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
  • No Snow, Slow Sales for Snowmobiles

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — No snow means slower sales than usual for snowmobile dealers. It is usually a rite of passage in northeastern and central Pennsylvania this time of year — snowmobiles on the go and snow on the ground, but this year, not so much. Mike Watson at Baer Sport Center near Honesdale is a big fan of winter and enough snow to drive sales of Polaris sleds. Watson has noticed, however, less business as a result of less […]

  • Help for Federal Workers and their Families

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — As the partial government shutdown continues, the community is pitching in to help federal workers and their families in Wayne County. Iron Hill at 1940 is one of several locations offering free food or items to federal employees who are going without pay during this nearly month-long shutdown. Chelsea Gabell hugs her husband before he starts his shift at the federal prison near Waymart. The couple is living on the income from Chelsea’s job while her […]

  • Bowling Lanes in Nicholson Converted to Entertainment Center

    NICHOLSON, Pa. — After more than half a century filled with the sounds of falling pins, a bowling alley in Wyoming County has been reborn. Sean Frazier is playing one of the top golf courses in the world, in January, in Nicholson. He’s inside the former Belvedere Lanes, now an entertainment center with corn hole set up where the lanes and gutters were for more than 50 years. “I like what Allen’s done so far, to have pool tables, darts, […]

  • Waymart Neighbors Voice Concerns over Proposed Power Plant

    WAYMART, Pa. — There is concern in Wayne County over a proposed hydroelectric facility. The energy company behind the plans only just started the process of seeing if it would work, and neighbors feel blindsided. Several concerned residents plan to show up when Waymart borough council meets to voice concerns over the proposed Waymart West Pumped Storage. The company behind the proposed facility has an initial permit from the feds, all before neighbors knew what could happen. Before the fog […]

  • Wayne County Brewery Wins Big at Pennsylvania Farm Show

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A brewery in Wayne County is saying cheers to the three awards it won at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this weekend. Becky Ryman poured a glass of Wallenpaupack Brewing Company’s “Wet Hop Farmhouse Ale,” one of three award-winning beers Ryman’s company brews near Hawley. This particular beer won the coveted “PA Preferred Legacy” award and the brewery has the hardware to prove it. “We’re the first winner of that award, very exciting.” Ryman and her brewing […]

  • Delivering Christmas Cheer to Kids in Dunmore

    DUNMORE, Pa. — Dozens of kids in Lackawanna County experienced first-hand the spirit of giving. With a visit from Santa and the generosity of a community, the kids on a certain Christmas list that was started months ago are spending Sunday night with a new toy, a symbol of the holiday season. It’s the Sunday before Christmas at the Dunmore Police Department and bags of goodies are headed home with families who found themselves in need this time of year. […]

  • Kratom Causes Concerns in Carbondale

    CARBONDALE, Pa. — There is a backlash in the city of Carbondale after a new business advertised sales of the drug Kratom. The substance is legal, but the feds have concerns while the store’s owner says it helps his customers. Endless Mountains Glass Gallery is new to Carbondale. The owner moved the business here recently from nearby Mayfield. The storefront had a large sign for Kratom which caused a lot of concern on social media. While the FDA has warnings […]

  • Man Sentenced to Prison for Killing Girlfriend

    MILFORD, Pa. — The boyfriend of a teenager whose remains were found on a former llama farm in Pike County will spend up to 42 years in prison. Sky McDonough, 27, of Milford, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon. A judge sentenced McDonough to between 21 years, 3 months and 42 and a half years in state prison for the murder of Leanna Walker near Milford back in 2016. In court, McDonough apologized for murdering Walker and then burning her body and […]

  • Giving Back This Christmas in Scranton

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Volunteers offered a¬†helping hand for hundreds in Scranton on Monday, all thanks to donations of food and toys to the Salvation Army. The gym floor was covered with bags of toys, and outside, an entire operation was underway to help the less fortunate this holiday season. “There’s a lot of people who have absolutely nothing, so it’s a huge help,” said Jessica Dutter of Old Forge. Dutter has five children at home and came by the distribution […]

  • Slopes Open at Elk Mountain

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — For a Wednesday in December, the chairlift at Elk Mountain was getting a workout. Skiers and snowboarders weren’t going to pass up a chance to hit the mountain on opening day. “It’s a great first day, tons of snow, lots of snow, tons of trails open,” said eighth grader Sam Millett. Millett wasn’t the only one skipping school. A whole crew from Lackawanna County picked Elk over class. “Definitely, can’t miss the opening day at Elk; […]

  • Experts Hopeful Free Narcan Will Help Addicts

    HONESDALE, Pa. — You will soon be able to get a lifesaving drug for people who overdose on opioids. Pennsylvania is handing out naloxone at 80 health centers across the state on Thursday. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is best known for its ability to reverse an overdose. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is using nearly $400,000 to provide the drug to people like first responders to put naloxone in the hands of people like you and me. Suzie Frisch heads […]

  • ‘Christmas Pothole’ in Wilkes-Barre to be Repaired

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A gaping hole in a street in Wilkes-Barre may be fixed as early as Tuesday after neighbors planted a Christmas tree in it last weekend. Neighbors were fed up that the sinkhole in the middle of Sturdevant Street was getting bigger over the past few weeks without a fix. Now it seems their festive way of calling attention to the problem may have crews out to fix the problem soon. There’s a metal slab over the sinkhole […]