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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 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
  • Sharing Parade Helps Families, Teaches Valuable Lesson

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Giving to others, especially around the holidays, is a lesson for all of us, young and old. That spirit is alive and well within elementary school students in Susquehanna County. Those Blue Ridge Elementary School students aren’t just talking about sharing with others, they’re doing it. From inside the high school auditorium near New Milford, each boy and girl has taken the time to stress the importance of giving and caring in their own words. “A gift […]

  • Teen Admits to Attack on Elderly Woman in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — A teenager admits he tried to kill an elderly woman inside her home. The guilty plea on Monday in Wayne County could result in decades in prison. Azaiah Williams was supposed to go to trial early next year for that violent home invasion in the Newfoundland area. Instead, the 17-year-old could be looking at up to 50 years behind bars after pleading guilty Monday in Wayne County. Williams wouldn’t say a thing on his way into the Wayne […]

  • WWII Veteran Visits Pearl Harbor on Anniversary

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — A World War II veteran is back home after going all the way to Pearl Harbor on the 75th anniversary of the attack that he survived. James Herring, now 97 years old, was there when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. He went back last week, 75 years later. Herring is home again in Wayne County. As an Army private, Herring was stationed nearby when the Japanese attacked 75 years ago bringing the U. S. into the […]

  • Back on the Slopes

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP — After a brutal season last year for the ski industry, it’s time to hit the slopes again. The weather has been cold enough for some ski resorts to open this week. Elk Mountain in Susquehanna County opened Tuesday much earlier than last season when the weather was just too warm. From the top of Elk Mountain, things are looking as they should for mid-December in northeastern Pennsylvania. With some man-made snow on the trails, skiers and snowboarders are back […]

  • Snow Day in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Snow shovels got a workout on Monday after roughly half a foot of snow fell around parts of the Honesdale area in Wayne County. Despite the wet, heavy snow, deliveries still reached their final destinations. Kids pitched in as well, helping to clear off the sidewalk with mom. “It was a good snow day to have them around. It’s very heavy. It should warm up and hopefully disappear,” said Wendy Creamer of Hawley. The weather was severe enough […]

  • Frein Trial Means Possible Tax Hike

    MILFORD — This spring, the man accused of the deadly ambush at the state police barracks at Blooming Grove is scheduled to go on trial at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford. Leaders in Pike County expect Eric Frein’s trial to last as long as eight weeks, on top of jury selection which is supposed to take place near Philadelphia. All of this will most likely come as an added cost to taxpayers next year. Frein faces the death penalty if […]

  • Impact Fee Money Spent on Impacts?

    MONTROSE — The natural gas industry has paid about $1 billion to the state, counties, and local governments since 2012. It’s all thanks to the impact fee created by state lawmakers and now, the auditor general says millions of those dollars have been spent on “questionable expenses.” The impact fee funnels money back to counties as well as townships and boroughs where drilling for natural gas has made an impact. The audit released Tuesday finds some questionable ways that money […]

  • Briggs Sentenced to Life Term for Role in Murder

    MONTROSE — A woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for her role in a murder in Susquehanna County. Sarah Briggs was sentenced Monday morning at the courthouse in Montrose. Briggs and Jerry Mast stabbed Roy Marvin more than two dozen times in February of 2015 along a road in Great Bend Township. The pair then tossed Marvin’s body down an embankment by the Susquehanna River. The father of two young girls was taken from his family […]

  • Students’ Donations to Help Less Fortunate

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — Sometimes the biggest help can come from the smallest of hands. One elementary school in Wayne County is showing its students can help feed neighbors for the holidays. Across the room from the Christmas tree, boxes and boxes of food are ready to ship out to a worthwhile cause. Students at Wallenpaupack South Elementary in Newfoundland are to thank for all the grub. “Every class brings cans to school then we bring them to the food pantry to […]

  • District Attorneys’ Guidelines for Police Shootings

    When a police officer shoots someone, the district attorney is almost always the person who decides if it’s justified. Now, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has recommendations for how to handle those sensitive investigations. The 16 recommendations from the D.A.’s association don’t necessarily break any new ground but solidify some “best practices.” Earlier this month at a home near Bloomsburg, police responded and shot a man inside his home. Within a few days, the Columbia County district attorney ruled the shooting justified […]

  • Penn State Fans Plan for Big Games

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Penn State has had a season to remember and still has at least two more big games to play. The Big Ten championship game is this weekend in Indianapolis and fans from our area are getting ready to make the trip. “It’s unbelievable,” said Dr. Stephen Weissberger. The PSU alum said early in the season he “was ready to jump off the bridge” because the team wasn’t playing very well. At his dental practice in Taylor, Weissberger […]

  • Rewarding Students’ Giving Spirit with Pies

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — Another year, another big effort to feed the hungry from students at one high school in Lackawanna County. It’s usually pretty rowdy inside the high school the day before a holiday but at North Pocono High School near Daleville, rowdy was an understatement. The students were celebrating a successful canned food drive the second year in a row and this time, doubled the amount of food going to help the hungry. “I think it’s important to learn […]