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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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    Landmark Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack Reopens with Facelift

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP — It has been months in the making, but a long-time resort in the Poconos has finished renovations just in time for the unofficial start of summer. It’s been years since this resort on Lake Wallenpaupack near Hawley has gone by the name Silver Birches, but as the new owners of the former Ehrhardt’s will tell you: everything that’s old is new again. “It really is bringing back the feeling the Ehrhardt family had going in the ‘50s […]

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    Landowners File Suit to Frack in Wayne County

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — For years, Wayne County has been frack-free, but some landowners want that to change. A citizens group has filed a lawsuit against the Delaware River Basin Commission that, years ago, put a de facto moratorium on natural gas drilling. Northern Wayne County is wide open with lots of farmland and hunting club property as well. It’s also where the latest battle to drill for natural gas in this part of the Marcellus Shale has just started. A […]


    Kindergarten Student Killed in Pike County Wreck

    WESTFALL TOWNSHIP — A 6-year-old girl was killed in a crash on Interstate 84 near Matamoras in Pike County. Troopers believe the child was riding unrestrained Monday in the back seat of a car driven by her mother who failed to notice traffic that was stopped because of construction. Brooke Piemonte was a kindergarten student at Wallenpaupack North Primary School near Hawley. Her teachers and classmates were told Tuesday morning that the child didn’t survive the crash. There are just […]

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    Experts Working to Identify Human Remains

    MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Investigators now say they’re treating a case of human remains found on a farm in Pike County as a homicide. The discovery was made Sunday in the area where searchers were looking for a missing teenager. A forensic team arrived on scene Monday at Foster Hill Farm near Milford to help try to identify the remains. Troopers said the search for 17-year-old Leanna Walker continues, but for the time being is focused here. The Pike County coroner […]

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    Calf Carcasses Found in Wayne County

    PRESTON TOWNSHIP — A gruesome discovery was made in northern Wayne County Monday. The owner of a property along Lepro Martin Road in Preston Township found something foul. The carcasses of two calves were discovered in an old building foundation. The flies are still here and so are the carcasses. “It’s highly unusual,” said neighbor Robert Handloff. Neighbors didn’t notice the dead calves but said dumping like this does not typically happen here in farm country. “It’s highly suspicious that […]

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    After the Wildfire

    DELAWARE STATE FOREST –The burned-out areas in the Delaware State Forest in Pike and Monroe counties are already starting to bounce back. The so-called 16 Mile Fire spread from the Canadensis area to an area with more than 100 summer cabins known as Pine Flats, burning 8,000 acres in its path, making it the largest wildfire in the state since 1990. Authorities say someone intentionally set the fire last month in the state forest. It burned out of control for […]

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    Fallen Officers Remembered in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Fallen officers were remembered during a ceremony Monday in Scranton, the first since Patrolman John Wilding lost his life on the job joining 12 others who died in the line of duty over the 150-year history of the department. The Scranton Police Department and its larger family of law enforcement lost another officer since the last time they gathered like this. During the annual Memorial Day Service at police headquarters on South Washington Avenue, one more name was added to […]

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    Gas Line Project Causing Backups on Business Route 6

    EYNON — For the next few months, drivers in part of Lackawanna County will have to contend with some slow going. Crews from UGI are replacing a natural gas line along Business Route 6. Long lines of cars and trucks on Business Route 6 waited for their turn to pass through a construction project to replace a UGI natural gas line. “I don’t know what other route there is,” said Lolita Nogan of Lake Ariel. “These kinds of businesses are […]

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    Fire Forces Eight ESU Students from Double-Block Before Finals

    EAST STROUDSBURG — East Stroudsburg University is trying to help eight students chased out of their off-campus house late Monday night by supplying them with food and clothing. But the fire still has to be a distraction because it happened as students begin taking their finals, ending the spring semester. A student is recovering after being burned Monday night, one of eight ESU students who lost everything in the fire on Ransberry Avenue. Newswatch 16 has learned that the landlord tried […]

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    Dozens of Streets to be Paved in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Now that spring is here, the city of Scranton has started a major street-paving operation all meant to fix crumbling streets that have gone years without work. Crews moved in Monday and started tearing up William Street, one of 10 streets being repaved with federal money. But millions more are being spent this year in other parts of the city on streets the mayor said desperately need it. The hum of the heavy equipment was overpowering on Scranton’s north side, especially on […]

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    Pipeline Project Halted; Now What?

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Now that a controversial pipeline project was put on hold by officials in New York State, there are all kinds of questions for folks in our area: namely, what does the stoppage mean for people who would have benefited? And for those who tried to stop it? The Constitution Pipeline has promised to bring jobs as well as take natural gas from our area and deliver it to big cities in the northeast, but it also […]

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    Are Voters’ Minds Made up ahead of Primary?

    SCRANTON — With so much at stake in the Pennsylvania primary election next week, Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton plan to make stops in Scranton this week. But do voters have their minds made up or can they be convinced in the final week? The Sanders campaign is holding a town hall at the Scranton Cultural Center Thursday. Then Friday, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in the Electric City. The time and […]


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