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
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  • Taste Test: Fiber One 90 Calorie Bars

    This week’s Taste Test claims to be healthy and tasty. Fiber One has come out with new 90 calorie snack bars in three different flavors. So Newswatch 16 headed up the mountain to the Shoppes at Montage in Lackawanna County to find out what people think of this new and healthy snack. They claim to be healthy, delicious and only 90 calories. They’re new Fiber One 90 calorie snack bars that come in three different flavors: Lemon Bar, Cinnamon Coffee […]

  • Taste Test: Chips Ahoy Sweet & Salty

    If you like cookies, chocolate chips and caramel, this new snack might be right up your alley. Chips Ahoy has come out with a new chewy cookie that’s sweet and salty, loaded with caramel chunks. So for this week’s Taste Test Newswatch 16’s Michelle Rotella took the new cookies to Lackawanna College Environmental Institute to ask some camp kids what they think of the new treat.

  • Taste Test: New Cheez-It Flavors

    If you’re a fan of the baked snack crackers called Cheez-It then you might like to try the four new cheese flavors that have just come out. For this week’s taste test Newswatch 16 went to Curious Kids Learning Center in Luzerne County to see what the kids thought of the snacks. Many people are fans of the original Cheez-Its, the baked cheddar snack crackers, and now you can try them in many different cheese flavors: Mozzarella, Asiago, Baby Swiss […]

  • Taste Test: Pringles Stix

    You may have heard the phrase “once you pop, the fun don’t stop”   referring to Pringles chips. For this week’s Taste Test we’re trying Pringles Stix, a new spin off now offered in stores. We headed to the Wayne County Fair to ask people what they think of the new flavored Pringles snack. They are baked snack sticks that come in three flavors, honey butter, pizza, and cheese. We found the Pringles Stix at Walmart for $2.48 a box and […]

  • Taste Test: Kit Kat Minis

    For this week’s Taste Test we decided to cool off and take a break with Kit Kat Minis at McDade Park. You know the saying “give me a break” with the original Kit Kats that come with two crisp wafers in one package  Well now  Kit Kat has made it so you can take more breaks throughout your day with a whole bag full of Kit Kat minis. We took two bags of Kit Kat Minis to McDade Park in […]

  • Taste Test: Hidden Valley Dip Mix

    It’s summer time and the cookouts are in full swing and who doesn’t like all the finger foods that are there? So for this week’s Taste Test Newswatch 16 went to Duryea to try new Hidden Valley Dips Mixes to see if they were a hit at the party. Sometimes, the best times are relaxing on a hot day and having a nice backyard cookout and, of course, the great foods that come along with them. For this week’s Taste […]

  • Taste Test: Fruit Roll-Ups Flavor Mixers

    This week’s Taste Test was a fruity and chewy one, since Fruit Roll-Ups came out with new flavor mixers. So if you’re looking for a new snack to pack in your child’s lunch box, watch and decide for yourself if Fruit Roll-Ups might be the right snack for you. They’re fruity, they’re chewy and they’re full of flavor. At least that’s what new Fruit Roll-Ups flavor mixers claim to be. The three flavors: strawberry, lemonade, and tropical are made so […]

  • Taste Test: Robinsons Fruit Shoots

    It’s a new way to drink your favorite fruit juices. It’s called Fruit Shoot, four different flavored juices that come in a sporty-looking bottle. For this Taste Test, Newswatch 16 headed to Lackawanna State Park to see what kids thought of the drink. If you’re looking for a new drink on the go, you might want to check out Robinsons new Fruit Shoots that come in four different flavors. All four flavors are juice drinks that are made from concentrate […]

  • Taste Test: Pop Tarts Oatmeal Delights

    If you’re a breakfast person, have kids or both you may want to try this new food item at your kitchen table. Kelloggs’ Pop Tarts have come out with new oatmeal delights in maple brown sugar and strawberry. Newswatch 16’s Michelle Rotella took them to ABC Kiddie Kampus in Lackawanna County to see just how much the kids liked them.

  • Taste Test: Chocolate Chips Ahoy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

    For all you chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there, listen up! Chips Ahoy has come out with new chocolate cookies that are made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and to find out if they taste as good as they look, Newswatch 16 made a stop at Kirby Park in Luzerne County to find out for this week’s Taste Test. Many of us have tried Chips Ahoy cookies and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups candy. But what you might not […]

  • Taste Test: Pepsi and Mountain Dew Throwbacks

    Summer officially begins in a few days and people are already heading to the pools to cool off. So for this week’s Taste Test, we decided to head to Nay Aug Park in Scranton to give people a different way to cool off with the Pepsi and Mountain Dew throwback sodas. Pepsi has decided to bring back two of their most popular sodas in glass bottles: Pepsi and Mountain Dew throwbacks made with real sugar instead of corn syrup. To […]

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