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
  • Man Ordered To Trial on Arson, Homicide Charges

    WILKES-BARRE — A Wilkes-Barre man will now face charges of homicide and arson in Luzerne County court. Joseph Derhammer is accused of setting a deadly fire at a home on Chester Street in Wilkes-Barre in 2009. He was arrested in 2011 and now he has been ordered to stand trial on charges of arson and homicide. Coming out of his hearing Monday Derhammer said he didn’t do it. “Joe, you still maintain your innocence on this? Yes I do.  Did […]

  • New Air Traffic Control Tower Opens

    AVOCA — It had been under construction for almost three years and today we got our first look at the new control tower at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Luzerne County. The tower stands twice as tall as the one it replaces. The new control tower is over 100 feet tall and cost about $20 million of our taxpayer dollars. Even through the fog and mist, air traffic controllers in the new tower at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Luzerne […]

  • Prison Sentence for Hit-and-Run Driver

    WILKES-BARRE — Karen McCann entered Penn Place in Wilkes-Barre a free woman, but left in handcuffs. A Luzerne County judge sentenced her to four years in state prison. Mccann admits she drove while high on cocaine and prescription pills last summer and hit Aloysius McLaughlin. McLaughlin was doing yard work in Kingston and died shortly after he was hit. McCann didn’t stop, but was pulled over by police a short time later. Friends and family members of McLaughlin came from […]

  • Boy in Court in Connection with Shooting

    WILKES-BARRE — We now know what charges a 14-year-old boy faces in connection with a shooting that left his half brother in critical condition in Wilkes-Barre in early September. Tony Ransome, 14, was back in court on Thursday, and this time the charges were read. We learned that he`s been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. On September 10, Ransome`s 20-year-old half brother, Christian Sholly, was shot one time in the chest on […]

  • New Grocery Store Opens in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A new supermarket in Wilkes-Barre has also provided job opportunities for dozens of people. For customers, it means the convenience of having a grocery store close by. It didn’t take long for shoppers to nearly fill the aisles of the new Save-A-Lot store on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. Employees held the grand opening of the store out front, but it was inside the store where we found lots of excited new shoppers. “I don`t have to go […]

  • Teen Suicides

    Three students in Luzerne County have taken their own lives in the past two weeks. Two of them went to school in the Pittston Area district. The teen suicides have parents, students, school officials, and investigators asking what can be done to prevent this. The Luzerne County district attorney met with Pittston Area School District administrators Tuesday. School officials said it’s time to find out what’s going on and how we can prevent tragedies like this from happening again. Officials […]

  • Could the Hotel Sterling Finally be Demolished?

    WILKES-BARRE — Could the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre finally be demolished? A vote at tomorrow night’s Luzerne County council meeting could be the last big step needed to begin the long talked about demolition. That also means some closed streets in downtown Wilkes-Barre could reopen. At the intersection of River and Market Streets in Wilkes-Barre traffic was at a standstill. Drivers weaved in and out at the traffic light while others simply sat in line. “Driving back and forth to […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Candle Company Wants to Export Overseas

    WILKES-BARRE — A candle manufacturing business in Wilkes-Barre is taking its product international, and dozens of other businesses hope to make the same kind of deal, all thanks to a meeting set up by world trade advisors and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance. About once a year trade reps from 20 countries meet with business owners from Northeastern Pennsylvania to help them get their products into the world-wide market. The Mia Bella candle company in Wilkes-Barre ships to all over the […]

  • Wilkes-Barre Closes Two Group Homes

    WILKES-BARRE — The city of Wilkes-Barre ordered two homes for recovering drug addicts to close. Officials there said they didn’t even know about them. This comes after many people who live in those neighborhoods complained about a lack of street parking next to those homes. The sign on a home on East South Street in Wilkes-Barre said it’s unfit for human occupancy. City zoning and code officials ordered the home, and another one on Gates Street to shut down. According […]

  • Car Smashes Into Building on Public Square

    WILKES-BARRE — A car slammed into a building in Luzerne County Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened just after 1:00 p.m. on Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre, at a time when many people are usually walking around the area. The car came within inches of smashing into this ATM and the person using it, who was Bob Kalinowski, a writer for the Citizens Voice newspaper. “In the process of me completing my transaction I don`t even think I did, I see […]

  • Suspects In Fatal Hit And Run In Court

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — New charges were filed Tuesday in a deadly hit and run in Luzerne County. Police believe they have the man responsible for killing two people on a motorcycle in Pittston Township earlier this month. Walter Raven, 59, of Jenkins Township was arraigned before a judge in Plains Township and is now charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash, and driving with a suspended license. Police said Raven is the driver of the car who caused […]

  • New Life Possible for Old Silk Mill

    WILKES-BARRE — A developer in Wilkes-Barre plans on bringing new life to the city’s last remaining silk mill. The more than century old building could soon be the site of a new restaurant, art gallery, and dozens of luxury apartments. Developer George Tassone showed our cameras around the old silk mill on South Empire Street in Wilkes-Barre.  He’s owned the building for several years, and runs his pool construction business out of it. But he says now it’s time for […]