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
  • 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 […]

  • Rain Washes Out Wayne County Road

    CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Heavy rain washed away part of a road in Wayne County.

  • Local Golfers Marvel at Tiger Woods’ Comeback Story

    ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — With a putt on the 18th green of Augusta National, Tiger Woods was not only a Masters champion for the fifth time but back on top of the golf world. The phenom was on pace to shatter records when he joined the PGA in the mid-1990s but then faltered. Personal problems, health issues and no major tournament victories in 11 years. “I didn’t think he had a chance. I was one of those guys a few […]

  • Puttin’ a New Coat on the Ritz

    HAWLEY, Pa. — After years trying not to look up at the ceilings at a theater in Wayne County, patrons will soon be able to enjoy the show with a fresh coat of paint. The summer season opens in just a couple months at the Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley. The place is getting its first makeover in years removing the eyesore above the audience and the stage. Before the curtain goes up on the first musical or comedy of […]

  • Easter Tradition in Honesdale May Come to End

    HONESDALE, Pa. — As Christians get ready to celebrate Easter, for the first time in decades, a longtime religious tradition in Wayne County may not happen. We first told you in October about the letter asking Honesdale to move the cross that’s lit on Irving Cliff every Easter season or stop lighting it. The Freedom From Religion Foundation claims it violates the Constitution because it’s on borough property and now, it appears as though the cross that’s been lit for […]

  • Residents Concerned about Scranton Intersection

    SCRANTON, Pa. — An intersection in Scranton has seen nearly 40 crashes in the past few years, according to police who are joining neighbors in asking PennDOT to step in and fix the problem. As cars and trucks buzz through the intersection of Pittston Avenue and Orchard Street, neighbors can’t help but think it’s only a matter of time before they witness another crash. “My wife got hit there, a young lady ran the stop sign on Orchard Street,” said […]

  • Another Dollar General in Rural Wayne County?

    LEBANON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Plans for a new Dollar General store in part of Wayne County are being met with mixed reaction. Some think a discount chain store doesn’t fit in the country while others are looking forward to a convenient location to shop. Drive to Rileyville and you’ll more than likely have gone through the four-way intersection at Routes 191 and 371. There’s not a whole lot there other than a small gas station, grange, homes, and farms. That’s […]

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