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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    Tracking PennDOT Plows via Website

    HARRISBURG — You can now see where those PennDOT plow trucks are during a winter storm from the comfort of your own home. The Commonwealth has hundreds of trucks ready to roll in the event of a storm and some of those trucks are equipped with tracking technology so PennDOT and you can see where they are and where they’ve been. Not only do transportation officials say the technology will make plowing operations more efficient but some folks say it […]

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    Teacher in Running for Global Prize

    NEWFOUNDLAND — A teacher from Wayne County is in the running for some worldwide recognition and a $1 million prize. Mike Soskil is so much more than just a science teacher at Wallenpaupack South Elementary in Newfoundland. He has helped other teachers in the school find ways to incorporate people and things from all over the world into their classrooms. Now he’s one of 50 teachers from across the globe up for a teacher prize; something of a Nobel Prize […]

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    Ski Season Opens Thanks to Deep Freeze

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP — The cold temperatures that blasted into the area recently are just what the ski resorts in our area have been waiting for. Elk Mountain in Susquehanna County opened Tuesday and skiers as well as snowboarders rejoiced they could finally hit the slopes. Finally, snow groomers on Elk Mountain have something to groom. Skiers and snowboarders have something to ski and board on as well after a deep freeze let crews make lots of snow. “Unbelievable where it […]

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    Wayne County D.A. Holds News Conference on Deadly Shooting

    HONESDALE — The Wayne County district attorney held a news conference Wednesday morning with the latest on the investigation into a deadly shooting that left a national guardsman dead and put three troopers on leave. Prosecutors say they’re still investigating the deadly shooting late Monday night near Waymart that left Derek DeGroat dead. The Wayne County district attorney was joined by state police inside the courthouse in Honesdale to discuss what they know so far. Nearly two days have gone […]

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    Family Searching for Answers After Son is Shot by Troopers

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — State troopers responded to a frantic 911 call near Waymart Monday night and investigators say Derek DeGroat, 21, is dead after he was shot by those three troopers. DeGroat’s family wants answers. There was heavy police presence at the scene of that deadly shooting on Volunteer Way near Waymart. In the daylight, there is relatively no sign of a deadly shooting involving state police at the DeGroat family home. According to investigators, a family member called 911, […]

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    Victim Identified in State Police Deadly Shooting in Wayne County

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A man is dead after a shooting involving state police in Wayne County. Investigators told Newswatch 16 one man was shot by state police along Volunteer Way in Canaan Township, near Waymart around 11:30 p.m. Monday after an incident at a home. Troopers responded to 911 reports of a man with gun threatening to kill himself and threatening to kill police if they came to the home, according to a release from Wayne County District Attorney Janine […]

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    What the Fed Interest Rate Hike Means for You

    HONESDALE — So what does the fed move today mean for not just Wall Street, but for Main Street America? It’s a little bit of a mixed bag. Depending who you talk to the rate hike has its pluses and minuses. Some of the banks in Honesdale have stood since before there was a Federal Reserve and this latest increase is not expected to upend business in any big way. From real estate to auto loans and your money in the […]

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    Wanted: Foster Grandparents

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Calling all grandparents. A program in the Northern Tier is facing a shortage of people to help children. To kindergarten students at Blue Ridge Elementary School, Grandma Norine is much more than a teacher. She helps them when they need a little more attention at the school near New Milford and in turn, Grandma Norine Jenner gets something back. “Very rewarding, gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. just a reason […]

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    Ski Season on Hold

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP — One look from high atop Elk Mountain and it’s plain to see the man-made snow is melting fast. Even the deer are getting in on last nibble before it gets cold again, but for now it’s just too darn warm. “It was going really well. It was, it was and unfortunately we got a little bit of a warmup, you can’t control the weather, it’s something have to deal with,” said Elk employee Cory Burton. Burton and […]

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    Newswatch 16 Investigates: Report Evaluates PSP Manhunt for Eric Frein

    BLOOMING GROVE — It has been more than a year since the massive manhunt for an accused cop killer ended in the Poconos. Newswatch 16 investigates has obtained a report from the state police looking at the successes and failures of that costly and drawn out operation. It’s called an after-action report and improvement plan. Troopers compile them after major incidents or events like the pope’s visit to Philadelphia. We requested a copy of this report that takes a close […]

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    Santa Rides into Carbondale on Train

    CARBONDALE — There was a festive mood at the train station in Carbondale as folks waited for a special someone to arrive aboard the locomotive. Kids and their families were here to see Santa Claus. The jolly old elf has kept this tradition going for 18 years now. When the Steamtown National Historic Site’s train rolled into the Pioneer City, it was a chance for Linda McGlone to introduce her granddaughter to the one and only Saint Nick. “Watching her […]

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    Fighting Off a Rabid Fox

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A woman in Wayne County is undergoing treatment after being attacked by a rabid fox. Wednesday was just another day at work for Theresa DeVrieze at Village Carpet along Route 6 near Honesdale. One week ago it wasn’t. Devrieze was left bloodied and scarred by a rabid fox. “I felt a tug at my boot, honestly thought it was a dog. Looked down, realized it wasn’t a dog, I shooed it away, it came right back,” said DeVrieze. […]


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