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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 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.

Recent Articles
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    Man Charged with Death of Infant in Susquehanna County

    NEW MILFORD — Three years after an infant died, a man is now accused of causing the boy’s death. When that baby died in 2013 in Susquehanna County, authorities left the investigation open. On Tuesday, the mother’s former boyfriend was charged with homicide. Andrew Lesser, 32, of Montrose is locked up without bail after being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Mavrick Starke three years ago. Troopers used recorded phone conversations from Lesser while he was locked up […]

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    Bridge Project on the Fast Track

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — PennDOT is speeding up a project to rebuild a bridge in Susquehanna County. Folks in the Lenox area fought to have the bridge project changed in some way that would lessen the blow to drivers and businesses. Now, PennDOT is adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to speed up the replacement project by several weeks. It won’t be long now and the bridge along Route 106 near Lenox will be out of commission and initially, it looked like it […]

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    New Parking Meters in Clarks Summit

    CLARKS SUMMIT — The borough of Clarks Summit has started replacing more than 100 old parking meters with new electronic meters. The change is welcomed by some, but others are not thrilled to be coughing up more quarters. With all the hustle and bustle in Clarks Summit, parking spots can be at a premium. Now, the meters lining State Street and the side streets are getting an upgrade. “We’ve had problems with the mechanisms due to the heavy traffic, the […]

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    Deer Smashes Through Store Window in Honesdale

    *** Some of this video may be disturbing to some viewers *** HONESDALE — There’s a bloody mess inside a store after a deer came crashing through the front window on Main Street in Honesdale. The deer smashed through the window on Sunday at Missing Pieces, an art and antique gallery leaving a big mess behind. Katie Corey was just a few feet to the left of the store window when the wildest thing happened. “I heard a big crash, […]

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    Busy Year for Students at Career and Tech Center

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — It has been one busy year for students at a career and technology center in Susquehanna County. From benches to cars to homes, the students are learning some important lessons. Just a few benches are left to ship over to the courthouse in Susquehanna County. The benches are a donation from the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center near Springville. It’s one of several student projects taking the skills they’re learning and applying them to the real […]

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    Remembering the Fallen in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Folks remembered the fallen in Wayne County Monday morning with a parade and ceremony. At the start of the Memorial Day Parade in Honesdale, veterans stopped on the bridge over the Lackawaxen River. This longtime Naval tradition of laying flowers in the water remembers service members lost at sea. The parade is a way for many of us who did not serve to honor those who did and paid the ultimate price. Young and old lined Main Street in Honesdale to catch […]

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    Infant’s Death Under Investigation in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Officials in Wayne County are investigating the death of an infant boy. The coroner was at a home on Ridge Street in Honesdale Monday morning along with state police. Officials say it’s very early in the investigation after a one-month-old boy passed away. Troopers went door to door in the neighborhood, and a man left with the coroner and state police.

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    Officer Injured after High-Speed Chase, Crash

    Loads of police on scene of motorcycle versus Carbondale PD cruiser in Childs. Searching for biker, officer hurt. — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) May 25, 2016 CARBONDALE TOWNSHIP — A police officer was injured in a crash after a high-speed chase involving a motorcycle Wednesday morning, according to Lackawanna County officials. The incident that left a Carbondale police officer hurt started off with a high-speed chase and then turned into a search for a motorcyclist. Skid marks at the intersection with Meredith Street […]

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    Audit Reveals ChildLine Understaffed

    HARRISBURG — A state hotline intended to report suspected child abuse and neglect is under scrutiny by the state auditor general. He held a news conference in Harrisburg Tuesday to announce that thousands of calls to the child abuse hotline went unanswered last year. A Newswatch 16 investigation discovered those same startling numbers. Thousands of hang-ups or busy signals when people called ChildLine last year. Based on that, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says a solution cannot wait. Jerry Sandusky’s crimes […]

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    Investigation Finds ChildLine Overwhelmed

    HARRISBURG — Newswatch 16 has found startling evidence showing ChildLine, the state’s hotline for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, is having trouble answering thousands of calls. Our investigation discovered that since the start of 2015, roughly 50,000 calls were not answered. This all comes after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case led to sweeping reforms in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. More people are required to report suspected abuse or neglect than ever before. The penalties for not reporting […]

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    Landmark Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack Reopens with Facelift

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — It has been months in the making, but a long-time resort in the Poconos has finished renovations just in time for the unofficial start of summer. It’s been years since this resort on Lake Wallenpaupack near Hawley has gone by the name Silver Birches, but as the new owners of the former Ehrhardt’s will tell you: everything that’s old is new again. “It really is bringing back the feeling the Ehrhardt family had going in the ‘50s […]

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    Landowners File Suit to Frack in Wayne County

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — For years, Wayne County has been frack-free, but some landowners want that to change. A citizens group has filed a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission that, years ago, put a de facto moratorium on natural gas drilling. Northern Wayne County is wide open with lots of farmland and hunting club property as well. It’s also where the latest battle to drill for natural gas in this part of the Marcellus Shale has just started. A […]


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