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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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    Power to Save December 2013: Ornaments Out of Wine Bottles

    Coffee shop owners in Wilkes-Barre demonstrated the power to save by taking old wine bottles and turning them into festive holiday pieces. Old jars and boxes were also getting new life as well at David’s Coffee Shop. Owner Suzanne Joseph said she and her employees help make festive holiday pieces out of old wine bottles, gravy jars and wine boxes. Joseph told Newswatch 16 David’s Coffee Shop was named for their son David, who has autism. She said the shop […]

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    Well-known Cafe Gutted by Flames

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP — A main road was shut down for several hours after a business went up in flames. Fire officials said several departments were called in to help battle flames at the Bell House Cafe on Route 309 in Butler Township just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. The shop, which sold sandwiches, coffee, and more, is a total loss, and the owner said he’s devastated. Flames could be seen shooting out of every window at the business. Firefighters doused the […]

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    Train Derails Dumps Coal in Luzerne County

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — It will take days to clean up the mess in one part of Luzerne County after three railroad cars carrying coal derailed Tuesday. Newswatch 16 spoke with people Tuesday who live right near the railroad tracks in Jeddo; many of them have been there for decades and they say they have never ever seen anything like it “Kathy Schlorf of Jeddo said, “we were here fourteen years and we’ve never ever seen anything like this.” Reading and […]

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    Taste Test: Old Forge Brewing Company

    DANVILLE — This week, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda hit the road and headed to Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville. It’s a place famous for it’s homemade brews, but Newswatch 16 wanted to try their food in this week’s Taste Test.

  • Making Traditional Flan

    Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda prepares a delicious Flan dessert for the holidays. Flan 6 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 13 oz. cans evaporated milk 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1  1/2 cups of sugar 6 ramekins large baking pan pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Pour 1 cup of sugar in warm pan over medium heat.  Continuously stir in 1 cup of sugar until it browns and becomes caramel.  Quickly pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of caramel in each ramekin, swirl […]

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    Taste Test: Jell-O: Oreo Dirt Cup & Strawberry Shortcake

    In this week’s Taste Test, JELL-O  has come out with a chocolate and Oreo cookie pudding cup and a strawberry shortcake flavor. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed over to WNEP’s sales department and asked some of them what they thought, in this week’s Taste Test.

  • Wintery Weather in Northern Tier

    GIBSON — Snow was coming down steady in Susquehanna County Friday night. Trucks and cars had to take their time as they got off Interstate 81 to get to a truck stop in Gibson. The wintry blast that began earlier in the day affected most parts of our viewing area, and in the northern tier folks felt a lot of it. The snow changed from sleet to rain and back to sleet all night long, leaving a slushy mess for […]

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    Reaction to the Death of a World Leader Nelson Mandela

    Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, died Thursday at the age of 95. He was a civil rights activist, a Nobel peace prize winner, and an icon of freedom and equality. Newswatch 16 spoke to folks in our area about the impact of Mandela’s legacy. From prisoner to president, Mandela was a moral compass to the nation of South Africa. Mandela spent most of his life fighting decades of apartheid in his native country, something that took away his freedom, […]

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    Power To Save: Glass Garden Flowers Made From Recycled Items

    This week, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda features a woman in Luzerne County who makes glass flowers out of old plates, glasses and dishes and this time of year, her creations take on a holiday theme.

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    Montage Mountain Ski Resort is Back

    SCRANTON — There’s a new look for what was once a pretty popular attraction in Lackawanna County. Montage Mountain held a ribbon cutting late Wednesday afternoon, just two days before it opens for the season. The grand reopening comes more than a year after the former “Snö Mountain” filed for bankruptcy. The new owners said, that’s all in the past, the place has been renovated, and is now back and better than ever. Folks packed the lodge for the grand […]

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    Taste Test: Dunkin’ Donuts’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

    MOOSIC — Hot Chocolate is a holiday favorite, with lots of whipped cream and marshmallows. But adding some salt to it? Dunkin’ Donuts did just that. Salted caramel hot chocolate is the latest addition to the Dunkin’ Donuts’ family. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the Shoppes at Montage Mountain to find out what folks think, in this week’s Taste Test.

  • PTS FAIRY DOLL HOUSES

    Fairy Doll Houses

    BARTONSVILLE — Artist Mary Fontones uses recycled materials to make fairy doll houses and create a whimsical world of magic. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda talked with this woman in Monroe County about her craft.

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