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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...

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    School Districts in Snow Daze

    School districts in our area are adjusting schedules for the rest of the year after using up several snow days this season. One way to make up time is by yanking days around holidays. Another, is to push back the end of the school year. Wallenpaupack Area School District was closed Monday, making it eight snow days already this year and it’s only early February. Even though this is northeastern Pennsylvania and we’re used to bad weather forcing school to […]

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    Feet of Snow Sit in Downtown Honesdale… For Now

    HONESDALE — It’s been a couple of days since the storm and the streets of Honesdale in Wayne County are still a mess. Up until now, borough crews weren’t approved to work overtime to remove all that snow. All the snow that fell Sunday into Monday is heaped on both sides of Main Street in Honesdale. The side streets are no better, with piles and piles of the plowed snow. Some business owners understand that no one can make it […]

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    Police: Teen Extorted Boys for Explicit Photos

    MONROE COUNTY — A student in the Poconos is in trouble with the law after police said he made a fake Facebook account and had boys send him nude photos. The 14-year-old boy from the Tobyhanna area befriended hundreds of teens, many right in his own school, according to police. After he convinced them to send inappropriate photos, investigators said he threatened to post those pictures online if they didn’t keep sending more or paid him off. These days, just […]

  • Woman Helps Rescue Family from Burning Home

    SCRANTON — A woman in Scranton is being credited with helping save a family from their burning home early Saturday morning. She even gave the clothes off her back to the victims who were stuck on the roof waiting to be rescued. Firefighters rushed to the scene on South Irving Avenue around 2 a.m. after fire broke out in the downstairs of a home. By the time Newswatch 16 was there, everyone was out okay, but it wasn’t until much […]

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    Guilty Plea In Shooting Death Of Nephew

    MILFORD — Chad Olm admitted in court Thursday that he took the life of his 10-year-old nephew while showing him a handgun last May near Dingman’s Ferry. The boy’s father was in court and both men are pleading with gun owners to let this be a cautionary tale of what can happen if you’re not handling firearms safely. Chad Olm left the Pike County Courthouse in Milford with a lot to say about his role in the death of his […]

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    NFL Cheating Scandal a Lesson in Ethics

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — So what to make of the scandal surrounding the Patriots, or the “Cheatriots?” Football was on the minds of high school students in Pike County Thursday when a college coach flew in for a recruiting visit. Landing at the Wallenpaupack Area High School’s football field, Rutgers University head football coach Kyle Flood was there for a recruiting visit. Flood has some ties to the NFL’s New England Patriots and didn’t want to comment directly on the cheating […]

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    Bank Branch Is Latest Closure in Newfoundland

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — A bank that’s been a fixture in part of Wayne County for decades will close later this year. But the PNC Bank branch is the latest in a long list of businesses closing their doors in Newfoundland. The PNC Bank covers two corners of the busy intersection in the village. By the time it closes in April, it will be the sixth business in the community to close in the past year. The PNC Bank in the […]

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    ‘Dognapped’ Pup Reunited with Owners

    WAYNE COUNTY — A family in Wayne County wasn’t sure if they would ever see their pet again after state police said someone took off with the dog Monday night. By Tuesday¬†morning though, state police had a lead and tracked down the Pomeranian, Darley. Darley’s owners were devastated when she went missing Monday night and immediately sent out a call for help. Eventually, someone on Facebook saw something that led troopers right to Darley Tuesday morning, nearly 20 miles away […]

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    Looking Back on the Last Four Years of Governor Tom Corbett

    Exactly four years ago, Governor Tom Corbett took office. On Tuesday, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have a new governor. The Tom Corbett era started on a cold, icy January day in 2011. And already protesters voiced their displeasure with the Republican governor. At the outset, the former attorney general, known for tackling public corruption, pledged not to implement any new taxes. By September of year one, the governor came to our area when floodwaters caused widespread destruction. Then in […]

  • Hitting the Slopes on Holiday Weekend

    KIDDER TOWNSHIP — Every year ski resorts in our area look to cash in on the holiday weekend. For lots of people, it’s a three-day weekend and the weather is somewhat cooperating at a ski mountain in Carbon County. There was no use pointing our cameras at the top of the mountain at Jack Frost Big Boulder near Blakeslee in Carbon County. The fog was just too thick to see that far. But the drizzle and slight warm up couldn’t […]


    EPA Wants to Regulate Gas Emissions from Oil and Gas Industry

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY — The federal government wants to start regulating how much methane, or natural gas, is escaping into the atmosphere from the oil and gas industry. The Obama Administration is proposing to cut that amount nearly in half within the next ten years, all in an effort to combat global warming. There are dozens and dozens of natural gas well pads throughout Susquehanna County. Each one is tapping the gas underground to use as energy here on the surface. […]

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    Excessive Parking Tickets May Lead to Change

    HONESDALE — Two police officers in Honesdale decided last month to see who could write more parking tickets. Between the two of them, they wrote out close to 100 in one Saturday. It angered lots of folks in Wayne County, including the ones who were attending funerals at the time. Borough officials said there were nowhere near 100 tickets given out on Saturdays all last year, but on the last Saturday in December, during two funerals, including one for a […]


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