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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.


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    Pastor Charged With Child Pornography

    LOCK HAVEN — State police say Pastor Jonathan West from Mansfield downloaded sexually explicit pictures of children on his iPad back in early July. West is the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mansfield, but back in 2009 he was at Covenant United Methodist Church on West Main Street in Lock Haven. “As of August 29, when we learned about the investigation, he was placed on suspension of all his duties. We are interested in the truth of the […]

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    Neighbors Hear Dozens of Shots Fired

    WILLIAMSPORT —  Neighbors tell us they heard dozens of gunshots, one right after another outside their homes Wednesday night in Williamsport. Dozens of evidence markers were visible at night under the bright lights of police vehicles in Williamsport. In the light of day, police tape was still wrapped around a pole near the intersection of Louisa and Center Street. This is where police say two men were shot. “While I was on with the officer, he could hear the gunshots […]

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    Multi-Million Dollar Stadium Upgrades Almost Complete

    WILLIAMSPORT — Construction vehicles spread sand on the new multi-million dollar turf field near Williamsport Area High School. The complex looks much different than it did earlier this summer. “I mean it looked like a bomb went off here in June and we were worried about things and how it was going to look and come out, but since then just seeing it come together there has been a real neat and exciting process,” said Sean McCann. The $2.7 million […]

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    Patches The Crossing Guard Dog ‘Fired’

    JERSEY SHORE — We first introduced you to Patches the crossing guard dog last week. Since then, Patches is no longer allowed out at the crosswalk while his owner is on duty. Jersey Shore Area School District officials told their employee he can no longer have his dog Patches outside at the crosswalk while he’s working. The school district wants people to know this decision was made not because of Patches, but because it keeps everyone around the crosswalk safe. […]

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    Police: Friends Conspired to Attack Shooter

    WILLIAMSPORT — A group of friends that allegedly conspired to beat up a man in Williamsport earlier this month were charged Monday in Lycoming County. Police say the target in this case pulled out a gun and fatally shot one of his attackers. That man also faces charges. Thomas Carstetter, Tyler Cagle, and Kirsten Sedlock now face several charges including criminal conspiracy for planning an attack on Sedlock’s ex-boyfriend Dustan Paulhamus. “She don’t deserve these charges. He doesn’t either. I’m […]

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    Returning to Normal After Little League World Series

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — For 10 days every year, Little League fans take over South Williamsport, but now folks who live near the complex are glad things are getting back to normal. The hill in front of Lamade Stadium has emptied. Over the weekend, the Red Land Little League team drew record-breaking crowds. Less than 24 hours later, most fans have gone home. “Of course it’s always so hard to have to go back to work, back to normal life,” said […]

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    Police: Suspected Gunman Attacked Before Shooting

    WILLIAMSPORT — Thomas Carstetter from Williamsport is facing an aggravated assault charge in connection with a shooting that took the life of 18-year old Chaz Sawyer. The shooting happened earlier this month at a housing complex in the Newberry section of Williamsport. “I think there were so many other ways this could have been handled. I don’t  think guns needed to be brought into it whatsoever,” said Katelyn Charlton. Police say Carstetter was waiting inside his friend’s apartment for another […]

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    Meet Patches the Crossing Guard Dog

    JERSEY SHORE — A rather unique-looking crossing guard greets kids each day in Lycoming County. His name is Patches, and he tags along with his owner to make sure children make it to school safely. Traffic passes by until Brad Curtis holds up a stop sign. It’s the first week back to school for students in Jersey Shore Area School District. Curtis is back at his post along Allegheny Street in Jersey Shore. “Everybody is settling into the routine, I […]

  • Former Student Speaks out About Hazing at Penn State

    UNIVERSITY PARK — The man who blew the whistle on a Penn State fraternity involved in a sexual misconduct scandal toured his old fraternity today. To recount details of where he says he went through a brutal hazing. He is suing Penn State for not stepping in after he complained about physical and psychological abuse. “Some have referred to this as a house of horrors. After seeing it, it really strikes you that this was a house of terror,” said […]

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    School Repairs Finished in Time for First Day

    MILL HALL — It’s the last day of summer vacation for students outside Central Mountain Middle School in Mill Hall. Alex Little does not want to head back to school yet. He is happy to see this construction crew completing repairs. “I saw that they had redone the auditorium. I was talking to the principals about it and I said it was really nice,” said Little. “They are going to see a lot of changes here at the school,” said […]

  • Mid-Atlantic Coach Has Local Ties 

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania Little League team is drawing big crowds to Lamade Stadium and won a thrilling game Sunday night. The team from York County enjoyed a day off on Monday. We met up with one of the players and his dad, who have ties to northeastern Pennsylvania. Fans from around the globe stopped to take selfies with 12-year-old Braden Kolmansberger. He plays second base for the Mid-Atlantic team from Lewisberry. “All the Taney kids last year, I […]

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    Cleanup After Tornado Hits Property in Union County

    LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP — Winds up to 100 miles per hour destroyed a barn and damaged property Thursday night at a farm in Union County. The National Weather Service said an EF1 tornado hit the property near Mifflinburg. A day later, a group of neighbors helped clean up the mess left behind. The group of about 20 men worked fast, piling scrap metal and old wooden beams into a pile alongside the home. “We found a big mess. Everything was, you […]

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