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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
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    New Details in Deadly Hit and Run Case

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP – Court papers are providing new insight into the investigation of a deadly hit and run in Wayne County. The driver who hit and killed a young man Friday night may be the victim’s cousin. On Monday, troopers were back at the scene on Route 191 in Buckingham Township near the New York state line. Investigators were driving the same path taken Friday night by the vehicle that killed a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter. Zachary Possemato of Hancock, NY died […]

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    Armed Forces Parade in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Saturday was Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women in uniform who defend this country. Every year, a parade in Scranton does just that. Marines led the way on Penn Avenue, taking the Armed Forces Day parade through the city. Every year, this parade pays tribute to the men and women who serve all over the globe, protecting our way of life.. “We’ve been here, straight, seven years to give our respect […]

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    Deadly Fire is Latest Heartbreak for Family

    POLK TOWNSHIP - Three people were home when that fire broke out Tuesday night in Monroe County, only two made it out alive. A grandfather lost his life after he and his loved ones endured a lot over the past year. Investigators said the fire near Kresgeville started after food was left cooking on the stove. A woman and her grandmother made it out but her grandfather, William Berry, did not. Neighbors said the family has had its share of recent […]

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    Old Church Now Home to History

    FOREST CITY – A longtime church in part of Susquehanna County is in the midst of a transformation to something new. Well, not quite new But something historic. Peggy Brager has been busy putting things in their new home at the former United Methodist Church in Forest City. Not just things, but reminders of a time gone by, pieces of the community’s rich history. “We had no home, we only met in the Elegante restaurant backroom,” said Brager. Brager is talking about […]

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    Neighbors Fed Up with Blasts at Quarry

    People who live near a quarry in Wayne County said they’ve been putting up with blasting there for too long. They claim the explosions frighten them and cause damage to their homes. Middle Creek Quarry overlooks Hawley. Two companies operate there. Just last week, there was a blast and a big cloud of dust after it went off. Monday there was no blasting. Dump trucks are in and out of the quarry all day long. It is where, at least […]

  • Catholics Celebrating Adoption

    SCRANTON — Inside Saint Peter’s Cathedral families celebrated mass together. Parents, children, and especially on this special day, mothers. “We think about the ways our mothers have made extraordinary sacrifices in order that you and I might be able to recognize and understand that we’re truly loved,” said Monsignor Joseph Kelly. The monsignor’s message resonated with so many here. They thought of their mothers; some here, some gone, and some who wanted to be a mother so badly, they adopted. […]

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    Could Gun Used in Deadly Shooting be Safer?

    Ever since a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in Pike County over the weekend when his uncle was showing off weapons he thought were unloaded, There has been attention and scrutiny on the safety of the gun that went off. Northeast Firearms in Honesdale sells the Glock 27, the weapon used in the shooting death of Hunter Pedersen. State police said his uncle was showing off the weapon and pulled the trigger not realizing there was a bullet in […]

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    Possible Plea Deal for Former Fire Company President

    WAYNE COUNTY – The former president of a fire department in Wayne County was in court Tuesday to face charges he stole from his department. Now, prosecutors indicate a plea deal is in the works that could result in a lesser charge for the alleged thief. We first told you about the case against Aaron Rossignol back in March. Rossignol’s the former president of the Lake Ariel Fire Company and is accused of using the company’s fuel card to rack of […]

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    School Mourning Shooting Victim

    PIKE COUNTY – Arrest papers in Pike County reveal that the man accused of shooting and killing his nephew over the weekend showed the boy several guns before the shooting took place. At the same time, the Wallenpaupack Area School District brought in grief counselors Monday and even had them on a school bus in the morning to help comfort children. There are lots of heavy hearts at Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School where Hunter Pedersen was a fifth-grader. His uncle is […]

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    Child Falls From Window, Mother Facing Charges

    CARBONDALE — A mother faces charges after her child fell from a third floor window. A 4-year-old girl fell out of the window in Carbondale Wednesday afternoon and police believe it is the second day in the row that her mother left her unattended. It happened at Summit Garden apartments near the high school in Carbondale. A screen from that third floor window was on the ground where police say the girl landed. Investigators say shortly before 2 p.m. the […]

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    Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban in NYC?

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Protesters in New York City have drawn attention to the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. They say the age-old tradition is inhumane and want the city’s new mayor to ban the use of horses for carriage rides. At Happy Trails Stables near Hamlin, a couple was at the end of a ride on horseback. The horses they were riding are just a few of the 30 or so horses owned by the stables and used for everything […]

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    Another Business Set to Close on Main Street

    HONESDALE – A long-time business in Wayne County is set to close. It’s the third business on Main Street in Honesdale to close since the start of the year. Sale signs cover the front windows of The Homefront, going-out-of-business signs. The place sells refrigerators, stoves and other large appliances. Inside, the remaining inventory is marked down and the owners said The Homefront will close at they end of May. “Here we go again, another store front empty, nobody wants to see […]