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
  • Questions About Proposed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center

    HERRICK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Neighbors in Susquehanna County don’t believe a proposed drug and alcohol treatment center is a good fit for the resort community near Elk Mountain. For decades, the Stone Bridge Inn near Clifford has been open for overnight stays and dinners.┬áThe owners recently agreed to sell to Just Believe Recovery Center, which runs a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Carbondale. Sam Long lives in Elk Meadows in the shadow of Elk Mountain. Long and others don’t […]

  • Forest City Signs Making it Safer?

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — In the sweltering July heat, drivers may notice a few new additions to Main Street in Forest City. They’re bright and right smack dab in the middle of the street. The signs warn drivers to keep an eye out for people crossing at crosswalks. “It’s a big safety issue,” said Forest City Police Chief Jim Johnson. “We have an older population. We want them to be safe, and we want motorists to be safe.” Chief Johnson […]

  • Drunk Driver Tried to Run People Over on Walking Trail in Wayne County: Troopers

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from New Jersey is accused of trying to run people over at a park in Wayne County. State police say Christopher Gaffney, 56, of Manchester, New Jersey, was driving drunk and nearly ran over several people on the walking track at Salem Township Park near Hamlin Monday morning. “That’s scary. What if he did run those people over?” said Theresa Heffner. Heffner heard about the scare. She and friend Kelly Elder can’t believe it […]

  • Mold Discovered in Doctor’s Office

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A doctor’s office for pregnant women in Wayne County recently discovered mold in its waiting room, leading to concerns from patients and employees. That black mold was discovered at the end of June at Women’s Health Center. Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers, which operates the office, says no one was ever exposed to the mold, and it’s being cleaned up. It’s still a bit unsettling for mothers-to-be and workers there. Signs at Women’s Health Center in Honesdale […]

  • Progress on Pond Eddy Bridge

    SHOHOLA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Steelworkers are tightening bolts on the new Pond Eddy bridge connecting New York State with a dead-end community across the Delaware River in Pike County. “I think it’s going up fairly fast, looks like it’ll be done in October, so we’re excited,” said resident Marina Mackey. This project started back in 2016 and is set to replace the bridge that’s been restricted to seven-ton vehicles for some time, limiting fuel deliveries and fire response. “Hopefully, with […]

  • Fireworks Sales Remain Hot in Wayne County

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Celebrating our independence is taking on a whole new dynamic this year. The state now allows the sale of aerial fireworks and for one shop in Wayne County, so far, it’s made a difference. Ray LaMonica lights a box of fireworks outside his store in the Hamlin area, the kind of fireworks now legal to buy for the first time if you live in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvanians have never had free and clear access to this product,” […]

  • Piece of Wayne County History Preserved as Museum

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A historic sawmill in Wayne County is now home to even more history. A new museum is one way volunteers hope to keep history alive. The Joel Hill Sawmill north of Honesdale is now a piece of history maintained by the Equinunk Historical Society. Over the weekend, the historical society dedicated another treasure from the past — the Thomas Cleveland Museum, 22 vintage machines, all connected to woodworking. “We have a variety of jigsaws, band saws, […]

  • Troopers Investigating Double-Murder/Suicide in Wayne County

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Gunfire led to a death investigation at a home in Wayne County. According to state police, this all boils to a double murder-suicide. Three people are dead, including the gunman. Troopers say the shooter is William Rowen, 60. He’s accused of showing up to his ex-girlfriend’s house to confront her and her current boyfriend, and that’s where he opened fire. That woman and victim is Carrie Martini, 45. The man police say she was currently seeing […]

  • Finally, Summer Vacation for Abington Heights Students

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — While many districts across the area have been out for summer for a couple of weeks, Abington Heights’ last day was Tuesday, all because of snow days combined with a strike by teachers that could happen again next school year. It was a bittersweet goodbye for students and teachers at South Abington Elementary School on the final day of classes for the school year. It has been an abnormally long year for everyone but Colleen […]

  • Man Shot and Killed in Wayne County Standoff

    UPDATE TUESDAY:┬áThe Wayne County coroner said Tuesday that standoff suspect James Sorrentino was shot in the neck and died from those injuries. The wound was not self-inflicted. The Wayne County district attorney will determine if troopers were justified in using lethal force killing of Sorrentino. PROMPTON, Pa. — A five-hour long standoff Monday morning in Wayne County ended with the suspect shot dead by state troopers and now prosecutors are investigating to determine if the shooting was justified. Troopers responded […]

  • Maple Syrup Labels Not Required to List Added Sugars

    SPRINGVILLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A proposal from the feds to require all maple syrup producers to include added sugar labels appears to be off the table. For one maple syrup producer in Susquehanna County, the news comes as a relief. Randy Loch has been in the maple syrup business in Susquehanna County for nearly 40 years and only now have he and his wife gone all in on a brand-new stand for fairs and events And when the Springville-based maple […]

  • Man with Rifle Sparks Big Police Response

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man with a rifle sparked a massive state police presence Tuesday morning in Wayne County. The parking lot of Shaffer’s Hardware right near the Route 590/348 split was packed with state police around 9 a.m. after that report of a man with a gun just down the road. Photos given to us by a viewer show that man with a rifle in his neighbor’s yard around 8 a.m. Investigators say Dylan Hopkins, 45, was spotted […]