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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
  • UPDATE: Two Killed In Truck Vs. Train Crash

    UPDATE — Lycoming County Coroner Charles Kiessling released the names of the two men dead after the pickup truck collided with a freight train on Friday. According to Kiessling, passenger Darren Ziemer, 46 of Nebraska, was pronounced dead at the scene and driver Howard Martin, 49, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before 2:00pm. CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead tonight after the pickup truck they were in collided with a freight train […]

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    Shooting In Williamsport, Suspects Sought

    WILLIAMSPORT — Police are investigating a shooting Friday morning in Williamsport. Police say around 10:30 a.m. there was some kind of fight between several men on Memorial Avenue. That’s when there was gunfire, and one of the men was hit. He was taken to the hospital. Police are looking for the other men involved. Police say one person taken to hospital after shots fired on Memorial Ave in Williamsport. @WNEP http://t.co/H7wCEEFdxI— Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) August 15, 2014

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    Two Dead After Collision With Train

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead following a train collision with a pickup truck in Lycoming County. It happened around 12:15 p.m. Friday. Authorities said the two men were in the pickup truck when it was struck by a train on Brick Church Road in Clinton Township, outside Montgomery. Griffith Company, a construction company based in California has confirmed that both men who died in the accident were working at the construction site where the new power plant is […]

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    Make-A-Wish: Queen Of Knoebels

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP– It’s a parade fit for a queen; the queen of Knoebels to be more precise. “A lot of big smiles. A lot of laughter, and she loves Kozmo.” said Jennifer Kane from Gilbert. This is 11-year-old Ciara Conarty from Gilbert. She was crowned queen of Knoebels here at the amusement resort near Elysburg, after spending a few days at the park free of charge with her family. It’s her Make-A-Wish, dream come true. “We don’t have to think […]

  • Neighbors Relieved ‘Nuisance Bar’ Won’t Reopen

    WILLIAMSPORT — The district attorney in Lycoming County said a bar people have complained about for years will never open again. A couple of rain clouds didn’t stop neighbors from sitting out on the porch while kids played on Franklin Street in Williamsport. “Everybody comes out and sits around now,” said Bill Boatman of Williamsport. Boatman lives across from The Port Tavern, a bar that was shut down by officals back in March. Now the district attorney has announced the […]

  • Natural Gas To Electricity Plant in Lycoming County

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Ground was broken in Lycoming County Tuesday for a new natural gas power plant and a lot of the electricity generated is expected to heat homes and businesses in Pennsylvania. Officials said they plan on using Marcellus Shale to generate electricity to power the community at the new plant that will bring jobs and more money to Central Pennsylvania. Officials and project leaders broke ground at the future site of the Patriot Generating Station in Clinton Township […]

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    Preparations For Little League’s 75th Anniversary

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Little League Baseball is marking a milestone: its 75th anniversary. Virginia Bartron from Cogan Station stood by the fence with her grandson as they watched the southwest region team practice at the batting cage at the Little League World Series International Complex in South Williamsport. “It’s so awesome that this is here.” For Bartron and plenty of other Little League fans, coming to the game and meeting the players is huge. Bartron grew up in Williamsport and […]

  • Shopping For Back To College

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP  — While many families are out shopping for back to school, there are many older students preparing to leave home for college. Newswatch 16 found some families getting ready for the start of the school year. Shoppers at Target near Williamsport picked out pencils and backpacks for the upcoming school year. Michele Wertman is from Danville. Her shopping cart is loaded with cleaning supplies and food. She’s back to school shopping too, but, for a college student. “My […]

  • Volunteers Build Stage at Clinton County Fairgrounds

    LAMAR TOWNSHIP– There is a new main stage for entertainment at the Clinton County Fair this year but, fair board members hope the community can use the stage all year round. Some vendors were not quite open by midday when Newswatch 16 stopped by the Clinton County Fair. It was quiet for the most part. Jana Carson of Jersey Shore was eating lunch with her family when Newswatch 16 met her at the fair near Mill Hall. She said most […]

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    Family Displaced After Lightning Strike Sparks Fire

    WHITE DEER TOWNSHIP — A couple from Union County say they heard a big boom and then saw flames. It turns out their house was hit by lighting and that sparked a fire. Charred clothes have melted together. They sit on the side of Jerry Sills’ house on New Columbia road in the village of New Columbia. His home and most things inside were destroyed by fire after officials say lightning struck the home during a storm Tuesday. “Oh, it […]

  • Williamsport Supports Miss Teen USA Finalist

    WILLIAMSPORT — This weekend, a young girl from Lycoming County competed in the Miss Teen USA competition and placed in the top three. Newswatch 16 spoke with Miss Pennsylvania Teen, and people in the community about what the win has brought to Williamsport. Sydney Robertson, 16, from Williamsport, joked around with Newswatch 16 at her home in Williamsport as she pulled out her Miss Pennsylvania Teen crown and awards she won at the Miss Teen USA pageant. Sydney competed at […]

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    Restaurant Will Close if Owner Does Not Find Buyer

    MILL HALL — A family-run restaurant in Clinton County that’s been around for more than 20 years is set to close at the end of the month. The owner says she’s ready to retire and if somebody doesn’t buy the business, she’ll close for good. By lunch time, the Aungst Family Restaurant on Eagle Valley Road in Mill Hall, near Lock Haven, was crowded with customers. The family-run business has been open for more than 20 years. Now, owner, Darla […]

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