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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    Campus in Shock After Death of Students in Crash

    LA PLUME — Tragedy hit Keystone College when a car with five students in it crashed into another, also driven by a Keystone student. Two out of the six did not survive. It happened Monday night in La Plume Township, Lackawanna County. A vigil for those two college freshmen is planned for Tuesday night on the campus of Keystone College. The crash that killed them and sent four other Keystone students to the hospital happened just about one mile from […]

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    Shot-up Car Being Held in Evidence

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — An internal investigation into three state troopers in Wayne County has prevented a woman from getting her car back. Those state troopers shot and killed a National Guardsman in December, and in the process, also shot up his girlfriend’s car. The car has been impounded since December. Troopers still consider the white Ford to be evidence in an internal affairs investigation into that deadly shooting. While the car’s parked at the barracks with bullet holes, its […]

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    What’s with the Hype?!

    With all the talk days before the potential storm, we wondered if folks think it’s too much hype or just enough. It’s only Tuesday and PennDOT crews are making room for more salt. The Stormtracker 16 team said there’s a potential for a lot of snow the end of the week and already it has people buzzing about the storm. Mail carrier Frank Beneski will be ready no matter what comes. He delivers packages in all kinds of weather, good and […]

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    Major Overhaul for Longtime Family Resort

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — A longtime family resort on Lake Wallenpaupack is undergoing a major facelift this winter. Ehrhardt’s has new owners who are taking  the resort back to its roots. While the wind howls off the lake, this winter is a busy time at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Route 507. Crews are overhauling the 14 buildings that make up the long-standing summer destination now that new owners are restoring both the original look and the original name: Silver Birches. “Everything is getting a facelift […]

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    V.P. Biden to Spearhead Cancer Cure Effort

    SCRANTON — President Obama gave his final State of the Union address Tuesday night and said he wants the U.S. to cure cancer. He’s putting a man with ties to Scranton in charge of that mission. Vice President Joe Biden lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer last year. Now President Obama is putting Biden in charge of the national effort to not just treat cancer, but to cure it altogether. The president covered a lot of ground in his State of the Union address; terrorism, […]

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    Tracking PennDOT Plows via Website

    HARRISBURG — You can now see where those PennDOT plow trucks are during a winter storm from the comfort of your own home. The Commonwealth has hundreds of trucks ready to roll in the event of a storm and some of those trucks are equipped with tracking technology so PennDOT and you can see where they are and where they’ve been. Not only do transportation officials say the technology will make plowing operations more efficient but some folks say it […]

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    Teacher in Running for Global Prize

    Update: Soskil made it to the Top 10. NEWFOUNDLAND — A teacher from Wayne County is in the running for some worldwide recognition and a $1 million prize. Mike Soskil is so much more than just a science teacher at Wallenpaupack South Elementary in Newfoundland. He has helped other teachers in the school find ways to incorporate people and things from all over the world into their classrooms. Now he’s one of 50 teachers from across the globe up for […]

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    Ski Season Opens Thanks to Deep Freeze

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP — The cold temperatures that blasted into the area recently are just what the ski resorts in our area have been waiting for. Elk Mountain in Susquehanna County opened Tuesday and skiers as well as snowboarders rejoiced they could finally hit the slopes. Finally, snow groomers on Elk Mountain have something to groom. Skiers and snowboarders have something to ski and board on as well after a deep freeze let crews make lots of snow. “Unbelievable where it […]

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    Wayne County D.A. Holds News Conference on Deadly Shooting

    HONESDALE — The Wayne County district attorney held a news conference Wednesday morning with the latest on the investigation into a deadly shooting that left a national guardsman dead and put three troopers on leave. Prosecutors say they’re still investigating the deadly shooting late Monday night near Waymart that left Derek DeGroat dead. The Wayne County district attorney was joined by state police inside the courthouse in Honesdale to discuss what they know so far. Nearly two days have gone […]

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    Family Searching for Answers After Son is Shot by Troopers

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — State troopers responded to a frantic 911 call near Waymart Monday night and investigators say Derek DeGroat, 21, is dead after he was shot by those three troopers. DeGroat’s family wants answers. There was heavy police presence at the scene of that deadly shooting on Volunteer Way near Waymart. In the daylight, there is relatively no sign of a deadly shooting involving state police at the DeGroat family home. According to investigators, a family member called 911, […]

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    Victim Identified in State Police Deadly Shooting in Wayne County

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A man is dead after a shooting involving state police in Wayne County. Investigators told Newswatch 16 one man was shot by state police along Volunteer Way in Canaan Township, near Waymart around 11:30 p.m. Monday after an incident at a home. Troopers responded to 911 reports of a man with gun threatening to kill himself and threatening to kill police if they came to the home, according to a release from Wayne County District Attorney Janine […]

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    What the Fed Interest Rate Hike Means for You

    HONESDALE — So what does the fed move today mean for not just Wall Street, but for Main Street America? It’s a little bit of a mixed bag. Depending who you talk to the rate hike has its pluses and minuses. Some of the banks in Honesdale have stood since before there was a Federal Reserve and this latest increase is not expected to upend business in any big way. From real estate to auto loans and your money in the […]


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