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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
  • Fighting to Save SCI Waymart

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Lawmakers toured one of the state prisons in our area Tuesday that’s on the short list for closing. The prison in Wayne County is one of five prisons in jeopardy. Lawmakers from northeastern Pennsylvania aren’t taking any chances and doing everything in their power to keep SCI Waymart open. The prison has nearly 1,500 inmates and is one of five state prisons on the potential chopping block. “These inmates basically are committed by the courts, criminally insane, […]

  • Children, Police Build Relationship on MLK Day

    SCRANTON —  Years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the fight for civil rights, racial tensions still exist in some communities. Children in Scranton were given an inside look at the city’s police force and the men and women wearing the badge on Monday. Two bus loads of boys and girls made their way into police headquarters in Scranton. The children were far from being in trouble; they were there to learn. “Is anyone scared of police officers?” asked one officer. “No,” […]

  • Saving Lives One Smoke Alarm at a Time

    SCRANTON — On this holiday, there are many ways Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy are being remembered, including in many homes in our area in need of life-saving smoke alarms. Up and down the streets in Scranton’s south side, volunteers were on a mission to help deliver a potential life saver. Mike Santiago opened his door, welcoming the American Red Cross volunteers who installed new smoke alarms as part of the organization’s MLK Day of Service. “I […]

  • Animal Rescue in Wayne County Seeks Volunteers

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A farm in Wayne County that rescues animals is putting out the call for help. Billy’s New Hope Barn is in need of volunteers. Step inside at Billy’s New Hope Barn near Honesdale and you’ll meet a variety of animals that live here following some tough times. Percy the pig was part of a prank on someone who lives on Long Island, New York. Percy was taken from his mother at a young age only to […]

  • ‘Highlights for Children’ Magazine Makes History

    HONESDALE — “Highlights for Children” has been a part of many of our childhoods. The children’s magazine, based partly in Wayne County, did something in the new February issue it had never done before. Every month, “Highlights” puts out a magazine filled with stories and puzzles for kids. Now, it has included in its latest issue a family with two dads, the first representation of a same-sex relationship in the publication’s 70-year history. Soon after it arrived in the mail, […]

  • Reaction to Streep Speech, Trump Tweets

    SCRANTON — That Golden Globes speech by actress Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump for the way he supposedly mocked a reporter for a disability while on the campaign trail and it has advocates for the disabled speaking out. It didn’t take long for President-elect Trump to fire back at Streep saying he didn’t mock the reporter who has a disability and that he would never do that. The speech and Trump’s response have one advocate for the disabled concerned for the cause. “Now the […]

  • Thank You Cards for Cops

    SCRANTON — It isn’t often law enforcement officers hear, “thank you,” from the people they serve and protect, but children at one elementary school in Scranton wanted to show the police how much they’re appreciated. Every other day of the year, these men and women in law enforcement go about their jobs and aren’t always on the receiving end of thanks from folks in the public. But on this day at Whittier Elementary School in Scranton’s south side, city police […]

  • Tax Preparers Open for Business

    SCRANTON — Now that the holidays are just about over, tax season is upon us and there are lots of ways tax preparation companies try to get customers in the door. With the wind whipping and the cold January air here, so is a familiar sign of the season. It is not Santa or any of his elves, but the Statue of Liberty, waving to drivers passing by Liberty Tax Service on Oak Street in Scranton. “I don’t do so bad for an […]

  • Stores Closing at Former Mall at Steamtown

    SCRANTON — Two more stores are closing up shop at the Marketplace at Steamtown. Both have been there since the former mall’s beginning in the early ’90s. Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, which are owned by the same company, are expected to close in about a month. The news has some shoppers saying “too bad” while Marketplace officials are hopeful for what comes next. “That’s sad. I know a lot of people like Bath and Body Works. I like […]

  • Taxi Cab Company Hits Temporary Scranton Roadblock

    SCRANTON — A cab company ready to hit the road in Lackawanna County has a false start because its drivers don’t have the necessary papers. The city of Scranton already has two cab companies and a third was supposed to start operations Tuesday. Burgit’s Electric City Taxi has been operating in Wilkes-Barre and expanded to Scranton with plans to start picking up fares on Tuesday. However, after finding out it didn’t have the license it needed to operate, drivers won’t […]

  • Favorite Stories 2016: Wayne County Sheriffs Sport Pink for Fellow Deputy

    Jim Hamill shares a story he covered in October when the Wayne County’s sheriff’s office sported pink to show solidarity with one of their own.

  • Honesdale for the Holidays 

    HONESDALE — The holiday shopping season has been in full swing for weeks, and one downtown in Wayne County is cashing in on the success of shopping local. In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, stores in downtown Honesdale have been steady so far with just days until Christmas. The Wallflower has been around a few decades, and owner Joyce Debastiani’s fingers have been wrapping gifts ’round the clock for customers. “We are so blessed. We’re […]