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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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    Woman Hit, Killed by Train

    GREAT BEND TOWNSHIP — A woman was hit and killed by a train Monday morning in Susquehanna County. The coroner tells us the woman was standing on the tracks near Hallstead when the train hit her around 8 a.m. The coroner has ruled the death a suicide.

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    Bank Forecloses on Power Sports Dealer

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The owner of a power sports dealership in Wayne County is vowing to stay in business even though the bank foreclosed on his massive property. The huge facility is scheduled for sheriff’s sale in a couple of months. Rusty Palmer’s on Route 6 near Honesdale stands out. It’s as long as a football field if not longer and the property has been for sale for $8 million. Now, court papers show the owners couldn’t pay the mortgage […]

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    Farmer Fighting to Keep Bridge

    LA PLUME TOWNSHIP — It looks like a farmer could be losing the way to get to part of his farm in Lackawanna County. A bridge over the railroad has deteriorated to the point it needs to come down. Ed Schwartz built his farm near La Plume nearly 20 years ago and now faces being cut off from part of his property. He’s taking the railroad to court to save his way of life. At The Raintree Farm, a horse […]

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    Bracing for Another Summer of Roadwork in Downtown Honesdale

    HONESDALE — Summer in Pennsylvania usually means construction no matter where you live, but one community in Wayne County is getting a dose of road work along a busy downtown stretch for the third year in a row. Crews replaced the natural gas line on Main Street in Honesdale last year. This week, the water company plans to start tearing up that same Main Street again to install a new water main and folks in a downtown that relies on […]

  • Pool Back Open in Schuylkill County

    TAMAQUA — A public pool hit hard by severe weather last week reopened Sunday in Schuylkill County. Newswatch 16 first showed you the mess at the pool in Tamaqua on Wednesday after heavy rains sent mud gushing into the pool. Now, it’s like it never even happened. From the looks of things at the H. D. Buehler Memorial Bungalow Pool in Tamaqua, families are enjoying the water, the diving board and a sunny Sunday afternoon. All that was threatened last […]

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    Humane Officials Investigating Abandoned Dog

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Someone dumped a dog alongside a busy highway in pretty rough shape in Wayne County, according to humane officials. Outside the Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic near Honesdale a roughly one-year-old pit bull is taking it easy after humane officers said he was abandoned. “He’s in terrible, terrible shape, but thank goodness they picked him up and brought him here, he should be fine,” said S.P.C.A. Humane Officer Marlene Metzger. Since being brought to the vet, Chance, as he’s […]

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    Customers React to Confederate Flag Bans

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — Companies that have sold items with the confederate flag on them for years are now putting a stop to that. Those stores include Walmart. This Walmart is in the heart of Texas, Texas Township that is just outside Honesdale. Inside and out there’s a wide range of things for sale. Everything but shirts, bumper stickers or flags depicting the confederate flag now that the multi-billion dollar corporation has said no more after the massacre at a historic black […]

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    Summer Camps are Big Business

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — It’s the first full day of summer and more than two dozen summer camps in Wayne County are getting ready for the arrival of the campers. Summertime in Wayne County and sleep-away camps are just days away from being full of thousands of campers. At Tyler Hill Camp north of Honesdale, nearly 300 camp counselors are busy training, moving tables, and getting ready for the seven weeks of summer fun. “We spend 300 some days preparing for 51 […]

  • Decade of Music and Art in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — It’s been a decade of music and art in Wayne County. The 10th annual “Roots and Rhythm Music & Arts Festival filled downtown Honesdale Saturday with the sweet sounds of the blues. Some of the performers included the Alexis P. Suter Band and Grammy winners, the Kentucky Headhunters. The day-long event was free for the whole family. The last band will wrap up around midnight at the festival in Wayne cCounty.

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    Spending Time with Dad for Father’s Day

    CLIFFORD — This Sunday is Father’s Day and for many dads out there, it’s a day to spend with family. Even before Father’s Day, there’s a lot of special bonding time spent on the links in Susquehanna County. Tim Greig of Carbondale brought his grandkids to Fern Hall near Clifford for some driving range fun. “It’s family, that’s more important than time, or work or anything else. You have to keep that family strong or else,” said Greig. Greig has […]

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    Driver Sentenced to Prison for Deadly DUI Crash

    HONESDALE — A driver was sentenced to up to 14 years in prison for a deadly DUI crash in Wayne County. Jason Day was sentenced Thursday morning to 5 to 14 years in state prison. A jury found Day guilty on all counts last month for the crash in 2014 on Route 191 that killed Zachary Possemato. Possemato, 19, Day’s cousin, died after Day hit him with his pickup truck along Route 191 near Hancock, New York on May 16, […]

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    Business Park Near Hamlin Still Looking for Tenants

    STERLING TOWNSHIP — Millions of dollars are being spent on a business park to attract companies to Wayne County, but so far, no one’s committed to anything. The Sterling Business and Technology Park near Interstate 84 started up some seven years ago and right now it has only one temporary tenant. So far, millions of dollars have been spent to make the park appeal to new business, but there are no permanent tenants yet. Developers hope by putting up a […]


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