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
  • Woman Charged with Theft from Animal Rescue

    MONTROSE — A woman from Monroe County is facing charges for stealing from an animal rescue in Susquehanna County. County investigators charged Nicole Covage with theft by deception. They believe Covage misused funds she solicited for Fall in Ruv, Inc., an animal rescue she ran in Montrose. Detectives say the woman took donations for animals she was caring for in Susquehanna County but most of it was allegedly used for her own personal expenses. Plus, her former landlords say Covage […]

  • New Home in Susquehanna County Built by Students

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — The final touches are being put on a brand new 2,100-square-foot home near Dimock. Everything under the roof wasn’t the work of professionals, but rather future pros — students at Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. “We started doing the shingles on the roof. Now we’re doing finishing touches on the inside. (It’s) crazy to think of all the things we’ve done,” said junior Dominick Filer. For many of these students, this is their fourth year working […]

  • Attorneys Argue Cabot Lawsuit in Susquehanna County

    MONTROSE — It’s being compared to the battle of David and Goliath in Susquehanna County. Lawyers for Cabot Oil and Gas were in court Monday over a lawsuit against an outspoken landowner who says his drinking water was contaminated by fracking. Cabot was seeking $5 million from a property owner and his attorneys who sued the natural gas company earlier this year. After the hearing, Cabot will remove that dollar amount from its lawsuit for now while a judge decides […]

  • 16 Salutes: George Piercy

    HONESDALE — As if serving his country, his family and church weren’t enough, a retiree in Wayne County has given back to his community for the better part of a century. For 20 years now, George Piercy has spent his Wednesday morning carrying warm meals to these wheels. The volunteer with Wayne County’s Meals on Wheels drives from home to home, delivering more than what’s in his hands. “If I can do something to help someone it`s what my philosophy […]

  • Pipeline Project in Susquehanna County on Track

    UNION DALE — A natural gas pipeline project has closed part of a popular rail trail in Susquehanna County, but crews believe they will finish the project on time. Dozens of construction workers, big trucks, and machinery are all busy working to finish part of a pipeline project in the Forest City area. UGI, the natural gas company, is adding more capacity to its pipeline that runs right along the D&H Rail Trail all the way to Union Dale, and […]

  • The Cost of Christmas

    EATON TOWNSHIP — It’s an expensive time of year for folks who are getting in the holiday spirit. From decorating to gift-buying, it can certainly add up. The Christmas season is in full swing at Creekside Gardens near Tunkhannock. The decorations are all over the shop inside and out. And you can even make your own at weekend workshops. “They can bring a sled, a pair of skates, old winter skates they had. Anything you can add greens to,” said Sherri Kukuchka. […]

  • Where to Find $18 Million for Scranton Schools

    SCRANTON — The hits keep coming for the Scranton School District. Just weeks after a scathing financial report by the state auditor general, Scranton’s school board approved a new budget with an $18 million hole. Jobs and programs for students could be in jeopardy. The school board will have to pass the final budget by the end of the year but agreed on a preliminary budget Monday night with that $18 million gap. While there are no specifics yet on […]

  • Eyesores Galore: What’s the Story?

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — When you look, really look, at what’s all around us here in northeastern Pennsylvania, what do you see? From the city to the countryside there’s a lot to take in. A lot of it is pleasant but some, not so much. We didn’t have to go far from the Newswatch 16 studios to find what many would call eyesores in plain sight off Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. A sprawling junkyard, massive power lines cutting through residential […]

  • Toy Drive Collecting Donations in Wayne, Pike Counties

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — It’s the first year without a Toys For Tots program in part of the Poconos, but a new group has jumped in to help give needy kids a merry Christmas. Little more than a month until Santa does his thing and already Jim Zumpone is doing his part to make the holiday season a bit brighter for kids in need. Zumpone was dropping off donation boxes for the new holiday toy drive at Evergreen Elementary School near […]

  • Deer Hit Epidemic: Repair Shops Jammed, Car Rentals Unavailable

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — There have been so many wrecks involving deer lately in our area rental vehicles are hard to come by. In fact, a woman in Wayne County has been waiting for a rental since hitting a deer last week. Deer are definitely on the move this time of year. Their coats even get darker, making them harder to see, especially at night. It seems there’s a shortage of rental vehicles around here at the moment, all because […]

  • Trooper Shot is a Wayne County Native

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — State police identified the trooper shot during a routine traffic stop along Route 33 yesterday as Cpl. Seth Kelly. Cpl. Kelly is a 13-year veteran of the state police and a native of Wayne County. He is now stationed in Northampton County. Kelly was shot and badly wounded on Route 33 in Northampton County on Tuesday when investigators say a traffic stop went bad. Kelly was shot and rushed to the hospital where he’s been in […]

  • Groomer: Dog’s Death Could Have Been Prevented

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — One day after our story on a dog killed by another dog at PetSmart in Lackawanna County, other groomers are reacting to the story. Lisa Fennell has been grooming people’s pets since the early 1980s. She owns Canine Connection near Lake Wallenpaupack and saw the story on Newswatch 16 of a woman from Lackawanna County who lost her dog Brewster following a visit to PetSmart in Dickson City. “Very sad, each animal that’s somebody’s fur baby, they become […]