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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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    Williamsport Area Gets Ready for the Holiday Season

    WILLIAMSPORT — Spin the wheel and win a turkey. You heard that right, win a turkey. The First Ward Fire Company in South Williamsport will give away dozens of frozen turkeys this weekend at its annual turkey fair. “Knowing that turkey is right around the corner for Thanksgiving,” said LaVerna Hurne. Members hope to raise around $8,000 from the event where players get the chance to win cash and other prizes, too. Phil Hurne was cooking a turkey at the […]

  • Getting Ready For The Holidays in Union County

    EAST BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — An annual holiday tradition is underway in central Pennsylvania: the big Christmas tree and wreath auction in Union County. Friday, the trees will be sold to the highest bidder. Thursday, the wreaths went on the auction block. Decorated holiday wreaths of all shapes and sizes were auctioned off at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg. “It just gets me excited. I make my own wreaths so it gets me excited for the season,” said Karen […]

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    Non-Profits Getting in the Holiday Spirit

    WILLIAMSPORT — The holiday spirit is alive and well in central Pennsylvania. Just when it looked as though hundreds of families in the Williamsport area would not be receiving Christmas food baskets this year because of a lack of funding, another charity stepped in. The freezer at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport is filling up with turkeys. “There is definitely a need at both Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Jamie Caputo. Turkeys in the freezer will be given away […]

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    Business Moving to Larger Location

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — A business that has been open for more than 30 years in Lycoming County is moving. The owner of a furniture and appliance store near Williamsport says he’s outgrown his current building. The owner thinks the new location is a positive move for everyone involved. The owner of Swope’s has been fixing sewing machines and sweepers for more than 30 years in Loyalsock Township. “We started in the house out front and just gradually got bigger and […]

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    Williamsport Bureau Firefighters Take Part in Survival Training

    WILLIAMSPORT — Firefighters in Lycoming County showed off their new emergency escape equipment Friday during a training session. Newswatch 16 was in Williamsport as firefighters showed us another way to escape a worst case scenario. A Williamsport firefighter grabbed a hold of a ladder for support as he climbed head first out a second story window on West Fourth Street in Williamsport. It’s part of Williamsport firefighter’s survival training. “We put our fire fighters in what we call a mayday situation, […]

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    New Williamsport YMCA Set to Open Soon

    WILLIAMSPORT — Construction on the new YMCA building in Williamsport is almost complete. The $10 million project that began more than a year ago is expected to be finished by the beginning of December. Newswatch 16 took a peek inside and spoke with YMCA members who are also excited to check out the improvements. Construction workers were busy paving, sweeping, and installing new equipment at the Williamsport YMCA’s new location on Walnut Street. In just a few weeks the building […]

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    WWII Veteran Receives Long Overdue Medals

    LOCK HAVEN — This Veterans Day meant a long overdue honor for a 94-year-old vet of World War II in Clinton County. The man in Lock Haven never received the medals for his service. Howard Lehman, 94,  from Jersey Shore never received his awards for his service in the army 65 years ago. This Veterans Day, with all of his friends and family around him, Howard received one of the best surprises of his life. World War II veteran Howard Lehman […]

  • Looking for Cause of Double Block Home Fire in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport firefighters are trying to figure out what caused flames that forced five people out of their homes late Sunday night. Newswatch 16 spoke with some of the people were in the double block home when the fire started. Fire investigators in Williamsport say there were two people inside the double block home when the fire started. We spoke with one of the renters Monday as crews searched through the burned building. Williamsport fire investigators dug through debris […]

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    Bystanders Help Save Minister From Burning SUV

    AVIS — Some good Samaritans are being credited for saving the life of a crash victim in Clinton County. A Mercedes SUV caught fire late Thursday night after it crashed in Avis, but the driver was rescued. “I could see flames from here, I said there was nobody down there,” said Jamie Frye. Frye lives up the street from where the SUV crashed late last night. He went outside after his daughter told him there was a crash near their […]

  • District Court Moved and Updated

    RENOVO — A building that used to be a district magistrate’s office in Clinton County has been sold. The magistrate in Renovo moved into a different building in September. Newswatch 16 got a look at that place Thursday to find out why it’s such an improvement over the old office. The old third district court building on Third Street in Renovo has a leaky ceiling and dark, outdated carpeting. “It’s been deteriorating, we’ve had issues there with mold and some […]

  • Owner Looks to Sell Ritz Movie Theater

    MUNCY — The box office is closed. There are no movies playing at the Ritz, a movie theater that opened in Muncy back in the 1920s. “If we had popped a little corn, put some candy in the counter, and soda in the cooler it could be open next weekend,” said Jay Richards. Inside, Labor Day decorations are still hung up. That`s because the theater has been temporarily closed since September. “We`re closed due to an auto accident I was […]

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    State Police Investigate Rash Of Burglaries

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police are trying to figure out if two young men and at least one juvenile are responsible for a crime spree in the Linden area of Lycoming County. State police said those three young people were arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a burglary Tuesday at a home. But troopers say the suspects may have broken into more homes, stolen two cars, and even set one of them on fire. Jason Dulaney, 19, and Evan Burley, 18, have […]

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