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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    Calf Carcasses Found in Wayne County

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — A gruesome discovery was made in northern Wayne County Monday. The owner of a property along Lepro Martin Road in Preston Township found something foul. The carcasses of two calves were discovered in an old building foundation. The flies are still here and so are the carcasses. “It’s highly unusual,” said neighbor Robert Handloff. Neighbors didn’t notice the dead calves but said dumping like this does not typically happen here in farm country. “It’s highly suspicious that […]

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    After the Wildfire

    DELAWARE STATE FOREST –The burned-out areas in the Delaware State Forest in Pike and Monroe counties are already starting to bounce back. The so-called 16 Mile Fire spread from the Canadensis area to an area with more than 100 summer cabins known as Pine Flats, burning 8,000 acres in its path, making it the largest wildfire in the state since 1990. Authorities say someone intentionally set the fire last month in the state forest. It burned out of control for […]

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    Fallen Officers Remembered in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Fallen officers were remembered during a ceremony Monday in Scranton, the first since Patrolman John Wilding lost his life on the job joining 12 others who died in the line of duty over the 150-year history of the department. The Scranton Police Department and its larger family of law enforcement lost another officer since the last time they gathered like this. During the annual Memorial Day Service at police headquarters on South Washington Avenue, one more name was added to […]

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    Gas Line Project Causing Backups on Business Route 6

    EYNON — For the next few months, drivers in part of Lackawanna County will have to contend with some slow going. Crews from UGI are replacing a natural gas line along Business Route 6. Long lines of cars and trucks on Business Route 6 waited for their turn to pass through a construction project to replace a UGI natural gas line. “I don’t know what other route there is,” said Lolita Nogan of Lake Ariel. “These kinds of businesses are […]

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    Fire Forces Eight ESU Students from Double-Block Before Finals

    EAST STROUDSBURG — East Stroudsburg University is trying to help eight students chased out of their off-campus house late Monday night by supplying them with food and clothing. But the fire still has to be a distraction because it happened as students begin taking their finals, ending the spring semester. A student is recovering after being burned Monday night, one of eight ESU students who lost everything in the fire on Ransberry Avenue. Newswatch 16 has learned that the landlord tried […]

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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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