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. 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 child sex abuse scandal including Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial. After returning to the Poconos, Jim broke numerous stories related to the deadly ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks and subsequent 48-day manhunt for Eric Frein.

A big Syracuse fan, you can find Jim out on the golf course, bike trail, or listening to some live music. He shares that love of good music and traveling with his wife, Melody, and their children, Cagney & Prudence.

Recent Articles
  • Remembering Recent High School Graduate Killed in Crash

    CARBONDALE, Pa. — Grief counselors were Carbondale Area High School Monday for students and teachers who knew the teenager killed in a crash over the weekend. Joe Maddage, 18, died Friday night on his way home from a football game. Now, his loved ones are doing what they can to keep his memory alive. A memorial to Maddage at the intersection of Chapman Lake Road and Rushbrook Road in Scott Township has grown since the weekend. The crash happened around […]

  • Dallas School Board Approves New Teachers Contract

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. —┬áIn a unanimous vote, the Dallas School Board approved a new teachers contract, ending years of gridlock. It was only one minute into a Sunday night school board meeting at Dallas School District’s administration building and a years-long dispute over a new teachers contract was over. The board agreed to the latest contract offer, good for eight years. Three of those years are retroactive. “I’m glad to see the school board is ready to put this to […]

  • SUV Slams into Dollar Tree

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A driver barreled through the front windows of a store in Wayne County Wednesday. Crews boarded up a gaping hole left in the front of the Dollar Tree at the Route 6 Mall near Honesdale after a driver smashed through the store, breaking glass and brick walls. It all happened shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The Subaru Forester wound up entirely inside the store. The driver, a woman in her 70’s, was taken to the hospital […]

  • Couple Celebrates 70th Wedding Anniversary

    LAKE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Seventy years ago, a husband and wife in Wayne County said, “I do.” Now, all these years later, the couple celebrated their anniversary milestone with each other and their senior home. After 70 years, you can still find Henry and Louise Czaja by each other’s side. The couple lives together at Saber at Julia Ribaudo near Lake Ariel and is marking another milestone in their marriage. “I was 18, turned 19, and married him on the […]

  • Vandals Destroy Shade Trees in Carbondale

    CARBONDALE, Pa. — The effort to make part of downtown Carbondale more beautiful was cut down this weekend. Vandals wrecked a number of trees planted by volunteers over the past decade. It can be rather busy on Wurts Brothers Lane in Carbondale. The walking path connects a shopping plaza with 7th Avenue and the downtown. Now, the lane has lost a handful of trees to vandals. VANDALISM: Someone destroyed several trees along a walking path in Carbondale over the weekend, […]

  • Furniture Store Helps People Find a ‘Way Back’

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — When someone loses their belongings in a fire or flood or even in a case of domestic abuse, one organization in Susquehanna County is trying to help them find a way back. Susquehanna County Interfaith’s furniture store is officially open for business along Route 706 near Montrose. There is plenty for people shopping on a budget. Susquehanna County Interfaith has been expanding to offer more to people in crisis. And now, the selection just got bigger. […]

  • Neighbors, Friends Recall Couple Found Dead in Wayne County

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — People are remembering a husband and wife dead in a murder-suicide in Wayne County. There are no signs of an investigation at Al and Carol Vaverchak’s home along Route 670 near Pleasant Mount. The couple was found dead Tuesday. Authorities say that Al Vaverchak, 73, shot his wife Carol, 67, in the head then turned the gun on himself, possibly over the weekend. Those violent final moments are not how people who knew Carol and […]

  • First Responders Recall 9/11 Horror at Wayne County Memorial

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Americans marked this somber anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, including in the Poconos where many who witnessed the horror that day now live. Each year on September 11, Reflection Park at the Hideout near Hamlin is where many come to remember a dark day in our nation’s history. “The hopes and dreams of thousands of our fellow citizens–and for some of us, our coworkers–ended on that day. But we promised we would never forget. So, […]

  • Farmers Hoping to Dry Out Soon

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — All-day rain can many times help farmers grow crops, but in this case, Salem Mountain Farm near Waymart has had enough. This summer, Brian Fox, his wife, and their newborn son have found themselves having to contend with the soggy weather — so soggy, it’s prevented them from planting for about two months now. “This is thousands of dollars’ worth of, hopefully, product. Just our time to seed all this stuff by hand and the […]

  • Update: Homicide Suspect in Susquehanna County Now in Custody

    GREAT BEND TOWNSHIP, Pa. — BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: State police said Quentin Millard had been taken into custody Wednesday evening. No other details have been released at this time. PREVIOUS STORY: Police are searching for a man in connection with a homicide investigation in Susquehanna County. Troopers are looking for Quentin Millard, 22, in the Great Bend Township area. Police say Millard killed John Amrein, 52, on Monday after a confrontation in a home in Great Bend Township. Investigators say […]

  • District Boosts Safety for New School Year

    HARFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students at Mountain View Elementary School near Lenox met more than just their new classmates and teachers on Tuesday morning. The school has new security measures, including a new school resource officer. It’s all meant to make school a safer place to learn. When students showed up for the first day of class, they walked into what’s affectionately called “the fishbowl.” “We have made it into the fishbowl. Safe, colorful, welcoming,” said Dr. Christopher Lake, the […]

  • Heat is on at GDS Fair in Wayne County

    DREHER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The fans were on full blast Wednesday at the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland. This fair has been going on for 101 years now and a central part is the livestock and the kids who raise and show them. “When the kids are showing, they have to be here hands-on taking care of the animals. It’s hands-on,” Linda Giblin said. This weather isn’t just hot for humans, the animals feel it as well. That’s why […]