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Jim Hamill has covered a lot of territory in his time at Newswatch 16. In 2006, he started producing and reporting at the TV station he watched while growing up. By 2008, he joined the Central PA Newsroom and picked up the camera to report stories from all over the map. Then, Jim became Newswatch 16’s weekend anchor in 2013.

James, as he’s been known for most of his life, grew up in Honesdale – birthplace of the American Railroad. He got his first taste of news while working for the local radio station during high school. Jim graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2004. Soon, he was off to an even cooler climate: Bangor, Maine. After two years at WABI-TV5, Jim came home to The News Station.

In his time covering news in central Pennsylvania, Jim reported extensively on the development of the Marcellus Shale, state government and politics in Harrisburg as well as the Penn State child sex abuse scandal including Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial. After returning to the Poconos, Jim broke numerous stories related to the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks and subsequent 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein.

A big Orange(men) fan, you can find Jim out on the golf course, bike trail, or listening to some live music. From classic rock to hip hop and just about everything in between, his taste in music knows few boundaries. He shares that love of good music and traveling with his wife, Melody, and their son, Cagney.

Recent Articles
  • There’s ‘Snow’ End to School?

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP —¬†With all the snow days so far this year, some school districts are looking at ways to fit in the required 180 days and graduate seniors on time. There was still plenty of snow on the tennis courts at the Wallenpaupack Area schools Wednesday, and plenty of days left in the school year thanks to nine snow days so far. Last week, students near Hawley missed four days due to the blizzard, and the district will decide if […]

  • Baby Goats Bounce to Internet Stardom

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP — It’s been a busy week on a farm in Susquehanna County between the blizzard and a bunch of baby goats born during it all. Now those kids are finding themselves a hit on the internet from coast to coast. One way to be sure spring has sprung is two dozen four-legged kids bouncing up and down at DeHaven Family Farm near Union Dale. “Lots of babies, yeah, lots of babies. This is the most amount of babies […]

  • Companies Reap Benefits of Blizzard

    HONESDALE — It has only taken a week but most everyone in part of Wayne County has been plowed out of the Blizzard of 2017. While some companies cashed in, others broke even because of the historic storm. A front-end loader tried to find a storm drain covered in feet of snow at the K-Mart near Honesdale. The blizzard last week dropped more than 2 feet of snow across the area and snow removal companies had their hands full. “It […]

  • Damascus Township Buried Under 30″ of Snow

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — Some of the highest snow totals our area saw during the Blizzard of 2017 were in northern Wayne County where about 30 inches fell in one day. Two feet of snow fell in Honesdale Tuesday, and the borough is still in a state of emergency as crews dig out. Take a ride north, however, and you’ll find folks who are up to their eyeballs in snow and the wind isn’t helping matters whatsoever. When you live in […]

  • Blizzard Pummels Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Folks in Wayne County are digging out from two feet or more of snow. The snowfall was just relentless no matter where you went in Wayne County. The borough of Honesdale has declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon asking anyone who is not with emergency crews and essential personnel to stay off the streets until 8 a.m. Wednesday. From the morning straight through the afternoon, the snow kept coming down, making it hard to see and even […]

  • PennDOT Getting Extra Help to Battle Storm

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Plow trucks will be out in force Tuesday during the storm on interstates and back roads. With all the snow we are expected to get in a short time, PennDOT and local crews will be put to the test. It’s all hands on deck for the foreseeable future. PennDOT has made sure all the necessary maintenance is done on plow trucks and other equipment and even called in extra help from the western part of the state. […]

  • Frein Trial Costs Begin to Mount

    WEST CHESTER —¬†Even before testimony starts in the trial of Eric Frein, the man accused of ambushing Pennsylvania state troopers, the cost to taxpayers continues to mount including this week during jury selection in the Philly suburbs. Pike County Commissioners have known this death penalty trial will be expensive. They even raised taxes partly because of that cost. After two days of jury selection, not one juror has been picked. That could happen Monday. Potential jurors walked out of the […]

  • Jury Selection in Eric Frein Case Begins in Chester County

    WEST CHESTER, PA — Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of accused killer Eric Frein. Frein is accused of ambushing state troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County in 2014. It could be weeks before a jury is picked for the death penalty trial of Frein. The jury is being picked in Chester County and day one of jury selection saw only nine people sent home out of 100 potential jurors. Attorneys figure it could take two […]

  • Frein Jury Selection to Start Thursday

    PIKE COUNTY — Jury selection in the high-profile death penalty case against Eric Frein is about to start. Many people who lived through the deadly attack on state police in Pike County two and a half years ago have been waiting for Frein to go on trial. The jury will come from Chester County and the process starts Thursday. Prosecutors say Eric Frein ambushed troopers in 2014 during a late-night shift change. Because the attack and the manhunt that followed […]

  • Dispatcher Sues State Police for Alleged Cover-Up

    SCRANTON — There’s been another strange twist related to the deadly ambush at the state police barracks in Pike County. A dispatcher who survived that sniper attack is suing state police. She accuses them of covering up an alleged rape. Newswatch 16 has chosen not to identify the accuser. Her lawsuit filed in Lackawanna County court is seeking money for what attorneys say was an attempt to silence the dispatcher and protect the reputation of the Pennsylvania State Police. As […]

  • 140-Pound Tumor Removed from Woman

    (Editors note: Some of the video may be disturbing to some viewers.) SAINT CLAIR — For years, a woman from Schuylkill County tried to shed excess weight using every method possible. And as Mary Clancey of Saint Clair tipped the scales at more than 350 pounds, she finally discovered it wasn’t fat but a tumor the size of a person. Clancey is half the woman she used to be now that the 140-pound cyst has been surgically removed. All along, […]

  • Photos: Effects of Wicked Weather sent to WNEP

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — There are many accounts of what happened during that tornado and wicked storm on Saturday and many of you sent in photos and video to   To see more photos from the wicked weather and to submit your images, click here.