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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
  • Opossum Photos Prompt Outrage in Bloomsburg

    BLOOMSBURG — Photos are quickly spreading on social media what many view as a group of young men abusing an opossum including feeding it beer. One of those involved is a student at Bloomsburg University. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is now investigating after the opossum pictures post got so much attention. On Tuesday, Bloomsburg University officials responded after learning one of its students is involved. In a statement, Bloomsburg University said one of the students pictured with that opossum is […]

  • Mayor Retiring After 36 Years

    MONTOURSVILLE — For the first time in nearly four decades, a familiar name in Lycoming County will not be on the ballot on Election Day. After nine terms and more than 35 years as mayor, Montoursville Mayor John Dorin is retiring. It’s hard to find someone who loves Montoursville more than Mayor John Dorin. He must really love it. Dorin spent four years on borough council and 36 more as mayor. “Close to four decades. It’s like I belong here, […]

  • New Home for Head Start

    OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP — The Head Start program in Lycoming and Clinton Counties is celebrating an expansion. The program is in a new building, which directors say will improve services for students as well as taxpayers. The little ones at STEP Head Start near Williamsport might not realize it, but they are the first children to play in a new place because half of Lycoming and Clinton County’s Head Start classes moved to a new building. James Plankenhorn is president […]

  • Teaching Kids to Make the Right Choice

    SUNBURY — Lawmakers say an important step in fighting the opioid crisis is going into schools and teaching kids while they are young. That’s exactly what happened today at Shikellamy High School, but it wasn’t your average presentation. What do music and lights have in common with opioids? Not a lot unless you are Bryon Carey. He is with a nonprofit organization from Lewisburg called DJ Choices. Partnering with the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, Carey goes into schools such […]

  • A Soldier’s Surprise Homecoming

    SOUTH CENTRE TOWNSHIP — It was supposed to be a normal Friday for Melanie LaFrenier who teaches at Susquehanna Valley Child Development Center near Bloomsburg. The preschool and child care center took its lesson outside to learn about fire trucks. Little did Melanie know the assembly was for her. “I’m full of secrets, I have tons of lies going around in my head. Now I can finally tell her the truth on everything and I can’t wait to tell her,” […]

  • Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

    WILLIAMSPORT — Speaking with families affected by the opioid crisis, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a National Public Health Emergency. He called for this generation to be the one to end the epidemic. A few hours earlier, and about 200 miles away, lawmakers and private citizens in Williamsport discussed the same thing. “It’s the biggest health problem that we’ve had probably in the state,” Senator Gene Yaw said. State Senator Gene Yaw presided over the forum, which was […]

  • First Responders from New York Helping Vets in Sullivan County

    DAVIDSON TOWNSHIP — Men and women in the military dedicate much of their time to helping others as do first responders. Recently, a group of first responders from New York found out a veterans’ organization in Sullivan County needed help The men fixed the roof on a cabin as the crew on the ground put up walls. Most of the men are current or former first responders out of New York City. The firefighters from New York State renovating a […]

  • Korean War Soldier’s Remains Coming Home After 66 Years

    ADAMS TOWNSHIP — A family in central Pennsylvania wondered for 66 years what happened to their brother’s remains after he died during the Korean War. Now, they finally have answers and are able to give the soldier a proper funeral. Private First Class Walter Hackenburg was declared dead in 1951 while he was a prisoner of war in Korea. His body was never identified until this year, thanks to DNA technology. Stella Knepp looks at pictures of her brother at […]

  • Man Steals Ambulance With Crew Still on Board To ‘Score Some Oxy’

    (1) @WNEP Man accused of stealing Sunbury ambulance this morning while crew was still on board. Drove to @cvspharmacy in Danville — Nikki Krize (@NikkiKrize) October 23, 2017 DANVILLE — Police say a man stole an ambulance with the crew still on board. It crashed in Danville Monday morning after that alleged hijacking at Geisinger Medical Center. It was business as usual Monday for the Americus Hose Company Ambulance Service from Sunbury.  A crew had just dropped off a […]

  • 57 ’57 Chevys for 57th Birthdays

    LAPORTE TOWNSHIP — The 1957 Chevrolet is a well-known car, to say the least. They came in everything from sedans to coupes, station wagons to convertibles. “The ’57 Chevy is an icon in American muscle cars. It’s been in a lot of movies. It’s just the epitome of the 50s car,” Dave Bower said. Seeing just one of these cars might make you stop and stare. But what if you saw 57 of them all in one place? “They have […]

  • Longtime Store Owner Retiring

    BERWICK — There’s not as much merchandise as there used to be inside Dean’s Aquarium and Supply in Berwick. That’s because the store is going out of business at the end of this month. Owner Dean Gutman is retiring. He’s been in business for a long time. Owner Dean Gutman is retiring. He’s been in business for a long time. “50 years. Some people think I’m old enough that I must be 90 because I’ve been here so long,” Gutman […]

  • Trump in Harrisburg to Talk Taxes

    HARRISBURG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — President Donald Trump arrived in Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon to speak to a group of truckers and supporters near Harrisburg. There were around 1,000 people at this rally, which is a big difference from President Trump’s normal Pennsylvania events. The crowd was made up of truckers, business owners, and supporters. Quite a few of the people in the crowd were from northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Those attending the speech stood in line at the Harrisburg International Airport and […]