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
  • Supervisor Accused of Sexual Harassment, Threats

    MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman who works at a PennDOT office in Pike County tells investigators she endured months of sexual harassment, including threats and stalking by her boss, a department supervisor. There was not a lot of activity at the Pike County PennDOT office near Milford to start the week. Employees handle road maintenance and more. But one worker here is now accused of going too far in his relationship with a woman he was supposed to be supervising. […]

  • Journalism Programs Concerned over Sinclair’s News Promo

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Roughly a dozen journalism programs are expressing concern over a TV company’s mandated news promo that gained nationwide attention. Sinclair Broadcasting owns or runs nearly 200 local stations around the country and wants government approval to buy about 40 more–including WNEP-TV. Newswatch 16 went to Marywood University on Saturday to get reaction to the backlash against the media company’s ethics. Communications students at Marywood University learn the ropes, the do’s and don’ts in the world of journalism, […]

  • Horse Therapy Gets Helping Hand

    DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A riding center in Wayne County for folks who are helped by horses is getting an upgrade this week. A company is pitching in to help Fair Hill Therapeutic Riding Center keep people with challenges moving. Carpentry crews were busy building walls along the outside of the horse arena at Fair Hill Therapeutic Riding Center north of Honesdale. This is where people who can’t get around so well or deal with emotional problems learn to ride […]

  • Family Dog Rescued from Icy Lake

    SILVER LAKE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  A family dog fell through thin ice leading to a frantic rescue effort in the freezing waters. That dog, Dekka, is warm and safe at home in Susquehanna County. But for 20 minutes Monday evening, he was trying to stay above water in a partially frozen lake. Neighbors heard a dog’s yelp at Laurel Lake and realized it was Dekka, the Conning family dog yelping for help. What happened next showed everyone just how much […]

  • Winter Weary Yet?

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some spots in Wayne County saw enough heavy snow Monday to cancel school and leave many digging out yet again. PennDOT crews were out Monday morning plowing snow-covered roads. Some 12 hours later, there are almost no signs that it snowed. Many woke up to enough snow to make it feel more like winter than spring. In Honesdale, not too many of us were laughing as we shoveled and cleared off cars once again. “This morning […]

  • Wild Weather Forces Claws ‘N’ Paws Cleanup

    SALEM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Cleanup continues at an animal park in the Poconos hit hard by a winter storm earlier this month. Many trees came crashing down nearly a month ago at Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park near Hamlin. Zookeepers have been doubling as cleanup crews ever since the winter storm hit, knocking out power to thousands and damaging some animal enclosures. “We are known as the zoo in the woods, so we are surrounded by trees. It was […]

  • Pipeline Project Spoils Trout Stocking

    BROWNDALE, Pa. — Some folks who have cast their lines every trout season in parts of Lackawanna, Wayne, and Susquehanna counties will have to find a new fishing hole this year. It’s not just bikers forced to find another spot to get out in the Forest City area this spring. The D&H Rail Trail is still closed for a four-mile stretch as UGI completes a miles-long gas pipeline project. That means anglers will also have to take their tackle boxes to […]

  • Hometown Pride for Paralympic Gold Medalist

    SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Friends and family of an athlete from Wayne County are beside themselves with pride after he medaled twice in this year’s Winter Paralympics. For his whole life, Kim Minor has known her son Mike was destined for big things. At her home near Waymart, she still has yet to unpack from this month’s Winter Paralympic Games in South Korea. “Ecstatic to say the least. This was his dream,” said Kim Minor. Mike Minor won bronze […]

  • Teen Running Half Marathon to Help his Native Country

    PALMYRA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A teen from Wayne County is gearing up to run a half marathon in Philadelphia this weekend. He’ll be running to help children in his native Ethiopia get an education. Mabret Levant is like a lot of other eighth graders at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School near Hawley. He answers questions in English class and plays sports, but there is something that sets Mabret apart. “I was adopted, and in 2014, we went back to where I […]

  • Future Uncertain for Burned-Out Bakery

    HONESDALE, Pa. — The future of a beloved bakery in part of Wayne County is in question after flames gutted much of the place on the same day the owner was celebrating her 95th birthday. Day’s Bakery closed a few years ago. The owners retired and the business has been for sale ever since. Mrs. Day never thought at 95 years old she would be celebrating her birthday on Sunday and then having to watch as her family’s life work […]

  • Family Loses Everything in Fire

    TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A family with four children are homeless after a fire wrecked their home in Wayne County. The family escaped the flames but now have only the clothes on their backs. When flames broke out at 1080 Shady Lane near Honesdale Tuesday, there wasn’t much more that Rachael Hester and James Stalter could do but get out with their four children. “The door just came off the hinges,” Stalter recalled. “I was standing there in the blaze […]

  • More Snow, More Problems

    WAYMART, Pa. — Snow on Tuesday closed schools again and left some hoping it’s the last blast from winter. It’s been storm after storm after storm for folks in the Poconos. The latest snow canceled school and left folks breaking out their shovels and snowthrowers yet again. Luke Gregory and his snowthrower have been getting a workout this winter in Waymart. Another helping of snow overnight has Gregory and his neighbors digging out yet again. “With all the different snowfalls […]