Jim is proud to call WNEP home after joining the team in November 2010 as a reporter covering the always exciting Luzerne County beat.

Jim is a native of Belmar, New Jersey but has already made a mark in the Poconos as a seasoned reporter. Jim began his newscasting career at Blue Ridge Communications News13 in 2007 first as its Carbon County reporter, then as its Monroe County reporter. Jim also dabbled in weather anchoring before making the jump to Newswatch 16.

Jim is a graduate of Villanova University (GO WILDCATS!) where he majored in communications and experimented in comedy talk radio.

Jim’s second passion is dirt track modified and sprint car racing. Since 1998, he has been the official track videographer at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. He has also filmed and announced at speedways as far away as Florida and Vermont and even Quebec, Canada.

In 2011, Jim became the voice of the Penn Can Speedway in Susquehanna, PA, calling the play-by-play action every Friday night on the microphone.

When not reporting live or getting a rooster tail of mud thrown at him from a 450hp dirt modified, Jim can be found riding the waves at the Jersey Shore, belting out karaoke at the local pub while sipping a lager, and chasing tornadoes and hailstorms on the back roads of NEPA.

Jim is a trained storm spotter for the National Weather Service, and is always on the look out for a good chase.

Jim also enjoys skiing, working out, driving to Florida for February Speedweeks, and listening to his two favorite “buddies” on Sirius XM radio.

Recent Articles
  • Officials: Suspect in High Speed Chase is Illegal Immigrant

    WILKES-BARRE — Immigrations officials say the suspect, Alexis Nunez, was not allowed in this country and was deported once before back in August of 2009. Police say Nunez led them on a wild high speed chase on Interstate 81 in two counties. The chase shut down I-81 and created traffic back ups as the suspect fled Wilkes-Barre. Here’s what police say happened.  Nunez was holding Pamela Santana against her will. When police spotted his Dodge Caravan by Kidder Street, he […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Employee Furloughs Could Become Permanent

    WILKES-BARRE — Friday was the last day for employees of the city of Wilkes-Barre to sign up for volunteer furloughs. The mayor asked workers to take up to six weeks off because of a $1.5 million budget shortfall. The mayor said not enough people signed up for those furloughs. He said only a handful of employees volunteered which means the mayor must now make what he calls difficult decisions. The city of Wilkes-Barre faces a major financial crisis as it […]

  • New Jersey Storm Victims Find Gas in the Poconos

    SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP — Because power is still out in much of New Jersey, gas stations are still closed, and where there is gas, there are lines miles long. Some storm victims from New Jersey are traveling to the Poconos in droves just to fill up. A long line of cars waited on the side of Route 209 in Smithfield Township just off of Interstate 80 for gas at the Gulf station. Most of the people in line are storm refugees […]

  • Back Mountain Braces for Sandy

    ROSS TOWNSHIP — Parts of the Back Mountain in Luzerne County are bracing for whatever Hurricane Sandy brings. The winds from Hurricane Sandy were too much for a pine tree along Main Road in Ross Township.  This area of the Back Mountain was hit hard a year ago and now it could get hit hard again. Stan Davis is the EMA director for Ross Township and also the deputy chief of the Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He says crews […]

  • Homicide Suspects in Court

    PLYMOUTH — Two half-brothers, accused of shooting four people and killing three of them in Plymouth, were in court on Friday. The murders happened back in July, and on Friday one of the brothers admitted he did it to protect himself. “My brother’s innocent, man, like I never said that they lied. So you did all the shooting? Yeah, my brother, he innocent, man. I did it in self-defense,” said Shawn Hamilton.   Hamilton and his half-brother Sawud Davis of […]

  • Man Charged with Homicide After Body Found

    BLAKESLEE — Just two days after a man’s body was found in a shallow grave in Carbon County, state police in Monroe County have made an arrest. Michael Rhubart, 28, was charged with homicide late Wednesday night in an investigation that spans three counties. Rhubart, of Effort, spit at reporters as he was taken away from the state police barracks in Blakeslee. He is now charged with criminal homicide for the death of Jubar Hughes, 33, of Newark, New Jersey. Cell […]

  • “Ghost” Riders on LCTA Buses?

    WILKES-BARRE — How many passengers, namely senior citizens, are riding buses operating by the Luzerne County Transit Authority? That’s a question PennDOT is trying to answer. Over the summer, a sitting transit authority board member told PennDOT, the state organization that primarily funds the authority, that bus drivers were fudging the number of senior riders, and an investigation began in July.  The amount of funding the authority receives is partially based on the number of passengers. Around the same time […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Blames Centax for Budget Shortfall

    WILKES-BARRE — The city of Wilkes-Barre believes more than half of the city’s $2  million budget shortfall this year is directly related to the collapse of a company called Centax. Centax is the company hired by the county to collect all the earned tax revenue. City officials in Wilkes-Barre now say their budget shortfall for 2012 can be partly blamed on the failure of Centax.  Centax was chosen by the Luzerne County Tax Commission to collect and distribute earned income […]

  • Metal Detectors Coming to Mohegan Sun Arena

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Something new will greet Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins fans at the first home game this weekend. Thousands of hockey fans will finally get a chance to see the stars of the American Hockey League as the Baby Pens open the season at the Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. Before they can get seated, they’ll have to pass through metal detectors at all the gates. In a letter to season ticket holders posted on the Penguins website, arena management […]

  • What’s Hot for Halloween This Year

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Halloween is less than two weeks away, and many people are out looking for the perfect costume.   At the Party City near Wilkes-Barre, shoppers can choose from hundreds of costumes and thousands of accessories.   Monica Hapsmith and her friend browsed the selection for their big Halloween party. “I like the pirate costumes because that`s what I got, but we are looking at a bunch of costumes and different ones. She was looking at the Avatar […]

  • State Lawmaker Speaks Out Over Video

    HARRISBURG — A state lawmaker from the Hazleton area wants to teach young folks a lesson after a video surfaced questioning her own behavior. Even though she believes the video is dirty politics the lawmaker still wants to get her message out. That state lawmaker is Representative Tarah Toohil of Hazleton and the YouTube video shows her with what appears to be illegal drugs. Wednesday afternoon, Toohil said it is her in the video and now she wants people to […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Residents Not Happy with Proposed Tax Hike

    WILKES-BARRE — The proposed 2013 Wilkes-Barre budget isn’t sitting well with some people in the Diamond City. Yesterday, Mayor Tom Leighton revealed his plan for a 31% hike in property taxes. That works out to about $183 a year more for the average property owner in Wilkes-Barre. Chris Macking has lived in Wilkes-Barre his entire life.  He owns his home in the Miners Mills section of the city, but he questions the 31% property tax hike that the mayor is […]