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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...


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    School Mourning Shooting Victim

    PIKE COUNTY — Arrest papers in Pike County reveal that the man accused of shooting and killing his nephew over the weekend showed the boy several guns before the shooting took place. At the same time, the Wallenpaupack Area School District brought in grief counselors Monday and even had them on a school bus in the morning to help comfort children. There are lots of heavy hearts at Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School where Hunter Pedersen was a fifth-grader. His uncle is […]

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    Child Falls From Window, Mother Facing Charges

    CARBONDALE — A mother faces charges after her child fell from a third floor window. A 4-year-old girl fell out of the window in Carbondale Wednesday afternoon and police believe it is the second day in the row that her mother left her unattended. It happened at Summit Garden apartments near the high school in Carbondale. A screen from that third floor window was on the ground where police say the girl landed. Investigators say shortly before 2 p.m. the […]

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    Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban in NYC?

    SALEM TOWNSHIP — Protesters in New York City have drawn attention to the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park. They say the age-old tradition is inhumane and want the city’s new mayor to ban the use of horses for carriage rides. At Happy Trails Stables near Hamlin, a couple was at the end of a ride on horseback. The horses they were riding are just a few of the 30 or so horses owned by the stables and used for everything […]

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    Another Business Set to Close on Main Street

    HONESDALE — A long-time business in Wayne County is set to close. It’s the third business on Main Street in Honesdale to close since the start of the year. Sale signs cover the front windows of The Homefront, going-out-of-business signs. The place sells refrigerators, stoves and other large appliances. Inside, the remaining inventory is marked down and the owners said The Homefront will close at they end of May. “Here we go again, another store front empty, nobody wants to see […]

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    Golf Clubs Looking for Members

    The golf season is finally here and many golf courses are finding themselves in the rough. For private clubs, the push is on to replace members who were lost in recent years. Honesdale Golf Club has been around for more than a century. Lately, the number of members at the private club has gone down considerably like a lot of other courses throughout the area and the country, for that matter. Now Honesdale Golf Club and others like it are […]

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    Main Street Still a Mess, Another Project Planned

    HONESDALE — If you’ve driven down Main Street in Honesdale recently, chances are you felt it. The busy street has been a bumpy ride thanks to a utility project that’s wrapping up. But now another one’s expected to start. Warmer weather means crews are back out on Main Street. Over the past year, the gas company installed a new gas main and is on the hook for repairing the street. Only thing is, more headaches are on the way for drivers […]

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    Hotel Set to Reopen After Fire on Valentine’s Day

    HAWLEY — It took one night to damage a hotel in Wayne County and put the place out of commission. And it took just two months to gut most of the place and restore it so it can reopen. The finishing touches are all that’s left until Ledges Hotel in Hawley can open again and right on schedule after a fire two months ago. The relatively small fire on Valentine’s Day led to lots of water damage and meant there would […]

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    Hawley Prepares to Host 1st Earth Fest

    HAWLEY — It was freezing Wednesday morning in our area, enough to have people looking forward to warmer days ahead. We found folks in downtown Hawley, Wayne County, wrapping trees with brightly colored fabric. It’s a way to draw attention to the upcoming Hawley Earth Fest the weekend after Easter. There will be all sorts of activities from Friday through Sunday in the Hawley area and organizers hope the weather cooperates. “It’s going to be an exciting weekend, species parade in Bingham Park, […]

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    Businesses Prepare for Easter Sales

    WAYNE COUNTY — The week leading up to Easter means a busy time for businesses that sell everything from flowers to candy. Folks in Wayne County are getting ready for the spring holiday even though the weather Tuesday was far from spring-like. A cold rain was falling but under the tent the flowers had bloomed. A truck recently dropped off a load of lilies and hyacinths for a roadside stand near Honesdale, a sure sign that Easter Sunday is days […]

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    Hit and Run Victim’s Family Seeks Justice, Closure

    NEW MILFORD TOWNSHIP — A man accused in a deadly hit and run crash in Susquehanna County was in court Monday and the victim’s family was there as well. For months, Earl Youngs’ family has been seeking justice and closure. Roger Radakovich gave up his right to a hearing on charges related to the deadly hit and run in mid January near Great Bend. The victim’s family wants Radakovich held responsible for Youngs’ death saying the crash was more than […]

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    Community Coming to Aid of Animal Shelter

    HONESDALE — An animal shelter in Wayne County is always in need of a helping hand from the public. A recent project wound up costing the organization tens of thousands of dollars it didn’t plan on spending. Dessin Animal Shelter bought a building on Main Street in Honesdale last year. On the first floor is a thrift shop which helps the shelter but it’s what’s above the store that presented the shelter with unforeseen and costly problems. While these dogs bark […]

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    Bridge Project Delayed Due to Cold Weather

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A bridge project in Wayne County that was supposed to be wrapping up this month may not be finished until July. Crews have been working and not working on the project for more than a year now. The bridge carries the Owego Turnpike over Route 191 south of Honesdale. It’s usually a busy road but the bridge is closed even though contractors hoped it could open ahead of schedule this past Christmas. It will likely stay closed […]