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
  • PPL in Puerto Rico

    It’s been about five months since Hurricane Maria ravaged much of Puerto Rico, but the images are still fresh in people’s minds.  With 30% of the island still without power, people from all over the country are stepping in to help.  This includes 37 employees from PPL. “Going really well.  The crews are busy every day.  They work long hard days,” Tracie Witter said. Tracie Witter is the Regional Affairs Director for PPL.  She spoke with Newswatch 16 via Skype […]

  • Active-Shooter Training in South Williamsport Schools

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Active-shooter drills in South Williamsport comes two days after the mass shooting in Florida. It was by sheer coincidence the South Williamsport Area School District had active-shooting response drills already scheduled for Friday. Teachers from all three South Williamsport Area schools participated in these drills. South Williamsport police and other Lycoming County law enforcement officers joined them. These drills were realistic and simulated school shootings. “I could feel my heart racing, almost upset because I have kids […]

  • Teacher at Florida High School Shooting is Mount Carmel Native

    MOUNT CARMEL — A teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is from central Pennsylvania. Math teacher Jim Gard was born and raised in Mount Carmel. Gard is a 1978 graduate of Mount Carmel Area School District. He’s been a teacher in Parkland, Florida for 36 years. On Wednesday, some of his family in Mount Carmel saw him on television in a way they never expected. People were glued to their televisions as details of the Florida […]

  • Happy 100 Years

    SHAMOKIN — Hamburgers, hot dogs, and onions cover every inch of space on the grill at Coney Island Lunch in Shamokin. Sharon Wichurowski mans the grill, which she’s done for 44 years.  Coney Island Lunch is celebrating a big milestone.  The iconic diner on Independence Street is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Billy Bacas is the third-generation owner. “Grandfather started it.  Then it just moved right down the line with family,” Bacas said. “I worked for Billy’s grandma and then her […]

  • Tasty Treats on Fat Tuesday

    RIVERSIDE — Fat Tuesday, Fastnacht Day, Paczki Day, or Doughnut Day —  whatever you call it, it is a time to indulge. Volunteers at a church in Riverside made sure people not only had doughnuts. They also made chocolate Easter eggs. The tables at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Riverside were covered with bags of doughnuts. People lined up to buy them by the dozen. “Two dozen doughnuts. One dozen is for my sister,” Pauline Hesbacher said. Volunteers at […]

  • Olympics Boost Business

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP — Gilson Snowboard and Ski Company is one of a small group of snowboard manufacturers in the United States. They’re just outside New Berlin. The chief of operations tells Newswatch 16 this is normally their busiest time of the year. With the Winter Olympics going on, it’s even busier. The Sunbury Ice Rink is a good place to find fans of winter sports. As a group practiced their spins and jumps, the Winter Olympics were a topic of […]

  • Man’s Dying Wish Comes True, Marries Love of His Life

    WILLIAMSPORT — Doctors say Donald Jett of Williamsport is in end-stage renal failure. His one wish was to marry the love of his life before he dies. On Friday, in front of family and Newswatch 16, Donald’s nurses made that happen. It’s a love story 24 years in the making. Donald Jett and Julie Brown met at a bar in Williamsport. Both said there was a connection but back then, she was married to someone else. About three years ago, […]

  • Ready for Mardi Gras in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT — Bars and restaurants in downtown Williamsport are preparing for a big indoor party. It’s Williamsport’s annual Mardi Gras celebration. This is something the city has done for 22 years. “There’s live entertainment at all the venues around town. It should be a good weekend for it. I understand it’s going to warm up at least a little bit this weekend,” said Genetti Hotel manager Marc Schefsky. Genetti Hotel is one of a dozen places celebrating Mardi Gras. The […]

  • Icy Start to the Day

    LEWISBURG — With more than three inches of snow falling this week, Lewisburg was a winter wonderland. But this wasn’t light, fluffy snow that’s easy to brush off cars. This is the type of storm you wanted to shovel out as early as possible. For those of us who couldn’t, it was an icy mess. Take Mac and Lisa Scott for example. They spent their morning digging out and cleaning off their cars. “How long have you been working at […]

  • February Flakes Falling in Snyder County

    The snow on Wednesday is expected to start in the west and move east. Newswatch 16’s Nikki Krize is central Pennsylvania with a look at the conditions. The snow in Snyder County finally started falling around 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Rough driving conditions in parts of Central PA @WNEP @WNEPWeather — Nikki Krize (@NikkiKrize) February 7, 2018 It started as freezing rain and quickly changed to snow. It only took about one hour for a half inch of snow […]

  • Lawmakers React to Proposed Budget

    HARRISBURG — Some parts of Governor Tom Wolf’s budget promise to be politically dicey, like raising the minimum wage and putting a tax on drillers. But one thing both Democrats and Republicans tell Newswatch 16 they agree on is increased spending for education. “I like the fact that he talked about a career in technical education, something I’m very passionate about,” Rep. Gerald Mullery said. “That investment in our community colleges will pay dividends in our job growth and getting […]

  • Paying it Forward in Milton

    MILTON — You’ve heard the expression, “a little bit of kindness goes a long way.” That’s how the owners of a laundromat in Milton feel about a woman who left bags of quarters at their place. Steph Murray of New Columbia knows what it’s like to lose a parent. Her mother Diane was only 49 when she died of cancer in 2006. “I used to sit around and just cry and be withdrawn,” Murray said. For the last few years, […]