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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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    Parents Drown Out Cruelty on Burnbook App

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — After students in our area were targeted on the social media app Burnbook, some parents started posting positive messages. Newswatch 16 first told you about the controversial smart phone app last week. Things got so bad at North Pocono High School that the district appealed to parents over the weekend to talk to their children about the cruel things posted on Burnbook. Since then, parents have taken the initiative to drown out the bullies and be cheerleaders for […]

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    Surprise Snow Hits Part of Northern Tier

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — There are still a few more days left of winter and Wednesday reminded people in Susquehanna County of that fact. Folks at Elk Mountain can’t complain with some fresh snow this late in the season. But the saying goes: location, location, location. Some folks around the county didn’t see a flake and others got quite the surprise snow. Fighting swirling winds and pesky snowflakes, Greg Davey kept clearing the sidewalks in downtown Susquehanna Borough. Davey and his fellow […]

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    Olympic Rings Violate Trademark

    PIKE COUNTY — A school district in the Poconos will have to find a new way to show its pride in athletics. Officials said the Olympic rings have been on Wallenpaupack’s crest for decades, but the U.S. Olympic Committee called asking the district to stop using the rings. Every two years, those familiar five rings make a big splash around the world at the summer or winter Olympic Games. They’re the trademark of the International Olympic Committee, not the Wallenpaupack Area […]

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    Six Months After State Police Ambush, Questions Linger

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Six months ago two troopers were ambushed outside the state police barracks in Pike County. One was killed and another was seriously wounded. That infamous suspect, Eric Frein, is alone in a cell in the Pike County jail near Lords Valley, where he’s been since his capture the day before Halloween. Behind a new, heavy steel door inside the state police barracks at Blooming Grove hang pictures of Corporal Bryon Dickson and a poster saying, “We […]

  • 16 Salutes the ‘Secretary of Everything’ Nina Martin

    BETHANY — For sixty years, one woman has been a big part of the borough of Bethany. After all these years, 88-year-old Nina Martin said goodbye to a job she’s had since Eisenhower was president. Martin has been Bethany borough secretary for 60 years and Tuesday night’s borough council meeting was her last. So after such a long time devoted to her hometown, people thought she deserved a little recognition. Local leaders congratulated Nina for all she’s done over the […]

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    Deer Kill Ends Up Feeding Hundreds

    HONESDALE — Hundreds of needy families went home this week with venison in Wayne County. The food was given out at the food pantry, by way of the controversial killings of numerous deer in a private community. Even before the doors opened at the Wayne County Food Pantry location in Honesdale, people were waiting outside in the cold. This month and next there will be something extra in the bags they take home. “Would you like venison?” asked a volunteer helping […]

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    Beloved Bakery in its Final Days

    HONESDALE — A landmark bakery in Honesdale is closing. Day’s Bakery has been in business since 1952 and customers are stopping by to pick up their favorite items before the store closes next month. Customers have been coming and going at the bakery on North Main Street for more than 60 years. Within a month though, the day family will hang up the aprons and stop baking. “I live here, I live it. I won’t know what to eat after it’s […]

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    Winter in Wayne County

    It’s still winter and the day was spent cleaning up after yet another round of snow. This time, folks in parts of Wayne County say the wintry mix made for some heavy lifting. No matter which way you chop it, this winter has pitted man against Mother Nature all across Wayne County. Outside Honesdale, farmers had to get their tractor free so they could finish clearing the heavy snow. “This around here, all you have to do is spin once […]

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    No H2O at the Fire Department

    THOMPSON — As this winter drags on the water problems keep popping up all over our area. If the icicles aren’t a good enough indication of how cold this winter has been in Susquehanna County, just look inside the Thompson Hose Company. The faucets have run dry. Hose company president Bob Conklin said the department fell victim to a frozen water main along Water Street this weekend. “They noticed there wasn’t any water. We had to turn off proper things so […]

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    No Charges Against School Officer

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A school police officer in Wayne County whose gun went off in the high school last week will not face charges, according to the prosecutor who looked into the case and said the officer was cleaning his gun at the time. Western Wayne School Police Officer Paul Semler is still off the job without pay after that incident last week inside his office at the high school. Newswatch 16 has learned that while the officer won’t […]

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    Future Uncertain After Fire At Honesdale Business

    HONESDALE — Longtime business owners in Wayne County could only watch as their livelihood went up in flames. The building is still standing on Main Street in Honesdale after flames tore through the roof Tuesday night. Investigators were on scene Wednesday, looking for a cause, but fire officials say it’s not suspicious. But it is a major blow to the Kinsman family who’s been in business for nearly a century. It took more than 100 firefighters to battle the flames […]

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    Flames Gut Business in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — Crews battled flames at a business in Wayne County. Calls came in just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night. *** See drone video of the blaze at the bottom of this post *** Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the building that houses George W. Kinsman Inc. on Main Street in Honesdale. The heavy machinery dealer has been in on Main Street since 1922. We got a look at the roof of George W. Kinsman from […]


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