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 dogs Monty and Polly.

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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    Former Owner of Bus Company Pleads Guilty

    MOUNT CARMEL — The former owner of a bus company in Northumberland County pleaded guilty to a federal charge of wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Robert Else III overbilled federal and state agencies, along with taxpayers, and wired the money to a personal bank account. Else used to own King Coal Tours, which is a popular bus company in Northumberland County. That company also provided services for a public transportation system that operates in central Pennsylvania. It’s those […]

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    Wanted: 2,000 Turkeys

    WILLIAMSPORT — With the holiday season right around the corner, many families will soon be sitting down to Christmas dinners. But some folks in our area cannot afford a meal with all the trimmings. The “holiday” section at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport is starting to fill up, but one item is missing. Director Jamie Caputo says the food bank is collecting turkeys for families in need. “Here in the northern tier, we serve 13 agencies, all the […]

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    Dentist Offers Free Services for Veterans

    WATSONTOWN — A dentist in Watsontown gave back to veterans in the best way he knows how: by hosting a free dental day at his office in Northumberland County. Not only were the vets happy for the help, but the dentist learned a lot himself. Justin Vining of Turbotville is an army specialist who served in Afghanistan. He spent the morning at a place he says he hasn’t been in a while: the dentist. And the best part? His appointment […]

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    Kane Testifies at Sandusky Appeal Hearing

    HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was back in court Thursday in a hearing related to Jerry Sandusky’s appeal. Kane appeared in court in Harrisburg to testify in front of the judge hearing Jerry Sandusky’s appeal. Sandusky’s attorney was also there. It all has to do with alleged leaks related to the grand jury that investigated Sandusky. A major factor in Jerry Sandusky’s appeal of his 2012 conviction on child sex abuse charges is that the grand jury judge […]

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    Family Owned Jewelry Store Going out of Business

    SUNBURY— A long-time jewelry store in Sunbury is going out of business. The place has been around for 70 years, and now a going out of business sale is about to start. John Dagle Jewelers started out as a watch-making business back in 1945, and over the years grew into a well-known jewelry store in Sunbury. The owners say business has been steady over those 70 years and they want to retire on a good note. There are a lot […]

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    Northumberland County Commissioner Race Brings Out Voters

    SUNBURY — One race that’s bringing people out to the polls in Northumberland County is the commissioners’ race. Three seats are open and only one incumbent is running again. The current Northumberland County commissioners consist of a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent. The three have disagreed a lot over the past four years and people who we spoke with say they are looking forward to change. There was a steady stream of voters walking into the polling place at […]

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    People Call for Tougher Animal Cruelty Punishments

    PENN TOWNSHIP — A breeder has been cited with summary offenses for allegedly abandoning several beagle puppies in Snyder County, but some folks who have since adopted and cared for the dogs believe state law should do more to punish the breeder. When Chance the beagle was brought to Companion Animal Hospital near Selinsgrove, he had no fur and overgrown nails. The puppy and several others were found abandoned on a rural road near Middleburg. Chance’s new owner, Tiffini Weiss, […]

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    Trick or Treating at the Hospital

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — While children all over our area are getting ready to go trick or treating in their neighborhoods, some kids aren’t so lucky. Unfortunately some children must be in the hospital over Halloween. The staff at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital near Danville brought trick or treating to them. There was a pumpkin, a witch, and even a princess! Children at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital near Danville got the opportunity to forget they are sick and go trick or […]

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    Sandusky Seeks New Trial, AG Kathleen Kane Now Involved

    BELLEFONTE — For the first time since he was sent off to prison three years ago, Jerry Sandusky was back in a courtroom in Centre County. The former Penn State coach is asking for a new trial after being convicted in 2012 of sexually assaulting 10 boys. And after a hearing Thursday morning, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is now involved in the case. Kane released emails Wednesday regarding the judge who presided over Sandusky’s grand jury. During Sandusky’s hearing […]

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    Blimp Down in Montour County

    ANTHONY TOWNSHIP — State police confirm the runaway blimp that floated over our area came down before 4 p.m. in Montour County. The Department of Defense, through NORAD, reported around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday that the blimp got loose from Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, and that it drifted over Pennsylvania. We received reports of the blimp overhead in Columbia County and then of it coming down in Montour County. It landed in Anthony Township, Montour County, not far from Muncy. […]

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    Pedestrian Killed Along Interstate 80

    HEMLOCK TOWNSHIP — One person is dead after being hit along Interstate 80 in Columbia County. The coroner confirms the victim was killed after 10 a.m. Wednesday near the Buckhorn exit (232) after being struck by a vehicle going west on the interstate. Authorities identified the victim as Cory Reigel, 44, of Northumberland. Reigel’s death was later ruled a suicide. The Columbia County Coroner was called to a pedestrian fatal on I-80 this morning. Stay w/ @WNEP for info […]

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    Susquehanna University Drops ‘Crusader’ from Nickname

    SELINSGROVE — For almost 100 years, Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove has been known as “The Crusaders.” But not anymore. The university’s board of trustees just voted to replace the longtime nickname and mascot. In recent years, the school started to distance itself from the name Crusaders. It even dropped the “knight” mascot and replaced it with a tiger in the 1990s. In a news release the university wrote, “Many critics of the term Crusader feel that connotations of the word […]


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