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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
  • Photo Project to Share ‘Day in Life’ of Williamsport Students

    WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport Area School District wants to give you a glimpse of what happens inside its classrooms through the eyes of its students. What better way to do that than through pictures. Newswatch 16 tagged along with some budding photography students as they snapped pictures of their peers. Williamsport Area High School students snap photos of younger students at Andrew Curtain Intermediate School in Williamsport. “The students are working. They are not like, doing whatever, they are actually like […]

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    Burglar Sneaks Through Hole In Wall, Steals Cash and Coins

    PENN TOWNSHIP — It was a very unlucky string of events for a homeowner in Snyder County. First a Jeep crashed into his home Thursday evening, then someone snuck into the hole left by the vehicle and stole hundreds of dollars’ worth of coins. The giant hole on the side of Barry Duke’s house on Route 204 near Selinsgrove has been boarded up, but inside, “Looks like a bomb went off,” said Barry Duke. A thin layer of dust covers […]

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    Williamsport Center Celebrates MLK Day

    WILLIAMSPORT — A center in Lycoming County says it’s committed to spreading the message of equality with children in its community. Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope of equality was shared Monday in Williamsport. Seventh and eighth graders worked together to answer a packet full of questions about Martin Luther King Jr at Firetree Place Community Center on Campbell Street in Williamsport. “Good for kids, because we know why black people and white people are united as one and we’re friends […]

  • Fire Department Recruits New Live-In Firefighters

    MONTOURSVILLE — A volunteer fire department in Lycoming County is looking for recruits and now has something that could entice young firefighters even more.  The department’s offer for college students may be too good to pass up. College roommates eat, clean, and work together at Willing Hand Hose Company in Montoursville. “This is their house. You can add fire house to it. They live here,” said Captain Tyson Minier. Captain Tyson Minier says it`s free room and board with one […]

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    A Criminal System With No Jail

    SUNBURY — Now that the prison has been emptied out, what are they doing to keep inmate cases going and how does this affect the police departments in Northumberland County. Firefighters and county employees carried drawers full of case files out from what’s left at the Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury on Thursday. Commissioners say the facility will have to be torn down. “As far as I know, we still have some of the original records of the original log […]

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    PennDOT to Reveal Preferred Plan for Busy Intersection

    HUGHESVILLE — PennDOT started out with four plans to improve the intersection of Routes 405 and 220 in Hughesville. With community input, the state thinks it has found the one that will work the best for the business community, and at the same time alleviate traffic congestion at that intersection. Impatient drivers in backed up traffic are typical at the intersection of Routes 405 and 220 in Hughesville. There was no traffic when Newswatch 16 drove through where 220 and […]

  • Williamsport Bureau of Police Hires More Officers

    WILLIAMSPORT — It may only be her second day working for the Williamsport Bureau of Police, but Officer Laura Miller is already on the road patrolling with her training officer. “Being a new officer regardless is nice. A little nerve-racking,” said Laura Miller. Miller is one of two new officers who started work in Williamsport just this week. By the end of the month, the chief of police hopes to have a third new officer on the streets and two […]

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    Salvation Army Hopes Remodeling Helps Sales

    LOCK HAVEN — The window display is empty but the Salvation Army Thrift Store  in Lock Haven is open. “Right now it isn’t too nice but it’s coming to be beautiful,” said Major Marie Harris from the Salvation Army. There is no carpeting and the walls are bare. ‘It’s been repainted. Holes have been patched.” Major Marie Harris says the building was falling apart. It had water damage and needed repairs. “We had a bad roof,” said Harris. Last winter […]

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    Rain And Ice On The Roads In Clinton County

    LAMAR TOWNSHIP — Drivers in Clinton County dealt with some icy road conditions for part of the day. Sidewalks and gutters were frozen over on Long Run Road near Mill Hall. Wendy Kinley had to chip away at her frozen windshield before she headed out on the road. “It’s slippery. It’s just a sheet of ice over here, everywhere, sidewalks, roads, cars. It’s hard to get around, kids are sliding around,” Kinley said. While Kinley’s boys didn’t seem to mind […]

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    Kids Thank Cops on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

    WILLIAMSPORT — Law enforcement visited a school in Williamsport Friday to let kids know that they are there to help them not hurt them. Their visit in Lycoming County comes at a time when police are trying to improve relations between them and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. While school faculty says there aren’t many, one child made it clear to Newswatch 16 Friday, off camera, that he does not like the police. That is why […]

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    Caring for Canines in Cold Temperatures

    WILLIAMSPORT — Despite frigid temperatures, Humane Society officers say some pet owners are leaving their animals outside without food, water, or shelter. Newswatch 16 rode along with the Lycoming County SPCA as workers checked on animals in Williamsport. Humane Society Officer Lawrence Woltz loaded up his SUV at the Lycoming County SPCA in Williamsport. “Get this straw in there for the dogs, right,” said Larry Woltz. Newswatch 16 tagged along with Woltz as he made house calls checking up on […]

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    Police in Williamsport Search for Shooting Suspects

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Lycoming County have identified three suspects involved in the first shooting of the year in Williamsport. Returned gunfire left bullet holes up and down along a front porch post on Linn Street in the Newberry section of Williamsport. “I was scared. I was really scared. I was shaking,” said Nancy Esposito from Williamsport. Investigators are looking for Rafiyq Harding, Tyshera Brown, and Sharonda Walker. City police say the three suspects from Williamsport were arguing with Tyrell […]

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