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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 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
  • Hometown Pride for Paralympic Gold Medalist

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Friends and family of an athlete from Wayne County are beside themselves with pride after he medaled twice in this year’s Winter Paralympics. For his whole life, Kim Minor has known her son Mike was destined for big things. At her home near Waymart, she still has yet to unpack from this month’s Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea. “Ecstatic to say the least. This was his dream,” said Kim Minor. Mike Minor won bronze […]

  • Teen Running Half Marathon to Help his Native Country

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A teen from Wayne County is gearing up to run a half marathon in Philadelphia this weekend. He’ll be running to help children in his native Ethiopia get an education. Mabret Levant is like a lot of other eighth graders at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School near Hawley. He answers questions in English class and plays sports, but there is something that sets Mabret apart. “I was adopted, and in 2014, we went back to where I […]

  • Future Uncertain for Burned-Out Bakery

    HONESDALE, Pa. — The future of a beloved bakery in part of Wayne County is in question after flames gutted much of the place on the same day the owner was celebrating her 95th birthday. Day’s Bakery closed a few years ago. The owners retired and the business has been for sale ever since. Mrs. Day never thought at 95 years old she would be celebrating her birthday on Sunday and then having to watch as her family’s life work […]

  • Family Loses Everything in Fire

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A family with four children are homeless after a fire wrecked their home in Wayne County. The family escaped the flames but now have only the clothes on their backs. When flames broke out at 1080 Shady Lane near Honesdale Tuesday, there wasn’t much more that Rachael Hester and James Stalter could do but get out with their four children. “The door just came off the hinges,” Stalter recalled. “I was standing there in the blaze […]

  • More Snow, More Problems

    WAYMART, Pa. — Snow on Tuesday closed schools again and left some hoping it’s the last blast from winter. It’s been storm after storm after storm for folks in the Poconos. The latest snow canceled school and left folks breaking out their shovels and snowthrowers yet again. Luke Gregory and his snowthrower have been getting a workout this winter in Waymart. Another helping of snow overnight has Gregory and his neighbors digging out yet again. “With all the different snowfalls […]

  • Restaurant Back In Business

    MONTROSE, Pa. — Two months after a fire destroyed a popular pizza joint in Susquehanna County, Original Italian Pizza is back in business in Montrose and the owners couldn’t be more thankful to be doing what they love. Max Amato tosses pizzas at his family-run restaurant in Montrose, something he hasn’t been able to do since early January. Flames ripped through Original Italian Pizza and Restaurant back in January. With the building destroyed, the Amato family was determined to stay […]

  • No Rest for the Snow Weary in Wayne County

    HAWLEY — Some of the heaviest snow from Wednesday’s storm is in Wayne County where thousands of people are still without power. The roads are pretty nasty and plow crews have been out all day long and so have extra power crews, called in to help restore electricity following Friday’s storm. The one-two punch is really making things rough for folks. Before the heaviest snow started to fall, utility crews were on their way to help repair the damage done […]

  • Wayne County Waiting for Power

    HONESDALE — There are still thousands in Wayne County without power from the last storm, and crews are working to fix the power lines before the next storm. With roughly a foot more snow predicted for Wednesday, people who’ve been waiting five days for the power to come back on may be waiting longer. The generator outside Sprout Dental in Honesdale is only keeping a few things like computers and phones running inside. Lori Harris is bundled up, rescheduling appointments […]

  • Crews in Wayne County Tackling Power Problems

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP -- Power crews are on the move in Wayne County.

  • Controversial Ceremony Involving Guns Goes On in Wayne County

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — A church ceremony inviting hundreds of people to bring their high-powered rifles sparked controversy and protest Wednesday morning in part of the Poconos. The ceremony at Sanctuary Church near Newfoundland started at 10 a.m. and wrapped up shortly before noon. Followers of the offshoot from the Unification Church came with their AR-15s which they believe are the rod of iron mentioned in the bible. Reverend Sean Moon, son of the late Sun Myung Moon, led the blessing […]

  • Chefs to the Rescue of Farm

    LEBANON TOWNSHIP — It looked like it could be the end of the road for a family farm in Wayne County. Financial troubles meant it might have to close this year, but a group of chefs are now raising money to keep “Quails R Us Plus” in business. While Rick Franciosa is busy butchering chicken on his farm north of Honesdale, his wife Linda is helping customers with their orders of everything from eggs to meat. The couple has “Quails […]

  • Parents React to Plan to Move Elementary Students During Ceremony with Guns

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — It will be a far from a normal week of school for students and teachers in a district in the Poconos. A nearby church is holding a blessing ceremony involving weapons, so officials with the Wallenpaupack Area School district are relocating students from the elementary school on Wednesday. Parents are giving the decision mixed reviews. All 280 Wallenpaupack South Elementary students, kindergarten through fifth grade, will be bused to the north campus near Hawley about 15 miles […]