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
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    Frein Trial Means Possible Tax Hike

    MILFORD — This spring, the man accused of the deadly ambush at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove is scheduled to go on trial at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford. Leaders in Pike County expect Eric Frein’s trial to last as long as eight weeks, on top of jury selection which is supposed to take place near Philadelphia. All of this will most likely come as an added cost to taxpayers next year. Frein faces the death penalty if […]

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    Impact Fee Money Spent on Impacts?

    MONTROSE — The natural gas industry has paid about $1 billion to the state, counties, and local governments since 2012. It’s all thanks to the impact fee created by state lawmakers and now, the auditor general says millions of those dollars have been spent on “questionable expenses.” The impact fee funnels money back to counties as well as townships and boroughs where drilling for natural gas has made an impact. The audit released Tuesday finds some questionable ways that money […]

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    Briggs Sentenced to Life Term for Role in Murder

    MONTROSE — A woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for her role in a murder in Susquehanna County. Sarah Briggs was sentenced Monday morning at the courthouse in Montrose. Briggs and Jerry Mast stabbed Roy Marvin more than two dozen times in February of 2015 along a road in Great Bend Township. The pair then tossed Marvin’s body down an embankment by the Susquehanna River. The father of two young girls was taken from his family […]

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    Students’ Donations to Help Less Fortunate

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — Sometimes the biggest help can come from the smallest of hands. One elementary school in Wayne County is showing its students can help feed neighbors for the holidays. Across the room from the Christmas tree, boxes and boxes of food are ready to ship out to a worthwhile cause. Students at Wallenpaupack South Elementary in Newfoundland are to thank for all the grub. “Every class brings cans to school then we bring them to the food pantry to […]

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    District Attorneys’ Guidelines for Police Shootings

    When a police officer shoots someone, the district attorney is almost always the person who decides if it’s justified. Now, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has recommendations for how to handle those sensitive investigations. The 16 recommendations from the D.A.’s association don’t necessarily break any new ground but solidify some “best practices.” Earlier this month at a home near Bloomsburg, police responded and shot a man inside his home. Within a few days, the Columbia County district attorney ruled the shooting justified […]

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    Penn State Fans Plan for Big Games

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Penn State has had a season to remember and still has at least two more big games to play. The Big Ten championship game is this weekend in Indianapolis and fans from our area are getting ready to make the trip. “It’s unbelievable,” said Dr. Stephen Weissberger. The PSU alum said early in the season he “was ready to jump off the bridge” because the team wasn’t playing very well. At his dental practice in Taylor, Weissberger […]

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    Rewarding Students’ Giving Spirit with Pies

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — Another year, another big effort to feed the hungry from students at one high school in Lackawanna County. It’s usually pretty rowdy inside the high school the day before a holiday but at North Pocono High School near Daleville, rowdy was an understatement. The students were celebrating a successful canned food drive the second year in a row and this time, doubled the amount of food going to help the hungry. “I think it’s important to learn […]

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    Can School Buses Be Made Safer?

    BLAKELY — The deadly school bus crash in Tennessee has drivers and parents in our area thinking safety, in particular, whether there’s more that can be done to protect children if a bus wrecks. Student safety on the bus is always a top priority for bus companies but especially after the deadly crash in Tennessee. Students headed home after a day at Valley View Elementary School in Blakely. Their first stop: that big yellow bus and behind the wheel, the […]

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    Snowy, Cold Few Days in Susquehanna County

    NEW MILFORD — It was like flipping a switch this weekend: from 70 degrees and sunny to a blast of wintry weather. Many parts of our area were spared the worst of it, but Susquehanna County was hit with snow plus heavy winds. A lake effect snow warning is in place. The snow kept piling up after two straight days of steady flurries. Don Marshman knows it comes with the territory. “Some years you get a lot of snow some […]

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    Feed a Friend in Full Swing

    WNEP-TV’s Feed a Friend program is still going strong looking to make a difference in people’s lives this Thanksgiving season. From the checkout line at Wegmans in Dickson City to the United Neighborhood Centers location on West Olive Street in Scranton, the donations are getting to where they’re meant to go. “Last year we had 1,600 families we served. This year we’re on track to serve more families. The need is always increasing every year,” said Jessica Wallo with United Neighborhood Centers. Patricia Savage […]

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    $17 Million Bridge Project Underway

    POND EDDY — A century-old bridge that connects Pike County with New York State is getting a replacement that will cost taxpayers $17 million. Replacing the Pond Eddy Bridge over the Delaware River is a project years in the making. PennDOT even has a website dedicated to it. It shows the timeline for the construction of the new bridge and eventual demolition of the one that’s stood for more than a century. Test piles are pounded into the river next to the […]

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    Social Media’s Influence on the Election

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Nearly one week after the election and there are questions about how much social media influenced the outcome. Namely, what effect do false stories shared on Facebook or Twitter undercut the importance of accurate and unbiased news? According to Pew Research, a majority of adults get their news from social media sites. When the news feed, the scrolling stream of information on your screen, includes the occasional false or misleading story what is someone like you or […]