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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
  • Accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith makes his first court appearance Oct. 22, 2014, via closed-circuit television from Bellevue Hospital, where he's being held after a suicide attempt. (Photo: PIX11's James Ford)

    Stepfather charged in 3-year-old’s death remains in hospital

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — He’s accused of beating his 3-year-old stepdaughter to death and severely beating her 5-year-old brother.  On Wednesday, Kelsey Smith spoke publicly for the first time. He did not have much to say, since he was at a first court appearance, tersely answering procedural questions, but the circumstances surrounding that appearance offer significant insight into Smith’s mental state now. Kelsey Smith, who also goes by the name Shawn, made his first court appearance via video conference.  The […]

  • Accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith makes his first court appearance Oct. 22, 2014, via closed-circuit television from Bellevue Hospital, where he's being held after a suicide attempt. (Photo: PIX11's James Ford)

    Stepfather charged in 3-year-old girl’s slaying to remain in hospital

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – A stepfather accused of killing a 3-year-old girl and wounding her 5-year-old brother made his first court appearance Wednesday via closed-circuit television from a hospital where he’s being held after a suicide attempt. Kelsey Smith, 20, will remain in custody at Bellevue Hospital until Friday, his next scheduled court date, a judge decided. Smith is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his stepdaughter Jeida Torres. He was supposed to be taking care of the […]

  • ‘911 failed’ in Queens fire that killed two children: NYC investigator

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (PIX11) – The city’s 911 system failed in the case of a fire that left two young children dead, the city’s chief investigator said on Tuesday after issuing a report of his department’s six-month probe into the April 2014 incident. The report added that New York’s 911 system has failed broadly, and the Department of Investigation said that it’s working with the FDNY to implement a newer, more efficient response system. The family of the toddlers who died […]

  • Police search for trio who beat woman in brutal robbery

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – It’s an unusually violent act that was caught by a surveillance camera, and now, investigators are hoping that video will help catch three men who attacked and robbed a woman as she walked home after a night out.  The crime left the woman in the hospital, and has rattled a community’s nerves. The video of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 2nd, was released by the NYPD on Monday.  […]

  • Jeida Torres, 3, was found unresponsive and unconscious by police. (PIX11)

    Stepfather charged with second-degree murder in beating death 3-year-old girl

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A Brooklyn man is accused of beating to death a 3-year-old girl and injuring a 5-year-old boy he was supposed to be taking care of. Kelsey Smith, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17. On Monday, the Medical Examiner ruled the fatal beating a homicide, and Smith’s charges were upgraded to second-degree murder. Police responded to a call Saturday afternoon in Bushwick where they found 3-year-old Jeida […]

  • Upper East Side scare causes first responders to wear full protective gear

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — Bodily fluids were reportedly involved as well as a possible recent trip to a west African country, so when city EMTs responded to an emergency call on Thursday afternoon, they showed very clearly what an abundance of caution looks like now. Their rapid but fully suited, thorough response showed firsthand how the city is trying to ensure that it answers calls that potentially involve Ebola in a manner that’s most likely to prevent the […]

  • After 29 years, man walks free for murder he didn’t commit but says justice still not served

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (PIX11) – After spending nearly three decades behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, David McCallum is now a free man. Despite his longstanding prison term finally coming to an end, both McCallum and the district attorney of Brooklyn, where he was convicted 28 years ago, said that justice still is not fully served. McCallum, 45, was brought on Wednesday into the Kings County Supreme Courthouse at 1:45 p.m., the same way he’d been when he was first taken into […]

  • Recent attacks against Jewish men in Brooklyn spark unity, manhunt for culprits

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) –Recent attacks on Jewish men in Brooklyn are raising concerns about two things being on the rise in the borough:  hate crimes, and racial and ethnic tensions in general.  Those concerns resulted in the borough president convening a show of support by community leaders on Tuesday to stand united against bias crime, even as some people on the streets of Crown Heights described an increasingly strained relationship among the community’s many groups. The most high profile […]

  • Pair taken to NY hospital with Ebola-like symptoms do not have virus

    NEW YORK (PIX11) - Two more patients with Ebola-like symptoms were taken to Bellevue Hospital, hospital officials said Monday. A spokesman told PIX11 Monday, however, that there are no cases of Ebola at the hospital.  Bellevue alone has handled at least 29 suspected cases of Ebola in the last two months. None of the patients actually had the deadly virus. The hospital issued the following statement regarding the latest scare: There are no patients at Bellevue with Ebola. Two patients there this morning […]

  • 2 men now behind bars suspected of trying to murder a man 15 minutes after he’d been released from prison

    ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (PIX11) – He’d been released from prison for 15 minutes when he was shot in an apparent surprise attack Thursday morning. But now, two men suspected of having staged the attempted murder are themselves behind bars. It’s the result of an investigation covering a 90 mile route and involving four different police departments. The case is apparently an attempted grudge killing, according to investigators. “I think that if you’re intent on killing somebody, you’re going to go […]


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