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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 sex abuse scandal including Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial.

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 dubstep 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 now their son, Cagney. Well, at least for now, the little guy doesn't have a choice where they go and what they listen to...

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    Renovations Give County Courthouse The Power To Save

    MONTROSE — The courthouse in Susquehanna County may be two centuries old, but now the historic building has the latest heating and cooling technology, and that could end up saving taxpayers big money. By the end of next month, the historic Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose will look the same on the outside, but inside it’s a different story. “We had controls on the wall, but they didn’t do anything. I don’t know why they were there,” laughed Commissioner Maryann […]

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    Police Crack Down on Speeders near Schools

    HONESDALE — Police in part of Wayne County are cracking down on drivers who speed near schools. When school lets out at the high school, middle school, or elementary schools in Honesdale it gets busy on Terrace, Grove, and Ridge Streets with students walking home and drivers going in all directions. “Some cars go by really fast and almost hit me, so I have to swerve onto the side. Some cars do the speed limit like they’re supposed to,” said […]

  • Elementary School Teacher Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The walls of this upstairs hall inside Gary Moss’ home near Honesdale are covered with a slice of rock and roll history. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, with hits including “I Love Rock and Roll,” are going into a hall of their own. They’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  As an original member Moss will be immortalized with them this weekend in Cleveland. “I didn’t have aspirations to be famous, I never […]

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    Pipeline Company Delivers Cash

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — A company that has more than 800 miles of pipeline through Pennsylvania delivered checks across our area this week. The Kinder Morgan company is a worth $110 billion and its vice president donated thousands to schools and parks ahead of an announcement to expand the pipeline here. He was there to give money for a playground. The principal at Evergreen Elementary School near Hamlin pulled students out of class for a photo opportunity with the vice president […]

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    Victims’ Families Seek Justice for Underage Driver

    HONESDALE — It was an emotional day in Wayne County Court when an underaged driver admitted she crashed and killed three other teens all while their family and friends came seeking justice. Julia Ware from the suburbs of New York City is now 16 years old. She sobbed throughout the hearing Wednesday afternoon. Ware admitted she was driving without a license last summer when the SUV rolled killing those three boys from the Philadelphia area. Wearing identical shirts and carrying signs […]

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    Historic Lincoln Nomination Meeting: Fact or Fiction?

    HONESDALE — 150 years ago, America’s 16th president was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. But was the idea for Abraham Lincoln’s entire presidency actually hatched right here in northeastern and central Pennsylvania? Depending on who you ask, a small, one-story building tucked away on 9th Street in Honesdale played a big role in U.S. history. A state historical marker in front tells the story of the 1859 meeting between political leaders that led to the presidential nomination of […]

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    Gas Company Part of Solution for Decimated State Road

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — State transportation officials have a plan to overhaul a badly damaged Route 167 in Susquehanna County. PennDOT officials said there were already plans to repair Route 167, then this winter took its toll and so did countless heavy trucks used by the natural gas industry. The result is 11 miles of road that’s now a safety hazard with a fix on the way, according to PennDOT. Unsuspecting drivers on Route 167 between Montrose and Hop Bottom have […]

  • PennDOT, Cabot to Repair Road in Susquehanna County

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — PennDOT said Cabot Oil and Gas has agreed to help repair a road in Susquehanna County that has severely deteriorated this spring. There is massive heaving along Route 167 in Brooklyn Township. Even though the state is responsible for any repairs to routes like this, PennDOT says Cabot will overhaul the road for several miles due to the heavy truck traffic on the road. PennDOT will also pay for some other emergency repairs to the road. There […]

  • Neighbors Blame Litter on Natural Gas Workers, Call It ‘Disrespect’

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — The roadside is full of trash in the Hop Bottom area and residents blame the gas drilling workers. Hundreds of trucks go in and out of a Cabot Oil and Gas well pad north of Hop Bottom every day. Recently, neighbors say some of those drivers have been leaving something behind. All kinds of empty drink bottles and cans littered along a back road just off Route 167. The trash has been left there presumably by truck […]

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    Changing Business Landscape in Historic Downtown

    HONESDALE — Recently, as many as a half-dozen longtime businesses closed in downtown Honesdale, including a bakery, a gift shop and more. But in that time, new businesses have been springing up. Just this weekend, Day’s Bakery on North Main Street closed up shop after more than 60 years in business. Country Dawn is closing soon. Several other businesses also shut their doors in the past year and a half in the borough. But as fast as they close, new […]

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    Police: Second Case of Sex Assault in District

    HONESDALE — Police say a student in the Wayne Highlands School District sexually assaulted another student at the middle school in Honesdale. It happened back in February, according to investigators, around the same time another student in the district is accused of sexually assaulting a student on a bus. School officials said they contacted police after that alleged sexual assault at the middle school more than a month ago. In light of both cases, victims advocates said it’s important for children […]

  • Snowy End to March in Susquehanna County

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — It has been a wintry last day of March around our area. In Susquehanna County, it snowed most of the day Tuesday. Still it’s officially spring and folks in the Montrose area are looking forward to putting all this cold, wintry weather behind them. As construction season gets into full swing these next few weeks, workers near Montrose found themselves dressed in layers and contending with a nuisance snowfall. “This is horrible. It’s the beginning of our […]


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