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
  • Local NFL Fans Respond to President Trump’s Comments

    SCRANTON — From east to west coast along the sidelines and even overseas, NFL players and coaches showed a unified front in the war of words coming from The White House. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He’s fired. He’s fired,” President Trump said Friday. A lone player from the Pittsburgh Steelers came out for the National Anthem. […]

  • A Tragedy About Rx Drug Addiction in One Act

    HONESDALE — Students in Wayne County caught a play Wednesday morning. It wasn’t a comedy or musical but a tragedy about the opiate epidemic destroying lives, especially here in Pennsylvania. It’s a scene from a play about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, but it could be the real deal anywhere in America these days. “It felt better than having no pain at all,” said the character Justin after taking painkillers prescribed for an injury. “I felt really relaxed.” The actors from […]

  • New Parking Rules During Wayne Memorial Hospital Expansion

    HONESDALE — Wayne Memorial Hospital is getting a major makeover, and it means there are new rules for parking there. Work has only just started on a massive expansion at the hospital in Honesdale, but the impacts are already plain to see. Big areas are fenced off. Signs are everywhere, and considerably more people are crossing Route 6 between the hospital and a parking lot. Inside the hospital, there are monitors set up giving patients and visitors the new rules […]

  • Small Bridge, Big Deal for Drivers

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — It’s been a long summer for drivers in part of Wayne County, having to contend with a bridge project and a lengthy detour. Monday morning, the bridge was back open. It’s a relief to many who live and work in the Hamlin area. PennDOT did what it could to keep the project from dramatically impacting school traffic, so the bulk of the work was done this summer on the bridge near Hamlin. drivers were able to use it for […]

  • Delaware River Basin Commission Moves Toward Fracking Ban

    NEWTOWN, PA — The Delaware River Basin Commission has voted to begin the process of implementing a ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the river basin, including Wayne and Pike Counties. The vote Wednesday morning was 3-1, with New Jersey abstaining, to adopt a resolution allowing the banning process to move forward. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is the process of using liquid to break up underground shale to extract natural gas. With “yes” votes from the governors […]

  • Guilty Plea Entered in Deadly Crash Case

    MONTROSE — A man on trial for causing a deadly crash that killed a U.S. Marine has entered a guilty plea. Right before the jury would have heard opening statements, Arlan Taft, 60, from Tioga, pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless endangerment in exchange for prosecutors dropping the most serious charges including homicide by vehicle. Taft left the courthouse in Montrose with his family after admitting his role in the deadly crash in January 2015 in Springville Township. He […]

  • Banning Fracking for Good in the Delaware River Basin?

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — There’s a temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas in part of the state, including most of Wayne and Pike Counties. The agency that oversees the Delaware River and the area affecting it announced it will seek a permanent ban on fracking there. The announcement came down Monday afternoon that the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) will decide later this week whether to start the process of adopting regulations to ban fracking in […]

  • Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair Celebrates 100th Year

    DREHER TOWNSHIP –The Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair is in full swing once again here in Newfoundland. Even before the midway gets going for the day, fair-goers spread out, looking for the familiar parts of this now century-old fair. “We have put 46 years in here. My children started here as infants, now they are no longer children.  They’re 50 years old and they have their own spots here,” Ralph Marchione said. The rides and vendors may change over the years, but some […]

  • Playground in Memory of Child nears Completion

    HAWLEY — A playground dedicated to a young boy who lost his life is nearly complete in Wayne County. The finishing touches are being put on the CJR Memorial Playground in Hawley. While the kids ran and jumped and slid down the playground equipment at Bingham Park in Hawley, crews were finishing the final piece of the puzzle — a playground meant for the youngest kids, all in the name of Caleb Regenski who passed away in 2007. “I know […]

  • Daughter Charged After Mother’s Body Found in Wayne County Bed-and-Breakfast

    HAWLEY — A woman has been charged in connection with the death of her mother in Wayne County, two months after the body was found. Moira Richey, 52, is charged with abuse of corpse, forgery, and theft in the death of her mother. Richey had been staying at the Harvest Inn Bed and Breakfast on the third floor with her mother Patricia. Troopers say she was staying there even after her mother died and her body decomposed. Richey covered her face […]

  • Cleanup Continues After Forest City Fire

    FOREST CITY — A community in Susquehanna County is cleaning up after a weekend blaze that destroyed several buildings and businesses on one block. A section of the 500 block of Main Street in Forest City was badly damaged by that fire that started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. It tore through three buildings and damaged a neighboring funeral home. People who lived on the second and third floors escaped without getting hurt. However, police say there were pets that died […]

  • Priest Sentenced in Child Porn Case

    HONESDALE — A priest from New Jersey was sentenced Thursday for having child pornography at his home in Wayne County. Fr. Kevin Gugliotta was sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 and a half months in prison and must register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to having child porn on a computer at his apartment in Gouldsboro. Fr. Gugliotta was a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and had a residence in […]