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
  • Pennsylvania State Police Vehicles Going Gray

    DUNMORE — Here in Pennsylvania, from Pittsburgh to Philly and everywhere in between, we’re used to seeing state police in white vehicles, responding to emergencies or just a routine day on the road. Now, those vehicles are turning a darker shade one by one as the state updates the fleet. “This is one of the things they looked at and wanted to change. They wanted the public to make an association with the gray car to match the gray trooper […]

  • A Look Inside SCI Waymart

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A state prison in Wayne County opened its doors to reporters on Monday. The State Correctional Institute at Waymart was on the list of prisons that might have closed this year for budget reasons but was spared, and prison officials are convinced it’s vital to the state Department of Corrections because of the mental health facilities inside. From the moment you step inside SCI Waymart, it’s clear this facility has been around for a long time. Built […]

  • New Brewery Opens ‘Here & Now’ in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — Even before the pints are poured and the meals served, the work to brew beer and prepare food at Here & Now Brewing Company is a round-the-clock operation. Here & Now opened its doors this summer on Main Street in Honesdale. It was the culmination of a whole lot of planning. “When I found the building, it was in horrible shape. The roof had been leaking for a very long time,” said Allaina Propst. Propst is one of the driving forces […]

  • Nine-Year-Old Girl Dies After Carbon County Fire

    MAHONING TOWNSHIP — A 9-year-old girl is dead and two people were hurt after an early morning fire in Carbon County. It happened just before 2 a.m. Saturday at a home on Beaver Run Drive in Mahoning Township near Lehighton. “It’s a shame what happened to the little one,” said neighbor Richard Sillers. Troopers say the 9-year-old girl was found inside her bedroom. The loss is leaving the community heartbroken. “I’m getting choked up a little bit, wonderful people, wonderful […]

  • Outrage over Killer’s Sentence

    SCRANTON — The sentence for an inmate who killed a corrections officer in Wayne County – life in prison not death — is still not sitting well with people. One of 12 jurors would not impose the death penalty, meaning the inmate technically won’t be punished. Jessie Con-ui was already supposed to be serving a life sentence when the jury failed to unanimously agree Monday in federal court on the death penalty. Many are wondering how it’s even fair to […]

  • Child Death at Pike County Camp under Investigation

    DINGMAN TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating the death of an 11-year-old boy at a camp in Pike County. Troopers say the 11-year-old boy from New Jersey was staying at the NJY Camp — a Jewish summer camp just off Route 6 near Milford — when he became sick Monday and later died at a hospital. Campers were going about their day when Newswatch 16 stopped by, playing ball and enjoying the water. State police say they are waiting for […]

  • Con-ui to Get Life Sentence for Murdering Officer

    SCRANTON — An inmate who murdered a federal correctional officer will be sentenced to life in prison after the jury could not decide on the death penalty. Jessie Con-ui was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for killing Correctional Officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke. Con-ui was an inmate at the federal prison at Canaan in Wayne County when he killed Williams in February of 2013. Con-ui was serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder in Arizona. After five […]

  • Auctioning Off History in Wayne County

    BERLIN TOWNSHIP — In one part of Wayne County, they’re auctioning off some pieces of history this weekend. Hundreds of antique farm tractors will hit the auction block this weekend at Marshall Machinery near Honesdale — spanning all types of brands and conditions. They serve as a lasting legacy of the late John Marshall, who passed away in late 2016. John collected the rare and unique tractors for the past decade, going all across the country to find new additions. […]

  • 10 Year Old in Need of Kidney Is Grand Marshal of Hawley Fourth of July Parade

    HAWLEY — This Fourth of July holiday saw plenty of parades, but one boy in Wayne County was given the special honor of Grand Marshal of the parade. Bobby Fortuna received a big welcome as he walked up to the start of the Fourth of July parade in Hawley, as well as hugs, photos, and a special seat in a convertible. After all, the 10 year old has a big part of the annual parade. He’s the grand marshal. With […]

  • Spending the Fourth at the Lake

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — With the sunny, warm weather and a midweek holiday, this is turning into a busy time for the tourism industry around Lake Wallenpaupack. Every summer, Lake Wallenpaupack is a huge draw for vacationers, especially for the Fourth of July holiday. This year, the fourth falls a Tuesday, letting people stretch their stays to more than just the holiday. Families were staking their claims to the public beach near Hawley. Ben Colley od Vermont was keeping tradition alive […]

  • Forest City Downtown Construction Wrapping Up

    FOREST CITY — It’s been a long haul for folks in downtown Forest City. For about one year, Main Street has undergone major construction. The final bricks were being laid by workers on roughly a year after a project to improve the sidewalks got started. It looked like an all-out construction zone 10 months ago or so. The “Mile of Hospitality” as it’s known was a mile of construction and looks now as though it is nearly complete. “It`s picking up, […]

  • Summer Camps Mean Big Business

    WAYNE COUNTY — The summer season is camp season in Wayne County. Every summer, thousands of kids pay top dollar to spend weeks away from home. Dan Corrigan cut through stone, part of a side job he’s doing at Camp Wayne for Boys. It’s one of the many summer camps dotting the landscape in northern Wayne County. Corrigan also runs river trips through his company Northeast Wilderness Experience and is one of the many who benefits from the summer camp […]