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
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    ‘Drawn’ Out Election Season

    SCRANTON — It’s fair to say this political season has been different from most in recent memory. The race for president has provided so much fodder for editorial cartoonists. For more than 500 days now, this presidential slug fest has played out on-air, online and on the editorial pages of the local paper. Now, at the end of the race, cartoonist John Cole is ready to get back to drawing everyday issues. Three floors up in the Scranton Times-Tribune building, John Cole sketched […]

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    Retreat Planned for Cancer Patients

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  An organization that helps cancer patients is looking to expand in Wayne County to a large tract of land. Lonakana would give women and kids battling cancer a place to rest away from the hospital and their homes. Far from the busy cities and towns, the property near Waymart is exactly what Maryann Corey was looking for as a retreat for cancer patients — 64 acres of field and forest with a spectacular view, and in Corey’s […]

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    A ‘Sign’ of Things to Come in Forest City

    FOREST CITY — A new sign in one community in Susquehanna County is meant to connect people with all the area has to offer. The slogan in Forest City is “A Mile of Hospitality,” and now that mile is on the map in one central location. The double-sided sign was unveiled Tuesday featuring all the places that make up the community. “Our goal is improved economic development and foot traffic into stores and increased revenue for small businesses,” said Joy Zazzera, […]

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    Wayne County Bridge Work Nearing Completion

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Work is expected to wrap up this week on a bridge in Wayne County. Crews are repairing the bridge on Davis Road, just off Route 6 near Waymart. A weight limit was put on the bridge this past summer and heavy trucks were not allowed on the span due to deterioration. No one’s driving across this bridge near Waymart while crews take out the severely rusted sections to replace them. The township bridge is the only way […]

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    Harrison Avenue Bridge Closed for Work on New Span

    SCRANTON — There was some slow-moving traffic in parts of Scranton Monday because one of the major links between the Hill section and south Scranton is closed. Cars were lined up at the intersection of Moosic Street and Harrison Avenue in Scranton. Traffic can’t turn onto Harrison Avenue because the Harrison Avenue Bridge is closed. The old bridge will be closed until 6 p.m. It’s so a construction crew can set beams for the new Harrison Avenue bridge. The new […]

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    Wayne County Readies for Winter Weather

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — The first dose of wintry weather is on tap for parts of our area Thursday. In Bethany, north of Honesdale, it’s still green grass but by morning, certain spots north of here could see a couple inches of snow. Chilling winds blew through this part of northern Wayne County on this October day. It was so frigid that Cold Spring is living up to its name and now, there’s snow in the forecast. “You get ready for it […]

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    A Lot Riding on Proposed Law for Ride-hailing Apps

    SCRANTON — The governor is set to sign a bill into law giving ride-sharing services including Uber the green light to operate in Pennsylvania. It’s a welcome move for drivers who provide rides and for customers as well. Uber has been running in our area for more than a year now and hasn’t faced any significant roadblocks. However, any controversy will be settled statewide once Governor Tom Wolf signs the bill legalizing ride-hailing apps for good. Services such as Uber and Lyft aren’t like taxicabs. […]

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    Getting Real World Experience at Special Needs Job Fair

    TAYLOR — High school students are preparing for life after graduation whether it be more schooling or the workforce. With graduation day just months away, Scranton High School senior Amina Durant practices her job interview skills during a job fair for students with special needs. Durant is one of several dozen students from area schools who were focusing on their futures. “It will give me a track to see what I want to be in life,” said Durant. “I plan […]

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    Reaction to Jail Time for Former A.G. Kane

    SCRANTON — Kathleen Kane is from Lackawanna County and is well known around the area especially after her rise to power and then her fall. Barring a successful appeal, Kane won’t see her home in Lackawanna County for 10-23 months. Monday’s sentencing has some people at the Co-op Farmer’s Market saddened and ashamed by Kane’s downfall. While folks picked out locally grown fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market in Scranton, another local product was learning her punishment for breaking […]

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    Do Voters Feel the Election Is Rigged?

    MONTROSE — Donald Trump is claiming the election system is rigged, even at the polling booth. However, election officials tell Newswatch 16 they are confident in the integrity of the system. When voters go to the polls in less than three weeks, their votes will end up deciding the outcome of what’s been a hostile race for president. Recently, Trump has pushed a theory that somehow the election is fixed. “I feel safe and people should feel safe about it,” […]

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    Snow One Year; A Scorcher the Next 

    HONESDALE — This day last year, October 18, it was cold enough to snow in some parts of our area. But this year we’ve had record heat. In northeast Pennsylvania, we typically see 82 degrees in July or August, not October. But in Honesdale, people got a dose of record-breaking heat on this balmy fall day. “It’s crazy! Last week we were all wearing long sleeves, and today, it’s going to be 80 degrees. It’s ridiculous,” said Kyle Saylor of […]

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    Gas Prices Going up in New Jersey in November

    COLUMBIA, N.J. — New Jersey is raising the price of gas just like Pennsylvania did a few years ago after seeing a desperate need for money to repair roads and bridges. Come next month, the price you pay over the state line may be very close to what you pay here in Pennsylvania. Filling up at the travel center in Columbia, New Jersey is usually a good bargain if you’re from Pennsylvania. Gas is roughly 25 cents cheaper than at […]