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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    Treasures Found by Digging out Old Outhouses

    WILLIAMSPORT — Bob Salaki stood in a hole behind a house on Grace Street in Williamsport. One hundred years ago, you wouldn’t want to go near that hole, but now, Salaki is digging for buried treasures. “Everything that they didn’t want or threw away or they lost, I find it in these holes,” said Salaki. The hole Salaki stood in used to be beneath an outhouse. For the past five years, Salaki and his friend Robert E. Lee (yes, that’s his real […]

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    Landowners in Bradford County Hope for Help from Harrisburg

    HARRISBURG — Landowners in Bradford County say they can no longer afford to wait around for gas companies to pay them their royalties. Busloads of gas lease holders traveled to Harrisburg Tuesday. They believe the only way to get the money they were promised is to stand together and make some noise. “I got to make my voice heard,” said Jim Gore. “I’ve talked and talked at home and let’s go to Harrisburg and shake things up.” Jim Gore from […]

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    Gas Lease Holders Head to Harrisburg to Lobby Lawmakers

    TOWANDA — Some gas lease owners headed to Harrisburg Tuesday morning to support a new bill that would help them keep more of their natural gas royalties. Dozens of people boarded four buses early Tuesday morning in Towanda. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill which would guarantee a minimum royalty payment on leases signed with natural gas companies. Some lease holders with Chesapeake Energy say the company is charging post-production fees that are severely […]

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    YMCA Officially Opens in Mifflinburg

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    Vocational School Helping Students Build Careers

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    MCELHATTAN — A major renovation project is planned for the Clinton County prison. The county plans to upgrade kitchen equipment and an outdated security system. When we stopped by the prison Wednesday, we found out why several things need to be upgraded at the facility soon. The nurses’ suite at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in McElhattan is in a cellblock, but that could soon change. The county prison board just announced a $3.6 million renovation and improvement project. “As we […]

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    Massive Cleanup for Muncy after Severe Storm

    MUNCY — The National Weather Service was in Lycoming County Monday looking over damage caused by Sunday night’s storms. The severe weather brought down trees and hundreds of homes and businesses remain in the dark. The National Weather Service believes straight-line winds are to blame for all of the damage. Several homes were damaged by the storm. A woman was inside her bedroom when the tree fell onto her house. She made it out –safely. This storm is so widespread […]

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    Pike Drive-In Near Montgomery Goes Digital

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Investing in modern technology seems to have saved a drive-in theater in Lycoming County. The owners believe the conversion from film to digital is well worth the cost. Last year, the Pike Drive-In had to decide whether to go digital or go dark. “I’m partial to film but I’m getting used to these,” said Michael Quinn, who works as a projectionist. The drive-in near Montgomery that’s been open since the 1950s now has its pick of movies. […]

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    WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — PennDOT has a $20 million safety plan that could help prevent crashes on a deadly strip of road in Lycoming County. Newswatch 16 met drivers who are left wondering if anything can be done to make Route 220 safer. The sign says 55 but Robert Steinbacher knows drivers aren’t always obeying the speed limit on Route 220 when they pass his home in Woodward Township. “I mean you can stand right there and listen to them. I […]

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    Father and Son Scratched, Bitten by Fox in Home

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