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
  • Jerry Sandusky Denied New Trial

    BELLEFONTE — A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky’s request for a new trial in Centre County. The ruling issued Wednesday said Sandusky’s claims of an inadequate defense were without merit. Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was found guilty in June of 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children. In October of 2012, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky sought a new trial under the state’s Post-conviction Relief Act. Earlier […]

  • Rep. Marino’s Drug Czar Job in Question After Drug Bill

    WILLIAMSPORT — On Monday afternoon, President Trump addressed a CBS 60 Minutes/Washington Post report that is highly critical of Congressman Tom Marino. The president said he will be determining if that report about opioid oversight will impact his choice to make Marino the national drug czar. That report revealed the Republican congressman from Lycoming County sponsored a bill that may have made the opioid epidemic worse. Marino’s bill limits the way the nation’s drug enforcement agency, or DEA, can stop […]

  • Pink Brew For Breast Cancer

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Craft beer comes in all sorts of flavors these days–colors, too. One brewery in Wayne County has an extra special beer on tap honoring the brewer’s mother, a breast cancer survivor. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company officially opened in the past few weeks. This being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the place has brewed up something pink in hopes of helping to find a cure. Barb Kuniegel pokes fun at her son C.J. Penzone, the head brewer at Wallenpaupack Brewing […]

  • Former Eye Doctor Employee Charged with Theft

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — A woman from Wayne County was supposed to be charging money for eyeglasses and contact lenses at the eye doctor. Instead, police said she was giving away the eyewear at no charge to friends and family. Now, she’s charged with theft. The former employee at Lakeside Vision near Lake Wallenpaupack was fired a couple of months ago but not before giving away roughly $18,000 worth of glasses, contacts, and more for the past seven years, according to […]

  • Muggy, Rainy Weather for Steamtown Marathon

    SCRANTON — It was an extremely humid day for runners taking on the Steamtown Marathon. From start to finish, it was a wet race with rain at times and plenty of sweat–even tears–as many of the athletes persevered to conquer the marathon. From the very start of this soggy race, runners knew the Steamtown Marathon would live up to its name with so much humidity in the air. Once they were out of Forest City, the runners cut through the […]

  • Extras Show up for Movie Shoot 

    CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP — A golf course in Susquehanna County transformed into a movie set Wednesday. A crew is shooting a new flick featuring Fern Hall Inn near Clifford and included extras from around our area. Far from the Hollywood Hills, the movie crew was on its final day of shooting “The Eagle and the Albatross,” a comedy filmed on the golf course at Fern Hall Inn. “It’s fantastic for us. It’s kind of crazy, but I’l miss it when it’s […]

  • Woman from Wayne County Survives Las Vegas Massacre

    WAYNE COUNTY — A woman from Wayne County survived the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Jessi Sullum was on her way home Monday after witnessing the carnage at the country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday night. She and her friends were having the time of their lives when, suddenly, hundreds around them were shot. This story provides a disturbing first-hand look at what happened. The crack of gunshots sounded as concert-goers in Las Vegas fell around Jessi Sullum […]

  • Wayne County Residents Work to Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico

    BETHANY — People with family in Puerto Rico are rallying their neighbors in Wayne County to help following the destruction from Hurrican Maria. At the Bethany Public Library near Honesdale, Teresa Zarcone-Perez and her husband Rafael loaded all sorts of items into the back of a pickup truck. This is just a small part of all the everyday items people in Wayne County have donated to the Hurricane Maria relief efforts spearheaded by this couple. They have family still on […]

  • New Business in Wayne County Set to Open

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Drivers in part of Wayne County will have a new place to fuel up soon. Construction is nearly complete on a new gas station near Waymart. There’s a lot of traffic buzzing by on Route 6 between Carbondale and Waymart. So much, in fact, that a new gas station — Iron Hill at 1940 — is set to start capitalizing on these drivers next month atop Farview Mountain. “We tried to build something the trucks and cars […]

  • Summer-like Weather for Lake Wallenpaupack

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — It was another record-breaking hot day and that means it feels like summer on Lake Wallenpaupack. It sure feels like July as the sun beats down on the lake and feels like the dog days of summer as folks go for a walk near Hawley. “It’s beautiful, happy to have some summer left,” said Audrey Torre of Hawley. It’s rare to see boaters and jet skis on the water so late in the year. Usually the air’s […]

  • Local NFL Fans Respond to President Trump’s Comments

    SCRANTON — From east to west coast along the sidelines and even overseas, NFL players and coaches showed a unified front in the war of words coming from The White House. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a b—- off the field right now. He’s fired. He’s fired,” President Trump said Friday. A lone player from the Pittsburgh Steelers came out for the National Anthem. […]

  • A Tragedy About Rx Drug Addiction in One Act

    HONESDALE — Students in Wayne County caught a play Wednesday morning. It wasn’t a comedy or musical but a tragedy about the opiate epidemic destroying lives, especially here in Pennsylvania. It’s a scene from a play about the dangers of prescription drug abuse, but it could be the real deal anywhere in America these days. “It felt better than having no pain at all,” said the character Justin after taking painkillers prescribed for an injury. “I felt really relaxed.” The actors from […]