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
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    Questions Over Borough’s Handling of Demo Project

    HONESDALE — There are questions whether borough officials in Honesdale are making sure a demolition project is on the up and up. Newswatch 16 has told you about the condemned former shoe factory and all the items taken from it then sold at auction to help pay for the demolition. Demolition crews are on track to tear down the former Hussco Shoe Factory on East Street in Honesdale next month. The borough took out a $170,000 loan to pay for it. […]

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    Damaged Bridge Leaves People Stranded

    SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP — A bridge over the Delaware River in Pike County is more than a century-old and took a big hit when an out-of-control dump truck careened across it. The driver survived and now PennDOT has closed the bridge that’s only way out for one small community. That bridge is along Route 41 in Pond Eddy, New York. The dump truck driver says he lost his brakes, then started a harrowing run down the steep hill, across a busy […]

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    Hotel Part of Honesdale Revitalization

    HONESDALE — A hotel that’s been closed for years is getting a new lease on life in Wayne County. It was part of a bankruptcy auction last week. From the looks of the defunct Delaware and Hudson Hotel on Terrace Street in Honesdale, no one has been checking in or out for some time. But that’s all about to change. “There’s a tremendous positive impact on our community here over the last week here with the auction that took place,” said […]

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    State Budget Impasse: Are Public Schools Getting Fair Share?

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Charter schools across the Commonwealth may have found a loophole to get state money during the budget impasse. Public schools have been looking for ways to make ends meet without money from Harrisburg and now casino money is being diverted to those charter schools. The state budget is 111 days late and many school districts, including Carbondale Area, are in dire financial straits. The State Department of Education has opened up some money from a tax on slot machines. However, […]

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    Ponds to be Drained in Wayne County

    WAYNE COUNTY — The state plans to drain two ponds in Wayne County because officials say the dams at both ponds are too weak. The plan comes as a surprise to folks who live there. They say they had no idea about what’s expected to happen to White Oak and Miller Ponds. Soon, fishing boats won’t have enough water to float on at White Oak Pond near Waymart, and no fish to catch. The same goes for Miller Pond a […]

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    ‘Avengers’ Star Joins Protests Calling for Fracking Ban

    HARRISBURG — An actor known for his role as the Incredible Hulk used his star power today to protest natural gas fracking in Pennsylvania. Mark Ruffalo rallied at the State Capitol and then delivered petitions to the governor in hopes he puts a moratorium on hydraulic fracking. The actor was joined by people who called themselves victims of the fracking industry Wednesday in Harrisburg. Some were from northeastern Pennsylvania and want the governor to ban hydro-fracking, saying it’s caused harm to their […]

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    Downtown All Torn up Before Fall Festival

    HONESDALE — It’s shaping up to be a busy weekend in part of Wayne County. But just before Honesdale’s Harvest and Heritage Days, a construction project downtown has Main Street and the sidewalks all torn up. Construction crews have been something of a fixture in downtown Honesdale in recent years. One utility project after another has left Main Street looking like a patchwork quilt. The most recent project involved replacing water mains. “The streets are still pretty chopped up. I don’t think […]

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    I-84 Exit Named After Slain State Trooper

    BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — Corporal Bryon Dickson’s legacy will live on in the place he was sworn to serve and protect. Little more than a year after the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove state police barracks, Dickson was honored with a highway exit in his name at an emotional ceremony on Friday morning. This much is clear to Darla Dickson: her son, state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, will live on thanks, in part, to a lasting memorial to his […]

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    Prosecutors Play Blame Game over Evidence in Eric Frein Case  

    MILFORD — 24 hours after having no comment following a conference with a judge in Pike County, prosecutors from Pike and Lackawanna Counties are now setting the record straight. Both prosecutors changed their tunes Wednesday and spoke with Newswatch 16 about the new twist in the death penalty case in Pike County against alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Lackawanna County’s district attorney says he never wanted to keep any potential evidence from Frein’s defense attorneys, while the district attorney from […]

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    Internal Investigation Adds Wrinkle to Eric Frein Case

    MILFORD — There is a new twist in the case against accused cop killer Eric Frein. Frein has yet to go to trial on charges of murdering one state trooper and badly injuring another last year in Pike County. But now prosecutors from two counties are at odds over an internal affairs investigation report involving a potential witness and whether Frein’s defense attorneys should be allowed to see the report from that investigation before the trial. A judge in Pike […]

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    Athlete Gets Help to Train for Paralympic Games

    WAYMART — An athlete from Wayne County is defying the odds and training to join the U.S. Paralympic team for the winter games in 2018. A fundraiser was held for Mike Minor at the Waymart Hotel Saturday afternoon. Minor was born without his right forearm and is the 2015 Para-Snowboarding National Champion. All the money raised will help him pay for travel expenses as the snowboarder goes for the gold. “Its amazing, everyone is coming out to see me do […]

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    Budding Gardeners Win Contest, Feed Hungry

    NEWFOUNDLAND — Some tiny gardeners have won a big prize after growing a garden from seed to plant in Wayne County. The Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School students in Newfoundland have spent quite a bit of time in their garden. They picked ripe tomatoes and beans that came from tiny seeds which they started growing months ago in empty milk cartons. “Then kindergarten transplanted it, then planted it somewhere,” said second grader Jaymison Ostrowski. The K-5th graders were rewarded for all […]


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