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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
  • Neighbor Paints Message on Garage for Hospital

    HONESDALE — A homeowner in part of Wayne County broke out his paint brush to make a point in a dispute with his neighbor. That neighbor is a hospital in Honesdale. Scott Bennett and his wife live in a brick home along Park Street, and their garage now has a colorful message aimed at Wayne Memorial Hospital next door. It’s all because the retired attorney said the hospital isn’t playing by the rules. For about a year now, Scott Bennett has […]

  • Death Decision for Jury in Officer Slaying

    SCRANTON — The same jury that convicted a federal inmate of the brutal murder of a correctional officer in Wayne County now has to decide if he should be sentenced to death. Federal prosecutors told the jury there are many reasons Jessie Con-ui should be punished by death. In addition to what they call the cold-blooded murder of Correctional Officer Eric Williams, prosecutors were able to show evidence of the convicted killer’s history of violence. Eric Williams’ parents were not […]

  • Roots and Rhythm Draws Music Fans to Honesdale for 12th Year

    HONESDALE — A celebration of blues music is drawing hundreds to Wayne County this weekend. The 12th annual Roots and Rhythm Music and Arts Festival got underway in downtown Honesdale on Saturday. The free event held in Honesdale’s Central Park is a summertime staple in Wayne County. “To have this many people come out today was really phenomenal. With the pouring rain in the morning, anybody we asked for anything, they said yes, every business, every volunteer, really turned out […]

  • Saying Goodbye to a School Day Staple

    HONESDALE — The last day of school for students in part of Wayne County marked the end of a crossing guard’s career spent making them smile. The students and their parents gave plenty of joy back to that retiring crossing guard in Honesdale. For the past ten years, Ray Highhouse has been starting his workday at this same intersection near the elementary schools in Honesdale. The maintenance worker for Wayne Highlands School District plays a vital role in getting these […]

  • Searching for Answers in Costly Frein Manhunt

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Eric Frein, the man who ambushed Pennsylvania state troopers killing one and wounding another is sitting on death row in western PA. A jury convicted him nearly two months ago in Pike County. That is where the manhunt and investigation into the deadly shooting at the state police barracks started in September 2014. Now that the trial is over, state lawmakers came to the Poconos to find out what went right and what went wrong in the […]

  • Hearing Next Week on Frein Manhunt

    PIKE COUNTY — In one week, state lawmakers plan to be in the Poconos looking for answers in the costly manhunt for cop killer Eric Frein. They’ll be trying to find out what worked and what didn’t work during that 48-day search in Pike and Monroe counties. State police, emergency management, school leaders, and the business community are expected to testify next Thursday before the Senate’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. That hearing will take place in Pike County. Now, businesses that […]

  • School Fixes, Donates Car to Student

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP — When a teenager graduates from high school later this month in Susquehanna County, she’ll get her driver’s license and she will have a new car, free of charge, to help her get to work and to college. Darion Brodeur climbed into her very own PT Cruiser even before she is legally allowed to drive. Brodeur is a senior at Mountain View High School. She’s learning plumbing and heating at Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center at Elk Lake, and […]

  • Stunning Video, Testimony in Prison Murder Trial

    SCRANTON — Four years after the vicious and deadly attack on a federal correctional officer in Wayne County, the man accused of killing Eric Williams of Nanticoke is on trial. The convicted gang member’s attorneys fully admit he is guilty. The Williams family was on hand for opening statements and testimony from about a half dozen correctional officers from USP Canaan in Wayne County. But Eric Williams’ parents did not stay in court while jurors watched their son get stabbed […]

  • Fate of the Upper Delaware River Hangs in Balance

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — Within 48 hours, the water levels on the upper Delaware River could plummet. That’s if an agreement can’t be reached among New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York City. Just off Route 191 in northern Wayne County near the New York state line, a river guide gets ready to take fly fishermen onto the Delaware. It’s a big industry around here, enough to bring in folks from out-of-state who fish for cold water trout or […]

  • Rainy End to Holiday Weekend on Lake Wallenpaupack

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — The weather cooperated for most of the holiday weekend but turned rainy and cool for Memorial Day. It’s not often you don’t see boats on Lake Wallenpaupack over Memorial Day weekend, but the dreary weather can take the blame. Campers were headed home from Wilsonville Campground near Hawley following two decent days to kick off the season. “Hopefully the sun comes out. I was out kayaking all morning, I got wet, trying to stay dry now,” said Keith […]

  • Frein Keeps Costing Taxpayers Big Money

    MILFORD — Eric Frein might be sitting on death row in western Pennsylvania, but how much it will cost Pike County for the cop killer’s trial keeps going up and up. It cost $11 million to hunt down Frein in the Poconos in 2014. His court-appointed attorneys have been paid almost $250,000 in the past two years, according to court documents. A death penalty phase expert who didn’t even testify was paid nearly six figures. A month in hotel rooms […]

  • Public Pool Rescued by Donations

    HONESDALE — As communities struggle to keep public pools open, one borough in Wayne County is getting much-needed help to make repairs so its pool can stay open. The Honesdale Area Pool was built back in the 1980s and fell into disrepair so much that borough leaders didn’t think it would reopen. Now, organizations are raising thousands of dollars to fix the pool and make sure it stays open for years to come. Gallons and gallons of water were being pumped […]