School Closings And Delays

Nikki Krize joined the Newswatch 16 team as the central Pennsylvania Reporter in November 2011, and she is no stranger to the area.
She comes to us from Hazleton, where she worked at News 13/SSPTV as a reporter and anchor for more than three years. Before that, Nikki interned at WFMZ in Reading.

Nikki graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Communications/Journalism and a minor in Speech Communication. She was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and is one of several Berks County natives on the WNEP team.

Nikki is a diehard Philadelphia sports fan and doesn’t miss a Phillies or Eagles game. She also enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family, friends and beloved cockatiel Cinnamon.

Nikki is proud to be covering the news most important to the people of northeastern and central Pennsylvania. If you have any news tips or story ideas, feel free to send her an email at

Recent Articles
  • Christmas Trees on the Auction Block in Union County

    BUFFALO TOWNSHIP  — The annual Christmas tree auction in Union County is in full swing with people trying to get the best deals and the best trees. The auction is held at the Buffalo Valley Produce Auction near Mifflinburg. Trees are spread out over 20 acres. There are more than 50,000 of them this year in the most popular varieties. Trees are sold in bundles at wholesale prices and they are sold to the highest bidders. Many Christmas tree stands […]

  • Blighted Land Gets 500 Trees

    COAL TOWNSHIP — When people think of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area near Shamokin, off-roading typically comes to mind. But now there is more to do than ride ATVs. “It’s become a place for people to see. You just can’t imagine all the thousands of people who drive around,” Dr. Blair Carbaugh said. This 100-acre section of the park is now a conservation area, featuring 500 chestnut trees. The trees were all planted within a year. They finished planting them […]

  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    LIMESTONE TOWNSHIP — Harvesting corn is a grain farmer’s livelihood. And any one of these guys will tell you, it’s important to harvest corn before it snows. “It’s vital to get this done and on time,” Lucas Criswell said. John Snook is a farmer near Mifflinburg who knows how important this is. But for the first time in decades, John was not able to farm. About a month ago, he found out he had a brain tumor, which made farming […]

  • State Grant to Pay for Sunbury Flood Wall Fix

    SUNBURY — A state grant will be used to fix up a one-block section of a flood wall in Sunbury built in the 1930s. Some people who live on Front Street in Sunbury consider the city’s flood wall to be one of the most important things there. If the wall was not there, Henry Auman knows his home would be flooded during bad storms. “It would flood Market Street up to the tops of buildings. It would come from all […]

  • Montour County Courthouse Damaged by Burst Pipe

    DANVILLE — Sue Kauwell was getting ready for work Monday, expecting a normal day as Montour County’s prothonotary. But the day was anything but normal. “6:20 in the morning our maintenance manager called me and said we have a flood in the courthouse. I said, ‘Where?’ He said, ‘In your office,'” Kauwell said. A hot water pipe burst. The pipe goes from the boiler room in the basement to a wall unit in the prothonotary’s office. “It was right behind […]

  • Victim in Deadly Lycoming County Shooting Identified

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — The victim of an apparent deadly shooting in Lycoming County has been identified. William Dowling, 25, of Philadelphia, was the man found dead along Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township after 7 p.m. Sunday, according to state police. He was shot several times and died of an apparent gunshot wound. Troopers say someone passing by noticed a body along the road near Williamsport and called 911. First responders arrived and saw several bullet wounds. State police were […]

  • Free Dental Work for Veterans

    WATSONTOWN — At 7 a.m. on the dot, the phone line opened at Dr. Carl Jenkins’ dentist office in Watsontown. That’s when veterans were able to call for first-come, first-served free appointments. “Seven o’clock this morning we were on the phone dialing. It probably took about ten minutes to get through. Whoever answered the phone probably heard us in the background yelling, ‘we got it!'” Ron Hinkley Jr. made an appointment for his father to get a crown put on. […]

  • Ending on a High Note

    NORTHUMBERLAND — A longtime marching band director in Northumberland County is being honored this weekend. He is being inducted into the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame in Hershey. Denny Schnader invited Newswatch 16 to his home in Lewisburg and shows us pictures of his time as Shikellamy High School’s marching band director. “I had it made! I had it made,” Schnader said. Marching Band Director was not only Denny’s job for 29 years. It was his passion. Denny was […]

  • Hillary Clinton Speaking at Geisinger Health Symposium

    GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER — Former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton is speaking at a national health symposium at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. Walking on stage with a broken foot, Hillary Clinton was welcomed to the Danville area. Clinton was the keynote speaker at Geisinger’s National Health Symposium, which brought together medical professionals from all over the country. Instead of being just a speaker, Clinton and Geisinger president/CEO Dr. David Feinberg sat on stage and had a […]

  • Witnesses React to Shooting in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Two men are dead and a Williamsport police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound after a car chase and shootout in Lycoming County. Police said Paul Heath led officers on a 10-mile chase. At one point, he pulled over on West Third Street in Williamsport and started firing at officers. That’s when Officer Nicholas Carrita was hit in the arm. Police said Carrita was treated and released from the hospital. Heath was stopped on West Third Street, […]

  • Blank Spaces on Ballots

    MIDDLEBURG — In some areas such as Scranton, the mayoral race is contested and intense, complete with debates and TV commercials. But in other communities, including Middleburg, you won’t even see any yard signs for a mayoral candidate. That’s because no candidates are on the ballot. “Either there is just not enough interest or if there is an interest, they believe they can take the write-in campaign and get a win,” Patricia Nace said. There are at least seven boroughs […]

  • Sunbury Mayor Retiring; Reflects on Career, Offers Advice to Successor

    SUNBURY — When people in Sunbury cast their votes on Tuesday, they’ll notice a familiar name missing from the ballot. David Persing has been mayor of Sunbury for 24 years and has been involved in local government for 32 years, but he is retiring at the end of the year. Persing is proud of his accomplishments and has some advice for the new mayor. It is fitting to find Sunbury Mayor David Persing at the Pennsylvania Softball Training Center on […]