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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
  • Meet Verify, Son of Last Triple Crown Winner

    Meet Verify, Son of Last Triple Crown Winner

    GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — This weekend, California Chrome has a chance to do what no horse has done in more than 30 years. A win at the Belmont Stakes would mean the Triple Crown. Another horse in Lackawanna County has its own claim to horse-racing fame as the son of that last horse to win the Triple Crown: Affirmed. With a little help, Preston Cosklo gets in the saddle at Painted Acres horse farm near Mayfield. Preston is not just any boy […]

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    Fire Closes School for a Second Day

    MOSCOW — Hundreds of students in the North Pocono School District will have the day off again Wednesday after a fire Monday. Clean up crews were called in Tuesday so that the kids can get back and finish the school year. The fire started in a technology room North Pocono Intermediate School well after classes dismissed Monday. Still, there was enough smoke damage that 4th and 5th graders will have at least two days off. Crews were busy removing debris from […]

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    Puttin’ on the Ritz, One Brick at a Time

    HAWLEY — A historic theater in Wayne County will have a whole new welcome mat when shows premiere this summer. People can be immortalized in bricks at the Ritz and help the playhouse in Hawley return to its former glory. For the better part of a century, the Ritz has stood in downtown Hawley. First a movie theater then, in the early 70’s, it became home to community theater. Over the years, the non-profit that runs the Ritz Company Playhouse has […]

  • Kayakers, Canoers Were Back on the Lackawanna River

    SCRANTON — Kayakers and canoers headed to the Lackawanna River for a day of exercise in Scranton. For some, this part of Lackawanna RiverFest was an entirely new way to experience the area. “Great day to be on the river, as we were paddling we were discussing how it’s a perspective of the valley and the city you usually can’t get any other way,” said Joe Toczdlowski from Archbald. Organizers of the 27th annual event said nearly 200 boaters took […]

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    Pricey Cost to Play Forces Soccer League to Move

    DREHER TOWNSHIP — The time to sign up for a kids’ soccer league in Wayne County is running out. Some parents claim their kids won’t be playing though, thanks to what has amounted to a field of fees forcing the league to move its games a half-hour away. The Wallenpaupack Youth Soccer League has played at Carlton Drake Memorial Park in Newfoundland free of charge for years. Hundreds of kids will now have to play near Hawley which is an hour-long […]

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    Parade, Balloons Honor the Fallen

    TUNKHANNOCK — Memorial Day means different things to different people. But to those who have lost family or friends to war, it means so much more. In Wyoming County, a parade and balloon release honored those sacrifices made by so many men and women in uniform. Marching right down the main street in Tunkhannock, the Memorial Day parade is a source of pride for the people who call the community home. Veterans groups were applauded for all they have done and […]

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    Same-Sex Couples Set to Marry in PA

    MILFORD — Governor Corbett announced Wednesday that he will not appeal the federal judge’s ruling that struck down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. That means same-sex couples across the Commonwealth can apply for marriage licenses. A total of 4 same-sex couples filled out applications for marriage licences at the Pike County Courthouse. That’s four more than ever before and it has a lot of people who’ve been waiting for this day extremely happy and looking forward to saying “I do.” To some […]

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    Makeover Underway In Hawley

    HAWLEY — This month, a downtown in Wayne County is getting a fresh coat of paint, and not just one business but all the businesses on Main Street. Outside the Alchemy Studio of Hair on Main Street in Hawley, painters were putting a new coat on the building. When they’re finished, there will be another and another and another. Every place on Main Street in the downtown will get a makeover as part of a contest Hawley won from paint […]

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    New Details in Deadly Hit and Run Case

    BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP — Court papers are providing new insight into the investigation of a deadly hit and run in Wayne County. The driver who hit and killed a young man Friday night may be the victim’s cousin. On Monday, troopers were back at the scene on Route 191 in Buckingham Township near the New York state line. Investigators were driving the same path taken Friday night by the vehicle that killed a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter. Zachary Possemato of Hancock, NY died […]

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    Armed Forces Parade in Scranton

    SCRANTON — Saturday was Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to honor the men and women in uniform who defend this country. Every year, a parade in Scranton does just that. Marines led the way on Penn Avenue, taking the Armed Forces Day parade through the city. Every year, this parade pays tribute to the men and women who serve all over the globe, protecting our way of life.. “We’ve been here, straight, seven years to give our respect […]

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    Deadly Fire is Latest Heartbreak for Family

    POLK TOWNSHIP – Three people were home when that fire broke out Tuesday night in Monroe County, only two made it out alive. A grandfather lost his life after he and his loved ones endured a lot over the past year. Investigators said the fire near Kresgeville started after food was left cooking on the stove. A woman and her grandmother made it out but her grandfather, William Berry, did not. Neighbors said the family has had its share of recent […]

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    Old Church Now Home to History

    FOREST CITY — A longtime church in part of Susquehanna County is in the midst of a transformation to something new. Well, not quite new But something historic. Peggy Brager has been busy putting things in their new home at the former United Methodist Church in Forest City. Not just things, but reminders of a time gone by, pieces of the community’s rich history. “We had no home, we only met in the Elegante restaurant backroom,” said Brager. Brager is talking about […]


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