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
  • 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 […]

  • Pavement Problems with PennDOT Pilot Program

    MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — One year after PennDOT touted its use of recycled asphalt to pave rural roads, the agency now says the process failed. Folks in part of Wayne County were excited to see much-needed paving done last year, but this year the story is much different. The state road is still awaiting a smooth layer for drivers. Newswatch 16 was on Egypt Road in Mount Pleasant Township one year ago after PennDOT kicked off its construction season, […]

  • New Look for Old Courthouse in Honesdale

    HONESDALE, Pa. — The Wayne County Courthouse on Court Street has stood for more than 130 years, and over time there have not been many new upgrades. Whether it’s making way for new carpet or installing new windows, crews are transforming the Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale little by little. “Over the years, the courthouse here has gotten to a condition where it needed some repair,” said Wayne County Commissioner Brian Smith. Wayne County Commissioners Joe Adams and Brian Smith […]

  • Honesdale Man Facing Attempted Homicide Charge in Abuse of Toddler

    HONESDALE, Pa. — Police say a man in Wayne County abused an 18-month-old child so badly the boy was taken to a trauma center to be treated for injuries all over his body. Investigators say the alleged child abuse happened Monday morning in Wayne County. The child is recovering from a possible concussion, and the man accused of the abuse is behind bars. According to court papers, the 18-month-old boy was at an apartment on West Street in Honesdale when […]

  • Cleanup at Keen Lake After Strong Storms Hit

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — National Weather Service officials will be looking into widespread storm damage at Keen Lake near Waymart. The buzz of chainsaws is a bit of deja vu for everyone at Keen Lake. The recent April storm knocked down tree after tree and within a day, help had arrived. “We heard about it, came on up to help. Helped a couple days last year with the tornado, came up this year,” said Ralph McCandless from Bath. This camping […]

  • Home in Wayne County Destroyed in Fire

    DYBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- There’s nothing left of a home in Wayne County after a fire Tuesday morning.

  • EF1 Tornado Confirmed in Susquehanna County

    HARFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down in Harford Township in Susquehanna County early Monday morning. NWS officials said the twister, with wind speeds around 90 mph, was on the ground for a little over two miles just before 2 a.m. The tornado touched down on Tingley Street and moved along Deer Trail Road where it took down a barn and portions of a silo. The tornado then took down trees and wires […]

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