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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    Dozens of Streets to be Paved in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Now that spring is here, the city of Scranton has started a major street-paving operation all meant to fix crumbling streets that have gone years without work. Crews moved in Monday and started tearing up William Street, one of 10 streets being repaved with federal money. But millions more are being spent this year in other parts of the city on streets the mayor said desperately need it. The hum of the heavy equipment was overpowering on Scranton’s north side, especially on […]

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    Pipeline Project Halted; Now What?

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Now that a controversial pipeline project was put on hold by officials in New York State, there are all kinds of questions for folks in our area: namely, what does the stoppage mean for people who would have benefited? And for those who tried to stop it? The Constitution Pipeline has promised to bring jobs as well as take natural gas from our area and deliver it to big cities in the northeast, but it also […]

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    Are Voters’ Minds Made up ahead of Primary?

    SCRANTON — With so much at stake in the Pennsylvania primary election next week, Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton plan to make stops in Scranton this week. But do voters have their minds made up or can they be convinced in the final week? The Sanders campaign is holding a town hall at the Scranton Cultural Center Thursday. Then Friday, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in the Electric City. The time and […]

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    Eric Frein in Pike County Court for Hearing

    MILFORD — There was heavy security Tuesday morning as accused cop killer Eric Frein was brought to the Pike County Courthouse for a hearing. The pretrial hearing for Frein began around 9 a.m. at the courthouse in Milford. Frein faces the death penalty if convicted of that deadly ambush outside the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014. He was in court Tuesday as his attorneys tried to argue that punishment is unconstitutional. When the judge ordered all reporters out of the […]

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    Three Names Vying to Replace Long-Time Lawmaker

    As we gear up for a week of big-time campaigning in the Keystone State, a key local election is affecting folks from the Poconos to the northern tier. A race for state representative in the 111th district involves a trio of faces who are familiar to voters in Susquehanna and Wayne Counties. It may be a presidential election year, but the campaign signs in parts of Wayne and Susquehanna Counties are a sure sign of a hotly contested race for […]

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    PA GOP Delegates Not Bound to Winner

    It looks like Pennsylvania will play a big role in picking the nominees for president in the upcoming primary. On the Republican side, there’s a chance that whoever wins in PA won’t get those delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland. The Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, has an office in Clarks Summit and the campaign is working hard to get the vote out on April 26th. There are dozens on people on the ballots next to the GOP presidential candidates who […]

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    New Dunkin’ Donuts Signals Growth

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP — The opening of a Dunkin’ Donuts store usually doesn’t make news, but the opening of one Tuesday near Montrose may be a reflection of the growth in the Northern Tier. From the packed parking lot to the long lines inside, it’s plain to see the demand is there for, well you know, coffee and donuts. “We came here because it was the first day it’s open. It’s nice,” said Mary Jane Darrow of New Milford. Whether they’re […]

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    Helping to Grow Business in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — A project meant to help companies grow and startups get started is starting to pay dividends in Wayne County. In a cramped office on the second floor of the former Stourbridge Elementary School in Honesdale, employees at an engineering and design firm are busy with a big project. “We track down every inch of pipe in the hospital and bring it back here and put it on paper, which is what you see here,” said Northeast Infrastructure employee Corey […]

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    First Tenant for Business Park

    STERLING TOWNSHIP — After years of trying to attract companies to a business park in Wayne County, a fire truck manufacturer is finally moving in. The company is relocating from upstate New York, saying it needs more room and to be closer to Scranton to entertain customers. Sutphen is a big name in the world of firefighting. The company’s division near Bethel, New York has made tankers and pumpers that ship around the world. Now the company has decided to […]

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    Balloon With Message to a Great-Grandmother Who Passed Away Made Its Way From Ohio to a Family in Susquehanna County

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A family in Susquehanna County was the unintended recipient of some air mail this weekend. A balloon carrying a message for a grandmother who passed away in Ohio traveled hundreds of miles in the wind. High atop Franklin Hill Road several miles outside Montrose, the wind blows here and there and over the weekend, it delivered something tattered and red with a message attached all the way from Ohio. Christopher Reinwald’s mother brought it inside from the […]

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    Investigating Abuse Allegations Against Priest

    HONESDALE — The Diocese of Scranton suspended Fr. Martin Boylan after learning of alleged abuse on Friday. Fr. Martin Boylan spent time at St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale and eventually ended up at St. Patrick parish in Scranton where he’s been suspended. It’s unclear where in Wayne County Fr. Boylan is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, but investigators have indicated the statute of limitations has not run out. It’s been several years since Fr. Boylan served at […]

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    Natural Gas Industry Leaking Jobs

    GIBSON TOWNSHIP — The natural gas industry came to Pennsylvania nearly a decade ago and brought jobs. Now, some companies are finding the need to lay off workers by the hundreds. The Lackawanna College campus near New Milford gets students ready for a career in the oil and gas industry. While companies were hiring in big numbers in recent years, now some — including pipeline giant Williams — are downsizing as the market for natural gas has plummeted. At the […]


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