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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.

Recent Articles
  • Sunbury Police Search for Arsonist

    SUNBURY — Authorities in Sunbury are looking for an arsonist. Although they didn’t cause much damage, the fires have neighbors on edge. Police believe one man is responsible for setting four fires within an hour Sunday morning in Sunbury. Homeowners assessed damage done and are furious that someone walked down their street, set fires, and then walked away. The siding on a home on North 7th street in Sunbury has melted and debris is scattered in the front lawn. Police […]

  • Community Mourns Crash Victims

    CHESTNUT TOWNSHIP — A community is mourning one day after state police say four children and one woman died in a crash in Monroe County. Newswatch 16 spoke with friends of the victims and neighbors who stopped by the crash site today. The Monroe County Coronor confirmed all four children in the crash were related, and that the youngest child was only five years old. Today we found several friends of the victims outside the family’s home near Blakeslee and […]

  • Drive-In Brings Back Retro Horror Films

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The only drive-in in Lycoming County says it has a big dilemma: go digital or go dark. That’s why the Pike Drive-In near Montgomery hopes to put a scare into movie-goers this weekend. Big platters of 35 millimeter film sit upstairs in the projection room at the Pike Drive-In. “The switch to digital projection, as of now roughly half have not converted,” said Joe McDade, the owner of the Pike. The drive-in near Montgomery has yet to […]

  • Some Renters Blame Marcellus Shale for Higher Housing Costs

    WILLIAMSPORT — Renters in Lycoming County say the price to rent is on the rise, now it is harder for some people living there to find safe and affordable housing. Newswatch 16 stopped by a conference where landlords and developers were trying to find ways to fix renting issues. Landlords and tenants agree that supply and demand is part of the reason why the price to rent a house or apartment in Lycoming County continues to go up. Now, landlords […]

  • Community Heartbroken “Love Center” Plans to Close Its Doors

    JERSEY SHORE — Families that depend on a soup kitchen and food pantry in Lycoming County will soon have to go someplace else. Heartbroken volunteers shared a hug inside the Love Center in Jersey Shore, which is closing at the end of the week. “Kind of this loss feeling, like what are we going to do now? How is the community going to survive?” asked Agnes Koch, the head cook. Love Center is a soup kitchen and food pantry on […]

  • Farmers Say Pumpkins Are Ripe for the Picking

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Cooler weather is a good reminder that autumn is right around the corner and soon many families will be taking a hay ride at the pumpkin patch. Workers at Green Barn Berry Farm near Muncy are gathering pumpkins that are ripe for the picking. “You want it to be on the dry side, but you also need that rain, too, because you want to plump them up and get them nice and big for everybody,” said Robyn […]

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    Patients Confused To Find Doctor’s Office Closed

    LAMAR TOWNSHIP — A lot of patients felt like they were left in the dark when their doctor’s office closed earlier this week without warning and until further notice. Newswatch 16 was there as several patients stopped by the office for scheduled appointments only to find out the office was closed. Patients looked surprised to find the front door locked at Clinton Medical Associates. The primary care center in Lamar Township, near Mill Hall, has been closed for two days. […]

  • Police: Williamsport Woman Embezzles Thousands From Business

    WILLIAMSPORT — A woman from Lycoming County is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from her employer. And police believe at the same time she was sending money to her husband, a wanted man. Police said Heather Diemer, 44, of Williamsport stole more than $45,000 from a salon she worked at in Williamsport for several years. The owner of that salon said that now that charges have been filed, he hopes to put the whole thing behind him. Diemer walked […]

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    School Board Approves Multi-Million Dollar Construction Plan

    MONTOURSVILLE — A high school in Lycoming County could look a whole lot different in two years. The school board has voted in favor of a multi-million dollar renovation project to Montoursville Area High School and that includes possibly adding two more floors. Montoursville Area School Board approved a $35.9 million construction plan that would involve knocking down over half of the building. School officials say the new blueprint for the school is smaller, but better fit for the students. […]

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    $16,000 Worth of Tires And Rims Stolen from Union County Business

    BUFFALO TOWNSHIP — Troopers are looking for the person who stole about $16,000 worth of rims and tires from a farm equipment business in Union County. Three trucks sat with missing tires in the holding lot across the street from Pik Rite near Lewisburg. The company makes water tanks and farming equipment. State police said late last month someone came in and pulled brand new tires and rims worth roughly $16,000 right off the trucks owned by Pik Rite customers. […]

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    UPDATE: Williamsport Police Investigate Early Morning Shooting

    WILLIAMSPORT — A man is in the hospital after being shot twice in the torso early Thursday morning in Williamsport and police in Lycoming County are still searching for who did it. Police say the shooting victim is a man with ties to the Philadelphia area. He’s currently in critical condition with two gunshot wounds. Neighbors on Third Avenue in Williamsport say they heard several shots just after 1 a.m. and called police. Investigators carried bags of evidence out of […]

  • Neighbors Look Out For Wildlife on Trail

    WATSON TOWNSHIP — A bulldozer carried dirt off the rail trail in the middle of the woods in Watson Township near Jersey Shore. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said a portion of the trail will stay blocked off while Williams Pipeline employees work to repair a natural gas pipeline that passes through the trail. David Kagan lives right by Pine Creek. He said he rides his bike down the trail almost every day. “I know my way around […]


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