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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.


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    Snack Pack Bakery Shop Pudding

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Snack Pack puddings have been around for a while. Now, they come in some new Bakery Shop flavors. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda went to Bakery Delite in Plains to try them out.

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    Taste Test: Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations

    The day’s sunny spring-like weather had folks wearing shorts, and tee shirts, and heading out for ice cream! Main Avenue Ice Cream shoppe in Scranton was packed this afternoon! And that’s where we went to try the new Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations. The cookie maker says they taste like some of your favorite ice cream flavors, like mint chocolate chip, dulce de leche, and root beer float. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda asked ice cream lovers what they thought, in […]

  • Taste Test: Coffee-Mate Combines Two Tastes You Love, Coffee and Girl Scout Cookies

    In this Taste Test, we put Coffee-Mate’s girl scout cookie flavored coffee creamers to the test.

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    Taste Test: Snyder’s Sweet and Salty Pretzel Pieces

    In this Taste Test, a different take on a normally salty snack. Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel maker has come out with two new flavors in their sweet and salty line: cinnamon sugar and salted caramel pretzel bites. It’s a snack you can have anywhere, but would be good at happy hour, too. We headed to McGrath’s Pub and Eatery in Dalton to try them out in this week’s Taste Test.

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    Taste Test: Tastykake Kandy Bar Kakes with Reese’s Peanut Butter

    Tastykake has come out with new Reese’s peanut butter cream filled cakes. The new candy bar cakes are covered in chocolate, and drizzled with more peanut butter. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the streets of Scranton to see what folks thought in this week’s Taste Test!

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    Taste Test: Marshmallow Crispy & Cookie Dough Oreos

    Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the Abington Community Library in Lackawanna County to see what kids thought of the latest limited edition of Nabisco Oreo cookies. Kids tried the Marshmallow Crispy and Cookie Dough Oreo cookies in this week’s Taste Test.

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    Behind the Scenes of Jersey Boys

    SCRANTON — It’s opening weekend for the Jersey Boys at the Scranton Cultural Center. The story behind Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is presented by the Broadway Theatre League, and is in town for two weeks. The tony award winning musical is full of timeless tunes, great acting and a powerful story on how the Four Seasons found success. The cast consists of several male actors but only three actresses who play more than 50  roles throughout the show […]

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    Sofia’s Spotlight: Joya Whittington

    SCRANTON — Joya Whittington of Carbondale led her high school team to the district championships in 2006. With an undefeated record, she led the Chargerettes to the second round of the state playoffs. Whittington is one of the youngest coaches in the national junior college athletic association. At 25, she is leading the Lackawanna College Lady Falcons down the same road of success. But this time, to a national championship. Whittington says she lives and coaches her girls by a […]

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    Taste Test: Crystal Light Liquid

    Hitting the gym, and working out, is part of many people’s lives. To live up to those high standards of physical fitness there should be a commitment to eating and drinking healthy. Crystal Light has come out with some new zero calorie water flavorings to help you do just that. They come in squeeze bottles, and you just give it one squeeze for every eight ounces of water, to give your water a tasty boost. They come in all different […]

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    Thousands Without Water in Lackawanna County

    SCRANTON — Massive water problems are affecting a wide swath of our area’s biggest city. Thousands and thousands of people on more than 160 streets and avenues in Scranton and the surrounding communities are living without water. The problems started Wednesday morning when a large water main cracked underground in Scranton’s south side. According to Pennsylvania American Water, crews shut down the 36-inch main on River Street, and water is draining out of it. After it is drained, crews can […]

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    Power To Save: Rain Barrel Project

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Students in Pike and Wayne Counties are using their creativity and art skills while learning about conserving water. This rain barrel collection project is giving back to the environment and the community. A little skunk behind some brush, a sea full of fish, even a farmhouse and some farm animals are all pieces of art on rain barrels, done by students,  at Wallenpaupack High School in Pike County. “It was really fun because it was something different. […]

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    Taste Test: Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles

    The company Velveeta, calls it liquid gold; the cheesy goodness you can put on macaroni, chips and anything else in between. Now, Velveeta has come up with new microwavable meals that are ready in 60 seconds! They are called Cheesy Skillets Singles and they come in several different flavors. Lasagna, chili, chicken alfredo, cheeseburger and steak and cheese. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to Gerrity’s in Scranton to try them out in this week’s Taste Test.

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