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James Ford is a reporter for the PIX11 News at 5 and 6 p.m.

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 Sept. 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 at WTOC-TV in Savannah, Ga., where he was a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. He later moved to WFTV, Channel 9 in Orlando, Fla. 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 41 space shuttle launches at the Kennedy Space Center. Ford’s next move was 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 six 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.


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    ROCKAWAY BEACH, Queens — Their names are strongly associated with holiness, and now, as the twin hurricanes of Maria and Jose churn in the warm Atlantic, the hope is that the storms will show grace both to the Tri-state region and to parts of the Caribbean with strong ties to the New York metropolitan area. In the case of Jose, that hope may be realized. In the case of Maria, however, it remains to be seen whether or not she […]

  • Large part of the subway system slows to crawl; riders call for fix

    NEW YORK — Spilled debris across the tracks at one subway station ended up bringing Thursday morning’s rush to a grinding halt on a highly-traveled subway line and slowing a half dozen other lines to a crawl.   Transit advocates called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to find the funds to fix the system after additional problems during the evening rush. Thursday’s problems happened two months after a track fire ended up having a similar effect on the entire system and a […]

  • ‘The Rape Table’: Federal officers go before judge for allegedly hazing colleagues at Newark airport

    NEWARK, N.J. — They’re accused of sexually abusing their fellow workers in a hazing ritual nicknamed “the rape table,” and now, three federal officers are awaiting trial on “serious charges.” Those are the words Judge Michael Hammer used to describe the crimes of which Officers Tito Catota, 38, Michael A. Papagni, 32, and Permenio Perez, 40, are accused. “My client is innocent,” said Perez’s attorney, as she walked with him out of court late Wednesday afternoon. Perez had covered his […]

  • Police investigate Columbus statue defacement in Central Park

    CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan — Police now search for whoever defaced a statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park, in the latest in a recent series of local acts of vandalism against images of the explorer. It’s all happened in the wake of protests and counter-protests over the removal of Confederate Civil War statues in Charlottesville and other communities nationwide. In the latest case, police were notified around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning that somebody had painted red the hands of the […]

  • Little league coach killed on 9/11 still inspires 16 years later

    CASTLE HILL, the Bronx — An FDNY firefighter who perished on 9/11 dedicated, and lost, his life to his profession, which he’d viewed as a calling. He was also one of the city’s strongest devotees to the sports of stickball and baseball.  The commitment that Firefighter Steve Mercado gave to both has lived on through the chosen career of one of the players on the pee wee team that Mercado coached through an unforgettable season, part of it posthumously. “He […]

  • 16 years on, 9/11 commemorations have changed, but dedication continues

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It’s been sixteen years since the 9/11 attacks, and while much has changed since that fateful day, family members and friends of the fallen who were at Monday’s memorial ceremony said that the most important things remain:  dedication to fallen loved ones and devotion to fellow family members. “It’s an obligation to honor those people for their service,” said Alice Greenwald, president and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, “and to acknowledge what these people are […]

  • First day of school brings free lunch and ‘3K For All’

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — The first day of school always means new teachers, new classmates and new adventures, but this year, the 1.1 million students of New York City Public Schools and their families were met with two major new programs, one of which is getting rave reviews, generally.  The other program’s success, however, remains to be seen. Across all schools and grade levels, free lunch became universal on Thursday, to the general approval of parents who spoke with PIX11 News. […]

  • Charges dropped against Pedro Hernandez, as investigation opens into wrongdoing against him

    CONCOURSE, the Bronx — His case became the center of a call for justice nationwide, and now the charges against Pedro Hernandez have been dropped, and a larger investigation into misconduct and corruption by members of law enforcement involved in his case is underway. Hernandez, 17, gained national attention after he refused to accept a plea deal for the assault and gun possession felonies for which he was arrested in July 2016. He instead insisted on his innocence, which kept the teen […]

  • Bronx DA moves to dismiss case against Pedro Hernandez

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