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
  • Students Trading Pencils for Paddles in Sullivan County

    FORKSVILLE, Pa. — Sixth graders in Towanda Area School District have ditched their pencils for paddles. Teachers have taken on the role of counselors and students are campers at Camp Brule in Forksville. “In school, you can’t really like talk to your friends and stuff, so when you get a break and you’re outside and hanging out with your friends in a group with them, it’s pretty fun,” said Michael Ferrulli, sixth grader. About 140 sixth graders at Towanda Elementary […]

  • Lycoming College Announces New Gateway Project

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — One of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States has plans to revamp the entrance to its campus. If you sign up for a tour of Lycoming College, senior Olvia Heckroth could be the one showing you the ropes. Heckroth knows her way around campus now, but it wasn’t always that way. “I was like, ‘There’s a sign over here, and now there’s an admission building over here.’ I was like, ‘Where am I going?'” Heckroth […]

  • Music Teacher Accused of Making Obscene Photo Collages Involving Minors

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Robert Morrison, 73, is charged with making and having obscene materials after police say they discovered he had altered pornographic photos using pictures of the faces of minors. Old Lycoming Township police say Morrison’s wife came to police last week, saying she discovered photo collages inside their home in Cogan Station about a month ago. Court papers show Morrison allegedly cut the heads off pictures of underage girls and placed them over the faces of […]

  • Police Call Fires in Lock Haven Suspicious

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Several fires that started over the weekend in Lock Haven are now being called suspicious. Emergency responders found three separate fires on the same property in Lock Haven on Sunday. Now, police are looking to find out who set them. Police are asking for the community’s support to help find who may have set the fires outside the former Fallon Hotel in downtown Lock Haven. According to the fire chief, the fires were all set and […]

  • Students Pack Donations for Veterans in Need

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — With Memorial Day just over a week away, students from the Williamsport area are honoring those who fought for our country. Students packed boxes of donations for veterans in need. “I just called it Operation Gratitude,” said Brittany Frey. Every month, Frey’s students at Commonwealth Charter Academy in Williamsport come together for a community project. This time, Frey reached out to the Veterans Multi-Service Center. Now, about 15 students and their teachers are filling boxes with donated […]

  • Power to Save: PennDOT Fills Potholes with Recycled Asphalt

    CHAPMAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s one lane of traffic while a stretch of Route 120 just outside of Renovo is fixed. “Material that’s out there now, the roadway needs to be repaired,” said Damon Wagner. This week, a PennDOT crew began work on a $300,000 repaving project in Clinton County. Before they can repair the potholes, workers have to dig up the road. “Essentially it’s grinding the road material up putting it in the dump truck. The dump truck is […]

  • Students Create ‘Safe Car’ to Alert Drivers of Children, Pets Left in Cars

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Students in one part of Lycoming County are hoping their invention could help save lives. The idea is to alert drivers if a child or pet is left in a hot car. Sam Penman, a senior at Williamsport Area High School, has been waiting months to show off an invention he helped create Penman has been working with a team of students from Williamsport to create a sensor system that alerts drivers if they leave their child […]

  • Farm Days Event in Bradford County Teaches Students about Farming in the Old Days

    TROY, Pa. — More than 500 students were in Bradford County on Monday to learn about what life was like back in the 1800s. Underneath the barn at the Troy Fairgrounds, hundreds of students took a look back in time at what life was like for many people in the 19th Century. This is Farm Days 1866. The sixth annual event put on by volunteers and the Heritage Village and Farm Museum in Troy is based on the book “Farmer […]

  • Lemonade for Mason

    HEPBURN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students in Lycoming County set up a lemonade stand during recess to help raise money for a friend in need. While many of his friends at Hepburn-Lycoming Primary were busy playing, 9-year-old Allen Emerick spent recess raising money for a friend. Mason Chapman, age 6, has been in the hospital since early April. Laura Haldeman is Mason’S autistic support teacher. She came up with the idea for “Mason’s Lemonade Stand.” “Mason is blind and he has […]

  • Mock Crash Sobering to Students

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A little over a week before their prom, students at a school in Lycoming County were reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence. With dozens of his classmates at Loyalsock Township High school watching, Gerald Ross, 17, found himself in the driver’s seat of a surreal emergency situation. The injuries are fake and the students are volunteers in this mock crash scene planned by Students Against Destructive Decisions. “It’s scary to see what actually […]

  • Renovations Underway at Landmark Eatery

    LEWIS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A landmark in one part of Lycoming County is all but torn down. For the past week, a crew has been working to demolish most of the former Steam Valley Restaurant building on Route 14 in Trout Run. According to neighbors, the restaurant has been closed for about a year. For years, the Steam Valley Restaurant has welcomed drivers traveling through Trout Run. “I remember going down there a lot of times. We just stop down there […]

  • She’s Turning 100 – and Checking Facebook for Birthday Wishes

    HUGHESVILLE, Pa. — A 100-year-old woman from Lycoming County checked her Facebook feed for birthday wishes Tuesday morning. During World War I, before Prohibition and the invention of sliced bread, on May 8, 1918, Grace Speary was born in Ohio. Now, four children, 19 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren later, Speary is celebrating her 100th birthday. Speary grew up in Muncy but now home is Wolf Run Village assisted living in Hughesville. That’s where friends and family helped her celebrate the […]