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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    G.D.S. Fair Extended This Year

    NEWFOUNDLAND — There’s still plenty of time left to get to county fairs around our area including in Wayne County where the G.D.S. Fair is running longer this year than years past. From the front gate at the Greene, Dreher, Sterling Fair in Newfoundland through the midway to the 4-H area, there’s more in store for everyone this year. That’s because the fair is running not just one weekend but two; it’s a break from tradition, but a way for the […]

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    Man Serving Time for Making Child Porn Admits to Raping Two Children

    MILFORD — A man was immediately sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape in Pike County. Michael Bonsignore admitted to raping two children in court Monday. The judge in Milford sentenced him to 20 to 40 years in prison. This is on top of a 25-year sentence he’s already serving for making child porn. He was sentenced for that back in 2012.

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    Literacy Program Allows Inmates to Connect with Their Children

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A new literacy program in Wayne County is connecting inmates with their children through reading. Of the more than 1.5 million state and federal inmates, 800,000 of them are parents. You can usually find Betty Lawson in the children’s room at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale. The boys and girls call her Miss Betty. Some children haven’t met her yet, but their parents have met her at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Inmate Crystal Boehmer is […]

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    Captive Bears ‘Retire’ to Colorado

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — Several old bears that used to live in cages in Wayne County have found somewhat of a retirement home out west. The animals are far better off now than they were when they lived on a defunct roadside zoo, according to animal rights group PETA. There are a few animals left at the property near Honesdale. Far fewer than how many lived there back when it was a zoo in 1990s with lions, tigers, and bears. The bears are gone now. […]

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    Bridge Out, Detour Hurting Business

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — PennDOT closed a bridge right off Interstate 84 in Pike County and drivers now have to take a detour to Lords Valley for the next several months. One business hit hard last year expects to lose business again. Usually Beauty Creations Salon and Spa along Route 739 in Blooming Grove is busy. At least the owner says she always did a lot of business when the bridge at the Interstate 84 interchange was open. But now […]

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    Salvation Army Helps Kids Get Ready for School

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — Students across our area will head back to school in a matter of days. Some will be ready for the school year thanks to a shopping spree in Wayne County. The countdown to the first day of school is in the single digits for the Stratton family of Carbondale. The five kids, their parents and a volunteer from the Salvation Army set out to find new clothes for school at Kmart near Honesdale. With $75 to spend per […]

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    No Snow, No Problem for Snowmobiles in Wayne County

    OREGON TOWNSHIP — There was a hum in the air near Honesdale that’s usually heard when the ground is covered in white. But it was no snow, no problem for some sled speedsters on Sunday, taking their snowmobiles across land and water. “The tracks are a lot better and it’s a lot warmer. Acceleration is a lot better,” said Dennis DiCamillo of New York. This is the 10th year for the annual Radar Run and Pond Hop on the Daniels […]

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    NASCAR Fan Living with Brain Injury Calls For Increased Safety

    DAYTONA, FL — A NASCAR fan from Susquehanna County is pushing for more safety at Daytona International Speedway after he was injured more than 2 years ago at the racetrack in Florida. At the end of a Nationwide series race at Daytona in 2013, a long road of trouble started for brothers from the Great Bend area. They were sitting in the upper level when a wreck sent debris into the stands. “You see them wreck all the time but […]

  • Gun Maker Moves into Pike County

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — It was pretty clear Tuesday’s grand opening of Kahr Firearms was much more than just a business story. The owners picked Pike County because, according to them, they want to be where it’s gun friendly, and where half the county residents are members of the NRA. Before long, Kahr Firearms plans to sell its handguns, sub-machine guns and more from inside a room at its new facility in the Pike County Business Park in Blooming Grove Township. […]

  • Fire Company Bouncing Back from its own Fire

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — A fire company hit hard by flames over the weekend is still up and running in Wayne County. We first showed you the damage done to the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Company Saturday. Cleanup crews were fast at work removing a layer of soot from the fire hall near Hamlin on Monday. Late Friday a paramedic’s vehicle caught fire in the station’s third bay, according to a state police fire marshal. While the fire was ruled an accident, […]

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    Tribute to Patrolman John Wilding

    SCRANTON — It’s been about a month since Patrolman John Wilding died in the line of duty in Scranton. On Sunday,  people came together to honor his memory and help his family with a motorcycle ride. Some of those riders wore a special tribute that will stay with them for a long time. More than 100 bikers brought the noise to downtown Scranton. They brought the chrome and lots of tattoos. They had tattoos on their legs, on their arms […]

  • Pocono Half Marathon Canceled

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A half marathon in the Poconos has hit a roadblock. Organizers have canceled the third annual Pocono Half Marathon, citing too much difficulty in closing roads on the route to traffic. It’s been nearly one year since a five-mile stretch of the Owego Turnpike between Honesdale and Hawley was closed for the half marathon. The race’s third installment was set to hit the 13.1 mile route in late September, but now that’s off. “There are some […]


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