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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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    Bandits Swipe Boat Batteries

    LAKE WALLENPAUPACK — In the past month, some owners of boats on Lake Wallenpaupack have gone to start their engines, only to find their batteries missing. Someone has been swiping the batteries according to state police, which is leaving the boaters high and dry. So many boats sit at docks all around Lake Wallenpaupack and when they’ve been left unattended, someone has been coming along and ripping out the batteries. In one case, it was a boat used to save […]

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    Snowmobiling in Summer

    OREGON TOWNSHIP — One after the other, taking off from the starting line, snowmobiles raced in the middle of summer. Instead of snow flying, the machines kicked up dirt and dust. The annual event near Honesdale attracts drivers with the need for speed, no matter what’s under the treads. It was the ninth year for The Great Outrun and Watercross held by the snowmobile club NEPA Sno-Trails. It gives thrillseekers the chance take their sleds for a ride and not […]

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    Farm to Table on the Move

    A new company in Wayne County is helping to bring the farm to the table, and in just a short time it has connected farmers and restaurants as well as people. Roughly 24 farmers are part of a collective effort to take fresh veggies, as well as meats, dairy, and the like and get it to people around Northeastern Pennsylvania that want all that on their plates. At the Anthill Farm outside Honesdale, Lawrence Braun and his cohorts are busy […]

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    Ross Township Shooting: One Year Later

    ROSS TOWNSHIP — One year ago, a community in the Poconos was devastated by a mass shooting at a township supervisors meeting. Three people were killed. None of the three was believed to be an intended victim of the shooter. As you can imagine, a lot of people who lived through the rampage in Ross Township last year do not want to relive it. There are lots of reminders of what happened that day in August last year, a deadly […]

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    Police: Man Tortured Kittens, One Survived

    WAYNE COUNTY — State police in Wayne County said a man will face animal cruelty charges for hurting two kittens so badly that one needed to be put down. It’s been two months since Victoria Linsalato has seen either of her kittens. She was only picking up one at the Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic near Honesdale. Mary and Jane were only six months old at most when state police said a man who was supposed to be caring for them […]

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    Business, Tenants Displaced by Fire in Stroudsburg

    STROUDSBURG — For the second time in a month, a fire hit an apartment building in downtown Stroudsburg. Only one business was affected this time, but more than one dozen tenants are out of their homes. Officials said the fire got its start in a second floor apartment on Main Street in Stroudsburg around 9:30 a.m. According to authorities, 17 people lived above Pocono Sew and Vac and they all got out safely. One woman said she heard the smoke […]

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    Wayne County Fair Nearly Ready for Opening Day

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP — It’s fair season around Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. When one ends, another is usually just starting. For the Wayne County Fair, which starts this week, organizers and vendors can breathe a sigh of relief now that a bridge is back open at the entrance to the fairgrounds. Friday’s the day and in the lead up to opening day there is plenty of activity on the fairgrounds north of Honesdale, so the vendors, rides, and 4-H barns will […]

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    Winchester Archery Moves to Northeastern Pennsylvania

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — A name well-known for its rifles and ammo is making bows and crossbows and just relocated to Wayne County. Winchester Archery is making the bows at its new location near Honesdale. The company’s president, Tim Barber, went through the process of turning a piece of aluminum into a compound bow at the new location, a former car dealership along Route 191 near Honesdale. It’s nowhere near the company’s former headquarters in New Jersey. “I thought it […]

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    County Libraries to Combine Catalogs

    For the first time in the state, libraries in two counties will share their entire catalogs. Pike and Wayne counties are taking the innovative approach to help cut costs and offer more books, DVDs, and other resources to residents. The Wayne Library Alliance and the Pike County Public Library are venturing into uncharted territory. In a couple of months, folks in both counties will be able to use all nine libraries in Pike and Wayne counties and select from the […]

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    Flames Destroy Landmark Restaurant

    POLK TOWNSHIP– A restaurant in Monroe County was destroyed by flames early this morning. Video sent into Newswatch 16 by a viewer shows Luna Rossa engulfed in flames. Firefighters did what they could to save the restaurant and bar along Route 209 near Gilbert. But the fire had too much of a head start. Neighbors heard alarms going off just before 5 a.m. and came out to find the restaurant a wreck. Neighbor Stephanie Nash said she “got up to […]

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    Woodcarvers Unite

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP — There was no other place a few hundred folks “wood” have rather been Wednesday than a campground in Wayne County. It was one of the biggest conventions for wood carvers in the entire country. On the third and final day of the Northeast Woodcarvers Roundup near Honesdale, the pros and novices showed no sign of letting up. Some 250 people whittled the day away at Cherry Ridge Campgrounds for now the 12th year of the roundup. […]

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    Report Finds DEP Comes Up Short On Gas Drilling

    HARRISBURG — A report out Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Auditor General slams the Department of Environmental protection for how it’s handled the natural gas industry. The report found the DEP wasn’t ready for the industry when it started drilling in the state and it’s not ready now. The auditor general said state environmental regulators need help. He said the DEP is understaffed and underfunded and that 150-plus page report on the state’s handling of gas drilling points out eight ways the agency […]


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