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
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    Kane in Court for Pretrial Hearing

    NORRISTOWN — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was in court in Montgomery County, not as a prosecutor, but as a defendant. Kane, from Scranton, entered the courthouse Tuesday morning for what is said to be her final pretrial hearing. Kane’s lawyers and prosecutors were arguing over what evidence can be presented to jurors including the so-called Porngate emails. Kathleen Kane (@PaAttorneyGen) had nothing to say on her way into Montgomery Co. court for hearing before her trial. pic.twitter.com/QuKPD2trZi — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) July […]

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    Heated Race for President Coming to Scranton

    SCRANTON — Pennsylvania went Democrat in the last two general elections but the GOP is hoping to win in November. Republican candidate Donald Trump plans a campaign event in Scranton later this week. Polls may not give us the best indication of the race for the White House during convention season, but the two major party candidates are within a couple percentage points here in Pennsylvania, meaning their upcoming campaign stops could help sway any undecided voters. It’s just over […]

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    Couple Builds Tiny House in Wayne County

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — These days, the home building trend is not going big, but instead tiny. The 10-cent tour of Adam and Karen Freedgood’s house in the woods of northern Wayne County might be a little generous. One glance and you can see the entire place: living area, kitchen, bathroom, and loft. The couple from New Jersey is nearly finished building the tiny home, complete with the furnishings you might see in any other home, just smaller. “We realized for […]

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    Whittling Away in Wayne County

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — In this age, when it seems everyone is either on their cell phones or their laptops, it might be refreshing to head to Wayne County for a woodcarvers convention. More than 200 woodcarvers have come from all over to share in the same craft, one that takes concentration and patience as much as it does a block of wood and a sharp tool. “You get a branch of a tree, you split it down and it […]

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    Dickson Family Waits for Justice as Frein Trial is Slated for 2017

    MILFORD — It looks like a nine-month wait for the trial of accused cop killer Eric Frein in Pike County. Weeks, months, and soon two years will have passed since the deadly attack at the Blooming Grove state police barracks. Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed, Trooper Alex Douglass was badly hurt, and Eric Frein was captured after a lengthy manhunt. While Frein’s death penalty trial looms, his attorney doesn’t see any disadvantage to waiting until March 2017 to defend his […]

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    Hot and Humid for the Novena

    SCRANTON — Worshipers at St. Ann’s novena in Scranton’s west side are used to taking cover either in really hot temperatures or in the midst of a sudden thunderstorm, and it appears this week is no exception. By midday, the heat was on outside St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton during the second day of the solemn novena. The novena is a must for many Catholics, and typically falls on one of the calendar’s hottest week of the summer. A light […]

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    Preventing Wrong-Way Crashes

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — The PennDOT office that overseas highways in the northeastern part of the state started taking steps Wednesday to try to prevent drivers from going the wrong way on interstates and other highways. This is the same district where several wrong-way crashes have occurred since last fall and most of them, unfortunately, were deadly. Crews started on exit ramps along the Casey Highway by adding wrong way signs, reflective posts and more in an effort to warn would-be wrong-way drivers. You […]

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    Helping to Feed Hungry Children in the Summer

    PECKVILLE — Summer is in full swing and now that kids aren’t in school, one group is helping to feed children who rely on free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. After the bell rang on the last day of school at Valley View Elementary Center in Peckville, Jenny’s Kloset began to fill up with donations of food that will find their way to the mouths of kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. “It’s […]

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    Woman in Viral Protest Photo Lives in Dunmore

    DUNMORE — A photo taken during protests of police brutality in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is going viral and it features a woman from our area. Ieshia Evans lives in Dunmore and left for Louisiana after seeing the death of a black man at the hands of police. She was arrested Saturday and locked up during a protest and that moment she stood up for a cause was captured forever. It’s just one image of many from the recent protests across […]

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    Cigar Tax Coming to Pennsylvania?

    SCRANTON — Lawmakers in Harrisburg are still looking for a way to pay for the new budget. One new source of money being considered is a tax on cigars. Inside Montage Tobacco on Davis Street in Scranton, the cigar smoke lingers and the shelves are stocked. This is where Mark Brier has sold stogies for 14 years without having to add a cigar tax to the total bill. Now, state lawmakers are considering taxing cigars in the Commonwealth for the […]

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    Medical Marijuana gets Green Light

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Parents can now legally buy medical marijuana for children in PA if they get a letter from the state. It’s the first legal access to the medicine for patients since the law went into effect in May. Patients and parents have waited a long time for this chance to try marijuana to treat 17 different serious illnesses. Now, even as Pennsylvania moves toward regulating medical marijuana and ultimately dispensing it in state, there is a way to get it legally. […]

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    Pond Problem Exposed During Fire

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Neighbors and fire officials are concerned not enough has been done to help crews get water to a fire scene near a pond that was partially drained in Wayne County. Smoke and flames were pouring from the home on White Oak Drive on Monday while crews tried to get the upper hand by trucking in water to help in the fight. Meanwhile, White Oak Pond, or what’s left of it, is about one mile away and crews […]