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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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    Testing the Groundwater We Drink

    WAYNE COUNTY — About 100 homeowners in Wayne County will soon know exactly what’s in their drinking water. A study being done this summer will give scientists and property owners a starting point in one of the few areas in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania where natural gas drilling isn’t allowed; at least not right now. For the past few months, Jamie Roche-Knecht and Rich Reynolds have been going around Wayne County taking water samples from homes with drinking wells. […]

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    UPDATE: Teens Caught Throwing Items onto I-81

    INTERSTATE 81 — It has happened again. Kids were caught throwing stuff off of bridges that go over a busy interstate. Back in July, a woman was seriously hurt when it happened on Interstate 80 in Union County. This time it happened on I-81 in Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties. Traffic on Interstate 81 has smooth sailing again, but overnight the highway between northern Lackawanna County and southern Susquehanna County was littered for miles with broken down vehicles. Three teens threw […]

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    District Mourns School Bus Driver

    A man who died in a crash Monday in Wayne County drove a school bus in the Western Wayne School District for at least a decade. Bus 6 was Richard Wyckoff’s both mornings and afternoons during the school year. After Wyckoff passed away this week after an ATV crash near Newfoundland, someone else is now behind the wheel. Kurt Caruth, owner of the bus company that transports students for Western Wayne, said that Wyckoff, who is from the Newfoundland area, […]

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    Council President Steps Into Theft Case

    HONESDALE — A councilman in Honesdale is not hiding the fact that he supports a fellow councilman charged with theft, accused of taking money from a customer for work that was never done. And now there are questions whether that councilman crossed the line  when he talked with the alleged victim. We first told you about the charges against Honesdale council member Harry DeVrieze a few months ago. On Tuesday, he was in court on those theft charges. With him […]

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    Neighbors Helping Neighbors after Flooding

    FOREST LAKE TOWNSHIP — The cleanup continues after nasty flash floods last week in Susquehanna County. Neighbors are helping neighbors as they start to recover from all the damage. The sound of heavy machinery putting a driveway back together could be heard along Route 267 Monday afternoon, after torrential downpours washed away tons of dirt and rock from Roxann Williams’ only way in or out of her home near Montrose. “It’s a beautiful thing to see,” she said. The sight […]

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    Veterans Clinic Open in Wayne County

    HONESDALE — After years spent pushing for the VA Medical Center to open an outpatient clinic in Wayne County, veterans finally have their wish. The clinic started seeing vets this week in Honesdale and is already a relief for those men and women who traveled more than an hour for care. Monday was the first day for the VA Outpatient Clinic along Route 6. Now instead of that hour or more drive to the hospital near Wilkes-Barre, the clinic is […]

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    WWII Veteran Leaves Behind Legacy

    WAYMART — Folks in Wayne County will pay their last respects Wednesday to a man who fought in World War II, then returned home to be a pillar of the community. George Waters Sr. passed away Sunday at 89. Two dozen American flags blow in the breeze in the center of downtown Waymart. They’ve flown outside the Waters’ home on holidays and now, in memory of World War II veteran George Waters. Waters passed away over the weekend after a long illness. […]

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    First Ever Campfire Festival to be Held at Summer Camp

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — The summer camp season is coming to a close. But for anyone who wants to relive that experience and mix in a little live music, there’s a festival later this month in Wayne County. Hundreds of summer campers in northern Wayne County said tearful goodbyes, packed up their stuff and ended another memorable two months of camp. For the first time ever, Camp Lavi north of Honesdale will have one more big bash before summer’s out: Campfire […]

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    Flood Victim Prepares for Future Flooding

    WEST PITTSTON– Bob Trusavage’s home has overlooked the Susquehanna River in West Pittston for years. Then in 2011, Trusavage’s home and his neighbors’ homes were wrecked by floodwater. Newswatch 16 took a boat tour of the devastation throughout West Pittston that September. The flood-soaked homes were left a mess, and even to this day, the hardest hit areas have not fully recovered. Now, Trusavage is stepping up his recovery by putting his home above the 100 year flood plain. “It […]

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    Troubled Apartment Complex Now under New Ownership

    WILKES-BARRE — An apartment complex that’s been plagued by violence over the years is under new ownership in Wilkes-Barre. On Saturday, Newswatch 16 got a first look inside Sherman Hills along with the so-called Sherman Hills Task Force as the new owners look to improve the situation there. Both inside and outside Sherman Hills Apartment Complex in Wilkes-Barre, task force members got a look at how its new owners are taking steps to make this a safer place to live. […]

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    Rainfall Helps Farmers During Dry Summer

    WAYNE COUNTY — All the dry weather lately has slowed the growing season for some farmers in our area. Garden centers and cornfields in Wayne County badly needed the rain we got Tuesday and Wednesday. At the Weist Farm just outside Honesdale, this summer has been a dry one. The sweet corn is a summertime treat that’s only now ready for the eating. Whether it’s acres and acres of sweet corn on the farm or flowers and plants at the […]

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    Bandits Swipe Boat Batteries

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — In the past month, some owners of boats on Lake Wallenpaupack have gone to start their engines, only to find their batteries missing. Someone has been swiping the batteries according to state police, which is leaving the boaters high and dry. So many boats sit at docks all around Lake Wallenpaupack and when they’ve been left unattended, someone has been coming along and ripping out the batteries. In one case, it was a boat used to save […]


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