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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 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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    Guilty Plea In Shooting Death Of Nephew

    MILFORD — Chad Olm admitted in court Thursday that he took the life of his 10-year-old nephew while showing him a handgun last May near Dingman’s Ferry. The boy’s father was in court and both men are pleading with gun owners to let this be a cautionary tale of what can happen if you’re not handling firearms safely. Chad Olm left the Pike County Courthouse in Milford with a lot to say about his role in the death of his […]

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    NFL Cheating Scandal a Lesson in Ethics

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — So what to make of the scandal surrounding the Patriots, or the “Cheatriots?” Football was on the minds of high school students in Pike County Thursday when a college coach flew in for a recruiting visit. Landing at the Wallenpaupack Area High School’s football field, Rutgers University head football coach Kyle Flood was there for a recruiting visit. Flood has some ties to the NFL’s New England Patriots and didn’t want to comment directly on the cheating […]

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    Bank Branch Is Latest Closure in Newfoundland

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — A bank that’s been a fixture in part of Wayne County for decades will close later this year. But the PNC Bank branch is the latest in a long list of businesses closing their doors in Newfoundland. The PNC Bank covers two corners of the busy intersection in the village. By the time it closes in April, it will be the sixth business in the community to close in the past year. The PNC Bank in the […]

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    ‘Dognapped’ Pup Reunited with Owners

    WAYNE COUNTY — A family in Wayne County wasn’t sure if they would ever see their pet again after state police said someone took off with the dog Monday night. By Tuesday¬†morning though, state police had a lead and tracked down the Pomeranian, Darley. Darley’s owners were devastated when she went missing Monday night and immediately sent out a call for help. Eventually, someone on Facebook saw something that led troopers right to Darley Tuesday morning, nearly 20 miles away […]

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    Looking Back on the Last Four Years of Governor Tom Corbett

    Exactly four years ago, Governor Tom Corbett took office. On Tuesday, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a new governor. The Tom Corbett era started on a cold, icy January day in 2011. And already protesters voiced their displeasure with the Republican governor. At the outset, the former attorney general, known for tackling public corruption, pledged not to implement any new taxes. By September of year one, the governor came to our area when floodwaters caused widespread destruction. Then in […]

  • Hitting the Slopes on Holiday Weekend

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — Every year ski resorts in our area look to cash in on the holiday weekend. For lots of people, it’s a three-day weekend and the weather is somewhat cooperating at a ski mountain in Carbon County. There was no use pointing our cameras at the top of the mountain at Jack Frost Big Boulder near Blakeslee in Carbon County. The fog was just too thick to see that far. But the drizzle and slight warm up couldn’t […]


    EPA Wants to Regulate Gas Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — The federal government wants to start regulating how much methane, or natural gas, is escaping into the atmosphere from the oil and gas industry. The Obama Administration is proposing to cut that amount nearly in half within the next ten years, all in an effort to combat global warming. There are dozens and dozens of natural gas well pads throughout Susquehanna County. Each one is tapping the gas underground to use as energy here on the surface. […]

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    Excessive Parking Tickets May Lead to Change

    HONESDALE — Two police officers in Honesdale decided last month to see who could write more parking tickets. Between the two of them, they wrote out close to 100 in one Saturday. It angered lots of folks in Wayne County, including the ones who were attending funerals at the time. Borough officials said there were nowhere near 100 tickets given out on Saturdays all last year, but on the last Saturday in December, during two funerals, including one for a […]

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    Freezing Cold Makes Everyday Tasks Difficult

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — We’re in the midst of a deep freeze to start the new year. Cold temperatures compounded with winds make it feel even colder outside. Some of us are forced to brave the cold for many reasons. Sometimes it’s as simple as having to fill up the gas tank. No matter what, people we found said it’s important to be prepared and to keep exposure to the cold at a minimum. It was so cold along Route […]

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    Controversial Plan to Manage Deer Population

    LAKE TOWNSHIP — A private community in Wayne County may have a deer problem on its hands. The Hideout wants to kill off some deer, but people who live in and around the place are not all for it. The Hideout has more than 3,000 homes. There are approximately 580 deer inside the community, according to a three-day USDA study done last year. Now the general manager said that number has to come down. The Hideout is requesting 300 tags […]

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    Big Interest In Eric Frein Case

    MILFORD — Security was extra tight in Milford for Eric Frein’s preliminary hearing and a crowd packed the courtroom. This entire story captivated people all over the Poconos, the state, and the country. Many people around here had their lives turned upside down during the manhunt for Eric Frein and now that the case is in court, folks want to see the rest of the story play out. There was a long line outside the Pike County Courthouse in the […]

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    Rusty Palmer Property Up for Sale

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The owner of a massive power sports dealer is looking to downsize. Rusty Palmer rebuilt after a fire nearly a decade ago and now the huge facility is on the sale block for millions. Driving on Route 6 near Honesdale and you can’t miss the gigantic 3-story power sports dealer – Rusty Palmer’s. There’s a restaurant inside too and for years, the business showed no visible signs of letting up. But recently, like many small towns, the […]


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