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
  • Daughter Charged After Mother’s Body Found in Wayne County Bed-and-Breakfast

    HAWLEY — A woman has been charged in connection with the death of her mother in Wayne County, two months after the body was found. Moira Richey, 52, is charged with abuse of corpse, forgery, and theft in the death of her mother. Richey had been staying at the Harvest Inn Bed and Breakfast on the third floor with her mother Patricia. Troopers say she was staying there even after her mother died and her body decomposed. Richey covered her face […]

  • Cleanup Continues After Forest City Fire

    FOREST CITY — A community in Susquehanna County is cleaning up after a weekend blaze that destroyed several buildings and businesses on one block. A section of the 500 block of Main Street in Forest City was badly damaged by that fire that started around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. It tore through three buildings and damaged a neighboring funeral home. People who lived on the second and third floors escaped without getting hurt. However, police say there were pets that died […]

  • Priest Sentenced in Child Porn Case

    HONESDALE — A priest from New Jersey was sentenced Thursday for having child pornography at his home in Wayne County. Fr. Kevin Gugliotta was sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 and a half months in prison and must register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to having child porn on a computer at his apartment in Gouldsboro. Fr. Gugliotta was a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey and had a residence in […]

  • Water Main Work in Hawley

    HAWLEY — It’s still a busy time of year around Lake Wallenpaupack. The summer vacation season is nearing the end while construction work in nearby Hawley has only started creating problems. This weekend is Wally Lake Fest, a big three-day festival so it should be busy around the area. In downtown Hawley, it’s busy but not the way that businesses would hope. Late August in downtown Hawley is usually busy with folks from out-of-town but not this August. Instead, it’s construction […]

  • Tour the ‘Paper Caves’ in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — This weekend, an artist in Wayne County will unveil her latest work. It’s not a painting or a mural — more like an architectural sculpture turning the first floor of her place in Honesdale into the “Paper Caves.” Since late April, the inside of Basin and Main in downtown Honesdale has undergone a transformation. Take a step inside and you’re immediately enveloped in “The Paper Caves.” Artist Samuelle Green envisioned it all — roughly one million pages from […]

  • Fire in Susquehanna County Called Suspicious

    CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP — A fire that damaged a mobile home in Susquehanna County is considered suspicious, according to state police. The fire started around 3:30 a.m. Monday on White Drive outside Forest City and spread to another trailer. No one was living in the home where the fire started. Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 it’s not the first time there’s been trouble at the home, but they sure hope it’s the last. The scorched shell of a mobile home is all […]

  • Should PA Tax Natural Gas to Balance Budget?

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP – Pennsylvania's budget is still not a done deal. Lawmakers still need to agree how to pay for the $32 billion spending plan. Late last month, the Senate narrowly approved a new tax on the natural gas industry, but gas companies have been against it for a decade and still are. It's called a severance tax. Every other state with natural gas has one and facing a $2 billion budget deficit, even Republican senators voted for the tax which […]

  • Was Snake Sighting a Hoax?

    FOREST CITY — Remember that snake scare in Forest City after a photo was given to police last week? Turns out the photo and the snake are real but tonight there are questions as to whether the photo was actually snapped 45 miles away at a state park in Pike County. Nicole Farley told Newswatch 16 and police in Forest City she saw the rattlesnake last Monday and snapped a photo on her phone. Now, someone else has backed up the […]

  • Theft Suspects Caught on Camera – Again

    DICKSON CITY – Police believe a couple caught on camera stealing from a business in Scranton have also been spotted stealing from another business in Lackawanna County. Cameras caught that couple stealing not once but twice now in the area — first, at a Japanese restaurant in Scranton, and then at Headdies, a glass pipe shop in Dickson City. A man in the video goes over to the glass case at Headdies along Business Route 6 late last month, pockets the […]

  • Construction Project Causing Snake Problem?

    FOREST CITY — Folks in part of Susquehanna County appear to have unwelcome visitors, the kind that slither and are venomous. It was a normal Monday for Nicole Farley and her family on Main Street in Forest City. Normal until an unwelcome guest showed its scaly face. “The kids and me were hanging out in the yard. They were swimming. I went to get the lawnmower from the shed. I saw it come up from the rails and trails and […]

  • Two Runners Recovering After Being Hit by Vehicle

    SCRANTON — Two women were with a group of runners on the trail in Scranton when a driver hit them at a crosswalk Saturday morning. There are still markings on the street where that car hit both women on Broadway Street. They were taken to the hospital and police are investigating while fellow runners stress the importance of careful driving around crosswalks. Broadway Street was shut down Saturday while emergency crews tended to two women badly hurt when a vehicle hit […]

  • Burglary Spree in Greenfield Township

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police in part of Lackawanna County are looking for whoever broke into several businesses in the past couple of weeks. The burglars made off with money and much more, leaving some worried when it will stop. One of those owners says he found one of the burglars in his home over his business one week ago. The owner was injured in a scuffle and the suspect got away and now folks in Greenfield Township want to put […]