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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
  • Day of Fun in the Sun

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — It was a perfect day outdoors on this Memorial Day in the Poconos. Folks from near and far flocked to Beltzville State Park in Carbon County. The grills were sizzling and so was the sun, warming the large crowd here at Beltzville State Park near Lehighton. Memorial Day is seen by many as the unofficial start of summer, and the weather seemed to agree. Inside the park there were plenty of things for all to enjoy whether […]

  • Taste Test: Tastykake Snowballs

    It’s a tasty treat in this week’s Taste Test. A new twist on a old favorite, Tastykake Snowballs! The snowballs are coconut and marshmallow covered, creme filled chocolate cakes. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to Hillside Farms in Shavertown in Luzerne County to talk to folks getting a cool treat, and see what they thought of the new Tastykake Snowballs.

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    Taste Test: Nabisco Spring Oreos

    It is finally spring and we wanted to keep the spring fever going with the latest line from Nabisco, called “Spring Oreos.” The chocolate sandwich cookies have yellow cream instead of white, and promise to taste like the originals. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed out to McDade park in Scranton to find out if they do, in this week’s Taste Test.

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    Brush Fire In Luzerne County Threatens Homes

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — Fire crews spent hours putting out flames from a brush fire in Plymouth Township Wednesday afternoon. The fire burned parts of Larksville Mountain and an area known as the Larksville Dump. Firefighters came in with special equipment. They sprayed down the area and cleared it with chainsaws. “DCNR, they’re here, Larksville borough, they have a brush unit so they came in, Plymouth Township, they came in,” said Plymouth Borough Fire Captain Eric Smith. Fire officials said the […]

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    Taste Test: Kellogg’s Special K Fudge Dipped Pretzels

    Kellogg’s Special K has come out with new 100 calorie per pouch, fudge dipped pretzels. They come in both regular chocolate and white chocolate. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda caught up with people out and about in Lackawanna County, in this week’s Taste Test.

  • Sofia’s Spotlight: Liuzzo School For The Performing Arts

    A woman from Lackawanna County is helping change the lives of dozens of little girls by doing exactly what she loves. Faith Ann Liuzzo-Bartholomew is a dance teacher from Carbondale. She has recently started teaching a dance class for students with special needs. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda shows that Liuzzo-Bartholomew is being recognized for her love, compassion and dedication to the young girls. With a little moving and some shaking, Liuzzo-Bartholomew kicked off classes at her studio in Lackawanna County. […]

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    Taste Test: VanLuvender’s Award Winning Pork Chops

    An elementary school principal from Lackawanna County took her cooking skills to national television this week. Nicole VanLuvender from Old Forge is the principal of Riverside Elementary school in Moosic. VanLuvender took part in the first “Chewer Versus Viewer Challenge” on ABC’s show, The Chew. VanLuvender put a family favorite pork chop recipe up against a recipe from show star Michael Simon. After a cook off three judges declared VanLuvender’s pork chops the tastier of the two. Newswatch 16’s Sofia […]

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    Taste Test: New Belvita Soft Baked Biscuits

    Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda tries out Belvita soft baked biscuits in this week’s Taste Test.

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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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