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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
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    Golf Clubs Looking for Members

    The golf season is finally here and many golf courses are finding themselves in the rough. For private clubs, the push is on to replace members who were lost in recent years. Honesdale Golf Club has been around for more than a century. Lately, the number of members at the private club has gone down considerably like a lot of other courses throughout the area and the country, for that matter. Now Honesdale Golf Club and others like it are […]

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    Main Street Still a Mess, Another Project Planned

    HONESDALE – If you’ve driven down Main Street in Honesdale recently, chances are you felt it. The busy street has been a bumpy ride thanks to a utility project that’s wrapping up. But now another one’s expected to start. Warmer weather means crews are back out on Main Street. Over the past year, the gas company installed a new gas main and is on the hook for repairing the street. Only thing is, more headaches are on the way for drivers […]

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    Hotel Set to Reopen After Fire on Valentine’s Day

    HAWLEY – It took one night to damage a hotel in Wayne County and put the place out of commission. And it took just two months to gut most of the place and restore it so it can reopen. The finishing touches are all that’s left until Ledges Hotel in Hawley can open again and right on schedule after a fire two months ago. The relatively small fire on Valentine’s Day led to lots of water damage and meant there would […]

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    Hawley Prepares to Host 1st Earth Fest

    HAWLEY – It was freezing Wednesday morning in our area, enough to have people looking forward to warmer days ahead. We found folks in downtown Hawley, Wayne County, wrapping trees with brightly colored fabric. It’s a way to draw attention to the upcoming Hawley Earth Fest the weekend after Easter. There will be all sorts of activities from Friday through Sunday in the Hawley area and organizers hope the weather cooperates. “It’s going to be an exciting weekend, species parade in Bingham Park, […]

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    Businesses Prepare for Easter Sales

    WAYNE COUNTY — The week leading up to Easter means a busy time for businesses that sell everything from flowers to candy. Folks in Wayne County are getting ready for the spring holiday even though the weather Tuesday was far from spring-like. A cold rain was falling but under the tent the flowers had bloomed. A truck recently dropped off a load of lilies and hyacinths for a roadside stand near Honesdale, a sure sign that Easter Sunday is days […]

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    Hit and Run Victim’s Family Seeks Justice, Closure

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — A man accused in a deadly hit and run crash in Susquehanna County was in court Monday and the victim’s family was there as well. For months, Earl Youngs’ family has been seeking justice and closure. Roger Radakovich gave up his right to a hearing on charges related to the deadly hit and run in mid January near Great Bend. The victim’s family wants Radakovich held responsible for Youngs’ death saying the crash was more than […]

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    Community Coming to Aid of Animal Shelter

    HONESDALE – An animal shelter in Wayne County is always in need of a helping hand from the public. A recent project wound up costing the organization tens of thousands of dollars it didn’t plan on spending. Dessin Animal Shelter bought a building on Main Street in Honesdale last year. On the first floor is a thrift shop which helps the shelter but it’s what’s above the store that presented the shelter with unforeseen and costly problems. While these dogs bark […]

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    Bridge Project Delayed Due to Cold Weather

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP – A bridge project in Wayne County that was supposed to be wrapping up this month may not be finished until July. Crews have been working and not working on the project for more than a year now. The bridge carries the Owego Turnpike over Route 191 south of Honesdale. It’s usually a busy road but the bridge is closed even though contractors hoped it could open ahead of schedule this past Christmas. It will likely stay closed […]

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    Troopers File Search Warrants in Death Investigation

    A man’s death in Wayne County over the weekend may have been more than an accident. That’s according to court papers that say Ryan Clemo’s death came after a possible fight and struggle. Troopers said Clemo died at the emergency room at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale Saturday morning State police obtained two search warrants late Monday seeking evidence of any kind of fight or struggle that could make Clemo’s death a case of criminal homicide. Ryan Clemo was at […]

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    Spring Snow Storm Hits NEPA

    Now that it’s spring and almost April it didn’t look like it or feel like it around here these past 24 hours. Fortunately the snow isn’t sticking around, it’s already melting and should all be gone in a few days but some places got a lot of it. Parts of Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties were hit pretty hard with another dose of wintry weather. It leaves folks hoping this was the last time we see snow and ice until winter returns. As Tom Prawdzik […]

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    Federal Grant Will Help Rebuild Railroad Bridge

    A railroad bridge in Lycoming County that was knocked out by the Flood of 2011 is on the fast track for replacement. The raging waters of the Loyalsock Creek mangled the Lycoming Valley Railroad bridge near Montoursville so badly the bridge had to be torn down. The county’s transportation planner, Mark Murawski, calls the bridge critical to the county’s economic development. “When the bridge went out, it was going to cost the North Shore Railroad half a million dollars a […]

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    Obamacare Deadline Approaching

    HONESDALE – The federal deadline to sign up for health insurance is less than a week away for people who are not covered. Yes, that’s part of the Healthcare.gov website, and health care professionals in our area are busy helping folks enroll in the program. These days, Laura Long and Chelsea Lucchesi are taking appointment after appointment at the Wayne Memorial Community Health Center in Honesdale. They’ve been tasked with signing up folks in the Health Insurance Marketplace, part of so-called Obamacare. […]