School Closings And Delays

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
  • County Awaiting Reassessment Ruling

    SCRANTON — Lackawanna County leaders are still waiting to hear if a court ruling will allow a ballot question on Election Day Tuesday. The ballots for Tuesday’s election have been sent out from the Lackawanna County Voter Registration Office. One of the questions on the ballot is whether the county should go up to $13 million in debt to go through reassessment. However, a panel of judges declared the question null and void last week, saying the question is not […]

  • Longtime Hoagie Shop Reopens in Moosic

    MOOSIC — A longtime hoagie shop in part of Lackawanna County is back in business after the owners closed earlier this year. Even before the noon hour, there was a wait for the type of grub you can only get under one roof in Moosic. Berlew’s Original Hoagies is under new ownership and customers are sure glad to have it back after the former owners closed in June. “It was a sad day, been coming here at least once a […]

  • ‘I stand by my legislation’ – Rep. Marino Responds to Attacks

    WASHINGTON  D.C. — Congressman Tom Marino, the focus of a scathing 60 Minutes/Washington Post report last month spoke for the first time on camera with Newswatch 16 on Thursday. The Republican from Lycoming County defended his bill that critics say weakened the DEA’s ability to stop suspicious amounts of prescription painkillers from getting on the market. The congressman couldn’t be reached immediately after the report aired on 60 Minutes last month. A few days later, he released a statement claiming […]

  • Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Pocono Fracking

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Republican state lawmakers held a public hearing over a proposed permanent fracking ban in part of the Poconos. While the lawmakers will have no say on the ban itself, the hearing near Waymart could be used to influence public opinion. “I’m so pleased to have all of you here today that share in that frustration and disdain,” said Republican State Representative Jonathan Fritz at a hearing regarding a proposed permanent ban on natural gas drilling in Wayne […]

  • Quick Response Saves Business from Destruction

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A faulty appliance may have caused a fire at a business that sells and fixes things like chainsaws and mowers in Wayne County. Employees at Aigner Small Engine Repair Center assessed the damage hours after flames ripped through the business along Route 6 near Honesdale. Photos from Alert Hook and Ladder #2’s Facebook page show smoke pouring from the building shortly after 2 a.m. Crews were able to stop the flames from destroying the entire place and everything […]

  • Agriculture Makes Comeback at School

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — After a 60-year hiatus, one school district in Wayne County is offering students agriculture courses again. The students became the teachers outside the Stourbridge Elementary School near Honesdale. High school students took turns showing youngsters all about farming, forestry, and making food. “Always been in the woods, loving it, hunting or going on a hike, something that’s always interested me,” said Honesdale High School junior Nick Bochnovich. Bochnovich wants to work in the landscaping industry someday, and […]

  • Entire School District Goes Orange for Kindness

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — While the leaves change colors to bright reds and yellows, orange was the color of the day in part of the Poconos–not in the trees, but people were proudly wearing the color. Nearly every student was wearing orange at Wallenpaupack Area schools on Tuesday. It was part of an effort to spread kindness through a program called Rachel’s Challenge. “It was good to see everyone come together and go towards one common goal,” said sophomore Seth Brown. Brown […]

  • Church Bell in Throop Chimes Final Time

    THROOP — A church bell that has rung for generations in part of Lackawanna County chimed for the final time on Monday. It was close to noon in Throop and a crowd showed up across the street from the former St. John’s Catholic Church. While demolition crews cleared debris from what once was the parish rectory. Sue Baka trained her camera on the church before it’s torn down. “It’s depressing to think this stuff will be demolished and put into […]

  • Police Investigating Murder-Suicide in Lackawanna County

    FELL TOWNSHIP — Police in Lackawanna County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving an elderly couple. Police were called to the home on 44th Street in Fell Township around 7:30 a.m. Monday for a murder-suicide of a couple in their 80s. Officers say the two were suffering from debilitating illnesses. In the search warrant, police say the couple were found inside their home shot to death. Investigators are treating their deaths as a murder-suicide. According to police, a family member […]

  • Power To Save: Harvesting the Sun

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — A farm in Wayne County is harvesting from more than the earth. Now, it’s using the sun’s rays to power its growing operation. Step inside the coolers at Anthill Farm near Honesdale and you can feel the cost of keeping produce cool. Sky Ballentine and his wife Monique have spent a decade making the land and the farming tools they use as sustainable as possible, and now Anthill Farm has gone solar. “Essentially, what we came up […]

  • Jerry Sandusky Denied New Trial

    BELLEFONTE — A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky’s request for a new trial in Centre County. The ruling issued Wednesday said Sandusky’s claims of an inadequate defense were without merit. Sandusky, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was found guilty in June of 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children. In October of 2012, a judge sentenced Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky sought a new trial under the state’s Post-conviction Relief Act. Earlier […]

  • Rep. Marino’s Drug Czar Job in Question After Drug Bill

    WILLIAMSPORT — On Monday afternoon, President Trump addressed a CBS 60 Minutes/Washington Post report that is highly critical of Congressman Tom Marino. The president said he will be determining if that report about opioid oversight will impact his choice to make Marino the national drug czar. That report revealed the Republican congressman from Lycoming County sponsored a bill that may have made the opioid epidemic worse. Marino’s bill limits the way the nation’s drug enforcement agency, or DEA, can stop […]