WNEP TV’s Mike Stevens has been traveling the Pennsylvania Road for 30 years.

In all that time, Mike has never lost sight of the original goal of the Pennsylvania Road assignment: to travel the back roads and country lanes of northeastern and central Pennsylvania in search of interesting people doing interesting things.

The Pennsylvania Road has taken WNEP viewers to meet folks who whittle, carve, saw, fiddle, play, collect, draw, build and otherwise do things that Mike thinks TV 16’s viewers ought to know about.

In addition to his travels, Mike is also host of the Home and Backyard Show Saturday morning at 900 and contributes to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Life program seen Sunday nights. He is a frequent guest speaker at church, civic and charitable functions in the WNEP coverage area. He also writes essay pieces that appear in area magazines as well and enjoys taking the photographs that accompany some of his stories. He has published four books under the “Life in the Slow Lane” title.


Recent Articles
  • Rhododendrons on the PA Road

    With the deepening of summer, it has allowed all kinds of things to happen outdoors. While on the Pennsylvania Road in Carbon County, it’s all happened so fast we almost missed one very important event…

  • Jimmy Stewart Museum

    One of the most famous Pennsylvanians of the 20th century passed away 20 years ago this month. Jimmy Stewart was an Oscar-winning film legend. He was also an American hero as a bomber pilot over Europe in World War II. Stewart enlisted as a private and ended the war a decorated colonel. A museum in his honor is open in his hometown of Indiana in western Pennsylvania. Mike Stevens made the trek Back Down The Pennsylvania Road to Indiana County […]

  • Signs of the Summer Season

    Mike Stevens says he has found more signs of the summer season in the PhotoLink Library.

  • Anthracite Heritage: A Memorial for Miners

    In Luzerne County, a memorial paying tribute to miners is taking shape. Mike Stevens takes a look at the place where miners are getting their proper due. If there was a miner in your family and you’d like to have his name on the wall of honor, the process begins at the Anthracite Heritage Foundation website.

  • A Flight in a B-17

    Once on a drizzly, early summer day, Mike Stevens took a flight in a vintage World War II bomber. The bomber had landed in Reading. Mike tagged along with a man from Luzerne County who knew all about flying in B-17s. We relive the flight as we head Back Down The Pennsylvania Road to 2003. The “Yankee Lady” still flies. You can see it and other vintage planes at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan, between Ann Arbor and […]

  • Photolink Library: Reflections

    The Fourth of July kind of marks a turning point in summer as for what folks tend to do. On this trip into the Photolink Library, we pause for some proper reflections.

  • Remembering the First Great War on the Pennsylvania Road

    It’s been a century since the United States entered World War One — remembered by many as “the Great War.” It certainly shaped the world we live in today, and along the Pennsylvania Road, we found one place in Bradford County where one hundred years ago seems just like yesterday.

  • Tobacco Spitting Competition

    There are all sorts of unique and fun summer festivals and picnics in Pennsylvania. One of them is the Bark Peelers’ Festival at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County. There are frog-jumping races and log-rolling competitions. But once upon a time, there was another competition that drew people from miles around. Newswatch 16’s Mike Stevens was one of the interested spectators watching the expectorators back in 1983. More on the Bark Peelers’ Festival Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on Facebook

  • Photogenic Critters in the PhotoLink Library

    End of the week and time for a stop at the PhotoLink Library. Mike Stevens peeked through the doors and found some photogenic critters looking back.

  • Meeting the Leaf Maker and Tree Builder on the Pennsylvania Road

    This week, we travel down the Pennsylvania road to Susquehanna County to meet a man who is involved in building a tree…from the ground up!

  • Memories of Accordion Songs on the PA Road

    Drums and guitars seem to be the instruments musicians favor these days…but if an accordion is close to your heart, then you might want to know the man introduced 15 years ago…as we go Back Down the Pennsylvania Road to Schuylkill County!

  • A Story of Change

    A change in season means big changes in the world around us. Mike Stevens shows us a story of change, from the very good to the not so good in the PhotoLink Library.