Kristina was born and raised in Luzerne County and is proud to call Lycoming County her new home.

Kristina joined the WNEP team as a multi-media journalist in March of 2014. She started her multi-media career working as a “one man band” for News13/SSPTV in Hazleton where she had the chance to anchor from time to time.

Kristina attended Clarion University and graduated in June of 2012 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Psychology. While in college, Kristina co-anchored Clarion University’s campus live news broadcast on CU-TV the Nest. She also interned at a local radio station and at WNEP.

Kristina loves to perform and was classically trained in opera. In her spare time she loves to explore her new community and visit the local animal shelter. When she can, Kristina takes time to visit New York and New Jersey where most of her family lives.

Kristina is proud to cover news in her community and all of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. If you have a story idea or news tip you would like to share, you can email her at kristina.papa@wnep or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

Recent Articles
  • Water Rescues, Evacuations in Sullivan, Lycoming Counties

    SONESTOWN, Pa. — A village in Sullivan County was evacuated early Monday morning after Muncy Creek started to flood. The safest way to get into or out of Sonestown was with the help of a water rescue team. With Muncy Creek overflowing its banks, this village in Sullivan County has been evacuated. Until it’s safe to go home, residents like Joyce Klotter are waiting at Muncy Valley Area Volunteer Fire Company. “It really came quick and we had to get […]

  • Raising Money for Families in Need in Lycoming County

    PLUNKETTS CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Melissa boatman and her husband weren’t expecting to have more children but at 35 she found herself pregnant with twins. “I’m getting a little older so we knew that there were some possibilities for chromosomal things happening,” said Boatman. Three weeks after her daughters Meah and Anniston were born Boatman says her girls were diagnosed with down syndrome. “It hit me pretty hard. For a couple of weeks, I cried straight and tried to avoid […]

  • Williamsport Movie Theatre Lowers Ticket Prices

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — It’s a time-honored tradition, but for some, that trip to see the latest blockbuster on the big screen has become an expensive one. “It was close to a hundred for the kids and, yea it was pretty expensive,” said Valli Danley. It used to cost up to 11 dollars to see a movie at AMC Classic Theatre in Williamsport. Now before 4 p.m., a movie ticket costs about five dollars and after that, it’s $6.99. While prices […]

  • Neighborhood in Sullivan County Cut Off by Bridge Washout

    FORKS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  Flash flooding Tuesday night left eight people stranded in their neighborhood in Sullivan County. About a dozen homes were damaged by flash flooding. High above Lick Creek strapped in on top of a ladder truck, 81-year-old Saundra Weber held her dog, Crocker, close to her chest. Less than an hour before, Weber says she was making tea for her husband when she heard the creek near her home start to roar. “I opened the back door […]

  • Millions Spent to Fix Williamsport Streets

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The mayor of Williamsport announced Tuesday that the city has spent tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to fix several streets this summer. Since the start of the summer, city employees have worked to repave nearly 70 streets in Williamsport, and according to the mayor, they’re not done yet. Travel down Elmira Street in Williamsport and you may hit a pothole or two. “I’ve had somewhere they have measured more than six inches deep and one was […]

  • Flood Damage Causes Library to Close

    NEW ALBANY, Pa. — A community library is now closed until further notice. Volunteers are working to replace hundreds of books after the building flooded last week. “When I came in Friday and saw the rugs, and then I walked back to the back room and saw all the books in the middle of the room, I just wanted to bawl because you lost all that money,” said Cheryl Brown. The New Albany Community Library building along Route 220 is […]

  • Flash Flooding Washes Out Roads, Bridges in Lycoming County

    FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Lycoming County is dealing with the effects of all the rain we’ve had. The Loyalsock Creek has been rising all day and several roads in this area have been closed because of the flash flooding. “So much water, everything is just running off there’s nothing soaking in, nowhere for the water to go,” Mary Snyder said. Snyder wasn’t worried. She’s too preoccupied preparing as Mill Creek pours over onto Route 87 about a yard away from her […]

  • Two Accused Priests Served as School Principals

    COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Roman Catholics are reacting one day after the Diocese of Harrisburg named priests and others, both living and dead, accused of sex abuse. Some of those priests and church officials served at churches in our area. School administrators at Our Lady of Lourdes tell us they found out about the accusations Wednesday when they looked up the names online. People may remember Fr. Ronald Haney and Fr. Philip Dechico as past principals at Our Lady of […]

  • Diocese of Harrisburg Lists People Accused of Abuse, Launches Website to Confront Issue

    Diocese of Harrisburg publishes list of clergy accused of child sex abuse on new website. — Kristina Papa (@_KristinaPapa) August 1, 2018 HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Diocese of Harrisburg has published a list of 71 people connected with the diocese accused of sexual abuse, and launched a new website — — to combat the issue, officials announced at a news conference Wednesday morning. Bishop Ronald Gainer announced the findings of the diocese own internal investigation into child […]

  • Former Penn State Frat Member Sentenced

    BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A former Penn State fraternity member learned his fate for a hazing death Tuesday afternoon. Ryan Burke, 21, of Scranton, was sentenced to 27 months probation and three months of house arrest.  Burke also faces 100 hours of community service and thousands of dollars in fines. Burke admitted to giving alcohol to Timothy Piazza last year. Piazza, 19, died after a night of heavy drinking and several falls. Burke was the first of more than 20 members […]

  • Fire Company in Lycoming County Flooded Out

    SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A fire company in Lycoming County may have hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage after the basement of their building flooded over the weekend. The damage comes just days after helping their community clean up after record-breaking rainfall. The motto of the Nisbet Volunteer Fire Company is “Prevention is our best weapon.” In this case, however, members of the fire company near South Williamsport tell us the flooding was unexpected and unpreventable. “We came down. We […]

  • Troy Fair Weathers the Weather

    TROY, Pa. — Workers at the Troy Fair were forced to take down the amusement rides because of the flooding in Bradford County this week. Instead of amusement rides, there are now mud puddles in an empty lot at the Troy Fairgrounds The Troy Fair celebrated its 143rd year this week. Ask fairgoer Robert Walters and he’ll tell you it’s rained for most of it. “We were here Monday in the rain, Tuesday in the rain, and today maybe in […]