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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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    Fishing Contest Could Net Prizes

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — Catch a fish in Lake Wallenpaupack this year and the prize could be more than just the fish. Dozens of prizes are up for grabs in a contest meant to bring awareness to the water quality in the lake region. Skip Standen backed his boat into Lake Wallenpaupack, ready to scout out where the best fishing spots are for the season. Standen takes folks out fishing with Bill’s Guide Service and this is the second year in […]

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    Is Cannabis a Rx for PA?

    HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are considering making marijuana legal to treat illnesses such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. State senators could vote on a bill as early as next week. It would have to clear the State House. Republicans control both houses and there are some who are against making cannabis a prescription for Pennsylvania. When 10-year-old Lila Chernavage comes home from school near Wilkes-Barre, she’s often upset. Her mom, Judy, said Lila has suffered from seizures since the age […]

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    POLL: Is Cannabis a Prescription for PA?

    Parents of sick children are asking state lawmakers to approve a drug that could help them: cannabis or marijuana. Tuesday, Newswatch 16 takes an in depth look at how public opinion and legislators are not exactly on the same page. For the second time in a year, there is a bill (SB3 AMENDED) in Harrisburg that would make it legal for people with certain conditions to use cannabis to treat illnesses like seizures. A recent poll found nearly 90% of people support […]

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    PA State Police to Help Maryland Keep the Peace

    State police here in Pennsylvania now plan to go to Baltimore this week to help officers there. If the situation between police and rioters in Baltimore continues to remain tense, Pennsylvania will be sending reinforcements to help keep the peace. Maryland emergency officials put out the call for help and Pennsylvania State Police announced Wednesday that troopers are ready to help keep the peace. State police won’t say how many troopers from each barracks are heading to Baltimore later this week, […]

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    Renovations Give County Courthouse The Power To Save

    MONTROSE — The courthouse in Susquehanna County may be two centuries old, but now the historic building has the latest heating and cooling technology, and that could end up saving taxpayers big money. By the end of next month, the historic Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose will look the same on the outside, but inside it’s a different story. “We had controls on the wall, but they didn’t do anything. I don’t know why they were there,” laughed Commissioner Maryann […]

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    Police Crack Down on Speeders near Schools

    HONESDALE — Police in part of Wayne County are cracking down on drivers who speed near schools. When school lets out at the high school, middle school, or elementary schools in Honesdale it gets busy on Terrace, Grove, and Ridge Streets with students walking home and drivers going in all directions. “Some cars go by really fast and almost hit me, so I have to swerve onto the side. Some cars do the speed limit like they’re supposed to,” said […]

  • Elementary School Teacher Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The walls of this upstairs hall inside Gary Moss’ home near Honesdale are covered with a slice of rock and roll history. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, with hits including “I Love Rock and Roll,” are going into a hall of their own. They’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  As an original member Moss will be immortalized with them this weekend in Cleveland. “I didn’t have aspirations to be famous, I never […]

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    Pipeline Company Delivers Cash

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — A company that has more than 800 miles of pipeline through Pennsylvania delivered checks across our area this week. The Kinder Morgan company is a worth $110 billion and its vice president donated thousands to schools and parks ahead of an announcement to expand the pipeline here. He was there to give money for a playground. The principal at Evergreen Elementary School near Hamlin pulled students out of class for a photo opportunity with the vice president […]

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    Victims’ Families Seek Justice for Underage Driver

    HONESDALE — It was an emotional day in Wayne County Court when an underaged driver admitted she crashed and killed three other teens all while their family and friends came seeking justice. Julia Ware from the suburbs of New York City is now 16 years old. She sobbed throughout the hearing Wednesday afternoon. Ware admitted she was driving without a license last summer when the SUV rolled killing those three boys from the Philadelphia area. Wearing identical shirts and carrying signs […]

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    Historic Lincoln Nomination Meeting: Fact or Fiction?

    HONESDALE — 150 years ago, America’s 16th president was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. But was the idea for Abraham Lincoln’s entire presidency actually hatched right here in northeastern and central Pennsylvania? Depending on who you ask, a small, one-story building tucked away on 9th Street in Honesdale played a big role in U.S. history. A state historical marker in front tells the story of the 1859 meeting between political leaders that led to the presidential nomination of […]

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    Gas Company Part of Solution for Decimated State Road

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — State transportation officials have a plan to overhaul a badly damaged Route 167 in Susquehanna County. PennDOT officials said there were already plans to repair Route 167, then this winter took its toll and so did countless heavy trucks used by the natural gas industry. The result is 11 miles of road that’s now a safety hazard with a fix on the way, according to PennDOT. Unsuspecting drivers on Route 167 between Montrose and Hop Bottom have […]

  • PennDOT, Cabot to Repair Road in Susquehanna County

    BROOKLYN TOWNSHIP — PennDOT said Cabot Oil and Gas has agreed to help repair a road in Susquehanna County that has severely deteriorated this spring. There is massive heaving along Route 167 in Brooklyn Township. Even though the state is responsible for any repairs to routes like this, PennDOT says Cabot will overhaul the road for several miles due to the heavy truck traffic on the road. PennDOT will also pay for some other emergency repairs to the road. There […]


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