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
  • Williamsport Police Draft Potential Fireworks Ordinance

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Police in Williamsport have been receiving complaint calls about fireworks all summer long. Much like Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport is hoping to create a new ordinance that would set up some guidelines for fireworks fans. Out of the rain and under an awning at the bus station in Williamsport, Kayla Bortz didn’t seem to mind the passing summer shower. “My boy was scared of the lightning bolt that shot across the sky,” said Kayla Bortz. Bortz says she’s been […]

  • Bank Robbery in South Williamsport

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Police in Lycoming County are looking for the man who held up a bank Tuesday morning in South Williamsport. It happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Santander Bank branch on Market Street. Police say a man went into the bank, claimed he had a gun, and demanded money. Officers did not say if the robber got away with any cash. Investigators said the robber may have taken off in a white car.

  • ‘Wilpo Rocks’ Spreading Fun, Inspiring Messages on Painted Rocks

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — If you’ve taken a walk through downtown Williamsport recently, it’s likely you have passed one of many colorful rocks without even noticing. Hand-painted and purposely placed all over the city, the rocks are part of what’s called “Wilpo Rocks” after one of Williamsport’s nicknames. “It’s like a scavenger hunt, interactive, kind of keeps the city participating, makes the city more lively,” said Rafael De Leon. According to the Facebook page, anyone can paint a rock. Most are […]

  • Street Pianos Coming to Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — If you’ve been to the bus terminal in Williamsport recently, you may have noticed a piano there. Members of a nonprofit are looking for artists to put their design on the city’s first street piano. Stephen Huyck is used to seeing people come and go at the Trade and Transit Centre in Williamsport. It may be why this city employee found it odd to see the new fixture at the bus terminal. “I wasn’t sure exactly what […]

  • Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Charlie Wirth may have to make room of his refrigerator for a new picture. This weekend the Williamsport native is celebrating his 100th birthday. “It’s remarkable to have a 100-year-old in the family. I don’t think it’s been done before,” said Chuck Wirth, Charlie’s son. Born in 1918, Wirth who now lives in Loyalsock Township, met his wife Marion at college. By his 20’s World War II had begun. “I was in the Navy. We were […]

  • Mother, Son Drown in Creek near Jersey Shore

    CUMMINGS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A family vacation turned tragic after a mother and son drowned in a creek in Lycoming County Tuesday. Emergency responders tell us the mother went into the creek to try to save her son and that’s when she also went under. The initial call for the drowning came in after someone spotted a hat floating in the water. “There was five or six state troopers as well as all kinds of ambulances at the scene. At […]

  • Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students in Lycoming County are helping keep streams and waterways clean in their community. As a child, Sarah Musheno would fish in the streams near her house. Now a senior at Lycoming College, she’s helping to protect them. “When I was a kid, you know, you go in and you play and you’re not really focused on how well the water is doing or anything. It’s definitely an experience to open your eyes to what is […]

  • Student Sale Raises Cash for Brain Tumor Foundation

    MILL HALL, Pa. — A high school student from Clinton County has spent months collecting donated items so he can throw a yard sale this weekend. The student is hoping to raise thousands for a foundation close to his heart. Many garage sale signs will lead you to a garage, but the yard sale these shoppers are headed to in Mill Hall is a bit different; it’s inside the lunch room at Central Mountain Middle School. Dee Gentzel is in […]

  • Casting Call for Theater Program Sponsors in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Student actors in Lycoming County are calling for sponsors to help keep their program running. The summer stock program at the Community Arts Center needs support. Acting since he was in kindergarten, Rhys Kauffman, 17, seems to have found a home under the lights. “I love being on stage and it’s so great to get lost in a character on stage,” Kauffman said. In a few weeks, Kauffman will take center stage at the Community Arts Center […]

  • Two Girls from Central PA Ready to Roll to the National Soap Box Derby

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — For the first time, two young women from Williamsport have qualified for the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race in Ohio. The girls won their division titles at the Williamsport Soap Box Derby competition last month. Meredith McCahan wants to make sure her Soap Box Derby car is ready for its next competition. In early June, the 12 year old from Muncy competed in the ninth annual Williamsport Soap Box Derby. She won first place in […]

  • 10-year-old Boy Hides from Burglar, Calls 911

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — A quick-thinking 10-year-old boy helped police nab a burglar inside his home in Clinton County. Jude Mackenzie told Newswatch 16 he wasn’t really scared. Instead, when he saw the intruder, he stayed calm, hid, and called the police. “It’s my worst nightmare to have someone break into my house, and I don’t even hear it.” That’s what happened to Kelsa Mackenzie and her family in Lock Haven. According to investigators, there was a break-in late Sunday night. […]

  • Firefighters Battle Flames and High Temperatures

    MONTGOMERY, Pa. — Firefighters in Lycoming County had to deal with oppressive temperatures while putting out a barn fire in Montgomery. Neighbors said the building went up like a fireball Monday morning. Firefighters weren’t just working in the heat. They were wearing about 70 pounds of gear while doing it. “It’s probably 100 years old, and it went up very, very quickly and very, very hot,” said Montgomery Patrolman Kenneth Flewelling. One of the first to respond to the barn fire […]