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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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    Running with Tradition

    JESSUP – For more than a century, folks in part of Lackawanna County have been carrying on a tradition, quite literally, celebrating their Italian heritage.It’s the Saint Ubaldo Festival. And what would a Saint Ubaldo festival be without a race? The cheers went up for Saint Anthony before the race of the saints even started in Jessup. A team of able-bodied Italian men would hoist the saint’s statue over their heads and find their way to the painted streets in […]

  • Folks Pedaled, Paddled at Prompton State Park

    PROMPTON — It was a crystal clear day on the water in Wayne County on Saturday. Newswatch 16 stopped by the Pedal and Paddle Festival at Prompton State Park. Folks got to try out kayaks and paddle boards on the lake while some others got to demo mountain and road bikes. The Friends of Prompton hold the festival every year hoping to showcase what the state park has to offer. “We’re riding bikes, going down to the lake and doing […]

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    Animal Shelter May Close in Pike County

    SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP — An animal shelter in the Poconos may be on the verge of closing if help does not come soon. The Pike County Humane Society is low on money. After nearly 20 years, the place has fallen on financial hard times and may only have a couple of weeks before having to shut down, said director Barry Heim. At this point, the shelter has stopped taking in animals. “It’s not only Pike County going to be affected. It’s […]

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    Pike County DA Race: Not Over Yet?

    MILFORD —  Late Tuesday night, it looked as though the Pike County District Attorney’s race was over with a win by a Republican primary challenger. But the incumbent D.A. Ray Tonkin may still have a chance at winning reelection. Republicans want Kelly Gaughan to take over as the prosecutor in Pike County, according to the unofficial results of the primary election. That includes the case against Eric Frein. Wednesday we learned incumbent Ray Tonkin appears to have enough write-in votes […]

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    Gaughan Edges out Tonkin in Tight Race for Pike County District Attorney

    PIKE COUNTY — The race for district attorney in Pike County was a contentious one and unofficial results show the challenger came out on top. Republican incumbent Ray Tonkin may have lost the primary to challenger Kelley Gaughan, but he says it’s too soon to tell if he’s out of the race completely. His supporters gathered at the Boathouse Restaurant in Pike County and for hours waited as the returns slowly trickled in. Then, after midnight, they learned Gaughan had […]

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    State Lawmaker: No Vote on Medical Marijuana

    WEST BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP — A lawmaker from our area says he won’t let a bill to legalize medical marijuana come up for a vote in an important house committee. That’s after the bill that would legalize it sailed through the state senate last week. It’s the May primary and the polls are open to voters in the 64th Legislative District west of Towanda. There’s no race for state representative this time around, but Republican Matt Baker is at the center […]

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    Guilty Verdict in Deadly Hit and Run Trial

    HONESDALE — Guilty on all counts is the verdict in a deadly hit and run in Wayne County. A jury found there was enough evidence to prove the driver was drunk when he hit and killed his own cousin almost exactly 1 year ago. Following a three-day trial, Jason Day was led away in handcuffs after the jury came back with guilty verdicts on all counts including homicide by vehicle while DUI. Day was taken to jail after a trial in Wayne County […]

  • Injured Navy Reservist Gets Help From Home

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — A navy reservist from Wayne County was hurt in a training exercise in California. Now, he’s getting some much-needed help from folks back home. Debbie Doyle of Hamlin showed off photos of her son Josh and all sorts of commendations he’s received as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Josh, however, is now the one in need of help. His mom said the Navy reservist fell 20 feet last week while training at Camp Pendleton in California. “He […]

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    Historic Train Making a Comeback in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — This weekend, the Stourbridge Line is set to get rolling again on the railroad in Wayne County. After a four-year hiatus, a lot of work has gone into getting the excursion line back on track. For several months now, crews have been hard at work getting the Stourbridge Line ready for its first excursion ride in nearly four years. The train cars in Honesdale sat idle since then until an investor came aboard and repaired the track, getting […]

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    Fishing Contest Could Net Prizes

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — Catch a fish in Lake Wallenpaupack this year and the prize could be more than just the fish. Dozens of prizes are up for grabs in a contest meant to bring awareness to the water quality in the lake region. Skip Standen backed his boat into Lake Wallenpaupack, ready to scout out where the best fishing spots are for the season. Standen takes folks out fishing with Bill’s Guide Service and this is the second year in […]

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    Is Cannabis a Rx for PA?

    HARRISBURG — State lawmakers are considering making marijuana legal to treat illnesses such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. State senators could vote on a bill as early as next week. It would have to clear the State House. Republicans control both houses and there are some who are against making cannabis a prescription for Pennsylvania. When 10-year-old Lila Chernavage comes home from school near Wilkes-Barre, she’s often upset. Her mom, Judy, said Lila has suffered from seizures since the age […]

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    POLL: Is Cannabis a Prescription for PA?

    Parents of sick children are asking state lawmakers to approve a drug that could help them: cannabis or marijuana. Tuesday, Newswatch 16 takes an in depth look at how public opinion and legislators are not exactly on the same page. For the second time in a year, there is a bill (SB3 AMENDED) in Harrisburg that would make it legal for people with certain conditions to use cannabis to treat illnesses like seizures. A recent poll found nearly 90% of people support […]


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