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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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    Excursion Train Back on Track?

    HONESDALE — It’s been three years since the Stourbridge Line was derailed and now it looks like it’s coming back to Wayne County. A new operator has taken over the train and is in the process of getting it back on track. Aside from being a major part of the area’s history, the train used to bring thousands of tourists every year to Honesdale, Hawley, and other parts of Wayne County. And many people are looking forward to seeing the […]

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    Celebrating the First Night of Hanukkah

    WILKES-BARRE — A group of runners reached the Jewish Community Center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday carrying the torch that would light the menorah, starting the celebration of Hanukkah. This was the 46th year for the torch run at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes-Barre, kicking off the eight-day festival of lights. People of the Jewish faith sang in Hebrew after lighting the menorah outside the center on South River Street. Hanukkah is a celebration of a miracle centuries ago […]

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    Rehabbed Homes Waiting For Buyers

    SCRANTON — If you are looking for a home in the city of Scranton, two homes that were fixed up with federal dollars are on the market and one of them still hasn’t sold in more than a year. Realtors and developers are having a hard time finding a buyer. Realtor Wayne Evans walked us through a home in west Scranton, on the market for more than a year and still empty, waiting for the right family to move in. […]

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    How Does $220K in Stolen Money Go Unnoticed?

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — A township in the Poconos is out nearly a quarter of a million dollars after state police said a former employee stole all that money. At a meeting Monday night in Pike County, residents could find out more about what went wrong. Lackawaxen Township Supervisors met Monday at 6:30. State troopers were there to explain why it took more than a year to file charges against the former secretary and township leaders informed everyone what’s been done […]

  • Waiting For Snow In Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Even though we didn’t have a lot snow on the ground Wednesday morning, some schools in our area closed for the day and that includes all districts in Wayne County. Lots of folks kept close watch on what’s happening where they live and work. Even before the sun was up in downtown Honesdale, trucks were spreading salt on parking lots and sidewalks in the event that the weather turns nasty. But without so much as an inch on […]

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    Hotel Fauchere to Close for Winter

    MILFORD — The status of a historic hotel in Milford after the holidays has some wondering if it’s the beginning of the end for the famous Hotel Fauchere. The hotel is shutting down in January and not scheduled to open until the spring. Since it was restored to its 19th century glory and reopened eight years ago, Hotel Fauchere has been a big part of Milford’s business scene. The historic hotel has attracted wealthy people from Philadelphia and New York, […]

  • Hospital, Firefighters Handle Smoky Situation

    HONESDALE  — Fire officials say something went wrong with a heater inside a hospital in Wayne County. Fire crews responded to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale around 2 p.m. Sunday and the hospital put its fire plan into effect. And while the patients never had to leave their rooms, all that smoke made things interesting for those at the hospital. All that smoke started building up on the third floor. Fire crews were on the scene quickly and the situation […]

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    Beet Juice Used on Roads at Delaware Water Gap

    DELAWARE WATER GAP — With the wintry weather some roads can get downright dangerous. Many areas use salt to make the roads safer, but in the Poconos the National Park Service is using something you might find in the grocery store: beet juice. Rangers at “The Gap” said the juice from those little red root vegetables is mixed with the salt and spread on the roughly 100 miles of roads that need to stay clear no matter what kind of […]

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    Poconos Resort Bouncing Back from Flood

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — A resort in the Poconos, hit hard by flash flooding this summer, has nearly bounced back and just in time for the busy holiday season. There’s still a lot of work to do to return the pool complex at Woodloch Pines to what it was before a massive flash flood hit back in August. Workers are busy putting the place back together after a freak-storm wreaked havoc on the resort near Hawley. “The water just gushed down […]

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    Wintry Weather Not All Fun and Games

    The snow came fast and furious in Wayne County making roads treacherous and leading to problems for drivers all over the area. It started snowing around 9 a.m. Wednesday and even though everyone knew the storm was coming our way, drivers still ended up going off the roads and getting stuck just one day before Thanksgiving. The first big snowfall of the season and the kids hit the hills near Hamlin on sleds. It wasn’t all fun and games for […]

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    Interstate 84 Lanes Open Again Before Holiday

    After a summer’s worth of construction, Interstate 84 in Pike County is back to four lanes. And considering the travel situation Wednesday the completion of the construction is happening just in time. The hustle and bustle is about to start through the I-84 corridor, east and west, in Pennsylvania and New York And just in time for the busiest travel day of the year, the stretch of interstate in Pike County across New York state is no longer down to […]

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    More Victims of Vandalism Spree

    HONESDALE — People in part of Wayne County went back to work Monday, only to discover vandals hit their businesses over the weekend. We first told you about some of the damage Saturday in the Honesdale area. Police believe some teens targeted homes, businesses, and vehicles from one end of town to the other. Police were at Honesdale High School after damage was found from a vandalism spree over the weekend. Several windows have holes and police believe it was the same three […]


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