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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
  • Bittersweet Valentine’s Day Celebration in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A funeral home in Lycoming County is hoping to help widow and widowers celebrate this Valentine’s Day. They’re celebrating love this Valentine’s Day, even though almost everyone at Newberry Christian Fellowship in Williamsport has recently lost a loved one. People normally reach out to Sarah Kieser when they are getting ready to say goodbye to their loved ones. Kieser is the funeral director at Knight-Confer Funeral Home in Williamsport. “Everything with Valentine’s Day is for couples. It’s […]

  • ‘Yell(ow) It Out’ for Suicide Prevention at Penn College

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — College students in Lycoming County are hoping to break the stigma around mental illness through educating their classmates. For the first time, Pennsylvania College of Technology is holding a full day of events to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. They’re calling it “Yell(ow) It Out.” Take a walk on Penn College’s campus in Williamsport and you may notice yellow ribbons wrapped around the trees and signs that now line a walkway. This is all part of […]

  • Clearing Snowy Roads, Sidewalks in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Sidewalks and roadways were covered Tuesday morning in Williamsport, and it was up to city employees like David Myers to clear them. “Snow like this, it’s just wet. When it gets wet like this, it gets tough to move,” said Myers. Myers began plowing roadways around 4 a.m. He says he clocks out and goes home when the roads are cleared. “I would rather have a six-inch snowfall than ice and sleet and rain mix together. It’s […]

  • Hose Company in Montoursville Seeks Pictures from Past

    MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — A fire company in Lycoming County is hoping to preserve its history through photos, and now, they are asking the community for help. Curiosity led a group of firefighters at Willing Hand Hose Company in Montoursville to uncover a safe full of pictures and documents. Some of the documents date back to 1894, the year the company was founded. Firefighter Sam Burkett has helped organize some of the hundreds of pictures into piles. For Burkett, reading handwritten […]

  • ‘DJ Choices’ Aims to Prevent Drug and Opioid Abuse

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A nonprofit based in central Pennsylvania is using a non-conventional approach to teach students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The school program feels more like a concert and organizers say it helps keep the kids interested. The program was exciting but the message behind it is very real and something that hits close to home for some of the students we spoke with. With bright lights, pounding bass, and cheering crowd, it feels like a […]

  • Two Charged with Horrific Child Abuse in Lycoming County

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Two people in Lycoming County are accused of horrific abuse of two children. Donald Kiper, 54, and Nicole Engler-Harper, 41, both of Williamsport, were charged Thursday morning with endangering the welfare of children and unlawful restraint of a child. According to court papers, Kiper and Engler-Harper abused two children — Kiper’s 5-year-old son and the couple’s 3-year-old son — at their home on Washington Boulevard. In 2017, children and youth workers were called to investigate the family’s […]

  • Veterans Warm-Up Shop Opens in Williamsport 

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A new pop-up shop in Lycoming County could help hundreds of veterans stay warm this winter. The Lycoming County Veterans Affairs Office opened its new warm-up shop in Williamsport. Thanks to a large donation, everything in the store is free. Lester Knipe stopped by Pine Street in Williamsport to pick up a new thermal at The Veterans Warm-up Shop. “Because I needed a few things for working outside,” Lester Knipe said. An Army veteran, Knipe left the […]

  • Upgrades Planned for Brandon Park in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Thousands in state and federal money is going towards a new park rehabilitation project in Williamsport. Brandon Park is in the center of Williamsport. The city plans to upgrade the park and add improvements, including an edible garden for the community to enjoy. When they have to run errands in Williamsport, Ron Bowen and his wife Camille like to stop by Brandon Park to feed the squirrels. “We have a big tree in our backyard, and we […]

  • Frozen Pipes Keeping Plumbers Busy

    UPPER FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Cold temperatures have been keeping plumbing and heating businesses busy this week. Employees of a plumbing company in Lycoming County spent their afternoon thawing frozen pipes. A light hum was barely noticeable until we made our way to the back of a home near Montoursville where Rick Wolfgang from Sampson Plumbing and Heating was sitting with a heat gun working to thaw out a frozen sewer line. “All you have to do is touch this […]

  • Warm Meal Served by Hope Enterprises and TLC in Williamsport

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Volunteers who receive support from organizations in Lycoming County spent time on Thursday preparing a warm meal for others in their community. There was a lot of food and it took about a dozen volunteers to prepare it. Some of the volunteers who are now serving the meal helped make it Thursday morning at the food bank in Williamsport. Mackenzie Howe and Mike Colby aren’t just cooking partners, they’re friends. This duo and about a dozen other […]

  • Police Officer in Lycoming County Charged with Attempted Rape

    MONTGOMERY, Pa. — A police officer in Lycoming County was picked up by state police Wednesday morning. Troopers arrested former Montgomery police officer Larry Wilcox. Investigators believe Wilcox sexually assaulted a woman while he was in uniform. Wilcox, 69, faces several charges including attempted rape, aggravated indecent assault, and sexual assault. State police say over the summer, Wilcox was working for Montgomery police when he attempted to rape a 39-year-old woman. Court papers indicate the victim has the mental capacity […]

  • Tax Preparers Say File Early This Year

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — With the potential for another government shutdown, tax services are asking their clients to consider filing earlier this year. Tax Day is a few months away, but Nicholas Hohman and his wife Cheyanne are preparing their tax returns at Jackson Hewitt in Williamsport. “We just came in real fast, just to get them over with, so we don’t have to worry about it in a couple of weeks or months,” Nicholas Hohman said. With a 2-year-old child […]

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