School Closings & Delays

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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    What Now for Budget Impasse?

    HARRISBURG — If there is impending financial doom for Pennsylvania — that “ticking time bomb” reference in the governor’s budget address — lawmakers appear to be more entrenched than ever. Governor Tom Wolf’s words reverberated throughout the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, putting Republican leaders in the Republican-controlled General Assembly on the offense. “This was without question the most absurd, politically motivated remarks that I’ve seen from the governor in the well of the house,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman […]

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    Tree Casualties of I-84 Construction

    PIKE COUNTY — Part of the construction project to rebuild Interstate 84 in Pike County is complete and a new phase is starting, but now some are wondering, where did all the trees go? Hundreds of trees in the median of Interstate 84 in Pike County have been chopped down in recent weeks. People who travel between the Blooming Grove and Milford exits have noticed the changing landscape: stumps left behind and crews working to clear the debris. “When you […]

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    Frozen Attraction Fights the Melt

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — An ice-cold attraction is still on track to open this weekend in the Poconos. Outside, the rain poured down while inside, crews chipped away at massive ice blocks, preparing Crystal Cabin Fever on Route 590 near Hamlin for its 10th year. “It doesn`t feel like winter inside, definitely outside today it’s very wet,” said Mark Crouthamel. It’s been so cold in recent years for the event’s trademark live ice carvings and ice creations that organizers haven’t had […]

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    Hallmark Card Shop Closing

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — It’s the final days for a longtime Hallmark card shop in Wayne County. For more than 30 years, Martin’s Hallmark Shop near Honesdale has been matching people with greeting cards. Sure there were specialty gifts as well, but the biggest reasons people like Donna Hunter of Tafton kept coming back were the cards and service. “You feel like they’re your friends. They’re helpful. It’s just that vibe you get, that small town store,” said Hunter. Too much […]

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    Trees on Chopping Block for Natural Gas Pipeline

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — A family’s maple syrup operation is in jeopardy in Susquehanna County. Megan Holleran surveyed her family’s sugar bush, a group of maple trees tied to a syrup operation near New Milford and in jeopardy of being chopped down. “It started as a hobby but turned into a business,” said Holleran. Holleran’s family is taking a stand after a federal judge ruled under eminent domain, the planned Constitution Pipeline can cut through their property, cutting down the maple trees already producing […]

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    ‘I never met somebody who loved college as much as him’ – Remembering Jake

    LA PLUME TOWNSHIP — Keystone College is preparing for an evening vigil to remember the two freshmen who were killed in a car crash Monday night. The tragedy is being felt well beyond the college campus which straddles both Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. The tragedy is also being felt in the Western Wayne School District where Jake Burkhardt graduated just last year. He was one of the two Keystone College freshmen killed in that crash Monday night, leaving everyone who […]

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    Campus in Shock After Death of Students in Crash

    LA PLUME — Tragedy hit Keystone College when a car with five students in it crashed into another, also driven by a Keystone student. Two out of the six did not survive. It happened Monday night in La Plume Township, Lackawanna County. A vigil for those two college freshmen is planned for Tuesday night on the campus of Keystone College. The crash that killed them and sent four other Keystone students to the hospital happened just about one mile from […]

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    Shot-up Car Being Held in Evidence

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — An internal investigation into three state troopers in Wayne County has prevented a woman from getting her car back. Those state troopers shot and killed a National Guardsman in December, and in the process, also shot up his girlfriend’s car. The car has been impounded since December. Troopers still consider the white Ford to be evidence in an internal affairs investigation into that deadly shooting. While the car’s parked at the barracks with bullet holes, its […]

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    What’s with the Hype?!

    With all the talk days before the potential storm, we wondered if folks think it’s too much hype or just enough. It’s only Tuesday and PennDOT crews are making room for more salt. The Stormtracker 16 team said there’s a potential for a lot of snow the end of the week and already it has people buzzing about the storm. Mail carrier Frank Beneski will be ready no matter what comes. He delivers packages in all kinds of weather, good and […]

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    Major Overhaul for Longtime Family Resort

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — A longtime family resort on Lake Wallenpaupack is undergoing a major facelift this winter. Ehrhardt’s has new owners who are taking  the resort back to its roots. While the wind howls off the lake, this winter is a busy time at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Route 507. Crews are overhauling the 14 buildings that make up the long-standing summer destination now that new owners are restoring both the original look and the original name: Silver Birches. “Everything is getting a facelift […]

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    V.P. Biden to Spearhead Cancer Cure Effort

    SCRANTON — President Obama gave his final State of the Union address Tuesday night and said he wants the U.S. to cure cancer. He’s putting a man with ties to Scranton in charge of that mission. Vice President Joe Biden lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer last year. Now President Obama is putting Biden in charge of the national effort to not just treat cancer, but to cure it altogether. The president covered a lot of ground in his State of the Union address; terrorism, […]

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    Tracking PennDOT Plows via Website

    HARRISBURG — You can now see where those PennDOT plow trucks are during a winter storm from the comfort of your own home. The Commonwealth has hundreds of trucks ready to roll in the event of a storm and some of those trucks are equipped with tracking technology so PennDOT and you can see where they are and where they’ve been. Not only do transportation officials say the technology will make plowing operations more efficient but some folks say it […]


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