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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
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    Trump Supporters Prepare for Inauguration Trip

    PAXINOS — A group of men and women from Northumberland County is getting ready to take what they call a “once-in-a-lifetime trip.” They’re headed for Washington to see Donald Trump sworn in as our 45th president. The group will board a bus in Paxinos at 5 a.m. Friday, but for a trip like this, they don’t mind waking up early. John Klinger of Paxinos proudly showed Newswatch 16 something he plans to frame: his ticket to this Friday’s inauguration. “I […]

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    A Day of Service in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT — While many people had the holiday off, more than 200 people in Lycoming County spent the day volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wahoo Drive in Williamsport was a busy place to be on Monday. Volunteers packed about 500 boxes of food for area senior centers. “It feels really good knowing that we already got a good amount done and we’ve only been here for a little […]

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    Liquor Stores Open on MLK Day

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — Liquor stores in Pennsylvania were open Monday for the first time in state history. A bill signed into law last year loosened some restrictions, including selling liquor on certain holidays. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says the new law opens the door to improve consumer convenience and customer service. It was a normal day at the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits store just off the Golden Strip near Williamsport, but it was the first time state stores were […]

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    “Emotional and just disbelief,” Friend, Dog Trainer Mourned in Dushore

    DUSHORE — A woman from Dushore died in a crash and we are now learning the impact she had on so many people from our area, and beyond. Renee Whitby of Dushore was a dog trainer and her sudden death leaves her family, friends, and clients devastated. Whitby was a dog lover, a dog trainer, and some friends even considered her a dog whisperer. “Giving and kind and sweet and funny,” Colleen Brenington recalled. But on Tuesday, the 49-year-old died […]

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    PennDOT Announces Funding for Sunbury Project

    SUNBURY — PennDOT just announced $33 million in federal money for projects around the state.  One of those projects is in Sunbury. Sidewalks on Chestnut Street are cracked, uneven, and many people say they’re unsafe. “It needs to be repaired,” Gordon Murray said. “Sidewalks are crappy.  They need (to be) fixed,” Jaime Pehowic said. “A lot of them you trip over them pretty easy, especially with the ice and stuff,” Jedediah Ross said. Those sidewalks are set to be fixed […]

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    Planet Fitness Coming to Columbia Mall

    HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP — The Columbia Mall near Bloomsburg is getting a Planet Fitness. There were not many people walking inside the Columbia Mall near Bloomsburg, but then again, there aren’t many stores there. “I used to when there was the Gap and a bookstore. I wish they’d bring a bookstore back. I have to go to Wilkes-Barre if I want to go to a Barnes and Noble,” said Philip Dalo of Berwick. Customers have high hopes that the state of […]

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    Reaction to President-Elect Trump’s News Conference

    WILLIAMSPORT — President-elect Donald Trump’s news conference caught the attention of people in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. People wanted to hear what he had to say just days before he takes office. People we watched with had mixed reactions to the news conference, but most were positive. Everyone we spoke with is happy President-elect Trump is handing over his business to his sons, and despite some concerns, most people Newswatch 16 spoke with say people should give him a chance. It […]

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    The Birds are Back at the Farm Show

    HARRISBURG — One of the busiest rooms at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg is also one of the loudest. About 700 chickens, turkeys, and ducks are on display at the farm show, and people are happy to see them. “We love seeing the birds. We were just over checking out the ducks and the turkeys. Now it’s the chickens’ turn,” Sue Schwab of Towanda said. Because of the threat of the avian flu, birds were not allowed at the […]

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    A Look at What’s New at the Farm Show

    HARRISBURG — Where can you find almost 6,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits under one roof? The Pennsylvania Farm Show, of course! It’s the 101st year for the show which celebrates Pennsylvania’s agriculture. Organizers are playing off that anniversary by hosting classes called Agriculture 101. “It’s all kinds of basic and advanced issues in agriculture,” explained Bonnie McCann, Department of Agriculture communications director. There is a wide variety of free classes. “All the benefits without the tests, term papers, […]

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    Shoppers Concerned as Anchor Stores Close in Local Malls

    MUNCY TOWNSHIP — Shoppers in central Pennsylvania are upset after finding out two large stores in their malls are closing. Sears will close at the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Macy’s at the Lycoming Mall. The websites for both the Susquehanna Valley Mall and the Lycoming Mall said Sears and Macy’s will close by springtime. Shoppers walked out of Sears at the Susquehanna Valley Mall with full shopping bags and heavy hearts. The people Newswatch 16 spoke with aren’t happy that […]

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    Student Athletes Talk to Kids About Bullying

    LEWISBURG — Many teachers say bullying is a topic that is constantly being addressed in the classroom. But sometimes lessons in preventing bullying mean more to students coming from people closer to their age. With wide eyes and big smiles, middle school students from the Mount Carmel Area School District watched the Bucknell Women’s Basketball Team take on American University. But the students, along with kids from Meadowbrook Christian Academy and the Lewisburg Area School District, weren’t just there to […]

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    Police Officer Arrested for Threatening to Kill Wife, Kids

    LEWISBURG — A police officer in Union County finds himself on the other side of the law after he was arrested for threatening to kill his wife and her kids. According to court papers, the officer was drunk and taking prescription medication to help with an addiction. Officer Shawn Kuhns, 40, from the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department near Lewisburg is suspended from the force with pay while there is an investigation. According to court papers, his wife ran to […]