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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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    Beloved Bakery in its Final Days

    HONESDALE — A landmark bakery in Honesdale is closing. Day’s Bakery has been in business since 1952 and customers are stopping by to pick up their favorite items before the store closes next month. Customers have been coming and going at the bakery on North Main Street for more than 60 years. Within a month though, the day family will hang up the aprons and stop baking. “I live here, I live it. I won’t know what to eat after it’s […]

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    Winter in Wayne County

    It’s still winter and the day was spent cleaning up after yet another round of snow. This time, folks in parts of Wayne County say the wintry mix made for some heavy lifting. No matter which way you chop it, this winter has pitted man against Mother Nature all across Wayne County. Outside Honesdale, farmers had to get their tractor free so they could finish clearing the heavy snow. “This around here, all you have to do is spin once […]

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    No H2O at the Fire Department

    THOMPSON — As this winter drags on the water problems keep popping up all over our area. If the icicles aren’t a good enough indication of how cold this winter has been in Susquehanna County, just look inside the Thompson Hose Company. The faucets have run dry. Hose company president Bob Conklin said the department fell victim to a frozen water main along Water Street this weekend. “They noticed there wasn’t any water. We had to turn off proper things so […]

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    No Charges Against School Officer

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A school police officer in Wayne County whose gun went off in the high school last week will not face charges, according to the prosecutor who looked into the case and said the officer was cleaning his gun at the time. Western Wayne School Police Officer Paul Semler is still off the job without pay after that incident last week inside his office at the high school. Newswatch 16 has learned that while the officer won’t […]

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    Future Uncertain After Fire At Honesdale Business

    HONESDALE — Longtime business owners in Wayne County could only watch as their livelihood went up in flames. The building is still standing on Main Street in Honesdale after flames tore through the roof Tuesday night. Investigators were on scene Wednesday, looking for a cause, but fire officials say it’s not suspicious. But it is a major blow to the Kinsman family who’s been in business for nearly a century. It took more than 100 firefighters to battle the flames […]

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    Flames Gut Business in Honesdale

    HONESDALE — Crews battled flames at a business in Wayne County. Calls came in just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night. *** See drone video of the blaze at the bottom of this post *** Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the building that houses George W. Kinsman Inc. on Main Street in Honesdale. The heavy machinery dealer has been in on Main Street since 1922. We got a look at the roof of George W. Kinsman from […]

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    Governor Wolf: PA Has Low Self-Esteem

    HONESDALE — What is the biggest problem facing Pennsylvania? Governor Tom Wolf had a unique answer at a governor’s conference in the nation’s capital. “I think the biggest problem in Pennsylvania is low self-esteem,” said Governor Wolf. Barely one month into his first term, Mr. Wolf made the comments on CSPAN this weekend talking in Washington D.C. about the challenges facing Pennsylvania and its economy. Aside from the usual problems with education and transportation, Governor Wolf said low self-esteem is […]

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    Water Off to Hundreds of Homes in Schuylkill County

    SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Hundreds of homes inside a mobile home park have been without water for a couple of days in Schuylkill County and residents are having to deal any way they can. The taps have been dry at some 300 mobile homes inside Frieden Manor in Schuylkill Haven for two days and counting. On Friday, residents said the water was turned off to their homes. They found two gallons of water on their porches along with a note from […]

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    Investigation After Gun Went off Inside High School

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — A school police officer is off the job after his gun went off inside a high school in Wayne County. Even though no one was hurt, that man’s actions are under investigation. Parents of students at Western Wayne High School got a call Wednesday night telling them about that morning’s incident at the high school. Now a veteran of law enforcement is suspended without pay while investigators determine whether he should be charged after his gun […]

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    Volunteers Needed

    WAYMART — The number of people volunteering with fire companies has been going down for decades, leaving communities wondering how to reverse that trend. Now, state legislators think they have a way to make volunteering worthwhile. State lawmakers want to encourage more people to volunteer with local fire departments like the Waymart Volunteer Fire Company. In order to do that, a bill in Harrisburg would give those volunteers an incentive in the form of money to join the ranks. When […]

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    Prime Time to Eagle Watch in Pike County

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — This time of year, people head to the shores of the Delaware River in our area to catch a glimpse of bald eagles. With her binoculars in hand, Simone Daros keeps her eyes trained on not just one, but two bald eagles high above the Lackawaxen River in northern Pike County. Daros has been to Lackawaxen Township many times to watch for the eagles, a symbol of American freedom. “The eagles are taking a foothold again, they […]


    Two Arrests In Connection With Stabbing Death

    GREAT BEND TOWNSHIP — There are new developments in a homicide investigation in Susquehanna County. Police now have two people in custody. The two suspects were arrested Wednesday night in Bradford County. Investigators say it’s in connection to the stabbing death of Roy Marvin. UPDATE: Sarah Briggs & Jerry Mast charged in killing of Roy Marvin. PSP say both found in Marvin's vehicle in Athens area of Bradford Co. — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) February 12, 2015 State police say they […]


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