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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 child sex abuse scandal including Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial. After returning to the Poconos, Jim broke numerous stories related to the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks and subsequent 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein.

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 hip hop 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 their son, Cagney.

Recent Articles
  • Agriculture Makes Comeback at School

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — After a 60-year hiatus, one school district in Wayne County is offering students agriculture courses again. The students became the teachers outside the Stourbridge Elementary School near Honesdale. High school students took turns showing youngsters all about farming, forestry, and making food. “Always been in the woods, loving it, hunting or going on a hike, something that’s always interested me,” said Honesdale High School junior Nick Bochnovich. Bochnovich wants to work in the landscaping industry someday, and […]

  • Entire School District Goes Orange for Kindness

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — While the leaves change colors to bright reds and yellows, orange was the color of the day in part of the Poconos–not in the trees, but people were proudly wearing the color. Nearly every student was wearing orange at Wallenpaupack Area schools on Tuesday. It was part of an effort to spread kindness through a program called Rachel’s Challenge. “It was good to see everyone come together and go towards one common goal,” said sophomore Seth Brown. Brown […]

  • Church Bell in Throop Chimes Final Time

    THROOP — A church bell that has rung for generations in part of Lackawanna County chimed for the final time on Monday. It was close to noon in Throop and a crowd showed up across the street from the former St. John’s Catholic Church. While demolition crews cleared debris from what once was the parish rectory. Sue Baka trained her camera on the church before it’s torn down. “It’s depressing to think this stuff will be demolished and put into […]

  • Police Investigating Murder-Suicide in Lackawanna County

    FELL TOWNSHIP — Police in Lackawanna County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving an elderly couple. Police were called to the home on 44th Street in Fell Township around 7:30 a.m. Monday for a murder-suicide of a couple in their 80s. Officers say the two were suffering from debilitating illnesses. In the search warrant, police say the couple were found inside their home shot to death. Investigators are treating their deaths as a murder-suicide. According to police, a family member […]

  • Power To Save: Harvesting the Sun

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — A farm in Wayne County is harvesting from more than the earth. Now, it’s using the sun’s rays to power its growing operation. Step inside the coolers at Anthill Farm near Honesdale and you can feel the cost of keeping produce cool. Sky Ballentine and his wife Monique have spent a decade making the land and the farming tools they use as sustainable as possible, and now Anthill Farm has gone solar. “Essentially, what we came up […]

  • Jerry Sandusky Denied New Trial

    BELLEFONTE — A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky’s request for a new trial in Centre County. The ruling issued Wednesday said Sandusky’s claims of an inadequate defense were without merit. Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was found guilty in June of 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children. In October of 2012, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky sought a new trial under the state’s Post-conviction Relief Act. Earlier […]

  • Rep. Marino’s Drug Czar Job in Question After Drug Bill

    WILLIAMSPORT — On Monday afternoon, President Trump addressed a CBS 60 Minutes/Washington Post report that is highly critical of Congressman Tom Marino. The president said he will be determining if that report about opioid oversight will impact his choice to make Marino the national drug czar. That report revealed the Republican congressman from Lycoming County sponsored a bill that may have made the opioid epidemic worse. Marino’s bill limits the way the nation’s drug enforcement agency, or DEA, can stop […]

  • Pink Brew For Breast Cancer

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Craft beer comes in all sorts of flavors these days–colors, too. One brewery in Wayne County has an extra special beer on tap honoring the brewer’s mother, a breast cancer survivor. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company officially opened in the past few weeks. This being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the place has brewed up something pink in hopes of helping to find a cure. Barb Kuniegel pokes fun at her son C.J. Penzone, the head brewer at Wallenpaupack Brewing […]

  • Former Eye Doctor Employee Charged with Theft

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — A woman from Wayne County was supposed to be charging money for eyeglasses and contact lenses at the eye doctor. Instead, police said she was giving away the eyewear at no charge to friends and family. Now, she’s charged with theft. The former employee at Lakeside Vision near Lake Wallenpaupack was fired a couple of months ago but not before giving away roughly $18,000 worth of glasses, contacts, and more for the past seven years, according to […]

  • Muggy, Rainy Weather for Steamtown Marathon

    SCRANTON — It was an extremely humid day for runners taking on the Steamtown Marathon. From start to finish, it was a wet race with rain at times and plenty of sweat–even tears–as many of the athletes persevered to conquer the marathon. From the very start of this soggy race, runners knew the Steamtown Marathon would live up to its name with so much humidity in the air. Once they were out of Forest City, the runners cut through the […]

  • Extras Show up for Movie Shoot 

    CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP — A golf course in Susquehanna County transformed into a movie set Wednesday. A crew is shooting a new flick featuring Fern Hall Inn near Clifford and included extras from around our area. Far from the Hollywood Hills, the movie crew was on its final day of shooting “The Eagle and the Albatross,” a comedy filmed on the golf course at Fern Hall Inn. “It’s fantastic for us. It’s kind of crazy, but I’l miss it when it’s […]

  • Woman from Wayne County Survives Las Vegas Massacre

    WAYNE COUNTY — A woman from Wayne County survived the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas. Jessi Sullum was on her way home Monday after witnessing the carnage at the country music concert in Las Vegas Sunday night. She and her friends were having the time of their lives when, suddenly, hundreds around them were shot. This story provides a disturbing first-hand look at what happened. The crack of gunshots sounded as concert-goers in Las Vegas fell around Jessi Sullum […]