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Kristina was born and raised in Luzerne County and is proud to call Lycoming County her new home.

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 in June of 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Psychology. 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 to explore her new community and visit the local animal shelter. When she can, Kristina 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
  • Williamsport Decluttering with Online Sale

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Williamsport Area School District is doing a bit of its own spring cleaning this week. For the first time in three years, the school is holding a silent auction and selling hundreds of items in an online sale. Newswatch 16 stopped by the district’s warehouse to get a closer look at what’s for sale. For those interested in viewing or bidding on the items for sale online, click here.

  • Gulls Land in Montoursville  

    MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — A few dozen migrating birds are calling a Walmart parking lot in central Pennsylvania home, at least for now. Newswatch 16 spoke with a biologist who says these birds may be sticking around Lycoming County a little longer than normal because of the colder weather up north. “You usually see them down in the ocean,” said biologist Dan Brauning. “There are gulls that live by the sea and then there are gulls that live inland.” Most people […]

  • Firefighter Recovering after Critical Injury at Brush Fire

    HEPBURN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Volunteers in Lycoming County aren’t sure how long it will take for a firefighter to recover after she was critically injured Sunday on the job. The 62-year-old woman was helping to put out a fire when a truck ran over her. The injured firefighter asked that we not use her name in the story but tells Newswatch 16 she’s doing well. We spoke with her husband briefly Monday afternoon. The couple who live near Cogan Station […]

  • Education in Brewing at Penn College in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — By this time next year, some students at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport should be sipping beer in class as part of their grade. “Some people might think that it’s just a bunch of beer drinkers getting together having a good time but this is really serious,” said Ryan Hampton. Penn College of Technology now offers an associate’s degree in Brewing and Fermentation Science. The school started the program after recognizing a growing demand in the craft […]

  • Some Charges Dropped in PSU Fraternity Death Case

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Attorney General has withdrawn the most serious charges against a group of former Penn State fraternity members charged in the hazing death of pledge Timothy Piazza last year. The state attorney general’s office has decided not to pursue any of the felony aggravated assault charges against Gary DiBileo II of Scranton and other members of the now-closed Penn State fraternity Beta Theta Pi. These are charges that were already dismissed in a court last year. […]

  • Bald Eagle Released into the Wild

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — It was a special occasion in Lycoming County as a bald eagle was released back into the wild. He didn’t know he’d be the one opening the cage, but 14-year-old Ethan Kuriga from South Williamsport has been waiting for this moment for months. “To see that it couldn’t stand and now it just flew away like nothing happened. That’s awesome,” Ethan said. Ethan’s grandfather Michael Kuriga is a master falconer. Back in November, he got a […]

  • Robotics Team Builds a Record of Success 

    JERSEY SHORE, Pa. — Victoria Bellomo, a high school senior at Jersey Shore Area, has always been interested in engineering. It’s part of the reason she joined the Vex Robotics team at the school where students work together to build robots for competitions. “We spend almost every day after school from 4 (p.m.) up until 10 (p.m.) sometimes just working on the robot just trying to fix these little details,” said Bellomo. Over the weekend, her team took “Amanda,” the robot they […]

  • DEP Recommends Radon Tests

    HEPBURN TOWNSHIP — The Department of Environmental Protection is sending out hundreds of letters alerting homeowners in one part of Lycoming County of radon levels in their area. Radon is a radioactive, odorless, and colorless gas that causes cancer. “DEP does not necessarily suspect that nearly 1,000 homes in Hepburn Township have high levels.  However, DEP believes that all homeowners in the area where some homes had reported radon levels greater than 100 pCi/L should conduct radon tests,” said DEP in […]

  • Hundreds of AmeriCorps Members Serve in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Even though spring is still a week away, a nonprofit group tackled a gardening project in Lycoming County. It was just one of several projects completed Tuesday by members of AmeriCorps. Normally Alexandra Lennon works with the nonprofit “Up 2 Us Sports” in Philadelphia. Thanks to PennSERVE AmeriCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to serving others, she’s spent this day helping to bring a mural in Williamsport to life. “I am not a painter at all, so you can […]

  • Homes Needed for Pets with Special Needs 

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Dozens of animals are waiting to be adopted from the Lycoming County SPCA in Williamsport. “We get dogs from people that can no longer care for them. We get them as strays,” said Vickie Stryker. Kelli Smith works at the SPCA. Her walking pal, Kain a 1-year-old pit bull is still finding his footing at his new temporary home. “Sometimes when he slips, that’s our biggest concern because we don’t want him to land on his little […]

  • Long-Time Employee Celebrates 80th Birthday at Lowe’s

    MONTOURSVILLE — With decorations and cupcakes, dozens of employees at Lowe’s in Montoursville are helping celebrate Bob Hively’s 80th birthday. “To see him reach this milestone, it’s an honor,” said co-worker Angela Porter. “It’s a great feeling. I have trouble keeping it in,” said Bill Hively. Hively who officially turns 80 over the weekend has been working part-time in the lawn and garden center at Lowe’s for 17 years. “My wife was ill at the time and she said I […]

  • Couple Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter for Child’s Death

    LOCK HAVEN — A 2-year-old child is dead and his parents are locked up, accused of manslaughter. According to court papers, the father gave the toddler a plastic bag filled with cereal before bed. The parents told police they usually take the bag from the child when they check on him later in the evening but that night back in May of 2017, they forgot to do it. Toni Baker and her husband Steven Killion face charges including involuntary manslaughter […]