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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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    Toys for Tots Finds New Home

    HONESDALE — It didn’t take long for our viewers to help a Toys for Tots program in the Poconos find a new home. We first told you about the need for a place to store all those donations last week and Wednesday was move-in day at the new location in Wayne County. Volunteers loaded box after box of toys into the trailer, moving everything that had been stored in the basement of a business in Honesdale to a new home […]

  • Donations to Help Troopers’ Families

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — It wasn’t long after the deadly ambush at the state police barracks in Pike County that tags started covering the walls at Lake Region IGA near Hawley. The grocery store wanted to help raise money for the family of Corporal Bryon Dickson as well as for Trooper Alex Douglass. More than a month later, checks for thousands of dollars were given to troopers who worked alongside the two men. “It`s unbelievable. Five plus weeks into things here […]

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    Possible Sightings Shift Search To Populated Area

    PARADISE TOWNSHIP — Blood found at two homes in Monroe County last week was tested and results show it’s not the blood of accused cop killer Eric Frein. But there was a lot of activity in a new search area on Monday. Extra security was put in place around Pocono Mountain East High School near Mount Pocono after a woman claimed she saw Frein near the property Friday night. The search for the man wanted for killing one state trooper […]

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    Boy To Stay In Jail For Now

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A hearing was scheduled Wednesday morning in Wayne County court but the attorney for the boy charged with homicide withdrew that request for bail. Now it appears, however futile, Tristen Kurilla may have been planning an escape. Tristen Kurilla, 10, spent two nights behind bars, separate from the rest of the inmates and is getting round-the-clock supervision. On Wednesday, Newswatch 16 learned officials found an escape plan on notebook paper in the jail where Kurilla is being […]

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    Court Papers: Boy Said “I Killed That Lady”

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — A boy just 10 years old sits in jail charged with homicide. State police in Wayne County say 10-year-old Tristen Kurilla is a killer. The boy was arrested Monday night and is still behind bars charged with criminal homicide after investigators say he attacked a 90-year-old woman. We know Tristen Kurilla will spend a second night at the Wayne County correctional facility. The boy is one of the youngest alleged murderers this state or country has ever […]

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    Toys for Tots Seeking Home Base

    HONESDALE — We’re a little more than two months away from the Christmas holiday and one charity in the Poconos is still looking for a place to call home. The clock is ticking for Toys for Tots in Wayne and Pike counties. As the holiday is fast approaching, loaded donation boxes sit in a basement in Honesdale. The program was located at a warehouse just outside town last year. But after the holiday season, Toys for Tots moved out and […]

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    Thousands Show Up for Annual Steamtown Marathon

    FOREST CITY — More than 2,000 runners set out to complete The 19th Annual Steamtown Marathon that began in Forest City. The finish line  was about 26. 2 miles away, all the way to downtown Scranton. After months of training in the lead up to the marathon, runners from across the U.S. were finally on the homestretch. The race course took men and women through a bunch of communities in Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties. Two hours and 22 minutes into […]

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    Show of Strength at the Penguins Home Opener

    WILKES-BARRE — Very special guests took to the ice before the first hockey game of the season for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The home opener was all about PSP Strong. Fans stood and applauded for the widow of Corporal Bryon Dickson and her two sons Saturday night as they took part in the ceremonial puck drop before the game. Troopers were at their side while the whole arena showed support for their sacrifice after Corporal Dickson was shot and killed nearly […]

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    Longtime Grocery Store to Close

    HAWLEY — A grocery store can easily become a way of life for any community, so it can be disappointing when one closes. The shelves at the Hawley IGA Market are looking more and more bare every day. What customers don’t take to the checkout counter employees are boxing up, getting ready for the store’s last day on Saturday. “This is really a surprise to me,” said Gerald Kathalynas of Hawley. The store that’s been across from Bingham Park for […]

  • Game Commission Allowing Hunting in Search Areas

    The PA Game Commission announced late Monday afternoon it would not restrict hunters from the area of the search for Eric Frein. While the hunt for Frein is in its third week along the Monroe and Pike County line, the hunting season is fast approaching in this area. Members of the Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club in Pike County expect to start heading out into the woods south of Blooming Grove this weekend. “If there are people out there […]

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    Suspicious Fires Have Community on Edge

    SHENANDOAH — A community is on edge after four fires overnight in Schuylkill County. Officials said the fires at four vacant homes are being considered suspicious and people we spoke with in Shenandoah are worried there could be more fires. First, flames hit a building on East Lloyd Street in Shenandoah shortly after midnight Sunday. Less than an hour later another place on North Ferguson Street caught fire. Then a vacant home on Centre Street went up in flames a […]

  • West Pittston Residents Demand Levee

    WEST PITTSTON — Three years after the Susquehanna River flooded West Pittston, residents are mounting an effort to get flood protection. They want a levee like a lot of other nearby communities along the river have. They say they won’t stop until their community gets one. With signs reading, “Save Our Town” and “Levee Now,” a group from West Pittston is taking its message to the people. At the River Commons along the banks of the Susquehanna River, West Pittston […]


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