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.


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    Investigating Abuse Allegations Against Priest

    HONESDALE — The Diocese of Scranton suspended Fr. Martin Boylan after learning of alleged abuse on Friday. Fr. Martin Boylan spent time at St. John the Evangelist in Honesdale and eventually ended up at St. Patrick parish in Scranton where he’s been suspended. It’s unclear where in Wayne County Fr. Boylan is accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, but investigators have indicated the statute of limitations has not run out. It’s been several years since Fr. Boylan served at […]

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    Natural Gas Industry Leaking Jobs

    GIBSON TOWNSHIP — The natural gas industry came to Pennsylvania nearly a decade ago and brought jobs. Now, some companies are finding the need to lay off workers by the hundreds. The Lackawanna College campus near New Milford gets students ready for a career in the oil and gas industry. While companies were hiring in big numbers in recent years, now some — including pipeline giant Williams — are downsizing as the market for natural gas has plummeted. At the […]

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    Restaurant Back Open After Fire

    KINGSLEY — Back in November of 2014, fire destroyed a landmark restaurant in Susquehanna County and on Tuesday Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’ reopened. The lunch crowd at Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’ brought an appetite for something not exactly on the menu. The familiar faces and friendly reputation that went away in November of 2014 when the business on Route 11 in Kingsley was destroyed in a massive fire. The faithful were left to wait while the owner vowed to return. […]

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    Montrose Teachers Strike

    MONTROSE — Students in one part of Susquehanna County are getting a longer Easter break.  Their teachers are on strike. More than 100 teachers in the Montrose Area School District walked off the job Tuesday morning after not being able to come to a contract agreement with the school board. They’ve been working under the terms of an old contract that ran out last August. The main sticking point is salary There are signs of support for teachers but not […]

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    Federal Investigators Looking into Chopper Crash

    GREENE TOWNSHIP — We are learning more about a deadly helicopter crash Sunday night in Pike County. Investigators were on the scene all day Monday in a remote wooded area near Skytop Lodge. Officials say the chopper took off Sunday morning headed to a small private airport not far from the crash site off Route 390 north of Canadensis. The pilot never reached his destination and crashed in the woods. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board, FAA, and Pike […]

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    Twins Get Homework Help from Jimmy Kimmel

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A set of twin brothers may only be in the 6th grade but they got a lesson in late night comedy Tuesday night. You can tell the Cruz twins apart. Brennan has glasses, Liam does not. The 6th graders at Western Wayne Middle School were set apart from all the rest when Jimmy Kimmel Live featured them in a comedy bit about homework. Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo wanted to help the boys answer a homework […]

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    Cow’s Head Left at Hindu Sanctuary

    JACKSON TOWNSHIP — State police are investigating a case of ethnic intimidation in Monroe County. Someone dumped a cow head at the home of a Hindu man over the weekend. Hinduism is a religion where the cow is a symbol of life and should never be killed. None of the 20 or so cows at Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary near Tannersville was hurt. The severed head was left where the Hindu owner of the farm would find it, but he’s not […]

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    Should D.A.s Investigate Deadly Police Shootings?

    When someone is shot and killed by police in Pennsylvania, local district attorneys are in charge of investigating the case. Now, some lawmakers want a special prosecutor to handle those cases to avoid perceived bias. There have been two deadly shootings at the hands of police in the last few months in both Wayne and Lackawanna counties. In both cases, the district attorneys have handled the investigations. Some in Harrisburg want a law to avoid having prosecutors who work closely […]

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    Obama: Candidates Setting Bad Examples for Kids

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — The race for president isn’t over yet, but President Obama is calling on candidates to stop being vulgar and start being better role models to children. The president suggested some candidates are setting bad examples for kids. With violence and hate speech showing up at some campaign events, some parents and professionals agree, this version of politics is not fit for any playground. It’s hard to ignore the nastiness, the name calling from the candidates for the […]

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    A Memorial to Veterans

    HONESDALE — A group in Wayne County wants to preserve the memories of countless veterans, so they are canvassing cemeteries and plan to build a memorial by Veterans Day. Kim Erickson has been spending a lot of time in cemeteries in Wayne County lately and for good reason. Erickson is spearheading the effort to find veterans buried in more than 150 cemeteries across the county. “Each night I get a minimum of 12 calls a night which I try to return. […]

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    Maple Syrup Season Almost Over

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — It’s been way warmer than usual for March, meaning maple syrup producers have been working overtime. As soon as Ron Shemanski and his father pulled into the driveway near Waymart, it was time to start pumping 800 gallons of fresh sap into the holding tank. “There’s probably a couple more 800-gallon loads out there yet,” said Stanley Shemanski. Shemanski helped his son start making maple syrup some 25 years ago for a high school science project. The Shemanskis […]

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    Body Pulled from Lake at Lackawanna State Park

    LACKAWANNA STATE PARK — The county coroner was called to Lackawanna State Park after a body was pulled from the water there. It happened after noon Wednesday in an area off Route 438 in Benton Township called Bullhead Bay. Authorities said two fishermen found the body of a man. The coroner identified the man as Joseph Kerzetski, 59, of Clarks Summit. The death remains under investigation pending an autopsy scheduled for Friday. BREAKING: Coroner Tim Rowland called to Lackawanna State Park […]

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