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
  • Man Killed in Trench Collapse

    BASSTRESS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Lycoming County is dead after a trench he dug outside his home collapsed. Emergency workers tell Newswatch 16 the man was trying to fix a pipe when the 8-foot-deep trench collapsed around him. Police were called to a house in Basstress Township outside Williamsport around 10 a.m. Friday. “We believe that it was over his head. At first, family members managed to dig some of the material away from him,” said Chief Dean […]

  • Former YMCA in Williamsport Sold for $1

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A historic building in need of some TLC in Williamsport was recently sold for $1. Once a place for families in the community to come together, the former YMCA building on West Fourth Street in Williamsport now sits empty. City codes administrator Joe Girardi tells Newswatch 16 plans to remodel the building fell through after the structure was damaged during a demolition project in 2015. “The contractor went through and did some structural damage to Discovery Workshop, […]

  • Fire Company Hopes Ballot Question Will Allow Alcohol Sales

    UNION TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A question on the ballot for some folks in Union County is drawing debate: should Union Township vote to allow the sale of alcohol in the community. Union Township has been a dry municipality since the 1930s. The volunteer fire company is trying to change that, so businesses can sell alcohol at their future fundraisers. “Our biggest fundraiser right now is our outdoor gun and bingo,” said firefighter Greg Wagner, treasurer and member of the fundraising […]

  • ‘Childhood Begins at Home’ – Helping Families Where They Live

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A child advocacy group met with lawmakers from Lycoming County to discuss future state funding. Taylor Yeagle and her 2-year-old son Sawyer from Jersey Shore are all smiles but it’s not always this way. Yeagle will tell you raising a child comes with its challenges. “You go through a period after you have a baby where everything is really stressful and you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to and nothing feels good.” Yeagle stopped […]

  • PPL Crews Volunteer to Raise Osprey Nest

    UPPER FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A few of PPL’s linemen volunteered their time Wednesday to help create a safe place for birds to nest in Lycoming County. This project will help ospreys while potentially preventing power outages for PPL customers. The team from PPL was off the clock, but they were still working, volunteering their time and equipment to maneuver a 60-foot pole into place just outside of Montoursville. PPL and staff members from Lycoming College have teamed up to […]

  • Peanut Butter Project for Haiti

    DUNNSTOWN, Pa. — Ronald Bauman, known by many in Lock Haven as the walking man, does a lot of fundraising for the community. His most recent fundraiser: the Peanut Butter Project for Haiti. Bauman has spent the past two months collecting most of the peanut butter that now sits in piles inside Kingdom of Life Ministries. In a few months, the group near Woolrich will donate all of the jars to Destiny Village, an orphanage in Haiti. “It’s stored there, […]

  • ‘We’re here for you’ – Raising Sexual Assault Awareness

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Talk a walk around Lycoming College’s campus in Williamsport this month and you may notice some teal ribbons. The ribbons are part of a bigger month-long event. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On campus, Kristina Travis is working with students to get the word out about support services. “They can walk by and visually see an interpretation of this month that have information about our resources, off-campus resources,” Travis said. There are several events scheduled for […]

  • New Veterans Center at Lock Haven University

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Veterans studying at Lock Haven University now have a place to call their own on campus. The state school recently opened a veterans center. Lock Haven University already has clubs and events especially for veterans, but the veterans lounge gives these students a place to meet and relax on campus. Inside Zimmerli Natatorium at Lock Haven University there’s a room that’s hard to miss. With stars and stripes now painted around the doorway, the veterans center […]

  • Church Giving Out Bikes at Easter Egg Hunt

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — You may have heard of finding candy during an Easter egg hunt, but what about winning a bike? A church in Williamsport has received more than 100 bikes from the community for its annual Easter egg hunt. Members of Antioch Baptist Church in Williamsport say it started off with a few donations but quickly become a lawn filled with brand new bikes. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life across the United States,” said Grady […]

  • Tote Bags Raise Money for Autism Support

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — For World Autism Awareness Day, students in Lycoming County are lending a hand in hopes of raising support for people with the developmental disorder. At Central Elementary in South Williamsport, the students in Kristin Lambert’s autistic support classroom are painting puzzle pieces to recognize the day. During recess, you can usually find Nathan Coulter on the swings. The third grader has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. “He loves a lot of sensory input, so things […]

  • Off-duty Fire Chief Helps Save Woman from Burning Building

    WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An off-duty firefighter in Lycoming County was in the right place at the right time over the weekend. The Williamsport fire chief saved his neighbor’s life when he pulled her from her burning home. Chief Todd Heckman wasn’t wearing the proper gear, and he wasn’t paged or listening to the scanners, but Sunday night when he saw smoke coming from a house about a block away from where he lives, he jumped in to help. Less than […]

  • Hay Headed to Nebraska

    WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Farmers in central Pennsylvania are sending truckloads of hay and other supplies to Nebraska after historic flooding and a late winter storm caused millions of dollars in damage. With 50 to 100 percent of their hay ruined, ranchers in Nebraska need support. A group in Lycoming County has been able to collect about 90 tons of hay and some of it is already on its way to the Midwest. Bales of hay, some with special messages, […]

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