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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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    Illegal Crosswalk Staying or Taking a Hike?

    HONESDALE — A crosswalk in downtown Honesdale that’s been there for decades is technically illegal. Now borough leaders are looking for a way to keep the crosswalk even though PennDOT may not want it there. People are back and forth across Main Street in the borough, using a faded crosswalk that’s been there for at least 60 years. It leads right to the post office, which is a very busy part of town. “I think it’s a nice place for […]

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    Mourning Recent High School Graduate Killed in Crash

    POLK TOWNSHIP — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a young man from Monroe County just two weeks after graduating from high school. He died in a crash Saturday and two of his passengers were badly hurt. Conrad Caputo III, or C.J. to his friends and family, was 18-years-old. Caputo had just graduated from Pleasant Valley High School and according to his girlfriend, was behind the wheel of his graduation present when he died, leaving everyone who knew […]

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    Tree Smashes Gazebo in Wayne County

    Massive tree obliterated a gazebo at the park in Newfoundland Tuesday. Crews spending all day clearing debris. @WNEP http://t.co/FYVACNw9Cs— Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) June 25, 2014 NEWFOUNDLAND –Crews in Wayne County spent the day clearing away part of a large tree that fell and destroyed a gazebo in a public park in Newfoundland. Dreher Township supervisors are trying to figure out who will pay for the cleanup and damage, since the tree was on private property and not in the park. […]

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    Longtime Post Office Closes in Wayne County

    STARLIGHT — A longtime post office in rural part of Wayne County may have seen its last piece of mail. It closed over the weekend and now people have to go several miles away to the next post office. The tiny post office at Veronica Allen’s home in Starlight had been open for nearly 60 years. This weekend was its last. The U.S. Postal Service planned to cut back hours at the post office and the postmaster, Allen, chose not […]

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    Charges Filed In Deadly Hit and Run

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — State police charged a man Monday from Wayne County with homicide by vehicle while DUI. Jason Day, 32, walked into the state police barracks near Honesdale a free man. More than an hour later, he left in handcuffs. Day did not answer our questions about the charges he now faces in connection with a deadly hit and run crash last month near the New York state line. Troopers say Day was behind the wheel of a […]

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    They’re Painting The Town In Hawley

    HAWLEY — The finishing touches are being put on a project bringing a new look to one Wayne County community. Downtown storefronts have a fresh coat of paint, but that’s not all. We first showed you what Hawley looked like when the Main Street Matters project started last month. Hawley won the Benjamin Moore contest for free painting and got a grant to do some other work, and people can’t help but notice a change for the better. Even on […]

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    No More “PPL” at Lake Wallenpaupack

    The letters “PPL” have been plastered all around Lake Wallenpaupack for years. The company built the lake in the 1920’s to make hydroelectric power. There is little indication of what if any changes might occur with the power company’s deal other than a name change and folks around the lake hope that’s all that changes. Lake Wallenpaupack is a big lake by anyone’s standards; 13 miles long, nearly 6,000 acres with public and private properties spread around 52 miles of […]


    Couple’s Wedding Day “Crashed” by Hit and Run Driver

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Newlyweds from Wayne County had someone put a dent in their big day. This weekend someone hit the couple’s car then took off, according to state police. It was a picture perfect wedding day for the couple from Lake Ariel. The ceremony, the reception were all full of happy memories. Then, while the newlyweds celebrated with friends and coworkers they became victims of a hit and run. The pictures from Lee and Craig Mocerino’s wedding day are […]

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    Meet Verify, Son of Last Triple Crown Winner

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — This weekend, California Chrome has a chance to do what no horse has done in more than 30 years. A win at the Belmont Stakes would mean the Triple Crown. Another horse in Lackawanna County has its own claim to horse-racing fame as the son of that last horse to win the Triple Crown: Affirmed. With a little help, Preston Cosklo gets in the saddle at Painted Acres horse farm near Mayfield. Preston is not just any boy […]

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    Fire Closes School for a Second Day

    MOSCOW — Hundreds of students in the North Pocono School District will have the day off again Wednesday after a fire Monday. Clean up crews were called in Tuesday so that the kids can get back and finish the school year. The fire started in a technology room North Pocono Intermediate School well after classes dismissed Monday. Still, there was enough smoke damage that 4th and 5th graders will have at least two days off. Crews were busy removing debris from […]

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    Puttin’ on the Ritz, One Brick at a Time

    HAWLEY — A historic theater in Wayne County will have a whole new welcome mat when shows premiere this summer. People can be immortalized in bricks at the Ritz and help the playhouse in Hawley return to its former glory. For the better part of a century, the Ritz has stood in downtown Hawley. First a movie theater then, in the early 70’s, it became home to community theater. Over the years, the non-profit that runs the Ritz Company Playhouse has […]

  • Kayakers, Canoers Were Back on the Lackawanna River

    SCRANTON — Kayakers and canoers headed to the Lackawanna River for a day of exercise in Scranton. For some, this part of Lackawanna RiverFest was an entirely new way to experience the area. “Great day to be on the river, as we were paddling we were discussing how it’s a perspective of the valley and the city you usually can’t get any other way,” said Joe Toczdlowski from Archbald. Organizers of the 27th annual event said nearly 200 boaters took […]