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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...

Recent Articles
  • Contractor in Court on More Fraud Charges

    WYSOX TOWNSHIP — A contractor who has already been charged with fraud in Lackawanna County is facing another case of alleged fraud in Bradford County. He was in court Tuesday to face charges. The case against Charles Sanders now goes onto Bradford County court in Towanda after a judge found there’s enough evidence against the contractor. In this instance, the alleged victims say they gave Sanders more than $60,000, but he never finished the work on their home. Charles Sanders […]

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    Car, Pickup Collide on Route 6 in Bradford County

    STANDING STONE TOWNSHIP — Emergency crews responded to a crash around noon Tuesday in Bradford County. A car and a pickup truck collided on Route 6 in Standing Stone Township, near Wysox. The coroner says Ivan Weaver, 79, of Wysox was killed when his car collided with a pickup. Authorities in Bradford County say Weaver was not wearing a seatbelt. Route 6 was closed at Tracy Road. The road reopened by 2:30 p.m., according to PennDOT. There is no word […]

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    Students Stay in School Despite Power Problems

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — School lets out next week in part of the Poconos. Students there have been going to class while a generator is helping to power the lights. For students at East Stroudsburg Area Senior High School North and Lehman Intermediate School near Bushkill, the past few weeks of school have gone on as usual. A massive generator hums out back, parked next to an electrical transformer damaged by a lightning strike. District officials said the emergency generator has […]

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    Area Hospitals Treating Victims of Deadly Bus Crash

    EAST STROUDSBURG — Hospitals in several counties were called on to handle injured passengers from the deadly bus crash in the Poconos. Officials say four passengers with the most severe injuries were flown from the scene and taken to hospitals in Scranton and near Wilkes-Barre. The rest of the victims were brought to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg for minor to moderate injuries and already, hospital officials say, several of them have been treated and released. A helicopter landed […]

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    Pocono Hotels Filling up Ahead of Pope’s Visit

    STROUDSBURG — Less than four months until Pope Francis is expected to visit the City of Brotherly Love and already our area is seeing an economic boost. More than a million Catholics are expected in Philadelphia for the Pope and there’s no room at the inn. Philadelphia is about two hours away from the Stroudsburg area depending on traffic. So as Catholics across the country, even as far away as Canada, start looking for somewhere to stay during the Pope’s visit […]

  • Lawmakers Mull Putting a Hold on Keystone Exams

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Students in pennsylvania have to pass the Keystone Exams in order to graduate high school. State lawmakers are considering putting that on hold.  It’s a  move that is welcomed by some educators and parents in the Poconos. Students at Wallenpaupack Area high school have been taking the Keystone Exams this week. Failing any one of them is not an option if students in the class of 2017 and beyond want to graduate. “To base their graduation eligibility […]

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    Students Tour Historic Glass Factory

    WHITE MILLS — It’s been 150 years since Christian Dorflinger started making glass in Wayne County and became known around the world. Wednesday, students took a trip back in time to learn about the history at the factory near Hawley. High school students from Wallenpaupack Area School District were the historians on this field trip for fourth graders, sharing the back story on the former factory and the exquisite glass workers once created here. “We were the fourth graders six […]

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    Teen Gets Probation for Deadly Crash

    HONESDALE — The teen behind the wheel without a license when she crashed, killing three boys in Wayne County learned her punishment Tuesday afternoon. The teen driver said she’s sorry to the parents of those teens. Julia Ware listened as a mother and a sister of two of those victims spoke about the agony they’ve felt since the deadly crash on Labor Day weekend. Now the teen from the New York City suburbs will be on probation possibly until she’s […]

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    Running with Tradition

    JESSUP – For more than a century, folks in part of Lackawanna County have been carrying on a tradition, quite literally, celebrating their Italian heritage.It’s the Saint Ubaldo Festival. And what would a Saint Ubaldo festival be without a race? The cheers went up for Saint Anthony before the race of the saints even started in Jessup. A team of able-bodied Italian men would hoist the saint’s statue over their heads and find their way to the painted streets in […]

  • Folks Pedaled, Paddled at Prompton State Park

    PROMPTON — It was a crystal clear day on the water in Wayne County on Saturday. Newswatch 16 stopped by the Pedal and Paddle Festival at Prompton State Park. Folks got to try out kayaks and paddle boards on the lake while some others got to demo mountain and road bikes. The Friends of Prompton hold the festival every year hoping to showcase what the state park has to offer. “We’re riding bikes, going down to the lake and doing […]

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    Animal Shelter May Close in Pike County

    SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP — An animal shelter in the Poconos may be on the verge of closing if help does not come soon. The Pike County Humane Society is low on money. After nearly 20 years, the place has fallen on financial hard times and may only have a couple of weeks before having to shut down, said director Barry Heim. At this point, the shelter has stopped taking in animals. “It’s not only Pike County going to be affected. It’s […]

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    Pike County DA Race: Not Over Yet?

    MILFORD —  Late Tuesday night, it looked as though the Pike County District Attorney’s race was over with a win by a Republican primary challenger. But the incumbent D.A. Ray Tonkin may still have a chance at winning reelection. Republicans want Kelly Gaughan to take over as the prosecutor in Pike County, according to the unofficial results of the primary election. That includes the case against Eric Frein. Wednesday we learned incumbent Ray Tonkin appears to have enough write-in votes […]


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