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.

In 2017, Kristina married her husband Joel. The two met at their church in Williamsport. Kristina loves to perform and sing. In her spare time she loves to explore her new community, meet new people, 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.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.


Recent Articles
  • Students in Williamsport Donate Items, Collect for Classmates

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Some students in Williamsport made staying warm this winter a little easier. After weeks of collecting, students at Curtin Intermediate helped load boxes filled with socks into a van parked outside the school in Williamsport. It’s all part of Socktober, an event to help collect socks for those in need in the Williamsport area. “Socks are the least donated item to homeless shelters and that’s why collect socks during Socktober,” explained sixth grader Emily Kine. About five […]

  • Roofers Take Advantage of Dry Weather

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — After a very wet few months, workers in Lycoming County are looking forward to a drier forecast. Workers with Epic Construction Specialties in Montoursville spent most of their morning installing a metal roof on a home on 1st Avenue in Williamsport. “We are really busy,” said foreman Jonathan Springman. “It’s just roof after roof. We’re booked all the way up to next year. Business is good. If the weather would just cooperate with us a little more, […]

  • Christmas Lights Competition Brightens Montoursville

    MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — Police in Montoursville are hoping to brighten up their community this holiday by encouraging residents to get involved in an annual Christmas lights competition. A perk of patrolling around the holiday, officers like Deputy Chief Jason Bentley also get the chance to see Montoursville light up with decorations. Over the next few weeks, police and the mayor of Montoursville will be searching and voting to find their favorite holiday decorations in the borough. Thanks to donations from […]

  • Williamsport Area’s FutureLab Connects Technology and Careers

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Williamsport Area School District has new FutureLabs in its district this year. The labs are set up to allow groups of students to develop projects and it’s all to better prepare them for a career after school. Tucked away behind the library books, you’ll find Dustin Brouse’s eighth grade technology education class. Surrounded by 3D printers, a green screen, and shelves of Legos, these students are working on projects inside the brand new FutureLab at Williamsport Area […]

  • Verdict in Clinton County Cold-Case Murder

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — A jury in Clinton County has found a man guilty of third-degree murder in connection with the death of a woman back in the 1990s. Loyd Groves was found not guilty of first-degree murder by the same jury. The verdict was announced Monday afternoon. Family members and friends held hands as the jury foreman read the verdict out loud. Loyd Groves now faces the possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison for killing […]

  • Clinton County Murder Trial Nearing Conclusion

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Is there enough evidence to prove Loyd Groves killed his former mistress almost 30 years ago? That’s what a jury of 12 will be discussing as closing arguments are wrapping up in Lock Haven. Kathy Heckel’s family walked into the Clinton County Courthouse prepared to listen to closing arguments in the case of their loved one who has been missing since 1991. Loyd Groves, 69, from Beaver County, is on trial, charged with both first-degree and […]

  • Annual Giving Tree Project in Hughesville  

    HUGHESVILLE, Pa. — It may not look like much yet, but Brad Beaver is hoping a pile of trees outside The Friends Church in Hughesville will help bring holiday cheer to dozens of families this Christmas. “We are getting 20 more tomorrow and that will bring us to 65,” Brad Beaver said. Last year, Brad Beaver and his friends gave away over 50 Christmas trees to families in need in the Hughesville area. They called it The Giving Tree. The […]

  • Saying Goodbye to Gerry

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to a man who shared his journey of life and death with us. Gerry Ayers did so in hopes of helping other cancer patients and their families. A public memorial service for Ayers was held Wednesday morning at Trinity Episcopal Church in Williamsport. Nearly every pew in the church was filled. He passed away last week from colon cancer. During the eulogy, Gerry’s brother spoke about how Gerry spent his […]

  • Drivers Upset by GM Downsizing

    LYCOMING COUNTY, Pa. — He was not surprised, but Pastor Don Edwards from Muncy was upset to hear that General Motors has announced plans to discontinue six of its sedans by the end of next year. “I like the Impala as a secondary car. I’m disappointed they put that into the mix,” Edwards said. A few of the Cadillac models, the Chevrolet Cruze, and the Buick Lacrosse are also on the list. “You got to make people what they want, […]

  • Thanksgiving with Friends in Lycoming County  

    HUGHESVILLE, Pa. — A full plate of food at a table filled with friends. “Turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and some delicious pecan pie,” Larry Smith said. Thanks to donations from the community and from businesses, Friends Church in Hughesville opened its doors for its 8th annual Thanksgiving holiday meal. Larry Smith and about 300 other people decided to spend a part of their holiday together. “We didn’t want to be here by ourselves, so we know everybody here. […]

  • Annual Turkey Trot Takes Off in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Bundled up and bearing the cold, hundreds of people waited in line outside in Williamsport on Thanksgiving morning. No, it’s not for an early Black Friday sale. They’re gearing up for the second annual Turkey Trot in Williamsport. “Oh, it’s perfect. I love the cold. It makes it so much better for running,” said Simeon Krizan of Loyalsock Township. With temperatures in the teens, not everyone agreed with Simeon Krizan, even the pooches were wearing pullovers. “It […]

  • Sharing Thanksgiving Traditions in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Grocery stores were filled with shoppers Wednesday, picking up items for their Thanksgiving meals. Take a trip to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving and you might just bump into someone you know. Eloise Snauffer came to Wegmans in Williamsport looking for gravy. She wants to make sure she has everything for her Thanksgiving meal. That Thanksgiving meal is a tradition many people here hope to share with their families. “I’m old school. I do the […]