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
  • A Year of Meditation at Himalayan Institute

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Yoga and the practice of meditation have become more and more popular in recent years, and now a retreat and wellness center in Wayne County is looking for folks to join in a yearlong meditation to make a positive impact in our world. The Himalayan Institute near Honesdale has also grown along with the popularity of yoga. The organization is building a new shrine for meditation and also beginning a year of meditation anyone can take […]

  • Wet Weather Dampens Summer Business

    GREENE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The wet weather is getting old for a lot of folks in the Poconos looking to capitalize on the summer season. The downpours didn’t last long but the rainy weather certainly put a damper on golf outings on this day at courses across our area, including at Paupack Hills Country Club near Hawley. “The weather is impossible,” said golfer Ervin Kuczogi “This is not fair. It’s cold Tuesday. We’ve not had a good round yet, not […]

  • Lake Winola Residents Shocked by Baseball-sized Hail

    LAKE WINOLA, Pa. — One of the most frightening sights from Tuesday’s storms was hail the size of baseballs splashing into Lake Winola in Wyoming County. It was hard for Ian Roberts to believe what he was seeing — massive chunks of ice splashing into the water. Roberts kept recording the scary sight, then a day later, was helping clean up the damage done in Scranton. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. There were pieces of hail as […]

  • Somber Reminder of the Sacrifices on Memorial Day

    HONESDALE, Pa. —  At the start of the Memorial Day parade in Honesdale, there was a somber reminder of the costs of war. Veterans sent a wreath downriver to remember those sailors who never came home. A U.S. Coast Guard chopper flew over parade goers, all to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by so many. “We have to remember. Who else will remember if we don’t do things like this? They’re going to be forgotten and that will be […]

  • Sneak Peek Inside Wayne Memorial Hospital Expansion

    HONESDALE, Pa. — It won’t be long until a massive hospital expansion project in Wayne County will be complete. The project has taken a couple of years but construction on the new patient tower is finally nearing the end, practically doubling the size of Wayne Memorial Hospital and adding lots of high-tech upgrades for patients. This was the first time employees got a look inside the roughly $40 million expansion at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale — two floors with […]

  • O’Malley Wins Republican Primary for Susquehanna County D.A.

    MONTROSE, Pa. — The interim district attorney in Susquehanna County, Marion O’Malley, has beaten Bill Urbanski in the primary election. Urbanski called O’Malley to concede Tuesday night. The two Republicans running for district attorney of Susquehanna County went to court to see who would take over when D.A. Robert Klein died after an illness in 2017.  Klein was elected district attorney in 2015. Bill Urbanski believed he should become D.A. under Commonwealth law because he was Klein’s First Assistant District […]

  • Drivers Complain About Bad Stretch of Route 6 in Wayne County

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — There are growing calls for PennDOT to repair a section of road in Wayne County that many drivers consider to be getting more dangerous by the day. There are flashing yellow lights at the main intersection in White Mills, but a few hundred yards down Route 6 toward Hawley, the shoulder is gone. “I think it’s dangerous and they better address it quickly because it’s only going to get worse,” Bob Putney said. Traffic goes by […]

  • Expensive, Testy GOP Race for D.A. in Wayne County

    HONESDALE, Pa. — Republicans in Wayne County will decide on Tuesday who will face off against the current district attorney this fall. The race has been expensive and, at times, negative. When the previous D.A. won the race for judge a couple years ago, it left the race open this year in a heavily Republican county. The signs have been out for some time now across Wayne County on the Republican side A.G. Howell and Kathy Martin for district attorney, […]

  • Police Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?

    We’ve all seen the videos of high-speed chases involving police, sometimes ending in crashes, and sometimes, deadly. What leads to some of those chases? How are police trained to handle those tense situations? From Arizona to Oklahoma, even infamous white Ford Broncos on the LA Freeway, to the big screen and Beverly Hills Cop, police chases have made for compelling TV. In real life, the costs, at times, have been deadly. According to federal statistics covering the decade ending in […]

  • PennDOT Making Emergency Road Repairs in Susquehanna County

    LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — PennDOT is getting to work on rough roads and damaged bridges in Susquehanna County this construction season. The sound of emergency bridge repairs is already making it clear: there’s a lot of work to do across Susquehanna County. The bridge over Snake Creek in Liberty Township was wrecked by floods last summer and now, it’s one of more than $13 million in construction projects expected to take place before winter. Glyn Kester has been delivering mail […]

  • D&H Rail Trail Back Open

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — It may have been a two-year wait for a rail trail to reopen in Susquehanna County, but the pipeline construction led to a new and improved trail that will be available for hikers and bikers starting on Wednesday. Some final touches are all that’s left before the D&H Rail Trail is back to new. For two years now, miles have been off limits in the Forest City area while UGI completed a pipeline project. Lynn Conrad […]

  • Concern over Condition of Roads in Wayne County

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The push to make crumbling roads safe is still on in Wayne County. Folks are sharing their concerns about a couple of trouble spots across the many miles of roads north of Honesdale. It’s a bumpy ride in Damascus Township north of Honesdale. Galilee Road has deteriorated so much it’s making it hard for April Rutledge to get out and run with her infant. “The roads are pretty bad considering they’re state roads. I run all […]

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