Michelle Rotella

Meteorologist / Reporter

Meteorologist Michelle Rotella joined the Newswatch 16 team in September, 2011. She comes to us from WOKV in Jacksonville, FL, where she was formerly the afternoon news producer.

Michelle was born in Gaithersburg, MD and grew up in Frederick, MD. Her love and passion for weather started when she was a child watching the Weather Channel with her mother. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Michelle decided to attend Frederick Community College. She obtained her A.A. degree in Arts and Sciences at the age of 18 and made her way to Tallahassee, FL and attended Florida State University where she pursued her dream career in meteorology. While attending school, she participated in the student-run weather show that was broadcasted live Monday through Friday throughout Tallahassee and Panama City, FL. After her three years at FSU, Michelle graduated with her B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in math in May of 2009.

While living in Tallahassee, Michelle interned at both the ABC and CBS stations, WTXL and WCTV. In December, 2009 she joined the weather team at WeatherBug in Germantown, MD. She forecasted the weather for the entire nation and produced weather graphics and web content. Michelle made her next big move back to Florida in October, 2010 where she then joined WOKV Newstalk Radio. She became the afternoon news producer and anchored live newscasts during the week nights. In September, 2011, she was given the opportunity to be the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WNEP in Moosic, PA.

Michelle is thrilled to be back in the northeast and working in NEPA. Her passion for the weather can be seen through her forecasts and hopes to be informative and entertaining for her viewers.

During her down time Michelle likes to watch movies, play video games, entertain her friends and go storm chasing when the opportunity strikes. She is also excited to return to the slopes and try skiing and snow boarding again.

Recent Articles

  • Taste Test: Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate

    Posted on: 5:28 pm, March 19, 2013, by , updated on: 05:22pm, March 19, 2013

    What happens when you give kids something healthy to eat, but you don’t tell them it’s healthy? Well that’s what...
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  • Taste Test: Kellogg’s Nutty Delights

    Posted on: 7:30 pm, March 5, 2013, by , updated on: 09:51am, March 7, 2013

    TAYLOR — Honey Roasted Almond and Peanut and Dark Chocolate are the two new flavors from Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Nutty...
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  • Students Get Furry Visit from SWB RailRiders Mascot

    Posted on: 4:44 pm, March 1, 2013, by , updated on: 06:01pm, March 1, 2013

    WAVERLY — One of the new mascots for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made its first appearance at Waverly Elementary School Friday....
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  • Oscar Nominees Draw Crowds to the Movies

    Posted on: 3:15 pm, February 18, 2013, by , updated on: 09:34pm, February 18, 2013

    MOOSIC — It’s awards season again and with the Academy Awards just a week away some people are rushing to...
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  • Keystone College Astronomers Fascinated by Meteor

    Posted on: 6:10 pm, February 15, 2013, by , updated on: 08:17pm, February 15, 2013

    BENTON TOWNSHIP — With all the action in the sky Friday it has astronomers in our area talking and watching...
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  • Getting Ready for a Big Night at the Restaurants

    Posted on: 7:12 pm, February 12, 2013, by , updated on: 11:09pm, February 12, 2013

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Valentine’s day is just days away and restaurants around the area are almost all booked up. With...
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  • Winter Weather Blues? Try a Tropical Getaway

    Posted on: 5:06 pm, February 11, 2013, by , updated on: 05:09pm, February 11, 2013

    SCRANTON — With the snowy weather and freezing temperatures this winter, some people are looking for an escape. While some...
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  • Opening Day for Crystal Cabin Fever, Snow or Not

    Posted on: 3:42 pm, February 8, 2013, by , updated on: 06:08pm, February 8, 2013

    HAMLIN — The winter weather is actually perfect for an ice palace in Wayne County. It’s called Crystal Cabin Fever...
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  • Local Business Scores Big with Granola

    Posted on: 4:41 pm, February 5, 2013, by , updated on: 05:48pm, February 5, 2013

    BLOOMSBURG — A local business has received a huge boost in sales after its granola product was featured on the...
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  • Super Bowl Commercials: Funny or Not?

    Posted on: 4:12 pm, February 4, 2013, by , updated on: 06:55pm, February 4, 2013

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Now that the Super Bowl is over, people seem to be talking about those outgoing, funny, and...
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  • Roman Numerals: A Thing of the Past?

    Posted on: 5:57 pm, February 1, 2013, by , updated on: 06:39pm, February 1, 2013

    SCRANTON — It’s something you don’t think about often or even see much anymore, roman numerals. That is of course...
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  • Police Plan Arson Charges In Shamokin

    Posted on: 11:44 am, January 29, 2013, by , updated on: 12:21pm, January 29, 2013

    SHAMOKIN — After a string of fires in the Shamokin Area,  police say they are ready to make an arrest...
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