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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    Couple Facing Sex Charges Involving Boys in Wayne County

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — A husband and wife in Wayne County were in court Tuesday on a slew of sex charges involving children. Much of the content in the hearing was graphic and shocking. Court papers reveal that the accused told their alleged victims not to say anything, calling it the “circle of trust.” Two boys took the stand describing the alleged sexual abuse they endured at the hands of Michael and Jamie Schwartz. Now the couple will likely stand trial […]

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    Garden Dedicated to Slain State Trooper

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Monday marks two years since a deadly attack on the state police barracks in Pike County. Now, in time for this somber anniversary, a memorial garden has been dedicated to the state police corporal who was killed. Two years ago, the state police barracks at Blooming Grove came under attack leaving one trooper badly hurt and Corporal Bryon Dickson dead. Now a memorial garden in front of the barracks will serve as a reminder of what Corporal Dickson’s family […]

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    Family, Community Mourn Teen Crash Victim

    ARARAT TOWNSHIP — A family is devastated following a deadly crash that killed a 13-year-old boy in Susquehanna County Tuesday. Christian Perrington was on a riding mower when he was hit near Thompson. The coroner ruled Perrington’s death accidental. He was supposed to start school Wednesday, but instead his family is left making plans to lay him to rest and the community is left grieving. Perrington was killed while on a riding lawnmower not far from his home when a […]

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    Bridge Back Open in Susquehanna County

    LENOX TOWNSHIP — More than two months after a bridge replacement project in Susquehanna County sent drivers on a long detour the bridge is back open. Crews took care of the last “road closed” signs near the bridge on Route 106 at the Lenox exit off Interstate 81. The bridge had been closed since June while contractors replaced it working overtime, day and night to speed up the project. “Thank God done ahead of what they predicted,” said Walt Snyder […]

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    Man Arrested For Deadly Hit and Run, Victim’s Friends and Family Hold Vigil

    SCRANTON — Police in Scranton made an arrest Monday after a deadly hit and run. The victim was riding a bike on the city’s west side when he was killed. Scranton police say Thomas Gill, 57, of Scranton was behind the wheel Sunday morning when he hit and killed a man on a bicycle and took off. UPDATE: Our first look at Thomas Gill of Scranton charged w/ homicide by vehicle after deadly hit & run Sunday @WNEP pic.twitter.com/qZs7ZTX4lb — […]

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    Walkway Coming to Closed Bridge

    JERMYN — A bridge that’s been off limits in part of Lackawanna County will soon reopen, but only to foot traffic. A chain link fence blocks off a relatively short bridge on Lincoln Avenue in Jermyn. No vehicles, walkers, or joggers are allowed, mostly because of the gaping holes in the bridge deck. “At first, it wasn’t bad,” said neighbor Jill Wormuth. “The first year it was closed, we didn’t have any traffic, so the last couple years it’s more […]

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    Soaking up Summer at the Harford Fair

    HARFORD TOWNSHIP — The Harford Fair in Susquehanna County has lucked out with the weather this year considering the past two weeks have been hot, humid, and sticky. During the middle of the day on the midway at the fair, the weather has not been unbearable for folks who came to enjoy everything the summer tradition has to offer. Fair directors tell Newswatch 16 attendance is up 20 percent over this time last year. “This is a lot of fun. […]

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    ‘Mile a Minute’ Weed Threatens Parts of Poconos

    HAWLEY — Crews were out in Wayne County Tuesday trying to kill a fast-growing weed that, if left alone, can kill other vegetation. The weed is called “Mile a Minute” weed because it can grow up to six inches a day. That weed was recently found growing along the Lackawaxen River downriver from Hawley, so to protect the native species, volunteers attacked the invasive vine the old fashioned way. They ripped and tore at the weeds growing up trees and […]

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    Paving Project in Scranton

    SCRANTON — The usual rumble and bumps on North Washington Avenue in Scranton are gone, replaced by a smooth ride after crews dug up the old pavement and put down new asphalt. “It’s a long time coming. The city needs it. Makes you feel better about living in the city. It’s long overdue. It is really, really nice,” said Tony Siciliano of Old Forge. Siciliano of Old Forge stopped by Cooper’s Seafood for lunch and noticed how much a pave […]

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    Starving Dog Rescued in Lackawanna County

    THROOP — A starving dog found along a street in Lackawanna County is now getting the help it needs. That boxer mix was found Monday morning in Throop and rushed to a veterinarian to be treated for extreme starvation. The humane officer investigating says it’s the worst case she’s ever seen. Officials investigating case of animal cruelty after severely malnourished 12 lbs boxer mix found in Throop. @WNEP pic.twitter.com/AsmSQ4jX4E — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) August 22, 2016 The dog was found […]

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    County Assistance Office Moving out of Honesdale

    HONESDALE — Some people on assistance in Wayne County will have to travel farther in the future. The county assistance office is moving. The state signed a new lease with a developer that plans to build an office about half an hour away from Honesdale in a business park closer to Scranton than its current location. Some people aren’t quite sure it will help those who rely on the services in this location. You must go up to the second floor […]

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    Crowds Turn Out for Clinton, Biden

    SCRANTON — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden stopped in Scranton Monday afternoon. This was take two for the Clinton campaign on a visit to Scranton. Many people who planned to see the Democrats stump here last month made sure to be here, and so did some Donald Trump supporters. Hours before the Clinton campaign event started inside the Riverfront Sports Complex on Providence Road in Scranton, it was busy outside. Drivers were looking for a […]