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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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    Taste Test: Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites

    It’s the new year and that means New Year’s resolutions. Lots of us indulged over the holidays and now we want to cut back on those calories and eat healthier. For this week’s Taste Test, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda tried out Special K’s Moments Indulgent Snack Bites. They are 70 calories and 2 grams of fat per snack bar.


    Taste Test: Barbour’s Bakery

    CARBONDALE — In this week’s taste test, Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda headed to the heart of Carbondale, to try some of the best baked goods around. Barbour’s Bakery in Carbondale has been around for more than 100 years and we wanted to know exactly why it’s had such success. Newswatch 16 tried Barbour’s famous cinnamon buns, sticky buns  and other baked goods all in this week’s Taste Test.

  • Taste Test: Bingham’s

    This week, we went to a restaurant where practically everything is made from scratch daily. We went inside Bingham’s, a place famous for its pies, but this week we check out some of the main dishes in this week’s Taste Test.

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    Power To Save: Keystone College Noted For Green Efforts

    LA PLUME — Keystone College in Lackawanna County has been recognized nationally for its energy saving efforts, and school officials tell us, it’s all about getting students involved. As soon as you walk into Keystone College’s dining hall, you see pictures and reminders of the school’s “green” programs. It’s an everyday reminder for students to do their part. “Sustainability and commitment to the environment isn’t just something we do from time to time. It’s a way of life. It’s part […]

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    School Finds New Uses for Old Furniture

    POTTSVILLE – A charter school in Schuylkill County is showing its Power to Save by finding new uses for old furniture. Newswatch 16’s Sofia Ojeda shows us how.

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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 […]


    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 […]


    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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