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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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    Controversy over Lion Hunters

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — The uproar continues over the reported illegal killings of two African lions by two American doctors. Kids watched in awe as George and Henry, two African lions at Claws “N” Paws near Hamlin, did their thing behind the fence. Officials said two similar lions were recently hunted down and illegally killed in Zimbabwe by doctors from Minnesota and Pennsylvania. One of them is identified as Jan Seski, a gynecologist from the Pittsburgh area. “I don’t like that […]

  • Condemned Building to be Torn Down in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — A condemned building is one step closer to demolition in part of Wayne County. You don’t have to go far inside the former Hussco Shoe Factory in Honesdale to see the utter mess inside: three floors of it, amongst fire and water damage. That is why Borough Zoning Officer Dan Hnatko had the place at the corner of East and 13th Streets condemned last month. The third floor collapsed. Hnatko worries the rest may go at any time, […]

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    Reaction to First Female NFL Coach

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — The Arizona Cardinals have hired a woman as a coach, believed to be the first woman ever to hold the position in the NFL. Four sisters got together for lunch at The Boathouse restaurant near Hawley. After Dr. Jen Welter was hired to be on the coaching staff during training camp as an intern, some see it as a move in the right direction for gender equality. “I hope it’s the start of change. I think if […]

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    Former Minister Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

    LAKE ARIEL — A former minister from Wayne County who sexually abused a boy for years is going to state prison. Shortly after a judge sentenced Normax Faux to up to 15 years in prison, Faux said he is sorry for sexually abusing a boy for roughly a decade while he was pastor of the Lake Ariel United Methodist Church. The abuse started when the boy was 9 years old. “The heinous acts that he’s committed, he needs to be […]

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    Fiber Optic Lines Coming to Waymart Area

    WAYMART — In this Internet age, many of us rely on fast, reliable internet service and one telecom company in Wayne County is stepping up its game to offer the fastest internet available, far ahead of many others in the area. In the last two years, South Canaan Telephone Company has strung 40 miles of fiber optic line in the area–arguably the best way to transmit data through wires. “We want to stay around for a long time and provide […]

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    Repairs Coming to Rough Road

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — One of the most frustrating things for drivers is trying to navigate over a road that is full of potholes and craters. Take a drive down Winterdale Road and you’ll feel it. Running along the northern edge of Wayne County, near Hancock, New York, Winterdale Road is littered with potholes. “And some of those potholes are at least a foot deep in some of the areas. In the winter, you have to go into oncoming traffic and […]

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    Store Ransacked, Burglarized 

    HOP BOTTOM — Burglars left behind a mess after they ransacked a store this weekend in Susquehanna County. The owners of Black’s Country Store in Hop Bottom are still reeling from the break-in sometime Saturday night into early Sunday morning. They said the culprits took some irreplaceable things from the business. Now troopers are investigating and the whole thing has caused the owners to lose faith in people. Barbara Corey’s family-run store is still in business after a break-in over […]

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    Farmers Market Opens for Season

    SCRANTON — The time is ripe for the farmers market in Scranton. For 76 years, farmers have brought their harvests into the city for folks to pick and choose. From the farm right into the open arms of people just chomping at the bit to get their first taste of what Scranton’s Co-op Farmers Market has to offer. On the first day of the market, there was no shortage of farm fresh food from all over the area, just what […]

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    Solemn Novena Underway in Scranton

    SCRANTON — In Scranton’s west side, the Catholic faithful have started a yearly tradition. The solemn novena in honor of St. Ann is now underway. The novena started at noon Friday at St. Ann’s Monastery and Basilica with hundreds of the faithful coming to pray together. This year’s focus is on family. St. Ann was the mother of the Virgin Mary, and in light of the loss of one of Scranton’s finest, this novena is more solemn than normal. This […]


    Jessup Home Damaged by Fire

    JESSUP — A home in Lackawanna County was damaged by fire Friday morning. It started around 9 a.m. in the home on Gallagher Street in Jessup. The second floor was heavily damaged. Fire crews saved this home on Gallagher St. in Jessup after flames hit. Cause under investigation. No one hurt. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/nWs8eWddrz — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) July 17, 2015 No one was home at the time of the fire. A state police fire marshal believes the fire started accidentally […]

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    Small Businesses Withstand Internet Giants’ Sales

    HONESDALE — Online retailers Amazon and Walmart are offering deals in the middle of summer in hopes of attracting more of shoppers’ dollars. Every summer, Honesdale holds Sidewalk Sales. It’s scheduled for Friday and Saturday. As big business tries to lure shoppers to the web, business owners in the downtown said they offer something the Internet giants can’t offer. Summer means big business for shops in downtown Honesdale. The annual Sidewalk Sales is a chance for stores to capitalize on a […]

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    Community Plagued by Break-ins

    HAWLEY — A theater is the latest victim of a string of break-ins in part of Wayne County. Someone left a mess behind just before a week of rehearsals for shows. Police are investigating several cases in Hawley where businesses were hit by burglars within the past month or so. The most recent break-in was at the Ritz Company Playhouse. About 50 young actors were rehearsing for “Cinderella” inside the theater on Keystone Street Tuesday, one day after they showed up […]


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