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
  • Where to Find $18 Million for Scranton Schools

    SCRANTON — The hits keep coming for the Scranton School District. Just weeks after a scathing financial report by the state auditor general, Scranton’s school board approved a new budget with an $18 million hole. Jobs and programs for students could be in jeopardy. The school board will have to pass the final budget by the end of the year but agreed on a preliminary budget Monday night with that $18 million gap. While there are no specifics yet on […]

  • Eyesores Galore: What’s the Story?

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — When you look, really look, at what’s all around us here in northeastern Pennsylvania, what do you see? From the city to the countryside there’s a lot to take in. A lot of it is pleasant but some, not so much. We didn’t have to go far from the Newswatch 16 studios to find what many would call eyesores in plain sight off Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. A sprawling junkyard, massive power lines cutting through residential […]

  • Toy Drive Collecting Donations in Wayne, Pike Counties

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — It’s the first year without a Toys For Tots program in part of the Poconos, but a new group has jumped in to help give needy kids a merry Christmas. Little more than a month until Santa does his thing and already Jim Zumpone is doing his part to make the holiday season a bit brighter for kids in need. Zumpone was dropping off donation boxes for the new holiday toy drive at Evergreen Elementary School near […]

  • Deer Hit Epidemic: Repair Shops Jammed, Car Rentals Unavailable

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — There have been so many wrecks involving deer lately in our area rental vehicles are hard to come by. In fact, a woman in Wayne County has been waiting for a rental since hitting a deer last week. Deer are definitely on the move this time of year. Their coats even get darker, making them harder to see, especially at night. It seems there’s a shortage of rental vehicles around here at the moment, all because […]

  • Trooper Shot is a Wayne County Native

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — State police identified the trooper shot during a routine traffic stop along Route 33 yesterday as Cpl. Seth Kelly. Cpl. Kelly is a 13 year veteran of the state police and a native of Wayne County. He is now stationed in Northampton County. Kelly was shot and badly wounded on Route 33 in Northampton County on Tuesday when investigators say a traffic stop went bad. Kelly was shot and rushed to the hospital where he’s been […]

  • Groomer: Dog’s Death Could Have Been Prevented

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — One day after our story on a dog killed by another dog at PetSmart in Lackawanna County, other groomers are reacting to the story. Lisa Fennell has been grooming people’s pets since the early 1980s. She owns Canine Connection near Lake Wallenpaupack and saw the story on Newswatch 16 of a woman from Lackawanna County who lost her dog Brewster following a visit to PetSmart in Dickson City. “Very sad, each animal that’s somebody’s fur baby, they become […]

  • Mulligan Comes up Short in Race for Scranton Mayor

    SCRANTON — Jim Mulligan, the Republican challenger to Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright, conceded the race just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Mulligan, the Republican nominee, is a Scranton native.  He has worked as a lawyer in private practice and for the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office. He lost to Courtright 57 percent to 43 percent in the 2013 general election. Get the latest election results from WNEP here.

  • County Awaiting Reassessment Ruling

    SCRANTON — Lackawanna County leaders are still waiting to hear if a court ruling will allow a ballot question on Election Day Tuesday. The ballots for Tuesday’s election have been sent out from the Lackawanna County Voter Registration Office. One of the questions on the ballot is whether the county should go up to $13 million in debt to go through reassessment. However, a panel of judges declared the question null and void last week, saying the question is not […]

  • Longtime Hoagie Shop Reopens in Moosic

    MOOSIC — A longtime hoagie shop in part of Lackawanna County is back in business after the owners closed earlier this year. Even before the noon hour, there was a wait for the type of grub you can only get under one roof in Moosic. Berlew’s Original Hoagies is under new ownership and customers are sure glad to have it back after the former owners closed in June. “It was a sad day, been coming here at least once a […]

  • ‘I stand by my legislation’ – Rep. Marino Responds to Attacks

    WASHINGTON  D.C. — Congressman Tom Marino, the focus of a scathing 60 Minutes/Washington Post report last month spoke for the first time on camera with Newswatch 16 on Thursday. The Republican from Lycoming County defended his bill that critics say weakened the DEA’s ability to stop suspicious amounts of prescription painkillers from getting on the market. The congressman couldn’t be reached immediately after the report aired on 60 Minutes last month. A few days later, he released a statement claiming […]

  • Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Pocono Fracking

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Republican state lawmakers held a public hearing over a proposed permanent fracking ban in part of the Poconos. While the lawmakers will have no say on the ban itself, the hearing near Waymart could be used to influence public opinion. “I’m so pleased to have all of you here today that share in that frustration and disdain,” said Republican State Representative Jonathan Fritz at a hearing regarding a proposed permanent ban on natural gas drilling in Wayne […]

  • Quick Response Saves Business from Destruction

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A faulty appliance may have caused a fire at a business that sells and fixes things like chainsaws and mowers in Wayne County. Employees at Aigner Small Engine Repair Center assessed the damage hours after flames ripped through the business along Route 6 near Honesdale. Photos from Alert Hook and Ladder #2’s Facebook page show smoke pouring from the building shortly after 2 a.m. Crews were able to stop the flames from destroying the entire place and everything […]