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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    Internal Investigation Adds Wrinkle to Eric Frein Case

    MILFORD — There is a new twist in the case against accused cop killer Eric Frein. Frein has yet to go to trial on charges of murdering one state trooper and badly injuring another last year in Pike County. But now prosecutors from two counties are at odds over an internal affairs investigation report involving a potential witness and whether Frein’s defense attorneys should be allowed to see the report from that investigation before the trial. A judge in Pike […]

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    Athlete Gets Help to Train for Paralympic Games

    WAYMART — An athlete from Wayne County is defying the odds and training to join the U.S. Paralympic team for the winter games in 2018. A fundraiser was held for Mike Minor at the Waymart Hotel Saturday afternoon. Minor was born without his right forearm and is the 2015 Para-Snowboarding National Champion. All the money raised will help him pay for travel expenses as the snowboarder goes for the gold. “Its amazing, everyone is coming out to see me do […]

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    Budding Gardeners Win Contest, Feed Hungry

    NEWFOUNDLAND — Some tiny gardeners have won a big prize after growing a garden from seed to plant in Wayne County. The Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School students in Newfoundland have spent quite a bit of time in their garden. They picked ripe tomatoes and beans that came from tiny seeds which they started growing months ago in empty milk cartons. “Then kindergarten transplanted it, then planted it somewhere,” said second grader Jaymison Ostrowski. The K-5th graders were rewarded for all […]

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    Man Found Guilty in Deadly Shooting Over Heroin

    HONESDALE — A man from Wayne County will spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting his niece to death over a bag of heroin. It took a jury less than 10 minutes to find Louis Ogden guilty of first-degree murder. He’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars while his sister, the victim’s mother, plans to spend the rest of her life trying to help others. The victim was Ogden’s niece, Rebecca Pisall, 20, who was […]

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    What Should Happen to Kathleen Kane?

    Now that Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license has been temporarily suspended, the question is whether she can keep doing all that the elected office requires. The comments starting coming in soon after the story posted to WNEP’s Facebook page, one person saying, “get rid of her, I’m a Democrat and if she were a Republican, we Democrats would want her out.” Others called the case against her a witch hunt and insisted she’s innocent until proven guilty. Some think […]

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    Troopers: Suspicious Driver Posing as EMS

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Troopers in part of the Poconos are asking folks to be on the lookout for a man they say has been acting suspicious. As the cars and trucks whiz by on Route 507 near along Lake Wallenpaupack, there’s one vehicle that has state police on the lookout. A blue Dodge Durango has been spotted at crash and fire scenes and within the last week, troopers said the driver stopped a few women who were jogging along the road and […]

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    Volunteers Ready to Feed the Masses

    EAST STROUDSBURG — A group of volunteers is ready to pack up and leave the Poconos when the Pope comes to visit Philadelphia later this month. David Morton opened the rear door of this mobile canteen, barely a year-old tool the Salvation Army uses when emergencies strike. Morton is one of three volunteers with the emergency disaster team out of the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg headed to Philadelphia when Pope Francis pays a visit next week. “It’s the pope. I never saw […]

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    Flood of 1955 Remembered

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — A devastating flood in Wayne County that killed 11 people 60 years ago is being remembered. Those 11 names were read out loud on a sunny late summer day in Carlton Drake Memorial Park in Newfoundland as people thought back to the flood of 1955, a deadly and devastating flood that hit the area without warning. “It happened at night. It rained terribly for weeks, then the second coming so soon afterwards is what devastated the whole area,” […]

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    Ambush At The Barracks: One Year After

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — One year ago, troopers at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks in Pike County came under fire. The sniper attack left one trooper dead and another critically wounded. What followed was a manhunt like no one has seen before in the Poconos. From the outside of the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, there’s no visible sign of the carnage one year earlier. For everyone there that night–troopers, EMTs, and more–the deadly ambush and the hours, […]

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    G.D.S. Fair Extended This Year

    NEWFOUNDLAND — There’s still plenty of time left to get to county fairs around our area including in Wayne County where the G.D.S. Fair is running longer this year than years past. From the front gate at the Greene, Dreher, Sterling Fair in Newfoundland through the midway to the 4-H area, there’s more in store for everyone this year. That’s because the fair is running not just one weekend but two; it’s a break from tradition, but a way for the […]

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    Man Serving Time for Making Child Porn Admits to Raping Two Children

    MILFORD — A man was immediately sentenced after pleading guilty to child rape in Pike County. Michael Bonsignore admitted to raping two children in court Monday. The judge in Milford sentenced him to 20 to 40 years in prison. This is on top of a 25-year sentence he’s already serving for making child porn. He was sentenced for that back in 2012.

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    Literacy Program Allows Inmates to Connect with Their Children

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A new literacy program in Wayne County is connecting inmates with their children through reading. Of the more than 1.5 million state and federal inmates, 800,000 of them are parents. You can usually find Betty Lawson in the children’s room at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale. The boys and girls call her Miss Betty. Some children haven’t met her yet, but their parents have met her at the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Inmate Crystal Boehmer is […]


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