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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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    Freezing Cold Makes Everyday Tasks Difficult

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP — We’re in the midst of a deep freeze to start the new year. Cold temperatures compounded with winds make it feel even colder outside. Some of us are forced to brave the cold for many reasons. Sometimes it’s as simple as having to fill up the gas tank. No matter what, people we found said it’s important to be prepared and to keep exposure to the cold at a minimum. It was so cold along Route […]

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    Controversial Plan to Manage Deer Population

    LAKE TOWNSHIP — A private community in Wayne County may have a deer problem on its hands. The Hideout wants to kill off some deer, but people who live in and around the place are not all for it. The Hideout has more than 3,000 homes. There are approximately 580 deer inside the community, according to a three-day USDA study done last year. Now the general manager said that number has to come down. The Hideout is requesting 300 tags […]

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    Big Interest In Eric Frein Case

    MILFORD — Security was extra tight in Milford for Eric Frein’s preliminary hearing and a crowd packed the courtroom. This entire story captivated people all over the Poconos, the state, and the country. Many people around here had their lives turned upside down during the manhunt for Eric Frein and now that the case is in court, folks want to see the rest of the story play out. There was a long line outside the Pike County Courthouse in the […]

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    Rusty Palmer Property Up for Sale

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP — The owner of a massive power sports dealer is looking to downsize. Rusty Palmer rebuilt after a fire nearly a decade ago and now the huge facility is on the sale block for millions. Driving on Route 6 near Honesdale and you can’t miss the gigantic 3-story power sports dealer – Rusty Palmer’s. There’s a restaurant inside too and for years, the business showed no visible signs of letting up. But recently, like many small towns, the […]

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    Bank Near Wilkes-Barre Hit By Robber

    DEVELOPING: Robber held up M&T Bank on San Souci Parkway in Hanover Twp. this afternoon. Police on scene. @WNEP — Jim Hamill (@JimHamill) December 22, 2014 HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Police responded to reports of a bank robbery near Wilkes-Barre Monday afternoon. It happened after 1 p.m. at the M&T Bank on the Sans Souci Parkway in Hanover Township. Police released a security camera photo of the suspected robber. There is no word from authorities if anything was taken. PD […]

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    Excursion Train Back on Track?

    HONESDALE — It’s been three years since the Stourbridge Line was derailed and now it looks like it’s coming back to Wayne County. A new operator has taken over the train and is in the process of getting it back on track. Aside from being a major part of the area’s history, the train used to bring thousands of tourists every year to Honesdale, Hawley, and other parts of Wayne County. And many people are looking forward to seeing the […]

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    Celebrating the First Night of Hanukkah

    WILKES-BARRE — A group of runners reached the Jewish Community Center shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday carrying the torch that would light the menorah, starting the celebration of Hanukkah. This was the 46th year for the torch run at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes-Barre, kicking off the eight-day festival of lights. People of the Jewish faith sang in Hebrew after lighting the menorah outside the center on South River Street. Hanukkah is a celebration of a miracle centuries ago […]

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    Rehabbed Homes Waiting For Buyers

    SCRANTON — If you are looking for a home in the city of Scranton, two homes that were fixed up with federal dollars are on the market and one of them still hasn’t sold in more than a year. Realtors and developers are having a hard time finding a buyer. Realtor Wayne Evans walked us through a home in west Scranton, on the market for more than a year and still empty, waiting for the right family to move in. […]

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    How Does $220K in Stolen Money Go Unnoticed?

    LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP — A township in the Poconos is out nearly a quarter of a million dollars after state police said a former employee stole all that money. At a meeting Monday night in Pike County, residents could find out more about what went wrong. Lackawaxen Township Supervisors met Monday at 6:30. State troopers were there to explain why it took more than a year to file charges against the former secretary and township leaders informed everyone what’s been done […]

  • Waiting For Snow In Wayne County

    HONESDALE — Even though we didn’t have a lot snow on the ground Wednesday morning, some schools in our area closed for the day and that includes all districts in Wayne County. Lots of folks kept close watch on what’s happening where they live and work. Even before the sun was up in downtown Honesdale, trucks were spreading salt on parking lots and sidewalks in the event that the weather turns nasty. But without so much as an inch on […]

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    Hotel Fauchere to Close for Winter

    MILFORD — The status of a historic hotel in Milford after the holidays has some wondering if it’s the beginning of the end for the famous Hotel Fauchere. The hotel is shutting down in January and not scheduled to open until the spring. Since it was restored to its 19th century glory and reopened eight years ago, Hotel Fauchere has been a big part of Milford’s business scene. The historic hotel has attracted wealthy people from Philadelphia and New York, […]

  • Hospital, Firefighters Handle Smoky Situation

    HONESDALEĀ  — Fire officials say something went wrong with a heater inside a hospital in Wayne County. Fire crews responded to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale around 2 p.m. Sunday and the hospital put its fire plan into effect. And while the patients never had to leave their rooms, all that smoke made things interesting for those at the hospital. All that smoke started building up on the third floor. Fire crews were on the scene quickly and the situation […]


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