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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
  • “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 […]

  • Taste Test: Cotton Candy Balls

    For this week’s Taste Test, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda found a really different kind of snack made by Herr’s. They are sweet and crunchy cotton candy balls. The snack looks like the traditional cheese balls, except for the color. We headed to the Wayne County fair in Dyberry Township to see what real cotton candy lovers thought of this snack.

  • Summertime Tradition in Wayne County

    ** See the adorable interview with one young fairgoer below ** DYBERRY TOWNSHIP —  A summer time tradition, a place where you can be a kid again. The 152nd Wayne County fair! For decades, folks from all over the northeast have traveled here to Dyberry Township, just outside Honesdale to enjoy the food, the atmosphere, and of course, the rides. “”Because they’re really fun and fast, I like the orbiter because it goes really fast, ” said Mia Kaub of […]

  • Taste Test: Weight Watchers Brownies and Cake

    It’s summer time and a lot of us are trying to slim down, but sometimes we can’t fight that craving for something sweet. Well these new chocolate cake snacks from Weight Watchers may be the answer. The new desserts come in Triple Chocolate Brownie Bliss, and Red Velvet Creme Cake. Each serving is under 100 calories. They are made with real chocolate, and cream cheese. We tried out these low calorie snacks at Anytime Fitness in Old Forge.

  • Taste Test: Dole Real Fruit Bites

    With kids home for the summer, they sometimes tend to eat not so healthy snacks, but we found a solution. They’re a unique bite size fruit snack made by Dole called Real Fruit Bites. They are healthier than most snacks out there because they consist of real fruit covered in yogurt and then rolled in oats. But just because it’s pretty healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean it tastes good. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda put them to the test with some kids […]

  • Taste Test: Tastykake Dreamies

    In this edition of Taste Test, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda tested Tastykake’s newest version of Twinkies. They are called Dreamies, and are creme filled sponge cakes. She headed out to a basketball court in Scranton, and asked some kids what they thought of the new Dreamies.

  • Taste Test: Entenmann’s Little Bites

    This week, we are trying out new varieties of “Little Bites” from Entenmann’s. Two new flavors include party cakes with sprinkles inside, and cinnamon crumb cakes with crumbly topping. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the water park on Montage Mountain on a gorgeous day for this taste test.

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    Two People Accused Of Using Fake Money At Shoppes At Montage

    MOOSIC — In Lackawanna County, two people are in jail, accused of using counterfeit money at The Shoppes at Montage. The suspects used fake $100 bills at almost ten stores, until workers caught on to their scam, according to police. Plow and Hearth was one of them, and workers say they knew something was up. “She bought a pair of gloves. Normally we ask for our customers information to send them catalogs, she didn’t want to give it. The gloves […]

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    Taste Test: Kellogg’s Blasted Rice Krispies Treats

    The summer season is finally here, and that means, venturing out doors, enjoying the warm weather, and of course hitting area pools, like McDade Park Pool, which just opened. For this week’s Taste Test, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda checked in with some off duty lifeguards in Scranton, to try Kellogg’s new “Blasted” Rice Krispies Treats.

  • Taste Test: Chips Ahoy Birthday Frosting

    Chips Ahoy has come out with new birthday frosting filled chocolate chip cookies as part of their 100th anniversary line. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the American Red Cross in Scranton, where cookies play a pretty important role, to find out what people thought in this week’s taste test.

  • Taste Test: V8 Energy Drink

    Just in time for the summer season, V8 has come out with a new energy drink. It’s got some of your daily serving of fruit and vegetables, and almost the same amount of caffeine as coffee. With only 10 calories per can, and no added sugar, V8 says you can “feel the lift, without the guilt.” We wanted to see what folks who were out and about enjoying the outdoors thought of this new V8 Fusion energy drink, in this […]

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    Taste Test: Tastykake Greek Yogurt Raspberry Bars

    A new Tastykake creation is out on market shelves. New fruit and Greek yogurt raspberry bars. The cookie bars are covered in Greek yogurt and filled with fruit. It sounds delicious, but what does it taste like? We headed to Yogurtland in Moosic, where folks love their frozen yogurt. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda asked people what they thought of these fruit and greek yogurt raspberry bars, in this week’s Taste Test.

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