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. 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 Syracuse fan, you can find Jim out on the golf course, bike trail, or listening to some live music. He shares that love of good music and traveling with his wife, Melody, and their children, Cagney & Prudence.


Recent Articles
  • Seat Belts on School Buses?

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — School bus drivers and parents in the Poconos are concerned for kids’ safety and many believe the recommendation for seat belts could make students safer. For the longest time, buses like those in the Wallenpaupack Area School District, have not had seat belts. At least one bus company–and many more parents–hope that changes now that the feds are making the recommendation. Parents say for years they have wanted school buses to have seat belts. “They need […]

  • Rainy Spring Delaying Construction Projects

    HONESDALE, Pa. — All the rain we’re having appears to be wreaking havoc on construction projects across the area. That includes a hospital expansion project in Wayne County. It’s been especially rainy for months now after a harsh winter. That’s led to a two-month delay on a multi-million-dollar expansion project at Wayne Memorial Hospital. “Whether it’s 0 outside and snowing or whether it’s 70 and raining, it still shuts the job down or has a significant impact on it,” said John […]

  • Questioning Why Students Were Dismissed During the Storm  

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Parents of students in the Wayne Highlands School District are thankful no one was hurt during last week’s wicked thunderstorm. All but one of the district’s schools let out right when the storm hit. The superintendent at Wayne Highlands says that storm arrived sooner than he thought it would on Tuesday. And while Western Wayne held students until almost 5 p.m., most of the students from Wayne Highlands were on buses during the height of that […]

  • Wayne County Left Reeling from Tornado

    WAYMART, Pa. — The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Wayne County on Tuesday. BREAKING: @NWSBinghamton confirms EF1 tornado here near Waymart yesterday. Now looking for how long it was on the ground @WNEP pic.twitter.com/g3WWHlXqUA — Alexandra Gallo (@ally_gallo) May 16, 2018 A team from the National Weather Service started its investigation in Waymart Wednesday morning, checking out miles of destruction. They checked out a home missing its roof. The homeowner wasn’t there when the fierce wind […]

  • Storm Damage Left Behind in Honesdale

    HONESDALE, Pa. — Part of Wayne County was under a tornado warning for some time on Tuesday. It was one of several areas dealing with tornado warnings as strong storms blew through parts of northeastern and central Pennsylvania. There were many trees and wires down in Honesdale. One tree fell along Main Street (Route 191) and hit a car. No one was hurt. Trees fell on homes and garages in the Honesdale area as well. No serious injuries have been […]

  • Education Center Planned at Lackawac Sanctuary

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An environmental center in Wayne County has a new home for its educational efforts. At Lacawac Sanctuary near Hawley, they’re paving the way for a new facility to assist in the mission to help kids learn about science, the environment, and more. “We’ve got all of the science here. We’ve got 500 acres as a living laboratory, and we have the research end of it,” Jamie Reeger said. But what Jamie Reeger says Lacawac didn’t have […]

  • Learning to Walk Again on All Fours

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s been months since a pet dog in Susquehanna County has walked on her own. For three days a week, Callie, the 5-year-old Doberman Pinscher, gets into a harness and goes through therapy. The folks at Southtown Veterinary Hospital near Montrose have been helping Callie learn to walk again. “She was completely down, couldn’t even lift her head.” That was six months ago after Callie underwent surgery because she was paralyzed. “Callie had what’s called Wobbler’s Disease. […]

  • Pet Adoptions Continue at Susquehanna County Shelter

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An animal shelter in Susquehanna County is continuing to give away free pets all this week. It’s a bit quieter inside True Friends Animal Welfare Center this week compared to last. The main reason: in just one day the shelter near Montrose found homes for nearly 40 dogs and cats. “It was eerie going for my final walk before I leave, saying goodnight and so many empty kennels. It was a very good feeling,” said Jonathan Onyon. […]

  • Prom King Proudly Wears Crown To Class

    HONESDALE, Pa. — When Alex Jachens came to school two days after prom, he was still wearing the prom king’s crown. And it’s right where his fellow students at Honesdale High School say it should be. “He brings a light to everyone around him,” said Leigha Welsh. “Alex is a no-brainer though, with his personality, everybody loves him,” said prom queen Leah Jay. Alex was beaming when he was picked Saturday night at the prom near Honesdale. Nervous and excited, […]

  • Woman Sentenced for Death of Mother at Wayne County B&B

    "My life is over. I'm lost." Moira Richey, a former @NYPDnews officer, will spend 2-18 months in county prison. She pleaded guilty to abuse of corpse and theft after her elderly mother was found badly decomposed in a bed & breakfast last June in Honesdale.@WNEP pic.twitter.com/MAU0D6f9dG — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) May 7, 2018 HONESDALE, Pa. — A woman was sentenced Monday in Wayne County for theft and abuse of a corpse. Moira Richey of Honesdale will serve two to 18 […]

  • Cabot Ramping Up Gas Production in Susquehanna County

    LATHROP TOWNSHIP, Pa. — For a decade, Susquehanna County has been a big part of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania. This year, Cabot Oil and Gas has big plans, thanks to some important developments in taking that gas to market. Folks in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale are feeling like something has changed. They’re seeing more and more activity as Cabot Oil and Gas starts to ramp up production from its natural gas well pads. In the past few years, […]

  • Honesdale Zoning Officer Facing More Trouble

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A borough official in Wayne County who’s had run-ins with the law before is off the job again. Dan Hnatko’s desk is empty inside Borough Hall in Honesdale. Borough leaders have suspended him with pay following two separate incidents. One is a protection from abuse order. A woman accused Hnatko of taking down his pants at her apartment back in March. Hnatko says he never did it. “I have the proof to back it up. I just […]