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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    Increase in Voter Registration Ahead of Primary

    TUNKHANNOCK — With the Pennsylvania primary two months away, some voters in our area are switching parties. There is a whole month left to register for the April primary and already the Wyoming County Director of Elections tells Newswatch 16 she is seeing a big swing toward the Republican Party. Inside her office at the Wyoming County Courthouse in Tunkhannock, Florence Ball has been one busy woman. In just the past two months, the director of elections has seen hundreds […]

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    ‘They come back and their car is gone’ – Officials Urge You Not To Leave Car Running

    SCRANTON — If you have a habit of keeping your car running while you quickly dart into a store, authorities are trying to convince you to stop. Officials held a news conference in Lackawanna County Wednesday afternoon in hopes of discouraging you from leaving your car running and unattended where it can be stolen. According to police, on average 120 vehicles get stolen in Scranton every year. One of the ways to make sure your car or truck isn’t an […]

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    Electronic Recycling Powering Down

    What do you do with those old televisions and computer monitors at home now that fewer places are taking them to be recycled? And why are counties and one big retailer saying “no thanks?” This month, Best Buy stores in Pennsylvania stopped accepting old televisions and monitors, citing a state law that prevents the company from charging for the service. Jay Talerico of Old Forge found one of the only places in northeastern Pennsylvania taking old televisions for free: the […]

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    Frein Attorneys Want Evidence, Death Penalty Thrown Out

    MILFORD — Attorneys for accused cop killer Eric Frein are trying to get evidence against him thrown out and trying to get the death penalty off the table. Defense lawyers filed motions this week in Pike County. Frein’s attorneys argue that state police violated his constitutional rights the night they interrogated him for four hours after he was captured. They are also asking for the death penalty to be tossed out while prosecutors still very much intend to push for […]

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    Talking Milk Prices at Wayne County Ag Day

    HONESDALE — Whoever becomes president may have to address the ongoing problem facing dairy farmers: fluctuating prices of milk. Inside the gym at Honesdale High School, farmers and the businesses they rely on came together to talk about what matters to them. Lately, the price of milk has been the topic that’s risen to the top of their concerns. “It’s getting tougher and tougher and tougher because the cost around you just continues to rise,” said dairy farmer and Wayne […]

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    Was Firing of Senator’s Husband a Political Move?

    The budget battle between Republicans and Governor Tom Wolf wages on in Harrisburg while another political battle may have turned personal. Republican Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County has been at odds with the governor on many issues but even more now, after the firing of her husband from a state job just four months from retirement. “He was let go on Wednesday with no reason, given a very short time to take a 16 year career and pack it […]

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    What Now for Budget Impasse?

    HARRISBURG — If there is impending financial doom for Pennsylvania — that “ticking time bomb” reference in the governor’s budget address — lawmakers appear to be more entrenched than ever. Governor Tom Wolf’s words reverberated throughout the Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg, putting Republican leaders in the Republican-controlled General Assembly on the offense. “This was without question the most absurd, politically motivated remarks that I’ve seen from the governor in the well of the house,” said Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman […]

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    Tree Casualties of I-84 Construction

    PIKE COUNTY — Part of the construction project to rebuild Interstate 84 in Pike County is complete and a new phase is starting, but now some are wondering, where did all the trees go? Hundreds of trees in the median of Interstate 84 in Pike County have been chopped down in recent weeks. People who travel between the Blooming Grove and Milford exits have noticed the changing landscape: stumps left behind and crews working to clear the debris. “When you […]

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    Frozen Attraction Fights the Melt

    PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — An ice-cold attraction is still on track to open this weekend in the Poconos. Outside, the rain poured down while inside, crews chipped away at massive ice blocks, preparing Crystal Cabin Fever on Route 590 near Hamlin for its 10th year. “It doesn`t feel like winter inside, definitely outside today it’s very wet,” said Mark Crouthamel. It’s been so cold in recent years for the event’s trademark live ice carvings and ice creations that organizers haven’t had […]

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    Hallmark Card Shop Closing

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — It’s the final days for a longtime Hallmark card shop in Wayne County. For more than 30 years, Martin’s Hallmark Shop near Honesdale has been matching people with greeting cards. Sure there were specialty gifts as well, but the biggest reasons people like Donna Hunter of Tafton kept coming back were the cards and service. “You feel like they’re your friends. They’re helpful. It’s just that vibe you get, that small town store,” said Hunter. Too much […]

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    Trees on Chopping Block for Natural Gas Pipeline

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — A family’s maple syrup operation is in jeopardy in Susquehanna County. Megan Holleran surveyed her family’s sugar bush, a group of maple trees tied to a syrup operation near New Milford and in jeopardy of being chopped down. “It started as a hobby but turned into a business,” said Holleran. Holleran’s family is taking a stand after a federal judge ruled under eminent domain, the planned Constitution Pipeline can cut through their property, cutting down the maple trees already producing […]

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    ‘I never met somebody who loved college as much as him’ – Remembering Jake

    LA PLUME TOWNSHIP — Keystone College is preparing for an evening vigil to remember the two freshmen who were killed in a car crash Monday night. The tragedy is being felt well beyond the college campus which straddles both Lackawanna and Wyoming Counties. The tragedy is also being felt in the Western Wayne School District where Jake Burkhardt graduated just last year. He was one of the two Keystone College freshmen killed in that crash Monday night, leaving everyone who […]


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