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. 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 Syracuse fan, you can find Jim out on the golf course, bike trail, or listening to some live music. He shares that love of good music and traveling with his wife, Melody, and their children, Cagney & Prudence.

Recent Articles
  • Supporters, Opponents of Fracking Voice Concerns at Hearing

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — The controversial practice of fracking was front and center Tuesday at a public hearing in the Poconos. Dozens of people for and against a permanent ban on fracking in Wayne and Pike Counties had their say. This was the first public hearing for the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed new rules on fracking. While many want fracking permanently banned, others insist it goes against their property rights. Dozens spoke for three minutes apiece during the Delaware River […]

  • Trial Begins in Deadly Shooting Involving Brothers

    HONESDALE — A jury heard opening statements and testimony Monday in the trial involving a deadly shooting between brothers in Wayne County. Prosecutors told the jury Antonio Cilino wanted to kill his brother Joseph over a love triangle and shot his brother in 2016. Antonio Cilino faces first-degree murder after that shooting near Honesdale in September of 2016. His defense attorney says the shooting happened by accident as the two brothers fought. Brooke Swingle testified she was romantically involved with […]

  • Winter Wallops Wayne County

    HONESDALE — As R3 Hardware owner Ray Harrington makes good use of his equipment on Main Street in Honesdale, he can’t help but remember what this very place looked like less than a week ago. It was unseasonably warm with folks savored the spring-like temperatures before being jolted back to this wintry reality. Enough snow fell to have to shovel and plow. “Last week it was 50 and now this week we have 6 inches of snow, good stuff,” said […]

  • Winter Weather Makes for Rough Road Conditions in Wayne County

    MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP — People are pretty used to snow and ice on the roads this time of year. It’s the norm for the Rileyville area north of Honesdale. Drive a little farther north, and conditions worsen on state roads, including Route 191. “The roads have been terrible,” said Emalee Gill. “We’ve been reaching out to PennDOT and they did come out finally but it took long enough.” Gill serves up lunches at the general store in Equinunk. She’s not too […]

  • Suspected Walmart Thieves Surrender

    HONESDALE — A couple accused of stealing a woman’s credit cards and cash turned themselves over to authorities in Wayne County. Robert Doerwald of Forest City and Dawn Hosie of Carbondale were not expecting Newswatch 16 to be at the state police barracks when they arrived. The couple was there to speak with investigators after a security camera photo aired on Newswatch 16 Friday. It shows Hosie and her fiance on scooters going into the Walmart in Dickson City. State […]

  • University of Scranton Student Visiting Hawaii Still Shaken from False Missile Alert

    HONOLULU — A false alert went out in Hawaii Saturday morning, warning of an imminent missile attack. A young woman from Scranton is still shaken after getting that warning while visiting Hawaii. Stephanie Lepka was on an Army base with her aunt and two young cousins. All were scared for their lives. Then they found out it was all a false alarm. “It was a crazy, crazy morning. It happened when I woke up, one way to get out of […]

  • Teacher Charged for Allegedly Taking Photos of Students

    BREAKING: @honesdalehs teacher, Gaspare Gambino, arrested and charged with invasion of privacy (14 counts). Troopers say the Spanish teacher took inappropriate photos of female students. Gambino has been suspended since Sept. 2017. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/yt6qlApeCa — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) January 10, 2018 HONESDALE — A teacher in the Wayne Highlands School District has been arrested for taking inappropriate photos of students, according to investigators. State police have charged Gaspare Gambino, 34, of Honesdale, with 14 counts of invasion of privacy, accusing […]

  • Charges Filed in Methadone Overdose Death

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Methadone is mainly used to help heroin addicts, but troopers in Pike County filed charges Tuesday, saying a man sold it to another man, causing his death. Troopers picked up Anthony Damico, 36, from Long Pond, and charged him with a drug delivery resulting in death, a crime that was rarely prosecuted until recently in Pennsylvania. Troopers believe Damico played a role in the overdose death of another man near Newfoundland last February. According to arrest papers, […]

  • Mother Facing Charges after Children Found Home Alone

    FOREST CITY — When the temperatures were in the single digits late last week in Forest City, officers say they found a situation at a home that left three kids in danger. According to an arrest warrant, the landlord was there late Thursday afternoon to make sure the pipes didn’t freeze and discovered three children ages 8, 5, and 1 alone. The only source of heat was an oven with the door open and the temperature at 400 degrees. Police […]

  • State Police Investigate Possible Eavesdropping at Barracks

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Newswatch 16 has learned state police in Susquehanna County have been investigating a possible case of eavesdropping on their own barracks. The man they’ve been investigating was one of the lead network techs at the phone company until recently. At the Gibson state police barracks in Susquehanna County, all kinds of calls come in and out, and many of the phone conversations relate to active criminal investigations. Back in September, troopers were investigating an alleged assault […]

  • Small Business in Honesdale Closing Its Doors

    HONESDALE — A shop in Wayne County is about to close for good. Country Dawn in Honesdale has been in business for nearly 40 years, but the owner has decided it’s time to retire. Even on the coldest days, Country Dawn has been open for its customers on Main Street, selling decorations, cards, furniture, and more. Outside the store, signs mark the end of the road. “Very hard to say goodbye,” said Dawn Rushik. “My customers come in every day […]

  • Homicide Charges Filed in Wayne County Beating Death

    HONESDALE — Homicide charges were filed Wednesday for three men accused in a deadly beating in Wayne County beating. Another suspect still on the loose. Two of those men were already in custody and their charges upgraded to homicide. A third man was captured and brought in for the same charges in that violent home invasion that left Joseph Stengline Sr., 62, dead from a beating at his home near Gouldsboro. Both Moore and Daniels, from Tobyhanna, are accused of […]