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.

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    New Rules for Commercial Use of Drones

    JESSUP — Drones are nothing new but federal regulations for commercial drones are new after a long way for some owners. The new rules for flying drones came out Tuesday and like the rules for airplanes, the regulations are meant to minimize risk for other aircraft as well as people and property on the ground. Lee DeAngelis with Access Aerial will need to follow the new rules to stay in business. “A lot of the regulations being applied to drones […]

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    Route 106 Detour Causing Frustration at Lenox Exit

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — A bridge replacement project in Susquehanna County is starting to create problems, mostly because the detour near Interstate 81 that started Tuesday is a long one. Many people who live, work, or drive through the Lenox area were forewarned there would be a detour near the Lenox exit of 81(211) starting this week. Still, it’s no consolation when it forces drivers miles out of their way and could keep customers away from businesses. When drivers take the […]

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    Bear Terrorizes Family, Kills Chickens

    SCRANTON — The game commission was called to a Scranton neighborhood Monday to set a trap after a bear caused some damage to private property. The neighborhood on the west side of Scranton doesn’t look or feel like the city, especially when a bear came through. It terrorized one family and killed their chickens leading to action from the game commission. At her home just off the Morgan Highway in Scranton, Elizabeth showed us where a bear tore through fencing […]

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    $3 Million Paving Project to Begin in Scranton

    SCRANTON — More paving is getting underway in Scranton this week. This project will take place overnight hopefully limiting the impact on daytime traffic. The city is spending a few million dollars to repave some of the worst streets in Scranton including Spruce Street, Franklin Avenue, and Penn Avenue, and it means no parking at night for a while. Craters and cracks will be a thing of the past once crews mill then pave several streets in Scranton. Spruce Street […]

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    11th Annual Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Festival

    HONESDALE — A popular music festival was held in Wayne County this weekend. Hundreds came out to downtown Honesdale Saturday for the annual Roots and Rhythm Festival. It’s the 11th year for the music and arts festival in Honesdale’s Central Park. It’s a free concert with four performers that started Saturday afternoon. Hundreds of people have come out to enjoy the festival that features music, works of art from local artists, lots of food, and other activities throughout the park […]

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    Effort to Stop Incinerator Even Before it Starts

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP —  A group of concerned citizens plans to meet Tuesday night to discuss a possible proposal for a waste incinerator in Susquehanna County. There still are no formal plans to build a waste incinerator near the Gibson Exit off Interstate 81. However, enough folks are worried if they don’t form a serious opposition now with a meeting at the Methodist Church Tuesday night, it could be too late to stop the possibility. Investors are eying up this property […]

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    New Life for Burned Building

    HONESDALE — When fire hit a landmark business in downtown Honesdale, many people feared the entire place would be torn down. Nearly 18 months later, a new owner has breathed life back into the property. Travis Rivera has a few last touches left before his new coffee roasting business opens this weekend. More than a year ago, the building where Black and Brass Coffee is located was in danger of burning to the ground. Flames engulfed the longtime Kinsman tractor […]

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    Man Charged with Death of Infant in Susquehanna County

    NEW MILFORD — Three years after an infant died, a man is now accused of causing the boy’s death. When that baby died in 2013 in Susquehanna County, authorities left the investigation open. On Tuesday, the mother’s former boyfriend was charged with homicide. Andrew Lesser, 32, of Montrose is locked up without bail after being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Mavrick Starke three years ago. Troopers used recorded phone conversations from Lesser while he was locked up […]

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    Bridge Project on the Fast Track

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — PennDOT is speeding up a project to rebuild a bridge in Susquehanna County. Folks in the Lenox area fought to have the bridge project changed in some way that would lessen the blow to drivers and businesses. Now, PennDOT is adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to speed up the replacement project by several weeks. It won’t be long now and the bridge along Route 106 near Lenox will be out of commission and initially, it looked like it […]

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    New Parking Meters in Clarks Summit

    CLARKS SUMMIT — The borough of Clarks Summit has started replacing more than 100 old parking meters with new electronic meters. The change is welcomed by some, but others are not thrilled to be coughing up more quarters. With all the hustle and bustle in Clarks Summit, parking spots can be at a premium. Now, the meters lining State Street and the side streets are getting an upgrade. “We’ve had problems with the mechanisms due to the heavy traffic, the […]

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    Deer Smashes Through Store Window in Honesdale

    *** Some of this video may be disturbing to some viewers *** HONESDALE — There’s a bloody mess inside a store after a deer came crashing through the front window on Main Street in Honesdale. The deer smashed through the window on Sunday at Missing Pieces, an art and antique gallery leaving a big mess behind. Katie Corey was just a few feet to the left of the store window when the wildest thing happened. “I heard a big crash, […]

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    Busy Year for Students at Career and Tech Center

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — It has been one busy year for students at a career and technology center in Susquehanna County. From benches to cars to homes, the students are learning some important lessons. Just a few benches are left to ship over to the courthouse in Susquehanna County. The benches are a donation from the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center near Springville. It’s one of several student projects taking the skills they’re learning and applying them to the real […]


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