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Kristina is a hometown girl. She 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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    Lock Haven Welcomes Racers over Labor Day Weekend

    WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — Boaters from all over the country made some noise at an annual race in Clinton County over the holiday weekend. Newswatch 16 found out what all the commotion was about in Lock Haven. Boats roared past racer Aaron Fausay from Lock Haven. Fausey strapped on his helmet and got onto his boat along the shore of the Susquehanna River near Lock Haven. “(It’s) a lot of fun, a lot of competition,” said Aaron Fausey. Fausey is one […]

  • Students Help Build Outdoor Classroom

    HUGHESVILLE — Three incoming Hughesville High School seniors had a productive summer. They built an outdoor classroom for students at Ashkar Elementary. The project was part of a youth leadership program. The students got a grant to pay for it all. Ashkar students appreciate the help. “I think it makes you learn better, because you’re getting fresh air and you’re clearing your mind,” said Austin McKeon. “I would have loved to be outside. I remember we used to try to […]

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    Hearing For Woman Accused Of Killing Ex-husband

    BLOOMSBURG — A woman accused of killing her ex-husband in Columbia County was in court Friday at a hearing that lasted most of the day. And while prosecutors proceed with her homicide case, they admit they still haven’t been able to locate the woman’s father who also faces charges. More than a dozen testified Friday against the suspect Maria Sanutti – Spencer of Harrisburg. Sanutti – Spencer is charged with homicide and arson in the death of her ex-husband Frank […]

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    Restaurant Rebuilds and Plans To Reopen

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP– Employees of a restaurant in Northumberland County that caught fire in February have started fixing up the place. The work is being done while the owners wait to see what happens with a lawsuit. They filed against the company that they believe is responsible for the fire. Craig Lehman nails boards to the roof of Bradley’s Fern Park here in Delaware Township near Turbotville. The place burned down back in February. Lehman co-owns the bar and restaurant. He […]

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    Flames Force Eight From Double-Block Home

    Sunbury's Asst. Fire Chief says 8 people are displaced after house on Line Street in Sunbury catches fire http://t.co/yQg297owAr— Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) August 28, 2014 SUNBURY — At least eight people were driven out by fire Thursday morning in Sunbury. It started around 10:30 a.m. in a double-block home on Line Street. The assistant fire chief believes it started on the second floor. Eight people lived in the place. The building has a single home on one side and two […]

  • Fans Travel To Ireland To Support Nittany Lions

    BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP — Penn State football kicks off its season across the pond. The Nittany Lions will play its first game in Ireland. It’s called the Croke Park Classic: Penn State versus Central Florida. Newswatch 16 met up with some dedicated fans from Clinton County that are headed to Ireland for this weekend’s game. Thousands of Penn State fans are expected to be at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland this weekend to cheer on the Nittany Lions. […]

  • Church Members Raise Millions for Addition

    MUNCY — A church in the Susquehanna Valley has reason to be excited about the future. The church in Muncy broke ground this past weekend to begin a $3 million expansion project. The increased space is to keep up with a growing congregation. “It’s a wonderful space to do that, but it really is too small for what we’re trying to do,” said Pastor Arlene Beechert. She said the pews at the First United Methodist Church fill up with members […]

  • Couple: We Were Tied Up and Robbed At Gunpoint

    WILLIAMSPORT — A couple in Lycoming County said they were tied up and robbed at gunpoint over the weekend and they don’t know who did it. Newswatch 16 spoke with the victims about their terrifying experience. The couple from Williamsport said they are still shaken up over the break in. Monday, the husband told Newswatch 16 the whole thing happened so fast that he reacted on instinct to try to protect himself and his wife. “You don’t argue with a […]

  • UPDATE: Two Killed In Truck Vs. Train Crash

    UPDATE — Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling released the names of the two men dead after the pickup truck collided with a freight train on Friday. According to Kiessling, passenger Darren Ziemer, 46 of Nebraska, was pronounced dead at the scene and driver Howard Martin, 49, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before 2:00pm. CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead tonight after the pickup truck they were in collided with a freight train […]


    Shooting In Williamsport, Suspects Sought

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police are investigating a shooting Friday morning in Williamsport. Police say around 10:30 a.m. there was some kind of fight between several men on Memorial Avenue. That’s when there was gunfire, and one of the men was hit. He was taken to the hospital. Police are looking for the other men involved. Police say one person taken to hospital after shots fired on Memorial Ave in Williamsport. @WNEP http://t.co/H7wCEEFdxI— Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) August 15, 2014

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    Two Dead After Collision With Train

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead following a train collision with a pickup truck in Lycoming County. It happened around 12:15 p.m. Friday. Authorities said the two men were in the pickup truck when it was struck by a train on Brick Church Road in Clinton Township, outside Montgomery. Griffith Company, a construction company based in California has confirmed that both men who died in the accident were working at the construction site where the new power plant is […]

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    Make-A-Wish: Queen Of Knoebels

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP– It’s a parade fit for a queen; the queen of Knoebels to be more precise. “A lot of big smiles. A lot of laughter, and she loves Kozmo.” said Jennifer Kane from Gilbert. This is 11-year-old Ciara Conarty from Gilbert. She was crowned queen of Knoebels here at the amusement resort near Elysburg, after spending a few days at the park free of charge with her family. It’s her Make-A-Wish, dream come true. “We don’t have to think […]


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