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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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    School Districts Receive Money to Support Education

    JERSEY SHORE — Several schools in Lycoming County are getting an early Christmas present. A community foundation based out of Williamsport is giving a portion of a five hundred thousand dollar grant to each school district in the county. The philanthropy group, First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania gets millions of dollars from private donors every year. Then, invests that money where they see the most need in the community. This year, the foundation plans to divvy up a portion […]

  • Tips for Combating Obesity

    WILLIAMSPORT — In a national report, Pennsylvania is ranked the 28th healthiest state overall this year. Newswatch 16 spoke with some people who are getting off the couch and working to combat obesity with a healthier diet and exercise. Kate McKernan took time to read the nutrition facts while shopping with Newswatch 16 at Wegman’s on Williams street in Williamsport. McKernan is a dietician at Susquehanna Health in Williamsport. She helps people eat and buy healthy. “They’re asking about how […]

  • Courthouse to Update Surveillance Camera System

    WILLIAMSPORT –Thousands of dollars will be spent to upgrade aging surveillance cameras at the Lycoming County Courthouse. Commissioners approved the plan last week. A clearer more precise picture is what the county sheriff says he hopes the new surveillance cameras will be able to give. The surveillance cameras at the courthouse are about 10 years old. The county sheriff says it’s time for an upgrade. You may not notice them walking into the Lycoming County Courthouse, but there are dozens […]

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    Homes Mapped Into And Out Of Floodplains

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming County recently released its updated preliminary flood maps. Now some homeowners may be required to pay for flood insurance. Kim Boyd lives on Main Street in South Williamsport, less than a mile from the Susquehanna River. Because her home is in a flood hazard area on Lycoming County’s flood maps, Boyd pays about $900 a year for the flood insurance she’s required to have. “It’s such a hassle to have to keep up with that and […]

  • Results to Revitalization Project Survey Released

    WILLIAMSPORT — There are empty lots on East Third Street in Williamsport. City along with county and Lycoming College leaders are working to revitalize a portion of the east end of the city between Market and Catherine Streets near Lycoming College. “I see a lot of closed stores,” said Jennifer Reilly, Lycoming College student. Reilly said she likes to spend her downtime in downtown Williamsport a few blocks from campus. “I went to the CAC recently to see ‘The Nutcracker.’ […]

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    Purse With Lots Of Cash Returned To Owner

    WILLIAMSPORT — If you found a purse on the side of the street filled with cash, would you return it? Well, a college student in Williamsport says he did and he didn’t think twice about it. Early Saturday morning, Zach Fannin, a senior at Lycoming College, was leaving a bar on 3rd Street in Williamsport. His friends took the bus but he decided to walk back to campus with a friend. “I went out with some buddies to the Cell […]

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    Williamsport Council Concerned About Police Salaries

    WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport Mayor Gabe Campana is proposing to use money from gas drilling impact fees to cover the salaries of police officers. Some members of city council call that plan a risky move. Williamsport City Councilwoman Bonnie Katz bagged chocolates at her store on Pine Street in Williamsport. Katz budgets her business. “You have to budget where you’re going to go. You have to decide what your customers really want, but there are things that you just can’t do if […]

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    Positions Open As 911 Center Dispatchers Retire

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — In less than a month, two emergency dispatchers are retiring from their posts in Lycoming County. The Department of Public Safety tells us it is looking for new dispatchers, but is having a difficult time filling empty positions. If there’s an emergency in Lycoming or Sullivan County and you dial 911, there’s a chance you might hear Neal Winder on the line. Winder has been a 911 dispatcher at Lycoming County’s Department of Public Safety for over 30 […]

  • Expansion at Tissue Paper Factory Means New Jobs

    CASTANEA TOWNSHIP — The largest employer in Clinton County has announced it’s expanding its factory near Lock Haven. Employees drove through the front gate at First Quality Enterprise near Lock Haven. The tissue paper company based out of New York has announced it will be expanding its facility in Castanea Township and eventually adding nearly 200 jobs. It’s good news for Joseph Dunnion of Lock Haven, who says he is just one of the many unemployed looking for jobs in […]

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    New Williamsport YMCA Opens “Unofficially”

    WILLIAMSPORT — The new YMCA in Williamsport is now open, although the grand opening won’t happen until next month.   Newswatch 16 stopped by the “Y” on Monday to find out what members think about the new facility. While a construction crew works outside, inside a group of women are getting their workout in at the new YMCA in Williamsport. “This is really nice, it is really nice; it’s so much different,” said Holly Springman from Williamsport. After nearly four years of planning […]

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    Hungry Hunters Stop In For Breakfast

    JORDAN TOWNSHIP — The opening of rifle deer season is Monday. Every year, a fire company in Lycoming County holds an all-you-can-eat fundraiser the weekend before opening day. It was all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage at the Unityville Volunteer Fire Company near Hughesville. It’s the fire company’s 55th annual buckwheat pancake and sausage dinner, but some just call it the hunter’s breakfast. “If you go away hungry, it’s your fault,” said George Watts of Jordan Township. “Stop in, fill up. We […]

  • Shoveling Out of the Storm on Thanksgiving

    MONROETON — The storm hit Bradford County especially hard. Some spots saw around ten inches of snow leading up to thanksgiving. Newswatch 16 met folks near Towanda who spent part of their holiday shoveling snow. Dennis Vanderpool shoveled outside his sister’s home near Towanda on Thanksgiving. “I’m working up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner,” said Dennis Vanderpool. Parts of Bradford County including Towanda had about 10 inches from the passing storm. “Well they said five then six then we got […]


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