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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    Woman in Viral Protest Photo Lives in Dunmore

    DUNMORE — A photo taken during protests of police brutality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is going viral and it features a woman from our area. Ieshia Evans lives in Dunmore and left for Louisiana after seeing the death of a black man at the hands of police. She was arrested Saturday and locked up during a protest and that moment she stood up for a cause was captured forever. It’s just one image of many from the recent protests across […]

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    Cigar Tax Coming to Pennsylvania?

    SCRANTON — Lawmakers in Harrisburg are still looking for a way to pay for the new budget. One new source of money being considered is a tax on cigars. Inside Montage Tobacco on Davis Street in Scranton, the cigar smoke lingers and the shelves are stocked. This is where Mark Brier has sold stogies for 14 years without having to add a cigar tax to the total bill. Now, state lawmakers are considering taxing cigars in the Commonwealth for the […]

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    Medical Marijuana gets Green Light

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Parents can now legally buy medical marijuana for children in PA if they get a letter from the state. It’s the first legal access to the medicine for patients since the law went into effect in May. Patients and parents have waited a long time for this chance to try marijuana to treat 17 different serious illnesses. Now, even as Pennsylvania moves toward regulating medical marijuana and ultimately dispensing it in state, there is a way to get it legally. […]

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    Pond Problem Exposed During Fire

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Neighbors and fire officials are concerned not enough has been done to help crews get water to a fire scene near a pond that was partially drained in Wayne County. Smoke and flames were pouring from the home on White Oak Drive on Monday while crews tried to get the upper hand by trucking in water to help in the fight. Meanwhile, White Oak Pond, or what’s left of it, is about one mile away and crews […]

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    Body Recovered from Lake Wallenpaupack

    UPDATE: Missing boater's body found this AM by dive teams on Lake Wallenpaupack. Friends say victim is from NJ @WNEP — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) July 5, 2016 PAUPACK TOWNSHIP — Searchers recovered the body of a man from Lake Wallenpaupack Tuesday morning. Friends say the body recovered is that of a 35-year-old man from New Jersey who disappeared while swimming on Monday. The coroner identified the victim as Ernesto Atiencia, 35, of North Bergen, New Jersey. Officials say the man […]

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    Dive Teams Searching Lake Wallenpaupack

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — Emergency crews say what began as a fun holiday on Lake Wallenpaupack in Wayne County turned into the search for a missing man. Crews were called to the lake in the middle of the afternoon to search for the man in the water. “I was swimming and having a good Fourth of July and then, all of a sudden, all the ambulances and fire trucks and everybody came,” said Debbie Petrasek of New Jersey. Officials say the […]

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    Wayne County Home Hit by Fire

    Home on White Oak Drive in Clinton Township, Wayne County went up in flames. Crews attacking from all sides. @WNEP — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) July 4, 2016 CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A family lost everything when flames gutted a home today in Wayne County. Investigators now say a firework outside this place near Waymart Sparked a blaze on the grass which spread to an outside mattress and through an open window to the curtains inside. Smoke could be seen for […]

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    Fighting Blight in Jermyn

    JERMYN — Unsightly properties have become a real problem in Jermyn and a special borough council meeting is being held Wednesday night to attack the issue. Neighbors are fed up after watching a few properties deteriorate so badly, there’s wildlife living inside. Now they want something done to force owners to fix up the homes or else. The red paint is peeling and all that’s holding parts of a home in Jermyn together is orange safety netting. No one lives in […]

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    Barriers Coming to Help Prevent Crossover Crashes

    TANNERSVILLE — State police believe a driver may have fallen asleep on Interstate 80 in Monroe County and crossed the median, leading to a deadly crash Tuesday morning. The driver was headed westbound but ended up in the eastbound lanes between the Tannersville and Bartonsville exits, and now there is renewed attention on how barriers in the median could have prevented the deadly crash. PennDOT has plans to put high-tension cable guide rails in the median on Interstate 80 in […]

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    New Warden at Lackawanna County Prison

    SCRANTON — A new man’s in charge at the Lackawanna County Prison. Tim Betti is from the area and now takes over at a lockup that has seen its share of scandal. Betti, of Jessup, is the first new warden at the Lackawanna County Prison in five years. He takes over while the prison handles an investigation into alleged misconduct that has six corrections officers on paid leave. The Lackawanna County Prison Board unanimously approved Betti as new warden at the lockup. Eleven people […]

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    Another State Budget Stalemate?

    SCRANTON — Lawmakers are required to have a budget by midnight Thursday, however with several days left and lots of negotiations still to go, folks who help children and seniors are concerned we’re in for another problematic budget delay. While lawmakers hammer out a budget deal in Harrisburg ahead of a July 1 deadline, there are lingering doubts that the political machine will succeed this year, especially since last year’s budget impasse lasted roughly 10 months. The lack of a […]

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    New Rules for Commercial Use of Drones

    JESSUP — Drones are nothing new but federal regulations for commercial drones are new after a long way for some owners. The new rules for flying drones came out Tuesday and like the rules for airplanes, the regulations are meant to minimize risk for other aircraft as well as people and property on the ground. Lee DeAngelis with Access Aerial will need to follow the new rules to stay in business. “A lot of the regulations being applied to drones […]


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