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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 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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    State Lawmaker: No Vote on Medical Marijuana

    WEST BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP — A lawmaker from our area says he won’t let a bill to legalize medical marijuana come up for a vote in an important house committee. That’s after the bill that would legalize it sailed through the state senate last week. It’s the May primary and the polls are open to voters in the 64th Legislative District west of Towanda. There’s no race for state representative this time around, but Republican Matt Baker is at the center […]

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    Guilty Verdict in Deadly Hit and Run Trial

    HONESDALE — Guilty on all counts is the verdict in a deadly hit and run in Wayne County. A jury found there was enough evidence to prove the driver was drunk when he hit and killed his own cousin almost exactly 1 year ago. Following a three-day trial, Jason Day was led away in handcuffs after the jury came back with guilty verdicts on all counts including homicide by vehicle while DUI. Day was taken to jail after a trial in Wayne County […]

  • Injured Navy Reservist Gets Help From Home

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — A navy reservist from Wayne County was hurt in a training exercise in California. Now, he’s getting some much-needed help from folks back home. Debbie Doyle of Hamlin showed off photos of her son Josh and all sorts of commendations he’s received as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Josh, however, is now the one in need of help. His mom said the Navy reservist fell 20 feet last week while training at Camp Pendleton in California. “He […]

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    Historic Train Making a Comeback in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — This weekend, the Stourbridge Line is set to get rolling again on the railroad in Wayne County. After a four-year hiatus, a lot of work has gone into getting the excursion line back on track. For several months now, crews have been hard at work getting the Stourbridge Line ready for its first excursion ride in nearly four years. The train cars in Honesdale sat idle since then until an investor came aboard and repaired the track, getting […]

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    Fishing Contest Could Net Prizes

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — Catch a fish in Lake Wallenpaupack this year and the prize could be more than just the fish. Dozens of prizes are up for grabs in a contest meant to bring awareness to the water quality in the lake region. Skip Standen backed his boat into Lake Wallenpaupack, ready to scout out where the best fishing spots are for the season. Standen takes folks out fishing with Bill’s Guide Service and this is the second year in […]

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    Is Cannabis a Rx for PA?

    HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are considering making marijuana legal to treat illnesses such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. State senators could vote on a bill as early as next week. It would have to clear the State House. Republicans control both houses and there are some who are against making cannabis a prescription for Pennsylvania. When 10-year-old Lila Chernavage comes home from school near Wilkes-Barre, she’s often upset. Her mom, Judy, said Lila has suffered from seizures since the age […]

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    POLL: Is Cannabis a Prescription for PA?

    Parents of sick children are asking state lawmakers to approve a drug that could help them: cannabis or marijuana. Tuesday, Newswatch 16 takes an in depth look at how public opinion and legislators are not exactly on the same page. For the second time in a year, there is a bill (SB3 AMENDED) in Harrisburg that would make it legal for people with certain conditions to use cannabis to treat illnesses like seizures. A recent poll found nearly 90% of people support […]

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    PA State Police to Help Maryland Keep the Peace

    State police here in Pennsylvania now plan to go to Baltimore this week to help officers there. If the situation between police and rioters in Baltimore continues to remain tense, Pennsylvania will be sending reinforcements to help keep the peace. Maryland emergency officials put out the call for help and Pennsylvania State Police announced Wednesday that troopers are ready to help keep the peace. State police won’t say how many troopers from each barracks are heading to Baltimore later this week, […]

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    Renovations Give County Courthouse The Power To Save

    MONTROSE — The courthouse in Susquehanna County may be two centuries old, but now the historic building has the latest heating and cooling technology, and that could end up saving taxpayers big money. By the end of next month, the historic Susquehanna County Courthouse in Montrose will look the same on the outside, but inside it’s a different story. “We had controls on the wall, but they didn’t do anything. I don’t know why they were there,” laughed Commissioner Maryann […]

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    Police Crack Down on Speeders near Schools

    HONESDALE — Police in part of Wayne County are cracking down on drivers who speed near schools. When school lets out at the high school, middle school, or elementary schools in Honesdale it gets busy on Terrace, Grove, and Ridge Streets with students walking home and drivers going in all directions. “Some cars go by really fast and almost hit me, so I have to swerve onto the side. Some cars do the speed limit like they’re supposed to,” said […]

  • Elementary School Teacher Headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The walls of this upstairs hall inside Gary Moss’ home near Honesdale are covered with a slice of rock and roll history. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, with hits including “I Love Rock and Roll,” are going into a hall of their own. They’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  As an original member Moss will be immortalized with them this weekend in Cleveland. “I didn’t have aspirations to be famous, I never […]

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    Pipeline Company Delivers Cash

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — A company that has more than 800 miles of pipeline through Pennsylvania delivered checks across our area this week. The Kinder Morgan company is a worth $110 billion and its vice president donated thousands to schools and parks ahead of an announcement to expand the pipeline here. He was there to give money for a playground. The principal at Evergreen Elementary School near Hamlin pulled students out of class for a photo opportunity with the vice president […]


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