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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 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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    Snowy, Cold Few Days in Susquehanna County

    NEW MILFORD — It was like flipping a switch this weekend: from 70 degrees and sunny to a blast of wintry weather. Many parts of our area were spared the worst of it, but Susquehanna County was hit with snow plus heavy winds. A lake effect snow warning is in place. The snow kept piling up after two straight days of steady flurries. Don Marshman knows it comes with the territory. “Some years you get a lot of snow some […]

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    Feed a Friend in Full Swing

    WNEP-TV’s Feed a Friend program is still going strong looking to make a difference in people’s lives this Thanksgiving season. From the checkout line at Wegmans in Dickson City to the United Neighborhood Centers location on West Olive Street in Scranton, the donations are getting to where they’re meant to go. “Last year we had 1,600 families we served. This year we’re on track to serve more families. The need is always increasing every year,” said Jessica Wallo with United Neighborhood Centers. Patricia Savage […]

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    $17 Million Bridge Project Underway

    POND EDDY — A century-old bridge that connects Pike County with New York State is getting a replacement that will cost taxpayers $17 million. Replacing the Pond Eddy Bridge over the Delaware River is a project years in the making. PennDOT even has a website dedicated to it. It shows the timeline for the construction of the new bridge and eventual demolition of the one that’s stood for more than a century. Test piles are pounded into the river next to the […]

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    Social Media’s Influence on the Election

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Nearly one week after the election and there are questions about how much social media influenced the outcome. Namely, what effect do false stories shared on Facebook or Twitter undercut the importance of accurate and unbiased news? According to Pew Research, a majority of adults get their news from social media sites. When the news feed, the scrolling stream of information on your screen, includes the occasional false or misleading story what is someone like you or […]

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    Clinton Supporters in Scranton Lament Election Outcome

    SCRANTON — People in and around Scranton have been close allies of Hillary Clinton for years and some of her closest supporters are understandably saddened by the outcome of the race. Clinton’s family ties to Scranton have been front and center every time she made a campaign stop in the area. Many Democrats made close connections to her over the years and that’s what makes losing this election so much harder. After all was said and done, most, if not […]

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    Electing to Post ‘I Voted’ – Using Social Media on Election Day

    CARBONDALE — At Carbondale’s Russell Park, voters go through a process they only see every four years. Voting for president is a big deal to most and with so much at stake, many want to share. At 20 years old, Alex Calzola was voting in her first presidential election and had every intention of sharing her vote on Facebook. “I definitely am,” Calzola said. “There are some people at work, we’ve been bickering about it. I’m posting it on social […]

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    ‘Drawn’ Out Election Season

    SCRANTON — It’s fair to say this political season has been different from most in recent memory. The race for president has provided so much fodder for editorial cartoonists. For more than 500 days now, this presidential slug fest has played out on-air, online and on the editorial pages of the local paper. Now, at the end of the race, cartoonist John Cole is ready to get back to drawing everyday issues. Three floors up in the Scranton Times-Tribune building, John Cole sketched […]

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    Retreat Planned for Cancer Patients

    CLINTON TOWNSHIP —  An organization that helps cancer patients is looking to expand in Wayne County to a large tract of land. Lonakana would give women and kids battling cancer a place to rest away from the hospital and their homes. Far from the busy cities and towns, the property near Waymart is exactly what Maryann Corey was looking for as a retreat for cancer patients — 64 acres of field and forest with a spectacular view, and in Corey’s […]

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    A ‘Sign’ of Things to Come in Forest City

    FOREST CITY — A new sign in one community in Susquehanna County is meant to connect people with all the area has to offer. The slogan in Forest City is “A Mile of Hospitality,” and now that mile is on the map in one central location. The double-sided sign was unveiled Tuesday featuring all the places that make up the community. “Our goal is improved economic development and foot traffic into stores and increased revenue for small businesses,” said Joy Zazzera, […]

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    Wayne County Bridge Work Nearing Completion

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Work is expected to wrap up this week on a bridge in Wayne County. Crews are repairing the bridge on Davis Road, just off Route 6 near Waymart. A weight limit was put on the bridge this past summer and heavy trucks were not allowed on the span due to deterioration. No one’s driving across this bridge near Waymart while crews take out the severely rusted sections to replace them. The township bridge is the only way […]

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    Harrison Avenue Bridge Closed for Work on New Span

    SCRANTON — There was some slow-moving traffic in parts of Scranton Monday because one of the major links between the Hill section and south Scranton is closed. Cars were lined up at the intersection of Moosic Street and Harrison Avenue in Scranton. Traffic can’t turn onto Harrison Avenue because the Harrison Avenue Bridge is closed. The old bridge will be closed until 6 p.m. It’s so a construction crew can set beams for the new Harrison Avenue bridge. The new […]

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    Wayne County Readies for Winter Weather

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — The first dose of wintry weather is on tap for parts of our area Thursday. In Bethany, north of Honesdale, it’s still green grass but by morning, certain spots north of here could see a couple inches of snow. Chilling winds blew through this part of northern Wayne County on this October day. It was so frigid that Cold Spring is living up to its name and now, there’s snow in the forecast. “You get ready for it […]