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
  • Natural Gas Plant Proposed near Wyalusing

    WYALUSING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It may be a couple years before a proposed natural gas plant in Bradford county goes online, but already the plans for the massive $800 million plant along Route 6 are having an impact on people’s lives. Bradford County already has a billion-dollar natural gas energy plant online. This proposed plant would be another big investment in getting that energy from the Marcellus Shale to the rest of the world. Over the years, the Wyalusing Livestock […]

  • One Weis to Close, One to Stay Open

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Weis Market in the Village Shopping Center on Route 590 near Hamlin is closing at the end of the week. A spokesperson says the store hasn’t done well in recent years, but when the doors close for good, shoppers will still have somewhere nearby to go for their needs. For the past couple of decades, this has been a favorite spot for Theresa McCane of Lake Ariel. “It was so nice. You could do everything […]

  • Ticks Still Threat to Pets, Owners

    HONESDALE, Pa. — Even though it’s going to get colder soon, the threat of ticks and spreading Lyme disease isn’t going away. While Harley is out for a walk in Central Park in Honesdale, his owner Autumn Delong-Vanderhoff is mindful of the chance he could be picking up more than he bargained for. “I have two other dogs at home too, constantly having to check them.” At the Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic just outside of town, pets and ticks are […]

  • Serving Up Help for Fellow Church with Election Day Lunch

    JESSUP TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Folks filled up on food on this Election Day in Susquehanna County while helping their neighbors hit by flooding. A packed parking lot at the Fairdale United Methodist Church near Montrose is a good indication there’s some good cooking inside. This is the annual Election Day lunch at the church just down the road from the Jessup Township polling place. And folks here seem to enjoy not just the food, but the tradition, too. “It’s good, […]

  • Herrick Township Bouncing Back from Fire

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Three months after flames wiped out a municipal building in Susquehanna County, the township is taking steps to get back to 100 percent. It was a big blow to Herrick Township back at the end of July when that fire leveled the municipal building that stored plows and other township equipment. Now, there’s a temporary building and some new vehicles, and by spring, construction is expected to start on a new building. There have been a […]

  • Life Jacket Required: New Rules for Boaters

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — November arrives on Thursday and with it some mandatory safety requirements if you’re heading out on the water. On a windy fall day like this, Lake Wallenpaupack is choppy and chilly. Don’t let the sun fool you, the temperatures are going down and Robert Drake of Dickson City is fighting to keep his boat from tipping. “It’s very windy today, a lot of white caps. Getting bounced around like a bobber,” Drake said. Drake and other […]

  • Family, Classmates Mourn Delaware Valley Teen Killed in Crash

    DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Students at Delaware Valley High School in Pike County should be getting ready to celebrate Halloween, but instead, one of their own is being laid to rest. The teen was killed Sunday night in a wreck following a banquet for the school’s football team. Kyle Pascoe was 16 years old and a junior at Delaware Valley. Pascoe was driving home Sunday night when troopers say he lost control, hit a pickup truck, and died. Now, this […]

  • Implementing Security at Church

    BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Hours after the carnage at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, President Trump suggested the attack may have been prevented if there were armed guards. Church leaders and law enforcement officials we spoke to don’t necessarily agree that’s the solution but have taken steps to increase security during worship. The sign outside the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church says, “We are church-loving,” but after Saturday’s mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue and other deadly attacks […]

  • Could College be Good Fit for Forest City?

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — For years, a community in Susquehanna County has been looking for something to boost its downtown. Folks in Forest City hope to attract a college campus to their downtown someday and came together to begin that effort on Wednesday. Mayor Christopher Glinton led the way with representatives from Johnson College to a meeting of the minds at the Forest City Borough Building. Inside, dozens of business and education leaders joined the discussion on whether the college […]

  • Candidates for Congress Campaign Heavily as Election Day Nears

    WAYNE COUNTY, Pa. — Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, was in Wayne County Tuesday campaigning for the Republican challenger in the 8th Congressional District race. Incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright and Republican John Chrin have been on the campaign trail across the newly redrawn district which includes Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the entire northeastern corner of the Commonwealth. John Chrin and Eric Trump were in the Hawley area earlier in the day. It’s Congressman Matt Cartwright’s turn Tuesday night at […]

  • Rail Trail Improvements Taking Shape

    SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. — Little by little, miles of rail trail are being upgraded and transformed in Susquehanna County. Six miles of the new and improved section of the D&H rail trail from Herrick Center to Ararat in Susquehanna County officially opened this past week. Fences and road markings are the latest improvements to this trail that spans more than 20 miles from Carbondale through Forest City and north. “There’s a saying, ‘You build it, they will come,'” said Kirk […]

  • WWII Veteran Receives Medals Decades Later

    PITTSTON, Pa. — A World War II veteran in Luzerne County received an early birthday present Sunday: the medals he earned while serving in the Army more than 70 years ago. And his family was right by his side. Charles Landis sat and listened while each of his medals from World War II was described. Landis was a technical sergeant in the US Army and landed in Ireland all those years ago. When he was discharged, his daughter says for […]