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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
  • Hospital, Firefighters Handle Smoky Situation

    HONESDALE  — Fire officials say something went wrong with a heater inside a hospital in Wayne County. Fire crews responded to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale around 2 p.m. Sunday and the hospital put its fire plan into effect. And while the patients never had to leave their rooms, all that smoke made things interesting for those at the hospital. All that smoke started building up on the third floor. Fire crews were on the scene quickly and the situation […]

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    Beet Juice Used on Roads at Delaware Water Gap

    DELAWARE WATER GAP — With the wintry weather some roads can get downright dangerous. Many areas use salt to make the roads safer, but in the Poconos the National Park Service is using something you might find in the grocery store: beet juice. Rangers at “The Gap” said the juice from those little red root vegetables is mixed with the salt and spread on the roughly 100 miles of roads that need to stay clear no matter what kind of […]

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    Poconos Resort Bouncing Back from Flood

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — A resort in the Poconos, hit hard by flash flooding this summer, has nearly bounced back and just in time for the busy holiday season. There’s still a lot of work to do to return the pool complex at Woodloch Pines to what it was before a massive flash flood hit back in August. Workers are busy putting the place back together after a freak-storm wreaked havoc on the resort near Hawley. “The water just gushed down […]

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    Wintry Weather Not All Fun and Games

    The snow came fast and furious in Wayne County making roads treacherous and leading to problems for drivers all over the area. It started snowing around 9 a.m. Wednesday and even though everyone knew the storm was coming our way, drivers still ended up going off the roads and getting stuck just one day before Thanksgiving. The first big snowfall of the season and the kids hit the hills near Hamlin on sleds. It wasn’t all fun and games for […]

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    Interstate 84 Lanes Open Again Before Holiday

    After a summer’s worth of construction, Interstate 84 in Pike County is back to four lanes. And considering the travel situation Wednesday the completion of the construction is happening just in time. The hustle and bustle is about to start through the I-84 corridor, east and west, in Pennsylvania and New York And just in time for the busiest travel day of the year, the stretch of interstate in Pike County across New York state is no longer down to […]

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    More Victims of Vandalism Spree

    HONESDALE — People in part of Wayne County went back to work Monday, only to discover vandals hit their businesses over the weekend. We first told you about some of the damage Saturday in the Honesdale area. Police believe some teens targeted homes, businesses, and vehicles from one end of town to the other. Police were at Honesdale High School after damage was found from a vandalism spree over the weekend. Several windows have holes and police believe it was the same three […]

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    Thousands Brave Cold for Santa Parade

    SCRANTON — ‘Twas the month before Christmas when all through the city of Scranton there were many creatures stirring, parading through the streets to spread holiday cheer. There were so many sights for the kids to take in–no sugar plums–but plenty of marching bands played their tunes. On this frigid morning, families came prepared for a cold and wintry Santa parade. “Hot chocolate and some blankets. We have quite a few layers [on]. I don’t even know. We lost count,” […]

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    10-Year-Old Murder Suspect’s Case In Court

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — A 10-year-old murder suspect was in court Wednesday to face the charges against him. State police brought the boy from jail to district court to face a charge of homicide for allegedly killing an elderly woman last month. The age of the suspect makes this case so unusual and perhaps so hard to understand. Tristin Kurilla has been an inmate at the Wayne County Correctional Facility for more than a month. Kurilla’s family was with him […]

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    Project Looks to Help Future Tech Business

    HONESDALE — Work is underway to turn an old school building into a hub for new business in Wayne County. The project is an effort to bring tech jobs to an area that’s relied for so long on construction and family owned businesses. For years, it was an elementary school gym in Honesdale, a place where kids played and got their exercise. Soon it will be a place for startups to get their businesses off the ground. Wayne County commissioners, […]

  • Former Amusement Park Torn Down

    HARVEYS LAKE — A piece of history was torn down in Luzerne County Saturday. Parts of the former Hanson’s Amusement Park in Harveys Lake were reduced to rubble to make way for homes. Even though what remained of the park was an eyesore, it still had people thinking back to all the fun they had as kids. As heavy machinery ripped into the pile of rubble across from Harveys Lake, a piece of local history was fading into just memories. […]

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    Blooming Grove Barracks Reopens

    BLOOMING GROVE — Two months to the day after a deadly shooting at a state police barracks, the place is now open again to the public. It was on the night of September 12 when police say Eric Frein shot and killed one state trooper and badly injured another outside that state police barracks in Pike County. The Blooming Grove barracks on Route 402 was a crime scene for days after that ambush in September, then it remained closed to […]

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    Owner Of Fire-Gutted Restaurant Vows To Rebuild

    KINGSLEY — There’s not much left of Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’. Customers had been coming here for decades and the restaurant was a labor of love for the owner and her staff. While fire destroyed it all early Tuesday morning, it doesn’t mean the owner is giving up. There was little firefighters could do to stop this raging fire from reducing the landmark restaurant in Kingsley to smoldering rubble. Jenny Leigh’s Country Cookin’ was only two hours from opening for […]


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