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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
  • Game Commission Allowing Hunting in Search Areas

    The PA Game Commission announced late Monday afternoon it would not restrict hunters from the area of the search for Eric Frein. While the hunt for Frein is in its third week along the Monroe and Pike County line, the hunting season is fast approaching in this area. Members of the Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club in Pike County expect to start heading out into the woods south of Blooming Grove this weekend. “If there are people out there […]

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    Suspicious Fires Have Community on Edge

    SHENANDOAH — A community is on edge after four fires overnight in Schuylkill County. Officials said the fires at four vacant homes are being considered suspicious and people we spoke with in Shenandoah are worried there could be more fires. First, flames hit a building on East Lloyd Street in Shenandoah shortly after midnight Sunday. Less than an hour later another place on North Ferguson Street caught fire. Then a vacant home on Centre Street went up in flames a […]

  • West Pittston Residents Demand Levee

    WEST PITTSTON — Three years after the Susquehanna River flooded West Pittston, residents are mounting an effort to get flood protection. They want a levee like a lot of other nearby communities along the river have. They say they won’t stop until their community gets one. With signs reading, “Save Our Town” and “Levee Now,” a group from West Pittston is taking its message to the people. At the River Commons along the banks of the Susquehanna River, West Pittston […]

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    Life In The Middle Of A Manhunt

    PRICE TOWNSHIP — It’s been nearly a week since state police shifted the focus of this manhunt to the Canadensis area of Monroe County. Residents’ lives are far from what they used to be, seeing this whole thing play out in their backyards. “It’s been like you think of a war zone.” Donna Pauling has watched and waited for the heavily armed police at the end of her driveway near Canadensis to capture Eric Frein. She and her husband put […]

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    Not Business As Usual While Manhunt Continues

    BLOOMING GROVE — The search for Eric Frein, from the Blooming Grove area all the way to the Canadensis area, has caused a lot of havoc for people who live and work there. Schools were closed for days and now businesses have to contend with an accused killer on the loose. While the focus of that manhunt has moved two dozen or so miles south from the Blooming Grove area of Pike County, places including a salon and spa on […]

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    State Police Say Search Area Narrowing

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — State police choppers were making passes over the “hotspot” as it’s being called, the area near Eric Frein’s home in Canadensis where investigators think he’s hiding. They said they’re acting on tips related to any bunkers or shelters Frein may have in the area, but as of now he’s been able to elude hundreds of highly trained police for ten days and counting. Route 447 was closed in that area, too, while marked and unmarked police cars […]

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    Workers, Schools Concerned About Safety

    PIKE COUNTY — Workers at a power line project in Wayne County called police Wednesday morning and troopers rushed to the area near Lake Wallenpaupack for reports of man seen in camouflage, with a gun, coming out of the woods. More than an hour went by before state police called off the search, figuring it may have been a hunter in the area, but it was enough to leave neighbors shaken. “I looked out and they had guns, then I […]

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    Court Papers Detail Events Of PSP Ambush

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — As state police hunt down Eric Frein, the suspect named Tuesday in the shooting of two state troopers, we’ve learned new information about what took place Friday night at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove, including how troopers reacted to being ambushed in the dark of night without any warning. When the call went out for help late Friday in Blooming Grove, Pike County, state police knew little about who attacked them or why. Emergency […]

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    Reports: Zeroing In On Suspect

    PSP at home near Canadensis. Believed to have something to do with suspect in #pspbloominggrove shooting. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/zVk5IKThET — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) September 16, 2014 BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — As an army of troopers once again scour the woods Tuesday, there is word that investigators know who they’re looking for. State police announced that another news conference is planned for this afternoon on the investigation into the search for the person who killed a state police corporal and injured another […]

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    Search For Killer In Third Day

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — People who live and work around the very rural area of Blooming Grove in Pike County have been pretty much in the dark since the deadly shooting of a state trooper happened late Friday. As the search for whoever carried out the attack continues, folks around Blooming Grove are in shock, waiting for some word that police are closer to the truth. There was still a heavy police presence at the state police barracks at Blooming […]

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    Tell Us Something Good! A Restaurant Fights Against Suicide

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — The owner of a restaurant in Wayne County who lost a relative to suicide offered customers a discount on Wednesday to bring awareness to suicide prevention. If customers in Newfoundland told the server something good in their lives,  they got 10 percent off their bills. Lunch time at the Newfoundland Hotel and patrons were ordering up all sorts of food from the menu. But also served on this day: some positivity, meant to help people who could […]

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    Apple Cider Season In Full Swing

    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — Apple cider season is upon us, and as we creep towards fall, folks around here are heading to cider mills in search of the sweet stuff. One cider mill in Lackawanna County is already busy with all things apple. The shelves are stocked and the checkout counter is busy this second week in September at Ritter’s Cider Mill near Mount Cobb. As long as there are apples, this traditional fall destination is ready to churn out the […]


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