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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    Gift of Life Through Organ Donation Celebrated At Knoebels

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP — You can never have a bad day at Knoebels Amusement Resort–at least that’s what Greg Conway says. “I’m going to the bumper cars and doing some destruction,” said Greg Conway. A few years ago, Greg would not have been able to get on any of the rides here near Elysburg. He was very sick. That is until he found a donor. “I got a new kidney. That’s what happened, after 11 years of dialysis almost,” said Conway. […]

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    Camp Cadet: Summer Camp meets Police Academy

    LYCOMING COUNTY — This week is the 41st Camp Cadet in Lycoming County. The mini police academy is run by neighboring police departments and state police. About 80 cadets go through a week long camp where they take part in safety exercises, and hear from law enforcement and government officials in Lycoming County. A large part of the funding is raised by the community. To donate or to find a camp cadet in your area go to and search […]

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    Learning Gun Safety in Pittston

    PITTSTON — Since the Orlando massacre, there’s been a lot of talk about banning assault weapons and who should and should not be allowed to buy a gun. Newswatch stopped by a gun shop in Pittston where we had a crash course in gun safety. The number one thing they want folks to know is that you can’t be afraid to ask questions if you plan to buy a firearm. Long before Advanced Arms in Pittston sells you a gun, employees make […]

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    31st Sentimental Journey to Clinton County

    LOCK HAVEN — Dozens of antique planes from all over the country are expected to fly in for the Annual Sentimental Journey in Clinton County this week. This is the 31st year for the event. If you ever find yourself at the Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Fly in Lock haven and your plane breaks down, look for Robert Ravell of Canada. He’ll probably be sitting near the roaring engines and the sea of yellow Piper J-3 Cubs. “We have […]

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    Sheriff’s Office Raises Money For K-9 Unit

    MIDDLEBURG — The Snyder County sheriff hopes to add a four-legged deputy to his staff, but the county needs help paying for it. “Right now, we have the Gofundme account set at $25,000,” said Chief Deputy Sheriff Lucas Bingman. By this time next year, the Snyder County Sheriff’s Office could have its own K-9 unit. “There have been quite a few instances where a K-9 unit would have been very helpful, whether it be searching for lost persons or fugitive […]

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    Call for Support to Continue Annual Fireman’s Carnival

    HEPBURN TOWNSHIP — After over 50 years, this may be the last year for a fireman’s carnival in Lycoming County. 10-year-old Noah Golden and his buddies had free reins of the Hepburnville Carnival Grounds near Cogan Station north of Williamsport. Noah came by the Hepburn Fire Company’s annual carnival a few hours before the rides open. “I always think about what ride I should go on next,” said Noah Golden. While Noah’s worried about which ride to choose, Hepburn Township Volunteer […]

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    Active Shooter Training Hits Close to Home after Orlando Tragedy

    WILLIAMSPORT — Some Lycoming County workers want to be ready just in case they are ever faced with anything even remotely similar to what happened at that Orlando nightclub over the weekend. It could happen in an instant and it could happen almost anywhere: a person with a knife or a shooter forcibly taking others’ lives in a public place. “Those are gunshots those noises simulate gunshots from the pellet gun,” said Detective William Weber. It was all just a […]

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    Trade and Transit Centre 2 Building Almost Complete

    WILLIAMSPORT — After nearly a year of hammering away, the three-story Trade and Transit Centre 2 building in Williamsport is almost complete. “It’s about two months from being completed, but we are about 80-85 percent from being completed, so we are almost at the end of the line,” said Bill Nichols. The Trade and Transit Centre 2 is an expansion to the already existing River Valley Transit’s bus terminal on West Third Street. It’s set to officially open in August. “I’m […]

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    Mural Painted in Williamsport as Sign of Unity after Shooting

    WILLIAMSPORT — Tuesday, some members of the LGBT community in Williamsport paid their respects to those lives lost in Orlando by leaving a lasting mark on a wall in Williamsport. Jeramy Mohler from Trout Run paints to create but on this day, he paints to heal. “In memory of those people that lost their lives and that constantly struggle everyday with the fear of losing their lives um to violence period,” said Jeramy Mohler. Mohler is part of the LGBT community […]

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    Longtime Crosscutters Employee Gets His Own Baseball Card

    WILLIAMSPORT — Go to enough Crosscutters games in Williamsport and you may notice the grass is always freshly cut, there’s usually a friendly face at the ticket booth, and 33-year-old Rhashan West-Bey is always there to greet you with a smile. “I love my job,” said Rhashan West-Bey. “Rhashan is autistic and is a special needs adult who we love and he is the most popular guy in the ball park,” said Gabe Sinicropi. “He started just coming to games […]

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    More Wrong-Way Warnings Going Up in Central PA

    SEBRING — PennDOT just started to add extra wrong way signs to several ramps in central Pennsylvania this week. According to PennDOT this project is part of an ongoing safety initiative. “A wrong-way driver, if they came up this ramp, would see a “do not enter” sign and a white arrow pavement marking,” said Dave Thompson. Extra signs and pavement markings are being added to the already existing wrong way warning signs at an off ramp from Route 15 near Sebring. […]

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    Lycoming County Sensory Garden to Open This Weekend

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — An oasis built in Lycoming County especially with children and people with disabilities in mind is nearly complete. The Lycoming County Sensory Garden officially opens this weekend. 8-year-old Cierra Sonnen walked around and around to find her way out of a maze at the brand new Lycoming County Sensory Garden near Montoursville. “It’s very pretty. The sunshine in the middle kind of looks pretty. Sunshine kind of makes me feel joyful sometimes,” said Cierra. The project right outside […]


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