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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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    Thousands Brave Cold for Santa Parade

    SCRANTON — ‘Twas the month before Christmas when all through the city of Scranton there were many creatures stirring, parading through the streets to spread holiday cheer. There were so many sights for the kids to take in–no sugar plums–but plenty of marching bands played their tunes. On this frigid morning, families came prepared for a cold and wintry Santa parade. “Hot chocolate and some blankets. We have quite a few layers [on]. I don’t even know. We lost count,” […]

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    10-Year-Old Murder Suspect’s Case In Court

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — A 10-year-old murder suspect was in court Wednesday to face the charges against him. State police brought the boy from jail to district court to face a charge of homicide for allegedly killing an elderly woman last month. The age of the suspect makes this case so unusual and perhaps so hard to understand. Tristin Kurilla has been an inmate at the Wayne County Correctional Facility for more than a month. Kurilla’s family was with him […]

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    Project Looks to Help Future Tech Business

    HONESDALE — Work is underway to turn an old school building into a hub for new business in Wayne County. The project is an effort to bring tech jobs to an area that’s relied for so long on construction and family owned businesses. For years, it was an elementary school gym in Honesdale, a place where kids played and got their exercise. Soon it will be a place for startups to get their businesses off the ground. Wayne County commissioners, […]

  • Former Amusement Park Torn Down

    HARVEYS LAKE — A piece of history was torn down in Luzerne County Saturday. Parts of the former Hanson’s Amusement Park in Harveys Lake were reduced to rubble to make way for homes. Even though what remained of the park was an eyesore, it still had people thinking back to all the fun they had as kids. As heavy machinery ripped into the pile of rubble across from Harveys Lake, a piece of local history was fading into just memories. […]

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    Blooming Grove Barracks Reopens

    BLOOMING GROVE — Two months to the day after a deadly shooting at a state police barracks, the place is now open again to the public. It was on the night of September 12 when police say Eric Frein shot and killed one state trooper and badly injured another outside that state police barracks in Pike County. The Blooming Grove barracks on Route 402 was a crime scene for days after that ambush in September, then it remained closed to […]

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    Owner Of Fire-Gutted Restaurant Vows To Rebuild

    KINGSLEY — There’s not much left of Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’. Customers had been coming here for decades and the restaurant was a labor of love for the owner and her staff. While fire destroyed it all early Tuesday morning, it doesn’t mean the owner is giving up. There was little firefighters could do to stop this raging fire from reducing the landmark restaurant in Kingsley to smoldering rubble. Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’ was only two hours from opening for […]

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    Hoban’s Going out of Business

    THROOP — For generations, parents and teachers have been shopping for school supplies at one business in Lackawanna County. That will come to an end next month when Hoban’s Parent-Teacher Store closes. Hoban’s has been the go-to spot for parents and teachers around our area for decades. Now its owners said it’s time to close up shop after a steady drop in business and they found a buyer for the store and warehouse in the Dunmore area. The shelves inside […]

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    Parade Salutes Veterans for Service

    KINGSTON — For blocks throughout Kingston, people gathered along the parade route waiting for their chance to salute the men and women who serve or have served this country. The 68th Annual Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade was complete with bagpipers, high school bands, and so many groups who play an important role in the defense of this country. “It’s a beautiful day as you can see, the crowd is pretty large. It’s just nice to see people honor the […]

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    Search Warrants List More Items Found In Frein Hideout

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — We got our first look at the list of things believed to belong to Eric Frein found after he was nabbed by U.S. Marshals after seven long weeks in the Poconos, everything from guns and ammunition to a copy of the New Testament. A search warrant lists more than 100 items found inside, three guns and ammunition, including a sniper rifle, a .308 caliber that could be the murder weapon. There was the laptop we were […]

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    Search Warrants: Frein Used Laptop to Evade Manhunt

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — All these days many of us wondered how Eric Frein was able to stay on the run from police. Search warrants just returned in the Eric Frein investigation show¬†that he was able to hide from police using laptops and wireless internet. Newswatch 16 was the first to tell you at noon Tuesday about the search warrants on a laptop and two thumb drives belonging to Frein. Police said those items were found after Frein’s capture Thursday […]

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    First Look Inside Abandoned Hangar Where Frein Hid

    POCONO TOWNSHIP — We got our first up-close look at the place where Eric Frein was captured last week after 48 days on the run. Frein has been locked up for four days since his arrest Thursday evening. The manhunt is over but the questions keep coming about how he was able to stay on the run for so long. Some people went in search of some answers, going to exact spot where the fugitive was caught: the abandoned Birchwood […]

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    Parade Float Sends Message About Heroin Dangers

    HONESDALE — Tuesday night’s Halloween parade in Honesdale featured all sorts of frights, ghosts and goblins. One float had a message for everyone on the parade route which was for some, a scary message. Some scary Halloween costumes are make-believe and others are closer to the real thing. The annual Halloween parade in Honesdale had both. Volunteers spent weeks creating one particular parade float; a spooky graveyard scene surrounded by drug dealers in handcuffs and prison orange. “A lot of […]


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