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
  • Lancaster Against Pipelines closes continuous encampment

    CONEWAGO, Pa. – The group Lancaster Against Pipelines has been camping at “The Stand” for nearly a month. The encampment was created in an effort to stop the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. The pipeline is set to go through more than 35 miles of Lancaster County. Over the weekend members of the group announced, through social media, they are closing the continuous encampment. On the Lancaster Stand Facebook page it says, “as best we can tell, serious, concerted construction of […]

  • Bus becomes mobile library in Lancaster County

    WASHINGTON BOROUGH, Pa. – For four years, Tracy Musser has been a bus driver. She takes students to Central Manor Elementary School. This year she decided to turn a bus seat into a library for the kids. “They immediately were excited. As soon as the idea came out I asked who would be interested in doing it and almost every kids put their hand up. I knew at that point there was no turning back. It had to be done,” […]

  • Suspicious death investigation in Lancaster County

    PROVIDENCE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – State Police Troopers in Lancaster County are investigating a suspicious death. Police say they were called to 124 Pennsy Road in Providence Township, Lancaster County around 2:45 Wednesday morning. Inside the home they found the body of Hugo Hernandez Garcia,35. Police have not released a cause of death. Investigators were at the scene for over 12 hours collecting evidence. They say they are working on multiple leads. Family members say Garcia is from Guatemala and has […]

  • ‘It just dropped real quick’ Bus carrying 40 passengers gets stuck in Harrisburg sinkhole

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bus carrying 40 passengers was caught in a sinkhole Tuesday near the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Passengers were on their way from Pittsburgh to the Capitol. “Couple people on the bus said you hit the curb. I could see the curb out the front door so I knew it wasn’t even close. I opened the door up and looked out and it wasn’t the curb. The street was gone,” said driver Ron Schnarrs from Fab Limousines in  Austintown, Ohio. […]

  • Neighbors help neighbors dig out in Lancaster

    LANCASTER, Pa. – For over three hours Troy Rudy cleared the sidewalks and parking spaces along Liberty Street in Lancaster Tuesday. He has lived in the area for 10 years and says he likes to help his neighbors. He calls it leading by example. His neighbors are grateful for the help.

  • Kids sledding on their snow day in Lancaster

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Kids and parents in Lancaster say Buchanan Park has the best sledding hill in the city. Wednesday dozens of kids and adults took to the hill. Stewart ,8, says over the past two days he has been sledding for a total of four hours and has gone up and down the hill more than 40 times. His dad says the neighborhood has a big text group where they let people know they will be at the park […]

  • Two-year-old enjoys snow day with his dad in Lancaster

    LANCASTER, Pa.- Sebastian, 2, and his dad Chase braved the weather to have some fun. Chase pulled Sebastian all around Lancaster on a sled. Sebastian also learned a new word during the storm, snow.

  • Nearly 100 cars towed in Lancaster during the snow storm

    LANCASTER, Pa. – Parking along a snow emergency route during a storm in Lancaster city could cost you. Larry Cohen with the Lancaster Parking Authority says an emergency is called when the forecast calls for eight or more inches of snow. People are given time to move their cars into a garage. Signs are posted letting people know the garages are open and advising people to move.During snow emergencies it is free to park in garages owned by LPA. If […]

  • Businesses in Lancaster stay open through the storm

    LANCASTER, Pa. –  The owner of Prince Street Cafe in Lancaster decided snow would not keep him from opening the cafe. “Prince Street Cafe is a meeting place and we have a lot of people that live in the city and walk around including myself and our other owner Crystal and we just wanted to be open so people had a place to go,” said Kyle Sollenberger, Prince Street Cafe. People did venture out and into the cafe. Another owner that chose […]

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