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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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    Police: Man Tortured Kittens, One Survived

    WAYNE COUNTY — State police in Wayne County said a man will face animal cruelty charges for hurting two kittens so badly that one needed to be put down. It’s been two months since Victoria Linsalato has seen either of her kittens. She was only picking up one at the Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic near Honesdale. Mary and Jane were only six months old at most when state police said a man who was supposed to be caring for them […]

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    Business, Tenants Displaced by Fire in Stroudsburg

    STROUDSBURG — For the second time in a month, a fire hit an apartment building in downtown Stroudsburg. Only one business was affected this time, but more than one dozen tenants are out of their homes. Officials said the fire got its start in a second floor apartment on Main Street in Stroudsburg around 9:30 a.m. According to authorities, 17 people lived above Pocono Sew and Vac and they all got out safely. One woman said she heard the smoke […]

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    Wayne County Fair Nearly Ready for Opening Day

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — It’s fair season around Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. When one ends, another is usually just starting. For the Wayne County Fair, which starts this week, organizers and vendors can breathe a sigh of relief now that a bridge is back open at the entrance to the fairgrounds. Friday’s the day and in the lead up to opening day there is plenty of activity on the fairgrounds north of Honesdale, so the vendors, rides, and 4-H barns will […]

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    Winchester Archery Moves to Northeastern Pennsylvania

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A name well-known for its rifles and ammo is making bows and crossbows and just relocated to Wayne County. Winchester Archery is making the bows at its new location near Honesdale. The company’s president, Tim Barber, went through the process of turning a piece of aluminum into a compound bow at the new location, a former car dealership along Route 191 near Honesdale. It’s nowhere near the company’s former headquarters in New Jersey. “I thought it […]

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    County Libraries to Combine Catalogs

    For the first time in the state, libraries in two counties will share their entire catalogs. Pike and Wayne counties are taking the innovative approach to help cut costs and offer more books, DVDs, and other resources to residents. The Wayne Library Alliance and the Pike County Public Library are venturing into uncharted territory. In a couple of months, folks in both counties will be able to use all nine libraries in Pike and Wayne counties and select from the […]

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    Flames Destroy Landmark Restaurant

    POLK TOWNSHIP– A restaurant in Monroe County was destroyed by flames early this morning. Video sent into Newswatch 16 by a viewer shows Luna Rossa engulfed in flames. Firefighters did what they could to save the restaurant and bar along Route 209 near Gilbert. But the fire had too much of a head start. Neighbors heard alarms going off just before 5 a.m. and came out to find the restaurant a wreck. Neighbor Stephanie Nash said she “got up to […]

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    Woodcarvers Unite

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — There was no other place a few hundred folks “wood” have rather been Wednesday than a campground in Wayne County. It was one of the biggest conventions for wood carvers in the entire country. On the third and final day of the Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup near Honesdale, the pros and novices showed no sign of letting up. Some 250 people whittled the day away at Cherry Ridge Campgrounds for now the 12th year of the roundup. […]

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    Report Finds DEP Comes Up Short On Gas Drilling

    HARRISBURG — A report out Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Auditor General slams the Department of Environmental protection for how it’s handled the natural gas industry. The report found the DEP wasn’t ready for the industry when it started drilling in the state and it’s not ready now. The auditor general said state environmental regulators need help. He said the DEP is understaffed and underfunded and that 150-plus page report on the state’s handling of gas drilling points out eight ways the agency […]

  • Troopers: Speed, Alcohol Played Role in Deadly Crash

    WILMOT TOWNSHIP — A 16 year old is dead and police are investigating whether alcohol was to blame for the crash that killed him. The tire marks from Sunday’s deadly crash near Wyalusing led to one stone wall then another. Both are still in pieces after the force of that wreck. State police said a 17 year old was behind the wheel. Two other teens were in the pickup when it hit the stone walls along Morris Road at a […]

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    Forest City Hits 150 Year Milestone

    FOREST CITY — This year marks the 150th anniversary for one community in Susquehanna County. To celebrate, folks in Forest City are doing what they can to try to revive a bit of that hometown pride. It has taken weeks for volunteers to paint a new mural along Main Street in Forest City. They’ve spent time after the workday putting names of area businesses on this brick wall, all to get ready for a celebration 150 years in the making. […]

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    Glass Factory Now Museum of Glass

    WHITE MILLS — A part of Wayne County’s industrial history is coming back as a museum. The Dorflinger Glass Factory in White Mills stopped making glass back in the 1920s. Nearly a century has gone by since the last piece of cut-glass came out of the factory along Route 6 in White Mills. All these years later, the Dorflinger Glass Works factory and the adjacent office building serve as museums, preserving the history of the company that even supplied the […]

  • Storm Downs Trees, Damages Property in Poconos

    STROUDSBURG — A late night thunderstorm soaked a lot of the Poconos and caused damage to some homes and businesses. While the damage wasn’t widespread, folks still had a mess to clean up when they got out of bed this morning in Stroudsburg. Once the sun was out in Stroudsburg people hit hardest by the storm could begin clearing debris and start to see what was hit. On Bryant Street, a car was no match for the heavy tree that […]


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