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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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    Crowds Turn Out for Clinton, Biden

    SCRANTON — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Scranton Monday afternoon. This was take two for the Clinton campaign on a visit to Scranton. Many people who planned to see the Democrats stump here last month made sure to be here, and so did some Donald Trump supporters. Hours before the Clinton campaign event started inside the Riverfront Sports Complex on Providence Road in Scranton, it was busy outside. Drivers were looking for a […]

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    Battling the Heroin Epidemic

    A grassroots group on a mission to raise awareness about the heroin epidemic in Wayne County is growing. Gerald Margraf took us on a tour of the new offices of the Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force office near Honesdale, the latest way the grassroots group is trying to stem the tide of the highly addictive, deadly drug. “It is bad here, our overdose rates continue to climb,” said Margraf. “We`re around 10 [overdose deaths] and we`re just into August. […]

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    Investigation Continues into Deadly I-81 Crash

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP —  Investigators are looking at several things when it comes to the deadly crash on Interstate 81 near Clarks Summit Friday. Was there a problem with the truck? The driver? Many questions linger over what led up to the crash that took the life of tow truck operator David Duchnik Jr. Authorities impounded the big rig and at last check were getting a search warrant in order to inspect the vehicle. The tractor trailer’s driver would undergo questioning as […]

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    State Money to Help with Company Upgrades, New Jobs

    SCRANTON — A home builder in Scranton is getting a shot in the arm from the state to improve the way it does business, and the company also plans to create new jobs as a result. The welcome mat was rolled out for Governor Tom Wolf at Simplex Homes in Scranton’s west side. Mechanical problems prevented the governor from flying in, but $100,000 in state money is still committed to help the modular home builder upgrade its operations. “We’re going to […]

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    Emaciated Horses Seized in Wayne County

    WAYNE COUNTY — Humane officials have taken two horses from their owner all because the animals appear to be starving. You don’t need to take a close look at the two horses to know there’s something wrong. Billy and Lucy are now staying at a farm in Wayne County after humane officials took the animals from their owner Tuesday. “We were afraid they weren`t going to survive if they stayed where they were,” said Humane Society Police Officer Marlene Metzger. […]

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    Summer of Construction on Route 6 near Honesdale

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A major construction project in Wayne County is causing problems for businesses and drivers during the busy summer months. Visitors take Route 6 to go shopping, dine out, or on their way to and from New York and New Jersey. For the better part of a year, a stretch of Route 6 in Texas Township has been under construction. “It’s been rough, truly rough. Cars and the road, they tried to pave it so we can take […]

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    County Building Open Again after Flooding

    SCRANTON — A Lackawanna County office building is back in business today after flash flooding last week damaged the place but it still may be a while before the property is back to normal. It sounds and smells like there’s construction going on inside the Lackawanna County Gateway Center in Scranton, a building that houses several county offices and was hit hard one week ago by flash floods. The heavy rains rushed down the stairwells inside the building. The offices and […]

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    DUI Charges against Driver in Crash that Killed Motorcyclist

    ARCHBALD — A woman is now facing charges in a crash that killed a college baseball player. That woman from Lackawanna County is behind bars after being charged with homicide by vehicle while DUI. The crash in April killed a teenager who had a college baseball game scheduled for later that day. There is a makeshift memorial near the site of the crash to Shane Rivenburgh, 18, of Mayfield. Rivenburgh was on his motorcycle on Business Route 6 in April […]

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    Thousands Line Up in Scranton for Trump Rally

    SCRANTON — Donald Trump supporters started lining up Wednesday morning outside Lackawanna College’s Student Union to hear him speak. Even though many had tickets, some never got inside. Trump, along with running mate Gov. Mike Pence, held a campaign rally in Scranton. Trump arrived about one hour late, pulling up to the Lackawanna College Student Union gymnasium to a crowd of supporters and some protesters. Many were waiting since the early morning hours to see the GOP presidential nominee in the […]

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    Kane in Court for Pretrial Hearing

    NORRISTOWN — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was in court in Montgomery County, not as a prosecutor, but as a defendant. Kane, from Scranton, entered the courthouse Tuesday morning for what is said to be her final pretrial hearing. Kane’s lawyers and prosecutors were arguing over what evidence can be presented to jurors including the so-called Porngate emails. Kathleen Kane (@PaAttorneyGen) had nothing to say on her way into Montgomery Co. court for hearing before her trial. — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) July […]

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    Heated Race for President Coming to Scranton

    SCRANTON — Pennsylvania went Democrat in the last two general elections but the GOP is hoping to win in November. Republican candidate Donald Trump plans a campaign event in Scranton later this week. Polls may not give us the best indication of the race for the White House during convention season, but the two major party candidates are within a couple percentage points here in Pennsylvania, meaning their upcoming campaign stops could help sway any undecided voters. It’s just over […]

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    Couple Builds Tiny House in Wayne County

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — These days, the home building trend is not going big, but instead tiny. The 10-cent tour of Adam and Karen Freedgood’s house in the woods of northern Wayne County might be a little generous. One glance and you can see the entire place: living area, kitchen, bathroom, and loft. The couple from New Jersey is nearly finished building the tiny home, complete with the furnishings you might see in any other home, just smaller. “We realized for […]