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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...

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    Search Warrants: Frein Used Laptop to Evade Manhunt

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — All these days many of us wondered how Eric Frein was able to stay on the run from police. Search warrants just returned in the Eric Frein investigation show that he was able to hide from police using laptops and wireless internet. Newswatch 16 was the first to tell you at noon Tuesday about the search warrants on a laptop and two thumb drives belonging to Frein. Police said those items were found after Frein’s capture Thursday […]

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    First Look Inside Abandoned Hangar Where Frein Hid

    POCONO TOWNSHIP — We got our first up-close look at the place where Eric Frein was captured last week after 48 days on the run. Frein has been locked up for four days since his arrest Thursday evening. The manhunt is over but the questions keep coming about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. Some people went in search of some answers, going to exact spot where the fugitive was caught: the abandoned Birchwood […]

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    Parade Float Sends Message About Heroin Dangers

    HONESDALE — Tuesday night’s Halloween parade in Honesdale featured all sorts of frights, ghosts and goblins. One float had a message for everyone on the parade route which was for some, a scary message. Some scary Halloween costumes are make-believe and others are closer to the real thing. The annual Halloween parade in Honesdale had both. Volunteers spent weeks creating one particular parade float; a spooky graveyard scene surrounded by drug dealers in handcuffs and prison orange. “A lot of […]

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    Soaking up the Sunny Weather

    So many people got outdoors and enjoyed the warm weather Tuesday because things will be getting cooler after this, according to Chief Meteorologist Tom Clark. The weather has been just right for motorcycles to hit the open road near Honesdale especially on a 70 degree day like this. Chris Calvitti of Hawley had his Harley in for service at Baer Sports Center. It won’t be long now and Calvitti will have to park the bike for the season. “It was […]

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    Balloon Latest Spectacle in Search for Frein

    PRICE TOWNSHIP — The search for Eric Frein in Monroe County has yet another high-tech tool, what basically looks like a weather balloon. But the balloon has cameras on it to take pictures from the air in hopes of spotting the suspect wanted in last month’s killing of a state trooper. State police have had that balloon high above Alpine Mountain Ski Resort near Canadensis for part of Monday. Troopers said its technology, specifically its cameras, are similar to the ones […]

  • UPDATE: Police Suspect Meth Lab Caused Explosion

    UPDATE — Police have charged Jessica Collett, 28, of Berwick. Police said they expect to make additional arrests. NANTICOKE — Police tape and a warning sign were the only indications that an apartment building in Nanticoke was the scene of an explosion Saturday night. Police said people were cooking meth inside the place on Lee Mine Street just before 8 p.m. Saturday when the ingredients exploded and blew two doors off their hinges. Police, fire, and agents with the State […]

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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, Tristin Kurilla may have been planning an escape. Tristin 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 Tristin 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 Tristin 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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