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
  • Robotics Team from Wayne County Battling for Title

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A team of students from Wayne County could end up competing against the best robotics teams in the world. The teens just won a district tournament and will head to the championships in a little more than a week. What has six wheels, weighs 150 pounds, and was designed and built from scratch by the Camo-Bots, a team of students from Honesdale and Western Wayne High Schools? Answer: the robot Maverick. “We have to use cameras, one […]

  • Help Sought for Forest City Statue Repairs

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — A lasting reminder of the selfless sacrifices made at war for our country is in need of repairs in Susquehanna County. From afar, the doughboy statue in Forest City stands firm, rifle in one hand, grenade in another. It has been a landmark in Forest City for nearly a century. Up close, you can see the World War I monument is showing signs of deterioration. “If there’s an icon around here in Forest City, it’s the […]

  • Reaction Mixed to State Ban on Smoking at Prisons

    CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — For now, inmates and workers at the state prison near Waymart in Wayne County are allowed to use tobacco products there. That’s all about to change come July 1 when the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is banning everything from cigarettes to chewing tobacco. People we found near the state prison support the move to ban smoking and chewing inside prison walls. Corrections officials will allow disposable e-cigarettes in certain spots but gone will be the days […]

  • Renovate or Sell City Hall in Scranton?

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Scranton City Hall is nearly 150 years old, and city leaders say it’s showing its age. A recent study found it could cost nearly $11 million to overhaul the historic building. City council is expected to vote on whether to ask for more than $5 million in grant money, about half the amount it would take to completely renovate City Hall. The mayor thinks Scranton could look into selling it and moving city offices elsewhere. A glance […]

  • Student Claims Civil Rights Violation by Transgender Student in Locker Room

    HONESDALE, Pa. — A female student at a high school in Wayne County claims her privacy was violated and she was subjected to sexual harassment all because a transgender student used the same locker room. Attorneys for that high school student in Wayne County filed a formal complaint with federal authorities on Thursday claiming her civil rights were violated. According to the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division, this all stems from an incident at […]

  • Plans for Dog Park in Hawley

    HAWLEY, Pa. — A new park for dogs in part of Wayne County is one step closer to happening. In Riverside Park in Hawley, there’s a trail along the Lackawaxen River and a softball field, but organizers hope by the end of this year, there will be a new dog park where four-legged friends can run free. Nicole Grzejka, her son August, dog Bailey, and friends were taking a walk in Riverside Park in Hawley on Wednesday. Bailey was on […]

  • ‘Stepping Up’ to Feed the Hungry

    FOREST CITY, Pa. — Some small steps made by kids in Susquehanna County are making some big impacts across the globe. Students in Forest City are trying to feed the hungry while staying active in school. Tiny feet roam the hallways of Forest City Regional Elementary School, with each student and each step making strides toward helping families in third-world countries. Teacher Krista Tully opened a box of new fitness bands called Power Bands, ready to turn them over to […]

  • Colorectal Cancer: Don’t Assume It Can’t Happen to You

    HONESDALE, Pa. — This month, health care providers are trying to save lives by preventing or detecting colorectal cancer. Blue ribbons are all up and down Main Street in Honesdale and Carbondale, letting people know it’s Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The ribbons are a reminder to some and a warning to others that colorectal cancer can happen to anyone and at any time. “The greatest majority of patients diagnosed with colon cancer have no symptoms whatsoever. It’s frightening. That’s why […]

  • School Providing Food for Families in Need

    DIMOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Every week, high school students in Susquehanna County are making sure elementary school students don’t go hungry. It’s an assembly line that works week in and week out to feed fellow students in the Elk Lake School District. High school kids pack more than 100 bags for elementary students with food for the weekend. “It’s nice to know those kids are getting the food they need,” said sophomore Emily Moore. It’s called the Backpack Weekend Food […]

  • United Methodist Church Faces Decision on Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Clergy

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Leaders of the worldwide United Methodist Church decided Tuesday whether to allow same-sex marriages and gay clergy. The outcome could have lasting impacts on the church as well as followers here in our area. The United Methodist Church has not allowed same-sex marriage and gay clergy for decades. This week, the worldwide church is meeting in St. Louis to choose which path to take. United Methodist Churches are found all around northeastern and central Pennsylvania. They […]

  • Repairs Needed on Deteriorating Road in Susquehanna County

    BRIDGEWATER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s a bumpy ride for drivers in part of Susquehanna County less than five years after a busy road near Montrose was newly paved. PennDOT has found problems with the road conditions and is working with the contractor on a fix. It’s a rough go on Route 706 near Montrose lately. Cars and trucks can’t seem to avoid all the potholes on a several-mile stretch that was just paved within the past five years. Drivers aren’t […]

  • Random Acts of Kindness for Some School Kids in Honesdale

    HONESDALE, Pa. — There were lots of smiles in part of Wayne County as children set out to share joy with others. Their random acts of kindness are meant to be a lifelong lesson. Little feet moving down the sidewalk in Honesdale were on a mission. Teachers with the Bethany Children’s House Montessori School led the kids to the parking meters and handed them bags with coins to tape to the meters. “Money, coins, they can put them in the […]

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