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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.

Recent Articles
  • Avoid Slipping on the Ice

    LEWISBURG – Some used shovels, others used an ice chipper to clear the sidewalks in Lewisburg. “I would rather have ten inches of snow than one inch of ice. This is a pain,” said Bill Wagner of Lewisburg. “The sidewalks and driveways are slippery,” said Wagner. “It’s our impression that our hip fractures this year have been much more clustered. So we won’t have fractures for several days then we’ll get ice,” said Dr. Daniel Horwitz. Dr. Daniel Horwitz works […]

  • LYC FATAL 3-3-15

    Teen Dies After Crash in Lycoming County

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A teenage girl from Union County is dead after a crash in Lycoming County. Officials said Dionna Satteson, 16, from Allenwood crashed after hitting ice on Brouse Road near Montgomery around 7:30 p.m. Monday. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lycoming County coroner. Two passengers were not seriously hurt. Montgomery Area School District says 40 percent of high school students didn’t come to school on Tuesday. Administrators aren’t blaming it on the weather. They think […]

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    Jeep Crashes Into Building, Destroys Antiques; Driver Arrested

    MONTOURSVILLE — About $10,000 in damage was done to an antiques business in Lycoming County when a vehicle plowed into it. The crash Saturday pinned a customer against the wall. The owner of Callahan’s Antiquities in Montoursville says his entire store shook Saturday morning, and when the dust settled, he found a Jeep had plowed into his back show room. Broken antiques worth nearly $10,000 are piled up at Callahan’s Antiquities in Montoursville. “Most of the items are circa 1880s.” […]

  • Cold Cancels Mardi Gras Parade in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Businesses are hoping it’s not too cold for customers to come out and celebrate Mardi Gras in Williamsport, even though outdoor activities have been cancelled. Franco’s Lounge on West Fourth Street in Williamsport may be better known for their Italian cuisine, but this weekend they’re serving up something special. “We’re frying up crab cakes, grilling sausage, alligator gumbo.” said Maria Daniele. It’s Cajun and Creole cuisine. Chef Maria Daniele says this weekend the downtown is celebrating Mardi Gras. […]

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    Police Concerned Bank Robber May Strike Again

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — Police in central Pennsylvania are asking bank employees and customers to be on alert. Officers are looking for a man they believe may be linked to two armed robberies and to “what appeared to be” an attempted bank robbery this week. Old Lycoming Township Police say it took less than a minute for a man to rob Susquehanna Bank on Lycoming Creek Road near Williamsport Wednesday. “Right in through the doors brandished his weapon, demanded the […]

  • LIHEAP Heating Help Running Low for Some

    JERSEY SHORE — With all this cold weather we’re having, it seems more people than ever need government help to pay their heating bills. The state says there is only so much money to hand out to each person and no additional help is available at this point. Home after home, Justin Reighard is out all day delivering heating oil for Hollick’s Coal Yard and Oil Service  in Jersey Shore. “We get calls every day. I get phone calls for […]

  • LYC AIRPORT 2-24-15

    Airports Get Cash for Improvements

    MONTOURSVILLE — Some airports in northeastern and central Pennsylvania are getting state money for improvements. Hazleton Regional Airport received a $300,000 grant. Officials plan to use the money to buy and upgrade hangers, including one used by Lehigh Valley’s Medevac helicopter. Millions of dollars are also going to Williamsport Regional Airport. The airport in Montoursville received a $5 million state grant to help build a new terminal. Some flyers we spoke with say they are excited for changes that could […]

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    Farmers Hopeful Constant Cold Won’t Affect Crops

    LYCOMING COUNTY — It’s cold, but fruit farmers we spoke with said so far it hasn’t been too cold for their crops or for them. Ray Marshalek chopped away at a fruit tree on his farm near Montoursville. “We’re pruning our trees, the apple trees right now.” The sun’s shining outside, but Marshalek’s all bundled up. “Personally I think it’s a nice day. It’s cold, but it’s not bad,” said Ray Marshalek. It’s not too cold for him, but what […]

  • Soup and a Bowl Warms Stomachs and Hearts

    WILLIAMSPORT — People in Williamsport braved the cold and warmed up with a bowl of soup today thanks to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The non-profit held its 9th annual Soup and a Bowl event where funds raised in Williamsport help feed the hungry in the community. The line for a hot bowl of soup was long and winding at Genetti’s in Williamsport. “It’s packed.” The line actually starts here, where nearly 400 people including Lisa Lytle picked out a donated […]

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    Checking On Seniors In The Cold

    MONTOURSVILLE — If it’s not the snow, it’s the cold that can keep some elderly people at home. Newswatch 16 stopped by a senior center near Montoursville on Thursday and the place was packed with volunteers looking to reach out and help those who could not make it out in the cold. While a group of ladies stayed out of the cold playing bingo at the Loyalsock Montoursville Senior Community Center near Montoursville, volunteers were busy bagging lunches. It’s part […]


    Montoursville Bank Hit by Robber

    Montoursville police investigating robbery at first national bank on Broad Street @WNEP — Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) February 19, 2015 MONTOURSVILLE — Police were called to the scene of a bank robbery in Lycoming County. Officers were called to First National Bank on Broad Street in Montoursville around 3:15 p.m. Thursday. According to police, the robber showed a black handgun, and demanded money from tellers. Officials said no one was in the bank at the time of the robbery, and […]

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    Burglar Steals from Collection Basket

    LOCK HAVEN — A priest in Lock Haven says someone broke into his church over the weekend, vandalized it, and stole money out of a collection basket. On this Ash Wednesday, Newswatch 16 spoke to parishioners at that church in Clinton County. Parishioners mark Ash Wednesday with the sign of the cross at Immaculate Conception in Lock Haven. “It’s a time of actually a joyous time even though it’s a time of reflection,” said Helen Prien. For Helen Prein, Immaculate […]


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