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
  • Closing Arguments in Penalty Phase of Frein Trial

    MILFORD — The jury in the Eric Frein case is deliberating whether to give the cop killer the death penalty. Prosecutors pointed to all that evidence saying, “that murderer made a choice to pull that trigger again and again and again and again.” Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin told jurors the defense was,”trying to deflect from the murderer and put Eugene Frein (Eric’s father) on trial.” Tonkin talked at length about the legal issues that he believes require a […]

  • Eric Frein’s Sister Calls Brother ‘Her Protector’

    MILFORD — The defense has called its last witness in the penalty phase of Eric Frein’s trial after Frein’s sisters and others testified on behalf of the convicted killer. The jury in Pike County could soon start deciding whether he should be sentenced to death. Frein’s attorneys have made their case for sparing his life. Eric Frein looked disheveled and off in space while the final witnesses took the stand on his behalf. Just a couple of months after the […]

  • Frein Guilty on All Charges

    MILFORD — A jury has found Eric Frein guilty on all 12 charges in the ambush shooting and killing of state troopers in Pike County. Frein was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, first-degree murder and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, several weapons charges, and terrorism. Closing arguments in the case were heard Wednesday morning.  Jurors began deliberations around 1 p.m. Frein was accused of the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in September 2014 […]

  • Deliberations Begin in Case of Accused Cop Killer

    MILFORD — The jury is deliberating in the murder case against accused cop killer Eric Frein. Closing arguments began Wednesday morning in Pike County court. Newswatch 16 was outside the courthouse as people started arriving. They included family members of Corporal Bryon Dickson. He died during the ambush at the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014. Also in court was Trooper Alex Douglass who was severely wounded during the attack. The parents of Eric Frein are also in court. Pike County […]

  • Testimony Ends in Eric Frein Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Wednesday

    MILFORD — Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday morning in the murder trial of accused cop killer Eric Frein and Frein’s defense team rested without calling a single witness in the case. Tuesday morning, prosecutors showed jurors photos of slain state trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson as they finished their case against Frein. Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross was last witness for prosecution & testified both gunshot wounds were lethal and constituted homicide. pic.twitter.com/7Z15kRvmrh — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) April 18, 2017 Frein is accused […]

  • ‘The worst pain you can imagine,’ Trooper Shot at Barracks Testifies Against Eric Frein

    MILFORD — Calling it, “the worst pain you can imagine,” the trooper who survived the ambush at the Pennsylvania State Police  barracks at Blooming Grove described what it was like on the night when he and another state trooper were shot. As prosecutors in Pike County get closer to resting their case against Eric Frein, one of the key witnesses in the death penalty case took the stand. Trooper Alex Douglass, one of two shot that night, and the only […]

  • Jurors Hear from Eric Frein’s Manhunt Journal

    MILFORD — The jury in the trial for Eric Frein heard entries from a journal Frein kept during the seven-week manhunt in the Poconos. Newswatch 16 was inside the Birchwood-Pocono Airpark hangar near Tannersville a few days after investigators removed evidence. The abandoned resort and hangar were run down and debris was scattered all over inside the hangar. In the back left, troopers say they found numerous items Frein used while he hid from the massive manhunt. Jurors saw photos […]

  • Eric Frein Barracks Confession Played for Jurors

    MILFORD — Another key part of evidence played out in Pike County Court Tuesday in the trial of Eric Frein — video of the three hours the accused cop killer spoke to troopers after his capture, admitting to acting alone in the deadly attack. Frein hasn’t said a word publicly since his arrest two and a half years ago. On Tuesday, jurors got an earful from Frein from a recording of his interrogation at the very barracks he allegedly attacked […]

  • Manhunt Questions Surface Following Eric Frein Trial on Monday

    MILFORD — It was a brief day in court Monday in the trial of Eric Frein due to the observance of Passover. There was only two and a half hours of testimony from investigators in Pike County Court. It included the face of the weeks-long manhunt: Pennsylvania State Police Major George Bivens who described the magnitude of the search for Frein. His testimony was followed by U.S. Marshals who captured Frein. Boxes of evidence were brought into court Monday morning, […]

  • Troopers Recall Barracks Shooting in Day 2 of Frein Trial

    MILFORD — On day two of Eric Frein’s death penalty trial, jurors heard both what it was like to be at the Blooming Grove state police barracks during the 2014 ambush and saw what the aftermath looked like. Crime scene photos showed a slain Corporal Bryon Dickson on a hallway floor inside, all while his widow Tiffany sobbed in the courtroom saying, “he was such a good boy.” Prosecutors say Frein hid in the woods across from the barracks then opened […]

  • Emotional Testimony on Day One of Eric Frein Murder Trial

    MILFORD — With graphic opening statements and the beginning of testimony, the trial of Eric Frein is underway in Pike County. Frein is accused of ambushing Pennsylvania State Troopers in 2014, killing one and wounding another. It was a highly emotional start to the trial in Milford on Tuesday. The prosecution began by laying out the case against Frein with an elaborate opening statement, and then emotional testimony from the woman who witnessed that deadly attack at the state police […]

  • UPDATE: Pre-Trial Hearing in Frein Case

    MILFORD -- The trial for accused cop killer Eric Frein is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 4. Before the start of the trial, the judge heard pretrial motions on Monday morning.