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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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    Life In The Middle Of A Manhunt

    PRICE TOWNSHIP — It’s been nearly a week since state police shifted the focus of this manhunt to the Canadensis area of Monroe County. Residents’ lives are far from what they used to be, seeing this whole thing play out in their backyards. “It’s been like you think of a war zone.” Donna Pauling has watched and waited for the heavily armed police at the end of her driveway near Canadensis to capture Eric Frein. She and her husband put […]

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    Not Business As Usual While Manhunt Continues

    BLOOMING GROVE — The search for Eric Frein, from the Blooming Grove area all the way to the Canadensis area, has caused a lot of havoc for people who live and work there. Schools were closed for days and now businesses have to contend with an accused killer on the loose. While the focus of that manhunt has moved two dozen or so miles south from the Blooming Grove area of Pike County, places including a salon and spa on […]

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    State Police Say Search Area Narrowing

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — State police choppers were making passes over the “hotspot” as it’s being called, the area near Eric Frein’s home in Canadensis where investigators think he’s hiding. They said they’re acting on tips related to any bunkers or shelters Frein may have in the area, but as of now he’s been able to elude hundreds of highly trained police for ten days and counting. Route 447 was closed in that area, too, while marked and unmarked police cars […]

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    Workers, Schools Concerned About Safety

    PIKE COUNTY — Workers at a power line project in Wayne County called police Wednesday morning and troopers rushed to the area near Lake Wallenpaupack for reports of man seen in camouflage, with a gun, coming out of the woods. More than an hour went by before state police called off the search, figuring it may have been a hunter in the area, but it was enough to leave neighbors shaken. “I looked out and they had guns, then I […]

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    Court Papers Detail Events Of PSP Ambush

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — As state police hunt down Eric Frein, the suspect named Tuesday in the shooting of two state troopers, we’ve learned new information about what took place Friday night at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, including how troopers reacted to being ambushed in the dark of night without any warning. When the call went out for help late Friday in Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police knew little about who attacked them or why. Emergency […]

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    Reports: Zeroing In On Suspect

    PSP at home near Canadensis. Believed to have something to do with suspect in #pspbloominggrove shooting. @WNEP — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) September 16, 2014 BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — As an army of troopers once again scour the woods Tuesday, there is word that investigators know who they’re looking for. State police announced that another news conference is planned for this afternoon on the investigation into the search for the person who killed a state police corporal and injured another […]

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    Search For Killer In Third Day

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — People who live and work around the very rural area of Blooming Grove in Pike County have been pretty much in the dark since the deadly shooting of a state trooper happened late Friday. As the search for whoever carried out the attack continues, folks around Blooming Grove are in shock, waiting for some word that police are closer to the truth. There was still a heavy police presence at the state police barracks at Blooming […]

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    Tell Us Something Good! A Restaurant Fights Against Suicide

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — The owner of a restaurant in Wayne County who lost a relative to suicide offered customers a discount on Wednesday to bring awareness to suicide prevention. If customers in Newfoundland told the server something good in their lives, ¬†they got 10 percent off their bills. Lunch time at the Newfoundland Hotel and patrons were ordering up all sorts of food from the menu. But also served on this day: some positivity, meant to help people who could […]

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    Apple Cider Season In Full Swing

    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — Apple cider season is upon us, and as we creep towards fall, folks around here are heading to cider mills in search of the sweet stuff. One cider mill in Lackawanna County is already busy with all things apple. The shelves are stocked and the checkout counter is busy this second week in September at Ritter’s Cider Mill near Mount Cobb. As long as there are apples, this traditional fall destination is ready to churn out the […]

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    Testing the Groundwater We Drink

    WAYNE COUNTY — About 100 homeowners in Wayne County will soon know exactly what’s in their drinking water. A study being done this summer will give scientists and property owners a starting point in one of the few areas in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania where natural gas drilling isn’t allowed; at least not right now. For the past few months, Jamie Roche-Knecht and Rich Reynolds have been going around Wayne County taking water samples from homes with drinking wells. […]

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    UPDATE: Teens Caught Throwing Items onto I-81

    INTERSTATE 81 — It has happened again. Kids were caught throwing stuff off of bridges that go over a busy interstate. Back in July, a woman was seriously hurt when it happened on Interstate 80 in Union County. This time it happened on I-81 in Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties. Traffic on Interstate 81 has smooth sailing again, but overnight the highway between northern Lackawanna County and southern Susquehanna County was littered for miles with broken down vehicles. Three teens threw […]

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    District Mourns School Bus Driver

    A man who died in a crash Monday in Wayne County drove a school bus in the Western Wayne School District for at least a decade. Bus 6 was Richard Wyckoff’s both mornings and afternoons during the school year. After Wyckoff passed away this week after an ATV crash near Newfoundland, someone else is now behind the wheel. Kurt Caruth, owner of the bus company that transports students for Western Wayne, said that Wyckoff, who is from the Newfoundland area, […]


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