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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.

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    Senator Casey Visits Senior Center in Luzerne County

    KINGSTON — Senator Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) has been working his way around Pennsylvania this week. The second-term senator is not necessarily holding town hall meetings, but having events which try to bring attention to issues important to Democrats. That included a stop Wednesday at the Active Adult Center in Kingston. Casey talked about the importance of making sure there are no changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. He also talked to us about the push to repeal and replace […]

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    State: Inspect Big Rigs Once per Year

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A big change is coming for big rigs. Up until this month, Pennsylvania has required large trucks to be inspected twice a year, but not anymore. That has some drivers and safety inspectors concerned. State lawmakers made the change last year. It went into effect just last week. Vehicles over 17,000 pounds are now allowed to go one full year between inspections. As Bill Kinsman got to work inspecting a propane truck at his shop near […]

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    Lawmakers Take Optimistic Approach to Solving Budget Crisis

    HARRISBURG — Lawmakers now begin the months-long process of deciding what should be in the state budget and what shouldn’t. But this time around, Republicans have a large majority and seem to like what they heard from Governor Tom Wolf this year. The previous two budget speeches from the governor were seen as much more adversarial than Tuesday’s address. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle signaled that they can get behind the governor given the right mix of making […]

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    Update: Woman Dead after Apartment Fire in Lackawanna County

    CLARKS SUMMIT — One person died after a fire at an apartment building in Lackawanna County. The first alarm at Bedford Tower in Clarks Summit came in just before 3 a.m. Firefighters found one woman dead in the apartment where the fire started on the sixth floor. A state police fire marshal believes smoking led to the deadly fire. The body of Marlene Neville, 77, was found in her apartment after flames broke out at a high-rise for the elderly and […]

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    For Sale: Organic Farm in Wayne County

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — If you are in the market for a farm, there’s one for sale in Wayne County. This isn’t just any farm, but a certified organic farm that’s ready to go. In the dead of winter, there isn’t much farming going on at Willow Wisp Organic Farm north of Honesdale. The owners are moving out, expanding their organic growing operation at another farm so this one’s up for sale. “Time to move on which is a little bittersweet […]

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    Investigation into Deadly Wyoming County Blast

    UPDATE THURSDAY, FEB. 2 -- Investigators say a deadly explosion in Wyoming County Monday night was an accident but have not said what may have caused it.

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    Missing Man’s Car Found, New Information in Search Warrant

    Investigators have found the car of Lackawanna County man missing since last week and search warrants reveal new information about the case.

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    Copies of Orwell’s ‘1984’ in High Demand

    There’s one book that has gained in popularity since the start of Donald Trump’s term as president. It’s not Trump’s “Art of the Deal.” In fact, it was written in the mid-20th century. In George Orwell’s “1984,” the government controls people through something called the Ministry of Truth. Now, that novel is at the top of the Amazon best-seller list and its publisher has ordered 75,000 new copies perhaps because of its similarities to today. Inside Albright Memorial Library in downtown Scranton, there are […]

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    Heavy Snow Causes Problems in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — There really wasn’t a lot of snow that fell overnight, mostly a wet, heavy mix of rain, sleet, and snow. It made for trouble in parts of our area including Wayne County. PPL is reporting only a couple hundred homes and businesses without power in the area, but many more were in the dark Tuesday morning while just about everyone had to deal with a thick, slushy snow. The snow throwers really came in handy on this day […]

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    Protesters in Scranton Cited on Inauguration Day

    SCRANTON — A protest in Scranton during the presidential inauguration on Friday ended with the police stepping in. Three people are being cited after an incident outside Senator Bob Casey’s office. Newswatch 16 was at that rally in Scranton Friday and there were no problems until the crowd showed up later outside the private building where Senator Casey’s office is located. While Donald Trump was being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, a group rallied against him on Courthouse […]

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    National Parks Tweeting Again

    SCRANTON — If you follow any National Parks on Twitter, including two sites in our area, you may have noticed they were quiet this weekend. It’s because of controversial posts on Inauguration Day. The Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton hadn’t tweeted to its few hundred followers since the day before President Trump’s inauguration. The Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service, shut down all Twitter accounts after someone retweeted a comparison of inauguration crowds this year […]

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    Fighting to Save SCI Waymart

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Lawmakers toured one of the state prisons in our area Tuesday that’s on the short list for closing. The prison in Wayne County is one of five prisons in jeopardy. Lawmakers from northeastern Pennsylvania aren’t taking any chances and doing everything in their power to keep SCI Waymart open. The prison has nearly 1,500 inmates and is one of five state prisons on the potential chopping block. “These inmates basically are committed by the courts, criminally insane, […]