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
  • Newswatch 16 Investigates: Scranton P.D. Cleaning Contract

    SCRANTON — Did the city of Scranton hire a cleaning company for police headquarters the proper way? City officials appear to have ignored their own rules to give the cleaning contract to the family of two Scranton police officers. Twice a week, cleaning crews head into Scranton Police headquarters to clean. The city contracts out the work and in January paid View Klensing (previously Uher Klensing) a lump sum of more than $12,000 to do the job for six months. The […]

  • Building (Dog) Houses to Help Animals in Need

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — An animal shelter in Susquehanna County is getting some help from students learning how to build houses. Not big houses, but ones just right for man’s best friend. Inside the carpentry shop at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center near Dimock, students are learning much more than how to build things with their own hands. They’re getting a lesson in giving back to the community. “It makes us feel good we`re doing something good for the community instead […]

  • Close Race for Judge Seat in Wayne County

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — Voters in Wayne County were poised to make history Tuesday. Two women were on the ballot in the race for an open seat as a judge on the county court. Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards faced off against attorney Pamela Wilson. “I’m very anxious. I just returned from Lake Township. It was very busy there. I’m happy with the turnout,” Wilson said. “The team that’s behind me is not just family and friends, they’re the committee […]

  • Lackawanna County D.A. Race Heats Up

    SCRANTON — On Tuesday, we should learn who will be on the Republican ticket for Lackawanna County district attorney in the fall. The primary race pits two former coworkers against each other and things got heated. Those two Republicans — current D.A. Shane Scanlon and former first assistant D.A. Gene Talerico — have exchanged a war of words lately in campaign ads. Both men are in a hard-fought race just to win the primary and move on to face Democrat […]

  • Massive Move Creates Spectacle

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — A nearly one-million-pound piece of equipment has been inching its way toward a power plant in Lackawanna County for days, causing delays in communities as it passes through. On Monday, it crawled through Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Lackawanna Counties. The massive steam turbine part is headed from Schenectady, New York to the Invenergy power plant being built in Jessup. Crews spent the day navigating the massive delivery along windy roads in the northern tier. It was quite the […]

  • Small Bridge Project to Have Wide Impact

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Construction season is just kicking off across the Commonwealth and one project in Wayne County may be relatively small but will likely have a wide impact. It’s pretty noisy in this part of the countryside south of Waymart on Route 296 all because a bridge is being replaced. “It needs to be done.. definitely, you don’t want a car truck or bus to go through the bridge, needs to be fixed, that’s for sure,” said John Kehl […]

  • Storm Knocks Out Power in Susquehanna County

    HALLSTEAD — Monday night’s strong winds in Susquehanna County knocked out power possibly for days. Pine Street in Hallstead was shut down hard by the storm. Two power transformers were toppled, utility poles splintered and snapped, and a tree tangled up in power lines. “We heard a loud noise, ran to the basement. Thought it was a tornado. We were in the basement for about 20 minutes. We came upstairs and were shocked to see it was a tree down. Grateful house […]

  • Cannabis Festival Can’t ‘Adopt A Highway’

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — A festival focused on marijuana has been told it can’t adopt a highway like other organizations in Susquehanna County. PennDOT told the Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival that because marijuana is illegal for recreational use, the group can’t adopt a highway just off Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County, even after those volunteers picked up trash and want to keep doing it. The stretch of Route 106 near Lenox in Susquehanna County is looking pristine thanks to the efforts of […]

  • Judge: ‘The Eric Frein story ends today’

    MILFORD — It was an emotional final phase of the Eric Frein trial in Pike County Thursday. Corporal Bryon Dickson’s sons were by their mother’s side, seeing their father’s killer officially sentenced to die. Tiffany Dickson told her boys "he's right there. That's what he looks like" as Eric Frein was brought into court for sentencing. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/q2EtckPi0G — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) April 27, 2017 Prosecutors, victims and the judge shifted the focus away from Frein and put it on […]

  • Eric Frein Sentenced to Death

    MILFORD — The jury took nearly five hours to reached a verdict in the penalty phase of convicted killer Eric Frein. The decision: the death penalty. Jurors began deliberating around 5 p.m. Wednesday. They reached a decision just before 10 p.m. All 12 jurors agreed Eric Frein should be executed for murdering Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and shooting Trooper Alex Douglass in Pike County in 2014. A shout of “Yes!” went out from Trooper Douglass as the […]

  • Closing Arguments in Penalty Phase of Frein Trial

    MILFORD — The jury in the Eric Frein case is deliberating whether to give the cop killer the death penalty. Prosecutors pointed to all that evidence saying, “that murderer made a choice to pull that trigger again and again and again and again.” Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin told jurors the defense was,”trying to deflect from the murderer and put Eugene Frein (Eric’s father) on trial.” Tonkin talked at length about the legal issues that he believes require a […]

  • Eric Frein’s Sister Calls Brother ‘Her Protector’

    MILFORD — The defense has called its last witness in the penalty phase of Eric Frein’s trial after Frein’s sisters and others testified on behalf of the convicted killer. The jury in Pike County could soon start deciding whether he should be sentenced to death. Frein’s attorneys have made their case for sparing his life. Eric Frein looked disheveled and off in space while the final witnesses took the stand on his behalf. Just a couple of months after the […]