In July of 2015, I officially began my career at FOX43 WPMT as a reporter. Prior to FOX43, I was a multi-media journalist in DuBois, Pennsylvania and worked for WTAJ News. Pittsburgh is my hometown. I grew up about 12 miles south of the city in Bethel Park. Lancaster County is my second home. I fell in love with this area after attending Millersville University. At Millersville, I studied Speech Communication with a focus in Broadcasting. I am thrilled to be back and look forward to getting to know our viewers! Email me at Follow me on Twitter @LeahMKirstein.

Recent Articles
  • Historic Lancaster County home saved from demolition

    WARWICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Historic records show the Leib home in Warwick Township, Lancaster County was built in 1810 by a Revolutionary War veteran for his daughter. It is one of the oldest homes in the Township. It was nearly demolished so the 55-plus development, Traditions of America, could expand. Traditions of America looked to find another solution. Since the development is 55-plus it would difficult to sell the home and turning it into a clubhouse was not feasible. Developers, Reid […]

  • ‘I sure felt it’ Earthquake shakes parts of Lancaster County

    MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Just before 5:00 on Sunday Millersville University freshman Michael Lowinski was in his dorm. “I was in my room just chilling. All of a sudden I felt my room shake and I thought it was just noisy neighbors upstairs” he said. It was an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey confirms a magnitude 2.3 earthquake shook parts of Lancaster County. The epicenter is near New Danville along Rt. 741. “I sure felt it. I was in my kitchen yesterday […]

  • Huge consignment sale in Lancaster County

    EAST PETERSBURG, Pa. – At the Lanco Fieldhouse in East Petersburg, Lancaster County there is a huge consignment sale going on. The sale runs from 9:00am Thursday to 3:00pm Saturday. On Saturday all items are half price. Items not sold will either be given back to the seller or will be donated to PATH. The PATH Program  provides free life skills, parenting programs and support to residents of Lancaster County. Families helping families – it doesn’t get any better than that! […]

  • Fire causes over one million in damage in Lower Paxton Township

    LOWER PAXTON TWP., Pa. – Lower Paxton Township Police say four townhouses and at least six cars are destroyed after a fire Monday night. Police say the fire started around 11:40pm in the 100 block of Wyndham Way in Lower Paxton Township. When they arrived on scene they say two garages were engulfed in flames and the fire quickly spread. The total damage is estimated at $1,000,000. Everyone was able to get out of the houses safely. Two cats died. […]

  • Auditor General wants to look into General Assembly surplus

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – There is a surplus of $118.4 million in the General Assembly. In the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania state budget there is a deficit of billions of dollars. The Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale. would like to complete an audit of the General Assembly to see if the surplus money can be used in a better way. Under Pennsylvania law the Auditor General does not have the authority to complete an audit of the General Assembly without permission. The General Assembly […]

  • Business with long history in Lancaster expands

    MANHEIM, Lancaster County, Pa. – Kreider Farms in Manheim, Lancaster County opened in 1935. It is the only combination egg and dairy farm in the United States, according to the owner. It is a third generation farm that now produces eggs, milk, drinks and ice cream. The ice cream has been being made and stored in a 1,300 square foot freezer. The size of the freezer was limiting the amount of ice cream Kreider Farms could make, store and sell. […]

  • More pedestrians dying locally and nationally

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Nationwide, in 2016, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed according to a new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association. It is 11% higher than 2015. Locally, in Lancaster County, there was also an increase. In 2015 the Transportation Committee says eight pedestrians were killed. In 2016, nine pedestrians were killed. Already, in 2017, three pedestrians have been killed. One reason for the increase maybe distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians. People are being advised to put their phones […]

  • VisionCorps plans to expand services in Lancaster

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Each day Dr. Ryan Yealy from Yealy Eye Care sees about thirty patients. “A lot of these patients haven’t read for years and we can give them the ability to see again, to read primarily, and then we have somethings that can help their long distance vision,” said Yealy. “If we are looking at keeping individuals employed we are looking at making sure that they have the glasses necessary for them to do their jobs and be […]

  • Historic James Bell Tavern demolished

    SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Bell Tavern, built in the 1780s, has been demolished. Some of the old stones have been saved and will be sold. In a statement the property owners, Triple Crown Corporation, said the Bell Tavern had to be taken down due to safety concerns. The  Bell Tavern Association had been working for over a year to save the Bell Tavern. The statement further says, “Triple Crown Corporation and The Bell Tavern Association have been in discussion […]

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