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
  • 10 Years of Play For Brian 

    LOCK HAVEN — In the basement of Woolridge Residence Hall at Lock Haven University, there’s a room you may or may not recognize from TV. “We renovated the building two years ago,” said Dwayne Allison. About six years ago, the people from ABC’s national show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition did their own renovation. The show came to Lock Haven after Brian Keefer a student at the time suffered a spinal cord injury. “Just came down wrong on his neck,” said […]

  • Black Friday Strategy Change in Lycoming County

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP — What stores are open and what stores are closed on Thanksgiving this year? It’s a hot-button issue in Lycoming County. With more and more folks shopping online, some stores are even changing their in-store hours for Black Friday. Some shoppers tell us what they think. Gina Kinsey is not shopping for Christmas gifts yet, but the woman from Montoursville knows peak holiday bargains are just around the corner. She says, “We like to shop yeah.” With six […]

  • Out-of-this-World Upgrades for Williamsport Area Planetarium

    WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport Area High School is just one of six high schools in the state to have its own planetarium. The equipment is now nearly 50 years old and students are looking to upgrade it. Astronomy teacher Tara Yokitis gets good use out of the planetarium at Williamsport Area High School, but if you couldn’t tell from the analog controllers, this planetarium is a little behind the times. The once state-of-the-art equipment was built along with the original high […]

  • Recovered Video Leads to New Charges in Penn State Fraternity Death

    STATE COLLEGE — Twelve more members of Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity have been charged in the death of pledge Timothy Piazza after prosecutors were able to recover deleted surveillance video from the night of his death — video that shows the sophomore being given at least 18 drinks in 82 minutes. Also as a result of the video, five fraternity members already charged in the case face additional charges, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said. Nine […]

  • ‘Great Christmas Adventure’ Helping Homeless Families, Single Dads

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — Sisters in one part of central Pennsylvania are ready to share their holiday cheer. The women from Lycoming County have already started collecting donations for homeless families in the Williamsport area. The first snow of the year had Dusty Treese-Poust already thinking about the holidays. The bag of goodies on her table aren’t gifts for under the tree. They’re for families in need in the Williamsport area. “I used to be in a point in my life […]

  • Brrr! Temperatures Expected to Dip into Teens this Weekend

    WILLIAMSPORT — Don’t let the clear sunny skies fool you, temperatures are dropping. “I mean, I hit the sunlight and I thought it was alright but then the wind got up and it’s getting pretty cold. It will be really cold tonight,” George Gray. “It’s a blizzard! It was snowing earlier this morning. Yeah, little flakes here and there,” said Russell Scott. It’s not a blizzard but it was cold enough this week for Russell Scott of Williamsport to wear […]

  • A Hero’s Welcome for Veterans

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — Past and present servicemen and women received a well-deserved welcome from some familiar faces at Shick Elementary near Montoursville on Thursday. “On one side, these little kids, too much. My emotion goes too far,” said Korean War veteran Lyn Morgan. Marine Staff Sgt. Bryan Jones is home from deployment. He’ll be able to spend this Veterans Day with his children including his 6-year-old son Ethan. When we asked Ethan about his dad, he was clear on one […]

  • Officer Shot, Two Dead in Lycoming County: The Latest

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police are releasing more details about a string of events in Lycoming County that left two dead and an officer shot. It all happened within a few hours. In that time, the suspect was able to cover a large part of Lycoming County. In the end, two people were killed, and an officer was wounded. Investigators tell Newswatch 16 Paul Heath was involved in a shootout with police in the Sheetz parking lot near Linden after a chase […]

  • Two Dead, Officer Wounded After Shooting, Chase in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Lycoming County were led on a high-speed chase Tuesday night. Now, two people are dead and a police officer is wounded. Police chase ends at Sheetz along route 220 in Woodward Twp. Coroner is here. @WNEP — Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) November 8, 2017 It all began when police were called to a home on the 2200 block of West Third Street for reports of a shooting. Authorities say Shawn Graham, 33, was found dead with gunshot […]

  • Federal Grant Supports Protection From Sexual Abuse on College Campus

    WILLIAMSPORT — For most of the students at Lycoming College the goal is to get a degree, but the path they take to get there isn’t always an easy one. Abuse survivor Victoria Dent believes that story is worth sharing. “On college campuses, sexual assault is something that happens, and it needs to be discussed. It needs to be heard, and survivors need to understand there is support for them everywhere you go,” said Victoria Dent. Kate Hummel is the […]

  • Close Call for First Responder in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Williamsport are being called to heroin overdoses every day. Thursday an officer was taken to the hospital for possible second-hand exposure to the drug. First responders are there to protect you but what happens when the situation becomes so dangerous they have to worry about protecting themselves? “It really don’t surprise me no more. You just hear about it every other day,’ said Rickie Dewitt. Rickie Dewitt is talking about the very real and serious opioid […]

  • Man Convicted of Homicide in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Two years after a woman was shot to death while walking to her car in Williamsport, a man has been found guilty of third-degree murder. Knowledge Frierson from New Jersey shot Carolyn Barr in October of 2015 outside her nephew’s home on Brandon Avenue. According to prosecutors, Frierson intended to shoot the woman’s nephew, who was a known drug dealer. “Justice is done. It’s not really justice because I lost my sister, my only sister, so it’s a […]