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James Ford is a reporter for the PIX11 News at 5.

James joined WPIX in 2007, serving as the lead live reporter for the PIX11 Morning News, covering breaking news and feature stories.

Prior to his position at WPIX, Ford was a reporter for six years at WNYW Channel 5 in New York, where his reporting on September 11 was the subject of the documentary “Dreams Without Sleep,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2002.

Ford, an Emmy Award-winning reporter, began his television career in 1991 at WTOC-TV in Savannah, GA, where he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. Two years later he went to WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando, FL. He was the station’s Space Coast bureau chief, responsible for reporting all types of news in Brevard County, which is called Florida’s Space Coast.

In that position, he also field-anchored coverage of forty-one space shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. In 1997, Ford moved to WRTV Channel 6 in Indianapolis, where he anchored the morning news and was a consumer investigative reporter.

James is proud to have grown up in an Air Force family, having lived in 6 states and Great Britain. He and his family live in Manhattan.

Ford is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also studied Arabic at the International Language Institute of Cairo.

Recent Articles
  • How you’ve been getting money from Cuba for year and didn’t know

    (PIX11)– We all know about the world’s fascination with Cuban cigars, but what about Cubans fascination with American products. PIX11’s James Ford gives us an inside look at how Cubans have imported a massive amount of American products, most notably agriculture despite U.S. imposing an embargo on the island nation.

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    Cuba’s love of American culture shown through passion for baseball (2007)

    HAVANA, Cuba (PIX11) — For a sport born in the U.S., the people of Cuba seem to adore the game to the point of fanaticism. It’s clear to see when witnessing dozens of men gathered around in a heated debate in Havana’s Central Park, or a father tosses a ball made of masking tape back and forth with his son. Other boys catch makeshift balls with leather gloves worn down to their skin, playing in dusty fields yelling American terms of […]


    Warmer U.S.-Cuba relations could make goods like cigars more available, but…

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — It is rare indeed for a New York City media outlet to be able to record the process of picking and curing the tobacco that makes the cigars which consistently, in blindfolded tests with smoking experts, are rated best in the world. But PIX11 News cameras were able to do just that — record that process of preparing cigars in Cuba. “The big difference is the land. Cuban soil is full of oils and minerals,” said […]

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    Why NYers pay extra phone bill fee — and where the money really goes

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – Every month, New York cellphone users pay an extra $1.20 on their bills, a state mandated amount that was meant to pay for improving 911 service on cellphones. While that fee may be too small to gain much notice — let alone spur any emotional reaction — cellphone customers may be surprised, and even frustrated, to learn how that surcharge is actually being spent. The fee, called the Public Service Commission surcharge, was raised to its […]

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    Dispute between Mayor De Blasio and NYPD rank and file intensifies

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — As the city’s chief executive, Mayor Bill de Blasio oversees all New York City agencies, including the police department. However, the mayor and the rank and file of the police are currently very publicly at odds over his handling of attacks on officers during protests over deaths of people of color in police custody. On Monday, the mayor did not seem to help himself in the situation, even as he attempted to improve it.  Some other […]

  • TRASHED: New law will remove illegal clothing bins from NYC streets

    CITY HALL (PIX11) – In the past few years, clothing donation bins have increased twenty-fold on New York City sidewalks.  Most of the bins are illegal, but for years, their owners have managed to avoid penalties.  That has now officially changed, with the implementation of a City Council bill that changes how the bins are regulated. Over the weekend, a City Council measure passed into law that would require the bins to be removed as soon as they are ticketed […]

An NYPD sergeant gets punched on the side of the head by an Eric Garner protester in this caught-on-video assault at the Staten Island Ferry’s Whitehall terminal on Dec. 4.

    VIDEO: Eric Garner protester goes to court after allegedly punching NYPD cop at Staten Island Ferry

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — On Wednesday, a Brooklyn man went before a judge for the second time in days, charged both times with hitting cops.  His second case, however, surfaced after the image of Yomateli Sayer, 22, of Brooklyn, was captured on video uploaded to the web, according to investigators.  The video capture led to Sayer’s arrest. It ended up being the punch seen again and again on the web, until somebody removed it — but not before broadcast media […]

  • PIX11 reporter helps stranded driver after nor’easter floods Long Island

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – A strong Nor’easter with high tides and high winds right near the time of a full moon. That was the description of conditions when Superstorm Sandy hit the Tri State Area, and those are the same sort of conditions affecting the New York – New Jersey – Connecticut region Tuesday night. It has shut down numerous roadways, including four major New York highways, and left many homeowners turning on sump pumps, and hoping for the best. […]

  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge right, and Chirlane McCray, the wife of the mayor of New York City, center, receive flowers from Andrew, 5, left, and Mila, 6, before leaving Northside Center for Child Development during her official two-day visit to the United States. (Getty Images)

    Princess Kate shows ability to relate to the rest of us during East Harlem visit

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess of Great Britain, is more commonly known as Princess Kate. She proved that she has a common touch, despite showing up at the Northside Child Development Center in East Harlem like the royal celebrity she is. The crowd of a few dozen onlookers across the street cheered as Kate emerged from the State Department SUV that brought her to the the 110th Street facility.  Among the supporters braving the sub-freezing conditions […]

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    Variety of Eric Garner protests all day Sunday shows unrest still simmering

    NEW YORK (PIX11) –From noon until late at night Sunday, a variety of protesters entered at least a half dozen venues throughout Lower Manhattan and Midtown to express anger over the killings of unarmed black men during police encounters. While the numbers of demonstrators is down from days ago, the protesters still manage to disrupt significant public and private spaces, and can offer some indication of what a mass protest scheduled for next weekend may look like. “This is our […]


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