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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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    Lawmakers in New Jersey look to tax Airbnb, online room rentals

    TRENTON, N.J. —€” Homeowners in New Jersey who offer rooms through online sites — such as Airbnb — would have to pay the same taxes and fees as hotels and motels under a proposed bill law. It’s a $30 billion business worldwide, with more than $1 billion coming from New York City alone, even though it’s illegal in the Big Apple. But AirBnB could become legal right across the Hudson River in New Jersey, if legislation just introduced at the statehouse […]

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    Alleged fugitive pastor brought back to Brooklyn to face charges of manslaughter in deadly 2014 fire

    FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn pastor and owner of an illegally subdivided Flatbush apartment building was indicted Thursday on manslaughter and other charges for a fatal fire in 2014 that left one tenant dead and nine others, including four children, injured. Rev. Luckner Lorient, 78, of East Flatbush, is a local pastor who’d once been commended by the state senate for his ministry, but, by contrast, the city government has cited him dozens of times over the years for severe fire code violations […]

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    Jersey City commissions pedestrian plaza mural then destroys it, inciting outrage from residents

    JERSEY CITY — It was created as part of an effort to promote public art in New Jersey’s second largest city, but a mural-sized painting on the pavement of the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza has been suddenly removed. The change was ordered by the same administration that had commissioned the artwork. It’s led to complaints of censorship, which the city denies. Still, many residents are not convinced. “My God, I’m really shocked they did this,” said local resident and community […]

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    How Monday’s storm sparked a 1000 percent jump in electricity costs — how YOU’LL pay

    NEW YORK — One effect of the fierce and wide-ranging thunderstorms that hit the tri-state area on Monday will be felt by many local residents in their next utility bill. While the charge may be not be enormous, it’s still an unforeseen extra expense that underscores how New York’s power grid relies in part on power suppliers located far from the five boroughs. That fact indicates that the grid system is easily susceptible to market forces as well as weather […]

  • NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16:  A kiosk screen reads 94 degrees in Times Square on July 16, 2013 in New York City. The worst heat wave of the summer has descended on the city with temperatures in the mid-90's today.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Amid heat wave, de Blasio urges New Yorkers to set thermostats to 78

    NEW YORK — The heatwave in which the tri-state finds itself Monday is being felt in at least two inconveniencing ways. The first involves conditions indoors while the other involves outdoors conditions.  Both seem to make many residents less than happy and considering violating actions recommended by authorities. One thing not in dispute is that it’s hot, with not much in the way of relief in sight for the next 24 hours. “At one time I couldn’t breathe at all,” […]

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    Why ‘heat dome’ may be worse than indicated, but we should still be grateful

    HARLEM, Manhattan — It sounds like the title of a horror movie, but a heat dome is the weather condition that much of the U.S., including the tri-state area, is under now. It’s the cause for the high temperatures and humidity that’s being felt all over the metro area. As bad as it seems, though, one weather expert says that it may actually be worse than it first appears. And as bad as that may be, a weather historian says […]

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    Taxi cuts off tour bus, causing crash near Central Park in Manhattan; multiple injured: Police

    LENOX HILL, Manhattan — More than a dozen people are in the hospital, two of them in serious condition, after the open-air tour bus on which they were passengers crashed into a tree next to Central Park. The bus, which is operated by GO New York Tours, ran off Fifth Avenue and into a tree between 62nd and 63rd streets about 1:15 p.m. Thursday. Police confirmed that 13 people suffered minor injuries. “We were working here” when it happened, said Danny […]

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    Hundreds of New Yorkers are owed millions in unpaid wages, and now the city wants to know if you’re one of them. Wilson Lopez was. On Thursday afternoon, he received a check for $50,000 in wages he’d earned a decade ago, but he was underpaid. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has pursued underpaying city contractors and won $8 million in settlements. Still, some $3.7 million of that remains unclaimed. Stringer’s office is encouraging anyone who’s done construction work on […]

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    Good Samaritan saves woman from potential electrocution in subway, calls it a ‘group effort’

    WILLIAMSBRIDGE, The Bronx — It was a selfless act of heroism by a bystander, who stepped in, literally, when a woman fell onto subway tracks and the electrified third rail next to them. Despite receiving a shock herself, the good Samaritan proceeded to help, but she says that the story isn’t about her bravery. It’s instead about a collective act of compassion and assistance by a large group of New Yorkers. “I saw a woman on the tracks,” said Victoria Owusu-Afriyie, […]

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    WTC artifact storage hangar closes, ushering in new phase of 9/11 remembrance

    QUEENS — For nearly 15 years, thousands of historically significant items from the World Trade Center have been stored at a hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport that used to belong, coincidentally and hauntingly, to the long defunct Tower Air. That WTC salvage storage facility, which is roughly the size of a city block, is now virtually empty, after the last of its major items were transported in a ceremony on Tuesday. That ceremony was part closure — of Hangar […]


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