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

    What happens when you give kids something healthy to eat, but you don’t tell them it’s healthy? Well that’s what we’re going to find out now in this week’s taste test. It was Dr. Seuss reading day here at Dr. Kistler Elementary School in Luzerne County, but it was also a taste test day. We decided to do things a little differently this time. We pulled the cereal out of the box and gave the 6th grade students a blind […]

  • Taste Test: Kellogg’s Nutty Delights

    TAYLOR — Honey Roasted Almond and Peanut and Dark Chocolate are the two new flavors from Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Nutty Delights. They are supposed to be a healthy and enjoyable snack rich in vitamin E and zinc. So we put the bars to the test at the Taylor Walmart in Lackawanna County. “I like these, I know I buy them every week. But not these kind, the other kind. The plain ones. (The new ones) are very good, very good, […]

  • Students Get Furry Visit from SWB RailRiders Mascot

    WAVERLY — One of the new mascots for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made its first appearance at Waverly Elementary School Friday. It was busy day for students at Waverly Elementary School in Lackawanna County. From their annual health fair, Dr. Seuss reading, and crazy hair day, to the first public appearance of a new mascot for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Students got a firsthand look and greeted the porcupine mascot like he was a true rock star. “Very furry, wow, really cool, […]

  • Oscar Nominees Draw Crowds to the Movies

    MOOSIC — It’s awards season again and with the Academy Awards just a week away some people are rushing to see the nominated movies before the awards are given out. With some people having Presidents Day off and the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, it made for one busy day at Cinemark in Moosic. Some kids had the day off from school and decided the movies were the way to spend it. “Just going to see Safe Haven because […]

  • Keystone College Astronomers Fascinated by Meteor

    BENTON TOWNSHIP — With all the action in the sky Friday it has astronomers in our area talking and watching the sky closely, too. It certainly was a busy Friday in the sky, and astronomers and science students of Keystone College are fascinated by these rare occurrences. It was a rare and action packed Friday in our skies. With the meteor in Russia, to the asteroid that passed just 17,000 miles away from earth. Most people were surprised to see […]

  • Getting Ready for a Big Night at the Restaurants

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Valentine’s day is just days away and restaurants around the area are almost all booked up. With Valentine’s day coming up this week restaurants around the area are rushing to make sure everyone’s dinner is special. From napkins to flower center pieces and champagne glasses, Posh at the Scranton Club in Lackawanna County is prepping for a very busy but romantic evening. “Well were just getting ready for Valentine’s day now, we’re fully booked for our evening […]

  • Winter Weather Blues? Try a Tropical Getaway

    SCRANTON — With the snowy weather and freezing temperatures this winter, some people are looking for an escape. While some people are enjoying the cold weather, skiing and snowboarding, others might be looking to get out of dodge. “Well we like to go in the spring and get away from the cold. After a long winter, just get away and enjoy the sunshine,” said Peter Valenta, from Old Forge. We found a lot of people working with travel agents at […]

  • Opening Day for Crystal Cabin Fever, Snow or Not

    HAMLIN — The winter weather is actually perfect for an ice palace in Wayne County. It’s called Crystal Cabin Fever and it opened Friday and even with winter storm warnings in effect for much of the northeast, it didn’t stop some families from coming out and enjoying some fun. This year’s ice display outside Hamlin has a lot of new features for families to enjoy. “This year’s theme is dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures. We have 100 tons of ice of […]

  • Local Business Scores Big with Granola

    BLOOMSBURG — A local business has received a huge boost in sales after its granola product was featured on the Dr. Oz show. Sales have skyrocketed for Columbia County Bread and Granola after Dr. Oz tasted its product on his show. Now the company has to keep up with a new high demand. All it took was the simple word of mouth, and boom, Columbia County Bread and Granola, a local business based out of Bloomsburg exploded with high sales. […]

  • Super Bowl Commercials: Funny or Not?

    LUZERNE COUNTY — Now that the Super Bowl is over, people seem to be talking about those outgoing, funny, and awkward commercials. Newswatch 16 went to the Wyoming Valley Mall in Luzerne County to see if those commercials made any lasting impressions. Most people watch the Super Bowl for the game, but some watch it hoping to get a good laugh out of the commercials. There was a wide variety in Sunday night’s short skits, ranging from funny, to sentimental, […]

  • Roman Numerals: A Thing of the Past?

    SCRANTON — It’s something you don’t think about often or even see much anymore, roman numerals. That is of course until you hear the words “Super Bowl.” You don’t really see them that often anymore, driving through downtown Scranton we found some on a clock hanging from PNC Bank, but other than that we couldn’t find much. With that in mind we headed to the University of Scranton to find out if roman numerals have become a thing of the […]

  • Police Plan Arson Charges In Shamokin

    SHAMOKIN — After a string of fires in the Shamokin Area,  police say they are ready to make an arrest for one blaze that is now being called arson. The fire Monday night was one of several fires in the Shamokin area of Northumberland County in the past few days. Shamokin police plan to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday to talk about their investigation into the latest suspicious fire in that city. The latest fire started around […]