of forcing their way into a home and robbing strangers. Police are looking for TyeQuan Cleveland, 17, of Williamsport. They say he was with four others who pushed their way into a home on Waltz Place in Williamsport. Police say the teens robbed the three people inside at gunpoint and got away with about $200. So far four of the teens have been arrested Cleveland is still wanted. “We have one […]

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    Teen Dies in Crash on 18th Birthday

    COGAN HOUSE TOWNSHIP — A teen from Lycoming County died in a crash on her 18th birthday. The victim’s friends tell Newswatch 16 the girl lost control of the car soon after leaving a birthday celebration at her home. Besides a few passing trucks and sounds from Larry’s Creek, a stretch of Route 287 near Salladasburg was quiet.  There were few signs that a deadly crash happened here. This is where troopers said Jordan Emert, 18, of Trout Run died […]

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    Lycoming County Fair Grounds Packed With Vendors

    HUGHESVILLE — Vendors were busy hanging signs, preparing food, and getting ready for the crowds at the Lycoming County fair. This year, coordinators worked hard to fill the grounds in Hughesville and they did. “Reached out to many businesses, went and visited and were able to come and get new ones to come here,” said Angela Starr. There are new vendors like Adventure Bound who brought along a zip line. “It was definitely, definitely fun. That was awesome.” There are […]

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    PennDOT Workers Crash, Driver Killed

    UNION TOWNSHIP — A vehicle filled with PennDOT workers crashed Thursday morning in Tioga County, killing one of the workers. State police say the driver died in the crash. All five people were headed to work in Bradford County when the vehicle they were in swerved off the road and down an embankment. PennDOT crews worked to reconstruct a crash scene that involved a PennDOT vehicle earlier in the day on Route 14 in Union Township,Tioga County. Troopers say five […]


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