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: Pop Crunch

    The subject of this week’s Taste Test claims to be sweet, cheesy, and full of crunch. It’s a new kind of popcorn called Pop Crunch, and it comes in brown sugar cinnamon and white and sharp cheddar mix flavors. This new popcorn claims to be gluten-free with half the fat of regular potato chips but still packed with all the flavor. To put the new popcorn snack to the test, we went to Gerrity’s in Moosic. We lined up the […]

  • Taste Test: Eggo Drizzlers

    If you’re a morning person and like your breakfast and you’re looking for something new to try check this out. Kellogg’s has come out with new Eggo Drizzlers with blueberry and strawberry topping. Since some of our WNEP morning crew happens to wake up extremely early, we decided to ask Joe, Mindi and Tom how these new waffles taste. This week’s taste test item is supposed to be packed with flavor. Kellogg’s has come out with new Eggo Drizzlers. The […]

  • Taste Test: Rita’s Starbust Strawberry Ice

    We are well into spring and have had our share of some very nice and warm days. Nice enough to make you want to stop for some ice cream or maybe some cool Italian ice. For this week’s Taste Test we decided to cool off with some Rita’s Italian Ice. We headed to the Rita’s in Dunmore to try out the new flavor featured for May, Starbust Strawberry Ice. With temps in the 70s and plenty of sun when we […]

  • Taste Test: Cuties Fruit Smoothies

    Those of us who have children know how important it is that they receive their daily serving of fruits and veggies. Well, Cuties has come out with new fruit smoothies for kids and who better to test out the smoothie than some second graders? With four new flavors on the market, we decided to head to Bear Creek Community Charter School in Luzerne County and ask second graders just how tasty those flavors really are. We split the class up […]

  • Taste Test: Prego Sauces

    MOOSIC — For this weeks Taste Test, we decided to dip into something a little different. Pasta sauces! Prego has come out with three new sauces for you to pour over your pasta dishes. There are many different types of pasta sauces out there. Ragu, Prego and even some homemade sauces just to name a few. Just about everyone has their own favorite. But since Prego came out with three new flavors: creamy vodka, spicy sausage and bacon and provolone, […]

  • Taste Test: Veggie Tortilla and Sweet Potato Chips

    Chips are a common snack that many of us munch on during the day or choose to have for a quick snack to hold us over for dinner, but a lot of the time the chips we choose may not be the healthiest. Well, Green Giant has come out with two new flavored chips that the maker claims are tasty and healthy. Of course, we had to put the chips to the test. So we took a few bags to […]

  • Taste Test: Beef Jerky

    If you are an outdoors kind of person who likes all-day trips hunting, fishing or hiking you might take along some beef jerky for the road. There were all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts at this year’s Pennsylvania Outdoor Life Expo at the Lycoming Mall. “I hunt small game, I hunt big game, I fish, I fish the Susquehanna River. That’s about it,” said Walter Beaver of Winfield. “Hunt, if I could, every day, she won’t let me,” said Theron Martin […]

  • Taste Test: Cracker Creations

    Cheese, crackers and sometimes some wine, a few appetizers and drinks that can be nice to have around during a get together. Cracker Creations has come out with two new cheese and cracker combination flavors, so we took them to a winery in Tunkhannock for a taste test. Cheese and crackers, one of the more common snacks to have out during a get together, but what if you could have the cheese and crackers combined, gourmet style? Well now you […]

  • Taste Test: Herr’s Pretzel Eggs

    Easter is coming up this weekend and if you’re looking for a new candy to fill those baskets, you might be in luck. It’s taste test time and Easter time! For this week to sweeten the holiday up even more, we decided to try Herr’s new candy coated Pretzel Eggs at the Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County. To get an “expert” opinion on the new candy who better to ask than some kids taking photos with the Easter Bunny. Apparently […]

  • Dinners, Easter Baskets Given Out

    SCRANTON — Organizers of the 28th annual Friends of the Poor Easter dinner giveaway in Scranton believe the demand this year was greater than ever before. Families and friends gathered at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Human Services building at Olive Street and Wyoming Avenue in Scranton. Friends of the Poor handed out free holiday dinners and Easter baskets filled with treats. Donations helped pay for it all . “We had to prepare for 200 more families because every food […]

  • A Snowy Start to Spring

    HAZLETON — Even though there wasn’t much snow in our area Monday, some places south of us saw a couple of inches. Some people said they are done with winter weather, and ready for spring and some heat. It’s the end of March, its cold, it’s windy and it’s still snowing. Even though we didn’t have too much snowfall from this last storm system, a little snow is all it took to remind everyone winter is still here. Some people […]

  • Taste Test: Snyder’s Flavor Doubles

    STROUDSBURG — Some times it’s nice to kick back relax and have a nice cold beverage, but what’s a cold beverage without some tasty snacks, like pretzels perhaps? This weeks taste test is full of what you might call bursting flavor on a pretzel. For some people pretzels just aren’t pretzels, without some beer to wash them down. That’s why we decided to take some bags of Snyder’s New Flavor Doubles to Yard of Ale in Stroudsburg to match the […]