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
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    Do Voters Feel the Election Is Rigged?

    MONTROSE — Donald Trump is claiming the election system is rigged, even at the polling booth. However, election officials tell Newswatch 16 they are confident in the integrity of the system. When voters go to the polls in less than three weeks, their votes will end up deciding the outcome of what’s been a hostile race for president. Recently, Trump has pushed a theory that somehow the election is fixed. “I feel safe and people should feel safe about it,” […]

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    Snow One Year; A Scorcher the Next 

    HONESDALE — This day last year, October 18, it was cold enough to snow in some parts of our area. But this year we’ve had record heat. In northeast Pennsylvania, we typically see 82 degrees in July or August, not October. But in Honesdale, people got a dose of record-breaking heat on this balmy fall day. “It’s crazy! Last week we were all wearing long sleeves, and today, it’s going to be 80 degrees. It’s ridiculous,” said Kyle Saylor of […]

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    Gas Prices Going up in New Jersey in November

    COLUMBIA, N.J. — New Jersey is raising the price of gas just like Pennsylvania did a few years ago after seeing a desperate need for money to repair roads and bridges. Come next month, the price you pay over the state line may be very close to what you pay here in Pennsylvania. Filling up at the travel center in Columbia, New Jersey is usually a good bargain if you’re from Pennsylvania. Gas is roughly 25 cents cheaper than at […]

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    No Trick! Free Halloween Candy in Pike County

    MILFORD — Halloween is coming soon, and no doubt kids are salivating for the candy. But if the demand outweighs supply in part of Pike County, there’s a treat in store for residents. The streets in downtown Milford will be teeming with trick-or-treaters in less than three weeks. You know the tradition: door to door, goodie bags in hand, all in full costume. But with hundreds of children holding out their hands every year, it can be a frightening proposition […]

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    Detour for Sewer Work on Busy City Street

    SCRANTON — Part of a busy street in Scranton is closed for at least a week disrupting the flow of traffic to homes and businesses in the area. Pittston Avenue at Brook Street closed Monday. For instance, McCarthy Florists are affected. The owner said the road closure will cut down on the number of walk-in customers. Depending on the time of day, Pittston Avenue in south Scranton sees a lot of cars and trucks. This week, that traffic is detoured around this intersection at […]

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    River Heritage Trail Coming to Carbondale

    CARBONDALE — Work has begun on the next phase of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. The Carbondale Riverwalk is a two-mile section of trail that will run through the heart of the city’s downtown. It won’t be long now until a section of John Street which was abandoned in Carbondale will be the latest stretch of the trail. Owen Worozbyt is the project manager. He showed us the path the trail will take along the river and even through the city’s […]

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    Wayne County Sheriffs Sport Pink for Fellow Deputy

    HONESDALE — For the month of October, the sheriff’s department in Wayne County is sporting a color you don’t usually see on law enforcement. They are wearing pink patches for breast cancer awareness month. “A lot of people love it. It’s a good idea. Some people ask what’s that for. We tell them it’s something that hits home for us,” said Wayne County Sheriff Mark Steelman. The pink patches are a reminder that even one of their own is in a […]

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    Charges After Child Found Alone in Car at Bar in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — A father cleared in the death of his baby earlier this year is in trouble again. Keith Mullin of Honesdale is accused of leaving his 18-month-old son in a car while he went to a bar. Troopers charged Keith Mullin with child endangerment on Monday after the young boy was found soaking wet inside a running vehicle parked outside a bar early Saturday morning. When we stopped by Mullin’s home on Ridge Street in Honesdale, his wife and three […]

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    Vandalism Can’t Derail Wayne County Train Excursion

    HONESDALE  — Just as an excursion train in Wayne County was gearing up for the fall foliage season, vandals hit leaving a mess to clean up before the first ride. It was all aboard the Stourbridge Line in Honesdale for its first fall foliage excursion of the season, but over the weekend the train had some unwelcome guests. Some shattered glass on the tracks is all that’s left from a vandalism spree that left the train operators cleaning up a […]

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    Invasive Weed Taking Hold in Ponds, Lakes

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — It’s the end of summer but just the beginning of a battle on one pond in Wayne County against an invasive weed. Dave Falvo gave us an up-close look at the culprit: a fast-growing, resilient weed in Long Pond near Honesdale called hydrilla. Falvo grew up on Long Pond, also known as Lake Alden, and is worried by what he’s seeing beneath the water’s surface. “I don’t think this is anything that can be solved easily. It’s very complex. This is […]

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    County Seeks to Continue Flood-prone Property Buybacks

    MEHOOPANY — Five years after historic flooding hit parts of Wyoming County, officials are looking at buying a second round of flood-prone properties. Back in 2011, parts of Mehoopany were under water. Homes that were damaged or destroyed are now merely plots of grass all because FEMA and PEMA assisted the county with buying nearly 20 properties which may flood again. The buildings, or what was left, were torn down. “These two properties are now green space, they can never […]

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    Traffic Signal at ‘Dangerous’ Intersection Up and Running

    CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP — For years, people have said something needed to be done to make an intersection safer in part of Lackawanna County. Now, work is all but complete on the improved intersection beast Carbondale. After years of trepidation on the part of drivers on Route 6 near Carbondale, a traffic signal controls the cars and trucks at this intersection. Over the years, this spot where the Casey Highway splits from Business Route 6 has been notorious for crashes. “We’ve […]