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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    Flood Victims Devastated by Loss of Pets

    HILLSGROVE TOWNSHIP — A family in Sullivan County was holding out hope that somehow, some way, their dogs would have survived last week’s flash flooding that destroyed their home. We went back to Hillsgrove on Tuesday where a family who lost their house found out they lost even more. Like a pile of trees ripped from their roots, Kristen King and her family were uprooted from their home in Hillsgrove by rushing floodwaters. That home is now a pile of […]

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    Child Hit by Vehicle at Bus Stop

    MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP — A fourth-grade student was flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville after she was struck by a vehicle while waiting for the bus in Lycoming County. It happened on Route 287 in Mifflin Township, near Salladasburg. The girl is a student at Salladasburg Elementary in the Jersey Shore Area School District. Photos from the scene were submitted by Newswatcher Paul Garrett. There is no word on the child’s condition.

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    Residents Stranded, Schools Closed Due to Flooding in Lycoming County

    ELDRED TOWNSHIP — Several inches of rain in some places overnight is causing major flooding in some areas including Lycoming County. Officials say most of Eldred Township was flooded by early morning on Friday, but the water is going down. Mill Creek spilled over onto roads and into homes near Montoursville without much warning. 15-20 people trapped in homes by flooding near Trout Run. Rescue boats and helicopters on route @WNEP — Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) October 21, 2016 “I […]

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    Presidential Artwork: Trick or Treat?

    TOWANDA — Every year right before Halloween, students from the Towanda Area School District help decorate the downtown by painting several storefronts, but this year’s theme — A Presidential Halloween — didn’t sit well with some community members. This project has been going on since the 1960s and the Towanda Area School District says it has never had complaints from the community before. Ever year, students between 7th and 12th grades are given the freedom to be creative, but with […]

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    Sunbury Police Dealing with Rock Throwing Problem  

    SUNBURY — Captain Stephen Bennick with the Sunbury Police Department has been called to an underpass on Reagan Street in Sunbury more than he would like to admit. “They were from up there throwing down onto the Reagan Street Freeway,” Bennick said. “We’ve probably been here four times now on rock throwing incident.” Thanks to a few 911 calls, last Wednesday an officer found several teenagers throwing rocks from the railroad bridge onto Reagan Street below. He caught one of […]

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    Truck Filled with Supplies Heads to North Carolina

    WILLIAMSPORT — A man who used to live in North Carolina pulled all his friends together to do something big to help with Hurricane Matthew relief. When Todd Bartley from Williamsport found out about the devastation in his former hometown of Kinston, North Carolina, he wanted to do something big. Then the wheels started to turn. “We said OK, enough of the crying, we need to act. Made a couple phone calls, put something on social media, and it’s turned […]

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    McQueary Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Penn State Goes to Trial

    BELLEFONTE — The civil trial for former Penn state football coach Mike McQueary is underway in Centre County. McQueary is suing the university for firing him in 2012. Prosecutors say he was wrongly terminated over his testimony which helped convict Jerry Sandusky on child sex charges in 2012. McQueary went to Joe Paterno to report seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the team’s locker room shower. The former coach also says he was defamed by the university. In their […]

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    Horse Rescue Opens Stable to the Community

    WOODWARD TOWNSHIP — A horse rescue in Lycoming County is opening up its stable to the community for a fall festival this weekend. Every Friday, Sharon Dunmore  wakes up bright and early to feed the horses at Appalachian Horse Help and Rescue in Woodward Township. These horses are fighting over food because, at one point, they weren’t sure when they’d get their next meal Volunteers like Sharon care for a handful of horses and other large animals. Many of the […]

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    Personal Care Home Opens Near Jersey Shore

    LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP — Nippenose Valley Elementary School in Lycoming County was forced to close back in 2013. The building near Jersey Shore will officially reopen Thursday as a personal care home. The building has been completely made over. Classrooms are now bedrooms. Robert Miller, 84, gave us a tour around his new home. It didn’t take long for Miller to find his way around the hallways. That might be because he’s been here before–a few decades ago. “My one boy […]

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    Pressed For Apples: Cider Price Rises

    FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — Every day, thousands of apples wobble down a conveyor belt and into bags at Marshalek’s Fruit Farm near Montoursville. “Right now you are bringing them in, you are just trying to find room for them now,” said Ray Marshalek. It’s apple season, which means it’s one of the busiest months for Marshalek’s. Ray Marshalek sells his apples at his farm and to grocery chains across central Pennsylvania. Not all of Marshalek’s apples will make it to the […]

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    Reentry Program Sees Results in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — Almost 35 percent of the people who are placed into the GEO Lycoming County Reentry Center complete the treatment program within two years. It may not seem like a big number, but it’s a huge accomplishment to the group of graduates Newswatch 16 spoke with. After being sentenced to jail twice, overcoming a drug addiction, and starting a family, Brittany Hanner of Williamsport has worked too hard to let her nerves get to her now. “Y’all have been […]

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    Husband Sentenced to Prison for Killing Wife

    LOCK HAVEN — When a man’s wife went missing on Easter Sunday of last, year the entire community turned out for the search. On Friday, he learned his sentence for killing her. William Snyder actually joined with friends and family in the search for his wife Kelli Jo last spring in Clinton County. Within a week, he was considered a fugitive, when police arrested him at a motel in New York. A year and a half ago, if you asked […]