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…

Recent Articles
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    Meeting Up with Miss Judy

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — For anyone who grew up watching the children’s show called “Hatchy Milatchy” on WNEP-TV, Miss Judy played a big part of their childhood She was played for ages by Lois Burns who is now enjoying her retirement. It’s been some time since Lois Burns was a staple in homes all across our area. She played Miss Judy on Hatchy Milatchy, the children’s show that aired on WNEP for more than a quarter of a century. She’s now […]

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    Pies in the Face Reward for Food Donations

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — Some high school students in Lackawanna County are getting a lesson in giving–not just to those in need, but also the pie-in-the-face kind. The excitement was palpable inside the gym at the North Pocono High School near Moscow. The students spent the past several weeks collecting canned food for the less fortunate. On this day, it was the big payoff. The principal, vice principal, and school resource officer were willing to take a whipped cream pie in […]

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    Reward Offered for Sale of Home

    HONESDALE — A home for sale comes with a bonus for anyone who finds the owner a buyer in Wayne County. Try a bonus worth thousands of dollars. “It’s a gorgeous country retreat, here in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The home is situated in the center of 30 acres,” said Dave Rickert. Rickert did his best sales pitch while showing off his spacious home in Honesdale. How spacious? There are five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a garage that he used for his […]

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    Power To Save: Using the Power of the Sun in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — A new effort in Wayne County is meant to help nonprofits and businesses harness the power of the sun. The group’s first solar project is up and ready to start soaking in the rays. Even in November, the sun burns bright in downtown Honesdale and on Main Street, the Cooperage Project is positioned just so, to catch the sun’s rays on its rooftop. That’s why the clean energy co-op and the cooperage teamed up to install 90 solar […]

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    New Uses for Old Factory in Wayne County

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A factory in Wayne County that’s been closed for years is going to see a lot of activity starting next month. Crews are grinding away inside the future home of the Sports Factory of NEPA in White Mills. This is the former Chroma Tube factory being overhauled to accommodate numerous sports, as well as training and treatment. “We’ve got quite a bit of space here,” said Steve Pinto. “The exciting thing about this is that for the […]

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    Historic Building Restored in Milford

    MILFORD — A historic building is looking like itself again after fire tore through it more than two years ago in Pike County. When you drive by the Anthony Brooks Building in Milford these days, it’s hard to find anything amiss. Inside is a furniture store, upstairs an apartment and a health center underneath that. But in April 2013 fire threatened the future of the historic building on East Harford Street leaving the place all but destroyed. “We had decisions […]

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    Restaurant Rising from the Ashes

    KINGSLEY — A parking lot is taking shape at the future home of Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’ in the heart of Kingsley. It’s one year after an inferno destroyed the restaurant along Route 11. Back then, the owner vowed to return bigger and better. “It’s just been really hard, to find a new location, seems like I’ve been shot down everything I’ve tried to do,” said Jenny Payne. Payne tried to rebuild on the same spot, but it was too close to the […]

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    A Lesson from Veterans

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — In the lead up to Veterans Day, some fifth grade students in the Poconos spent the morning learning from veterans. They heard first-hand accounts of what the troops have done for the country and why. The students at Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School near Hawley would not be learning from books or video, but instead from the real thing. Spread out from room to room, veterans of the armed forces representing each branch took turns telling their stories. […]

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    Flagger Injured by Vehicle

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — A flagger directing traffic in Susquehanna County was hit by a vehicle on Monday. A contractor was working on a paving project on Route 29 just outside Montrose Monday morning when the flagger was hit in the middle of the road. Troopers are investigating to determine if the wreck was more than just an accident. A yellow hard hat and bright protective clothing were left on the road. The collision caused major damage to a white Ford […]

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    Habitat Completes New Home for Family

    HONESDALE — It’s almost moving day for a family in Wayne County. Their new home is thanks to Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers spent the day putting finishing touches on the newest home on Riverside Drive in Honesdale. It’s the result of months of work, nearly all by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County. By the weekend, the new owners will be moving in. “I was saving trying to find a house to buy, trying to find fixer-uppers, but […]

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    Tonkin Edges Narrow Win in Race for Pike D.A.

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — It appears Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin will remain in office. “This race is defined by my experience,” said Tonkin. “I’ve served as district attorney for almost eight years. I served as assistant district attorney for eight years prior to that, and I think experience matters in the position of district attorney.” Gaughan won the Republican nomination back in the spring, defeating incumbent Ray Tonkin. However, Tonkin won the Democratic nomination because of hundreds of write-in […]

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    Voter Turnout High for Pike County D.A. Race

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Voter turnout is reportedly light across much of our area, except perhaps in Pike County where the district attorney who is voted into office will likely end up prosecuting a high-profile cop killing suspect. Poll workers in Blooming Grove Township say this Election Day rivals a presidential election with so many voters turning out because of the race for district attorney. The incumbent, Ray Tonkin, lost the Republican primary but ended up on the ballot as […]


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