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
  • Tour the ‘Paper Caves’ in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — This weekend, an artist in Wayne County will unveil her latest work. It’s not a painting or a mural — more like an architectural sculpture turning the first floor of her place in Honesdale into the “Paper Caves.” Since late April, the inside of Basin and Main in downtown Honesdale has undergone a transformation. Take a step inside and you’re immediately enveloped in “The Paper Caves.” Artist Samuelle Green envisioned it all — roughly one million pages from […]

  • Fire in Susquehanna County Called Suspicious

    CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP — A fire that damaged a mobile home in Susquehanna County is considered suspicious, according to state police. The fire started around 3:30 a.m. Monday on White Drive outside Forest City and spread to another trailer. No one was living in the home where the fire started. Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 it’s not the first time there’s been trouble at the home, but they sure hope it’s the last. The scorched shell of a mobile home is all […]

  • Should PA Tax Natural Gas to Balance Budget?

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Pennsylvania's budget is still not a done deal. Lawmakers still need to agree how to pay for the $32 billion spending plan. Late last month, the Senate narrowly approved a new tax on the natural gas industry, but gas companies have been against it for a decade and still are. It's called a severance tax. Every other state with natural gas has one and facing a $2 billion budget deficit, even Republican senators voted for the tax which […]

  • Was Snake Sighting a Hoax?

    FOREST CITY — Remember that snake scare in Forest City after a photo was given to police last week? Turns out the photo and the snake are real but tonight there are questions as to whether the photo was actually snapped 45 miles away at a state park in Pike County. Nicole Farley told Newswatch 16 and police in Forest City she saw the rattlesnake last Monday and snapped a photo on her phone. Now, someone else has backed up the […]

  • Theft Suspects Caught on Camera – Again

    DICKSON CITY – Police believe a couple caught on camera stealing from a business in Scranton have also been spotted stealing from another business in Lackawanna County. Cameras caught that couple stealing not once but twice now in the area — first, at a Japanese restaurant in Scranton, and then at Headdies, a glass pipe shop in Dickson City. A man in the video goes over to the glass case at Headdies along Business Route 6 late last month, pockets the […]

  • Construction Project Causing Snake Problem?

    FOREST CITY — Folks in part of Susquehanna County appear to have unwelcome visitors, the kind that slither and are venomous. It was a normal Monday for Nicole Farley and her family on Main Street in Forest City. Normal until an unwelcome guest showed its scaly face. “The kids and me were hanging out in the yard. They were swimming. I went to get the lawnmower from the shed. I saw it come up from the rails and trails and […]

  • Two Runners Recovering After Being Hit by Vehicle

    SCRANTON — Two women were with a group of runners on the trail in Scranton when a driver hit them at a crosswalk Saturday morning. There are still markings on the street where that car hit both women on Broadway Street. They were taken to the hospital and police are investigating while fellow runners stress the importance of careful driving around crosswalks. Broadway Street was shut down Saturday while emergency crews tended to two women badly hurt when a vehicle hit […]

  • Burglary Spree in Greenfield Township

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police in part of Lackawanna County are looking for whoever broke into several businesses in the past couple of weeks. The burglars made off with money and much more, leaving some worried when it will stop. One of those owners says he found one of the burglars in his home over his business one week ago. The owner was injured in a scuffle and the suspect got away and now folks in Greenfield Township want to put […]

  • Brewery Coming to Lake Wallenpaupack

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — There’s something brewing in the Lake Wallenpaupack area. For years, one property along Route 6 had been an eyesore until a new brewery got under construction. Outside Wallenpaupack Brewing Company near Hawley, the building towers over heavy construction equipment helping to finish the job that started just several months ago. Owner Becky Ryman took Newswatch 16 inside the brewing operation that has enough capacity to brew 20 barrels at a time. That’s slightly more than 500 gallons […]

  • Rumors Spread as Police Track Down Wanted Men in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — A home invasion, an erroneous radio news report, and social media all led to some tense moments Tuesday morning in part of Wayne County. A Newswatch 16 viewer caught the moment police converged on a home in Honesdale and took David Jacques into custody. Jacques and another man were wanted for a break-in and robbery at Briarwood Apartments on Church Street. A few hours earlier, word quickly spread that borough police, state police, and sheriffs were searching for […]

  • Pennsylvania State Police Vehicles Going Gray

    DUNMORE — Here in Pennsylvania, from Pittsburgh to Philly and everywhere in between, we’re used to seeing state police in white vehicles, responding to emergencies or just a routine day on the road. Now, those vehicles are turning a darker shade one by one as the state updates the fleet. “This is one of the things they looked at and wanted to change. They wanted the public to make an association with the gray car to match the gray trooper […]

  • A Look Inside SCI Waymart

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A state prison in Wayne County opened its doors to reporters on Monday. The State Correctional Institute at Waymart was on the list of prisons that might have closed this year for budget reasons but was spared, and prison officials are convinced it’s vital to the state Department of Corrections because of the mental health facilities inside. From the moment you step inside SCI Waymart, it’s clear this facility has been around for a long time. Built […]