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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
  • Woman Killed in Florida was Headed Home to Wyalusing

    WYALUSING — Hearing Brooke Preston was killed over the weekend came as a shock to the people who knew and loved her in Wyalusing. Then hearing that her friend who also lived in Bradford County is the suspect is just plain confusing. Ask most people in Wyalusing about 21-year-old Brooke Preston, they’ll tell you she’s, “the best. She’s so funny, beautiful. Everybody loved her. It’s sad.” Preston’s friends tell Newswatch 16 after high school, Preston moved to West Palm Beach, […]

  • Sandusky in Court for Appeal

    BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky was back in court Friday for an appeals hearing. Sandusky’s lawyers are fighting to get his charges dismissed, or a new trial. Judge John Foradora put it simply: this court proceeding is like being at a Big Ten office reviewing the game. This is a chance to look back at the 2012 trial to see what mistakes were made and a chance to prove lawfully there should be a new trial. Years after his child sex […]

  • Lost then Found Keepsake Brings Families Together

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — A keepsake lost nearly 25 years ago in Lycoming County is now back with its 103-year-old owner.  It took a house fire to make that happen. The pin has been the catalyst for a new friendship and an opportunity for two families to help one another in a trying time. “Oh, I thought she looked very young, not 103 years old,” said Evelyn Fitzsimmons. Evelyn Fitzsimmons and Kathryn Burrows raised families in the Williamsport area, but only […]

  • Man, Teen Found Dead in Home in Snyder County

    MONROE TOWNSHIP — Two people were found dead in their home in Snyder County Tuesday afternoon. State police say the bodies of a man and a teenage girl were found inside the house on Fisher Road near Selinsgrove. It’s hard for neighbors to get a clear picture of what happened at the home. “We definitely knew something was going on. For the road to be closed that long, it was definitely unusual,” said neighbor Bob Doud. State police vehicles lined […]

  • Lock Haven University Students Protest Budget Cuts

    LOCK HAVEN — State universities across Pennsylvania are struggling to balance budgets and many of these schools are being forced to make cuts due to less state funding. At Lock Haven University, those cuts could include the men’s track and field team. When students at Lock Haven University heard funding for their men’s track and field team could be eliminated from the athletic department’s budget, they couldn’t just sit back quietly and let that happen. “All of a sudden, you […]

  • Melvin the Ram Found After Barn Collapses Under Heavy Snow

    BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — Heavy snow piled on a barn roof in Union County caused the two-story structure to collapse over the weekend. Now a family is dealing with the loss of several barn animals and the burden of having to rebuild. Just a few weeks old, two lambs and dozens of other animals were inside a barn when the roof caved in and the building near Mifflinburg collapsed. “Everything that our life is was in that barn, and to see […]

  • Hillsgrove Residents Think Blizzard ‘Not as Bad’ Compared to Flooding

    HILLSGROVE — It’s even harder to tell where a home in Sullivan County used to sit now that there is a pile of snow on top. Back in October, a flood devastated the Hillsgrove area. With a warmer than normal winter, crews were out repairing homes until the blizzard hit. “It’s finally everything is coming back together after the flood, and then you get all this flood that came right around and it hit us out of nowhere,” said Joann Doran. […]

  • Digging Out in Towanda

    TOWANDA — Melissa Hails knows there’s a sidewalk out in front of her house here in Towanda. But the mother of two has to dig through 28 inches of snow to get to it, and that can be… “A pain in the butt. I understand why my husband was sore the last two days,” said Hails, of Towanda. According to the National Weather Service, the record breaking blizzard left 28 inches of snow in Towanda. It’s been three days since the […]

  • Hydrants Uncovered After Snowstorm in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — After a record-breaking blizzard, Gabe Weaver and a few other teams of firefighters spent the day searching and then uncovering hydrants across Williamsport. “Most of the hydrants today have been buried. We’ve only done about 15 or 20 this morning,” said Gabe Weaver “Very upsetting because, like I said, that’s detrimental to our job. That’s how we put the fires out,” he continued. Firefighters were glad to see a hydrant was already uncovered on Isabella Street. There was […]

  • Neighbors Shovel out Ambulance Stuck in Snow

    WILLIAMSPORT — When it snows this much, it’s possible for just about anyone’s vehicle to get stuck. Charlie Holmes from Williamsport knows. “I just happened to turn around and I saw the truck and it was sliding around,” said Charlie Holmes. It wasn’t just any truck. A Susquehanna Regional EMS ambulance got stuck in the snow on 1st Street in Williamsport. It was on its way to a 911 call. “The lights were on. The emergency lights were on, so […]

  • Students Shocked as Penn State Administrators Plead Guilty

    CENTRE COUNTY — Students at Penn State Main Campus came back from spring break on the same day two former Penn State administrators were in court. Former athletic director Tim Curley and former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of children. The two men were charged with helping cover up assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of boys after it was reported to them that he was caught in the act. […]

  • Robotics Team Heading to International Competition

    JERSEY SHORE — Megan the Robot and the students from Jersey Shore who built the machine are headed to an international competition. Ask Ryan Stratton from Jersey Shore Area High School about Megan and he’ll tell you, “successful, works well.” Megan is a robot. It can be programmed to pick up and move items. Ryan and his teammate Nash built Megan with help from their teacher Andrew Baker. Last year some of Baker’s students began entering competitions. “At the beginning […]