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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    WILLIAMSPORT — A 4-year-old girl is dead after she was left in a hot car for hours. Officials in Williamsport tell us the woman who takes care of the girl usually drops the child off at daycare in the morning. But on Friday, instead of dropping the girl off, she went straight to work. When she came out at the end of the day, she found the girl unconscious in the car. Officials say the woman works at a business […]

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    Troopers Save Man’s Life After Car Bursts into Flames

    BEECH CREEK TOWNSHIP — A group of state troopers helped save a man who was on fire and trapped in his burning car last weekend in Clinton County. “It’s so hot that it just feels like it’s melting the clothes right off your body,” said Sgt. Mike Triponey. With just a fire extinguisher and fire-proof gloves, three state troopers went above their everyday routine to save Andrew Perkins of the Beech Creek area. “He hit that stump, that tree and […]

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    Thrift Store in Montoursville Opening Soon

    MONTOURSVILLE — There’s a new thrift store opening soon in Lycoming County. American Rescue Workers plans to open its eighth store but its first in Montoursville. Newswatch 16 found the place is already seeing customers even though it’s not officially open. They may have to make the sign on the front door a little bigger. “No, no we are not open yet. Nope we won’t be open until August 6th,” said Jean Myers. Customers are ready for the American Rescue […]

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    Former Teacher Sews Flags for Veterans

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    Fire at Hospital Under Investigation

    SAYRE — Officials believe lithium batteries may be to blame for a fire that started at a hospital in Bradford County Sunday. Newswatch 16 looked into the impact that fire is having on the facility in Sayre. A Sayre borough fire department truck was parked outside Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for most of the morning. A state police fire marshal worked inside to find out how a fire started in the building the night before. “So it was […]

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    Farmers Hope for Rain During Dry Spell

    CLARKSTOWN — Gary Hill knows these hot July days are a crucial time for his corn crop near Muncy. “They should be six, eight feet tall here. It’s just this corn here is pretty well done it’s not going to make anything,” said Gary Hill. “Well I wouldn’t exactly call it a drought. It’s just hot, humid weather for 90 degree weather and the wind blowing is hard on it,” Hill continued. Part of the crop at Tom Styer’s farm […]

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    146th Annual Lycoming County Fair Begins

    HUGHESVILLE — Fair season is officially underway, and this year the Lycoming County Fair is one of the first county fairs in our area. Jazmin Yagle’s family own the home next to the Lycoming County fairgrounds. “I think I mostly play outside and watch the cars go in and out,” said Jazmin Yagle. The 10 year old hopes to attend the fair that starts this week at least once. “This year Nina said I’m only allowed in the fair once. […]

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    State Money to Help Improve Park in Lycoming County

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    Troopers: Burglaries in Montoursville Area May Be Linked

    LYCOMING COUNTY — In Lycoming County, a man asking for donations may actually have been trying to break into homes and people in Montoursville are concerned. Normally, Steven Dewar of Montoursville loves company. He said, “Usually, I just yell for people to come. The door was locked so he couldn’t come in.” Last week, Dewar opened his front door to see an unfamiliar face. He added, “And I said can I help you and he said yes I’m with an […]

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    Williamsport Hopes for Peace after Dallas Shooting

    WILLIAMSPORT — The assistant police chief in Williamsport believes the war on drugs plays a large role in the disconnect between police across the nation and the communities they serve. And folks in Billtown tend to agree. After a tragedy like the one in Dallas, Texas, there is one thing most people can agree on in Williamsport: more and better communication is needed For people here, that means getting back to the basics of caring for your neighbor. It may […]

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    Founder of Fourth of July Celebration Welcomed Home

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