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
  • Investigation After Hospital Patient Catches Fire

    WILLIAMSPORT — Medical professionals were burned trying to save a patient who caught on fire Tuesday inside Williamsport Regional Medical Center. The victim is in critical condition. Officials just ruled the fire accidental. The fire chief in Williamsport says the victim, a patient at the hospital, lit her clothing on fire with a lighter. Nearly half the woman’s torso was burned. Officials do not know how the patient had a lighter with her in the hospital. Firefighters in Williamsport aired […]

  • Roads, Bridges Damaged by Flood Waters

    LOWER MAHANOY TOWNSHIP — In Northumberland County, it rained so hard so quickly Sunday that bridges buckled during the storm. It cleared up just long enough for people to get out and assess the damage before more rain fell Monday afternoon. Less than 24 hours ago, a portion of Route 147 just outside of Lower Mahanoy Township was under water. “We got to Herndon and it was OK, and as soon as we got to Dalmatia, it looked like a […]

  • New Father, Sheriff’s Deputy Dies Suddenly in Clinton County

    LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the loss of one of its own. A sheriff’s deputy died suddenly last night in Lock Haven. The sheriff’s office tells Newswatch, Stephen Herrold was a new father and just 30 years old. Each deputy sheriff wore a black band around their badge in honor of 30-year-old Stephen Herrold who died suddenly. Herrold had been a sheriff’s deputy for about a year and a half. “Last night Clinton County Sheriff’s […]

  • Pilot Remembered as ‘Superhero’ in Community

    TOWANDA — A community in Bradford County is mourning the loss of a father, Air Force veteran, and pilot after a plane crash. The small, two-passenger plane crashed in a wooded area just outside of Towanda Wednesday afternoon. Friends tell Newswatch 16 the pilot was Scott Wilcox of Sugar Run. A father, a martial arts instructor, a decorated veteran. Simply put, Wilcox had done some super things in his life, and that’s how his friends say they’ll remember him. Many […]

  • Deadly Plane Crash in Bradford County

    MONROE TOWNSHIP — One person is dead after a plane crashed in a wooded area just miles from the airport outside Towanda Wednesday. The fire chief of Monroe Hose Company says they had to walk through a wooded area to get to the crash site. The plane was still on fire when they got to it. The coroner says the pilot was killed. Officials have not released the pilot’s name at this time. According to FAA officials, a Zodiac light sport aircraft […]

  • Teacher Charged with Indecent Assault

    JERSEY SHORE — Six teenage girls in the Jersey Shore Area School District have come forward claiming a teacher touched them inappropriately. That teacher is being charged with harassment and indecent assault. Court paperwork shows that Samuel Rothrock, 36, of Muncy, a learning support teacher in Jersey Shore, is accused of touching several of his students. Some of those alleged victims have learning disabilities. Rothrock is accused of harassing six students and indecently assaulting a teacher’s aide in the Jersey […]

  • Runway Renovations at Williamsport Airport

    MONTOURSVILLE — Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority in Montoursville received a $3.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration this week. That money will go towards a larger $8.5 million project to fix up the runway and lighting. Storms in another part of the state are to blame for a few flight cancellations at the Williamsport Regional Airport. “All the flights are canceled, so now I’m stuck here for another day and I can’t get back to South Carolina.” said Diane […]

  • Rabid Cat Attack Terrorizes Community in Lycoming County

    MUNCY — Now, cats aren’t the largest of animals, but one cat has turned a community in Lycoming County on its head. That cat? It was rabid. When one woman was walking her dog down this road in Muncy, that cat, which was foaming at the mouth, pounced. “So I believe they were attacked out here on Market Street,” said Jenn Allen. It was her neighbor that was attacked by the gray and white tiger striped cat. “I was surprised […]

  • Silencing the Train Horns

    WILLIAMSPORT — After years of trying to quiet their neighborhood, people in a section of Williamsport are thrilled to see “no train horn” signs near their homes. By law for years, train engineers who crossed the tracks in this stretch in Williamsport needed to blow the train’s horn. Because of complaints from neighbors like Vinny Walker, this is now officially a quiet zone. “That’s the most important one — no train horn,” said Walker. Thanks in part to the city […]

  • Defense Lawyers Question Investigation in Penn State Hazing Case

    BELLEFONTE — More than a dozen fraternity brothers believed to be involved in the death of a fellow Penn State student returned to court in Centre County Tuesday. The men are in Bellefonte for a hearing that will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial. At times, it was very tense in court as each of the defense lawyers had an opportunity to answer the prosecution’s claims. More than a dozen defense lawyers, including the attorney for […]

  • Presenting PSU Frat Texts in Court

    BELLEFONTE — Fraternity members returned to court Monday for part two of a hearing about their involvement in the death of a fellow Penn State student. That hearing into the death of Timothy Piazza from New Jersey began last month. Prosecutors spent much of the morning presenting text messages sent by Beta Theta Pi fraternity brothers after the death Piazza in February. The Centre County D.A. is trying to make the case that the frat brothers knew they were negligent […]

  • Tricked-Out Trucks Rollin’ Into Town for Four Wheel Jamboree in Columbia County

    BLOOMSBURG — This weekend the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be packed with hundreds of tricked out trucks — all because the 30th annual A&A Auto Stores Four Wheel Jamboree is rolling into town! The annual event kicked off Friday with its usual muddy mayhem — welcoming thousands to the 30th annual event into Bloomsburg. If it looks like some drivers found themselves in a bit of a rut, don’t fret — it’s called mud bogging. “Make it through the mud…and if […]