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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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    Business Park Near Hamlin Still Looking for Tenants

    STERLING TOWNSHIP — Millions of dollars are being spent on a business park to attract companies to Wayne County, but so far, no one’s committed to anything. The Sterling Business and Technology Park near Interstate 84 started up some seven years ago and right now it has only one temporary tenant. So far, millions of dollars have been spent to make the park appeal to new business, but there are no permanent tenants yet. Developers hope by putting up a […]

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    High School Getting Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

    HONESDALE — School’s out and construction crews are in at a high school in Wayne County. It’s the last day of the school year and when students come back to Honesdale High School in a couple of months it won’t look the same.When the renovation project is complete, school officials said students will be safer. When the renovation project is complete, school officials said students will be safer. The library, band, and chorus rooms date back to the 1950s and now […]

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    Dollar General Expanding in Wayne County

    Three new Dollar General stores are popping up in Wayne County alone right now. In the U.S. the company plans to open more than 700 new stores. There’s usually a steady flow of shoppers in and out of the Dollar General in Waymart. Near Honesdale, it’s the same story. Many customers are looking for bargains. “Everybody wants to buy cheap paper towels, for a dollar or whatever.” For a county of about 50,000 people, it’s starting to look like Dollar […]

  • Manhunt for Escapees Resembles Frein Manhunt

    BARRETT TOWNSHIP — The manhunt for two escaped prisoners in New York State is causing some people in the Poconos to think back to a recent manhunt in that area, and questioning how long it may take police to catch the two convicted killers. Barrett Township is one of the communities that were under siege for more than a month last fall during the manhunt for Eric Frein. Eventually, authorities got their man, but with two killers on the run […]

  • Contractor in Court on More Fraud Charges

    WYSOX TOWNSHIP — A contractor who has already been charged with fraud in Lackawanna County is facing another case of alleged fraud in Bradford County. He was in court Tuesday to face charges. The case against Charles Sanders now goes onto Bradford County court in Towanda after a judge found there’s enough evidence against the contractor. In this instance, the alleged victims say they gave Sanders more than $60,000, but he never finished the work on their home. Charles Sanders […]

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    Car, Pickup Collide on Route 6 in Bradford County

    STANDING STONE TOWNSHIP — Emergency crews responded to a crash around noon Tuesday in Bradford County. A car and a pickup truck collided on Route 6 in Standing Stone Township, near Wysox. The coroner says Ivan Weaver, 79, of Wysox was killed when his car collided with a pickup. Authorities in Bradford County say Weaver was not wearing a seatbelt. Route 6 was closed at Tracy Road. The road reopened by 2:30 p.m., according to PennDOT. There is no word […]

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    Students Stay in School Despite Power Problems

    LEHMAN TOWNSHIP — School lets out next week in part of the Poconos. Students there have been going to class while a generator is helping to power the lights. For students at East Stroudsburg Area Senior High School North and Lehman Intermediate School near Bushkill, the past few weeks of school have gone on as usual. A massive generator hums out back, parked next to an electrical transformer damaged by a lightning strike. District officials said the emergency generator has […]

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    Area Hospitals Treating Victims of Deadly Bus Crash

    EAST STROUDSBURG — Hospitals in several counties were called on to handle injured passengers from the deadly bus crash in the Poconos. Officials say four passengers with the most severe injuries were flown from the scene and taken to hospitals in Scranton and near Wilkes-Barre. The rest of the victims were brought to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg for minor to moderate injuries and already, hospital officials say, several of them have been treated and released. A helicopter landed […]

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    Pocono Hotels Filling up Ahead of Pope’s Visit

    STROUDSBURG — Less than four months until Pope Francis is expected to visit the City of Brotherly Love and already our area is seeing an economic boost. More than a million Catholics are expected in Philadelphia for the Pope and there’s no room at the inn. Philadelphia is about two hours away from the Stroudsburg area depending on traffic. So as Catholics across the country, even as far away as Canada, start looking for somewhere to stay during the Pope’s visit […]

  • Lawmakers Mull Putting a Hold on Keystone Exams

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — Students in pennsylvania have to pass the Keystone Exams in order to graduate high school. State lawmakers are considering putting that on hold.  It’s a  move that is welcomed by some educators and parents in the Poconos. Students at Wallenpaupack Area high school have been taking the Keystone Exams this week. Failing any one of them is not an option if students in the class of 2017 and beyond want to graduate. “To base their graduation eligibility […]

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    Students Tour Historic Glass Factory

    WHITE MILLS — It’s been 150 years since Christian Dorflinger started making glass in Wayne County and became known around the world. Wednesday, students took a trip back in time to learn about the history at the factory near Hawley. High school students from Wallenpaupack Area School District were the historians on this field trip for fourth graders, sharing the back story on the former factory and the exquisite glass workers once created here. “We were the fourth graders six […]

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    Teen Gets Probation for Deadly Crash

    HONESDALE — The teen behind the wheel without a license when she crashed, killing three boys in Wayne County learned her punishment Tuesday afternoon. The teen driver said she’s sorry to the parents of those teens. Julia Ware listened as a mother and a sister of two of those victims spoke about the agony they’ve felt since the deadly crash on Labor Day weekend. Now the teen from the New York City suburbs will be on probation possibly until she’s […]


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