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Sofia Ojeda is the Weeknight 7, 10, 11 Co-anchor with Scott Shaffer. She joined the Newswatch 16 team in November, 2010 as the Lackawanna County beat reporter... and a few months later became the weekend anchor. In 2013 she moved up to the prime-time seat, and looks forward to being your first choice of news you trust.

Before hitting up the great state of Pennsylvania, she spent quite some time in the Empire State. Sofia worked as the morning anchor and reporter at WETM in Elmira. She also worked at WIVT/WBGH in Binghamton as an anchor/reporter for three years. Before getting to the southern tier, she was in New York City; first at WABC as a Desk Assistant, and then a freelance reporter at News 12 the Bronx.

Sofia was born in Lima, Peru and moved to U.S. when she was a little girl. She grew up in New Jersey and later graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Communications. Sofia is fluent in Spanish and loves learning other languages and cultures. She played basketball in college and still loves an occasional pick-up game. Sofia loves taking road trips and spending time with friends and family.

Recent Articles
  • Taste Test: Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies

    This time of year is all about all things pumpkin and now, there are even pumpkin spice flavored Oreo cookies! What better place to put our taste buds to the test than at one of the most popular pumpkin palaces in our area? Robas Family Farms! Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda asked folks there to try out the new Oreos.

  • Taste Test: Keebler Club Cornbread Crackers

    This week’s Taste Test goes hand in hand with the start of fall. This time of year people love their hot soups, and what goes best with soup? Crackers! Keebler has come out with new cornbread crackers. We wanted to try them out at a place that’s popular for their delicious soups. We headed to Cooper’s Seafood in Scranton to find out what folks think.

  • Taste Test: Pop Crunch

    For this week’s Taste Test we wanted to try out Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch popcorn snack.  It has half the fat of regular potato chips and it promises to have all the flavor.

  • Taste Test: Chewy Chips Ahoy with Reese’s

    We went to the University of Scranton and asked students to try the new Nabisco Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies with Reese’s peanut butter cups. We want to know if it’s something they would snack on while they study.

  • UPDATE: One Man Flown To Hopital After Fire in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Several homes were reduced to rubble after a fire on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre and a man was flown to the hospital with severe burns. The owner of the building looked on with a heavy heart as the structure he’s owned for more than 60 years was ripped down hours after the fire started. City workers had to tear into it to get to stubborn hot spots. Firefighters had a tough time getting the blaze that sparked […]

  • Taste Test: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Crackle Snaps

    Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats has come out with new Crackle Snaps snacks. They are little Rice Krispies Treats with chocolate drizzle. We tried them with the Scranton High School boys soccer team in this week’s taste test.

  • Taste Test: Keebler Peanut Butter S’Mores

    Lots of families spent the holiday weekend enjoying the great outdoors taking a hike, swimming, and sitting by a campfire, possibly cooking up some good old s’mores. Now there is a new twist on the classic treat. Keebler has come out with new peanut butter s’mores cookies. We headed to Lackawanna State Park to see what some campers thought of the new treats in this week’s Taste Test.

  • Taste Test: Lay’s Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Chips

    In this week’s Taste Test, we are trying another of Lay’s newest potato chip flavors. This week we bite into bacon mac and cheese chips. It’s part of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda took to the streets to see what folks think.

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    Taste Test: Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa

    In this Taste Test, we are trying out Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa flavored chips. The flavor was among thousands submitted by folks across the country. We wanted to see if they actually taste like real salsa, in this week’s Taste Test!

  • Taste Test: Lay’s Cappuccino Flavor Chips

    Lay’s has its finalists for the “Do Us a Flavor” contest where folks from all over the country sent in their chip flavor suggestions. America has spoken, and four different flavors have made the cut. One of those new and very interesting flavors is cappuccino. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to Northern Lights cafe in downtown Scranton to chat with some coffee lovers and see if they really do taste like cappuccino, in this week’s taste test.

  • WATCH: Sofia Ojeda Interview on Headline News About “Apparently Kid” Noah Ritter

    Because of the now world-famous interview with little Noah Ritter, also known as the “Apparently Kid,” Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda was contacted by CNN to speak over the phone on Headline News Wednesday afternoon.

  • “Apparently” Noah Ritter is a Star

    WILKES-BARRE — You may have heard of Noah Ritter from Wilkes-Barre. “Apparently I have never been on live TV before, but apparently sometimes I don’t watch the news!” Noah said in his now famous interview. And apparently his television debut on Newswatch 16 would not be his last. Noah , age 5, who wants to be a paleontologist and study dinosaurs when he grows up, has become an overnight social media sensation, receiving tweets from South America, to Israel, to […]


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