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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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    Why is a Middle Eastern country buying stake in the Empire State Building?

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — As its frequent red, white and blue light display shows, the Empire State Building is an icon of not only our city, but our nation. Now, the investment arm of a Middle Eastern nation, Qatar, is buying a 9.9 percent stake in the parent company of the building. “It doesn’t sound good,” said a New Yorker who gave only his first name, Michael. “It should be somebody from [this] country.” “It’s a terrorist investment,” said another New […]

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    Woman playing with grandchildren in Brooklyn park struck by stray bullet

    EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn — For the second time in four days, stray gunfire has claimed a victim. As was the case when a woman was struck by stray bullets last weekend, the victim in the latest case is a grandmother. However, unlike the last shooting, the most recent stray gunfire victim survived, even though she sustained critical injuries to her colon and other parts of her body. Police report that Yvonne Mowatt, 49, was hit by three bullets after […]

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    Worker who fell from Manhattan building hospitalized in serious condition: FDNY

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — A worker was seriously injured when he fell from scaffolding on the 16th floor of a midtown Manhattan building Tuesday morning, according to FDNY. More scaffolding below him, as well as safety mesh covering the scaffolding, helped to break his fall. A call was about shortly before 10 a.m. about a person trapped on scaffolding at 110 West 38th St., firefighters said. Witnesses said the injured person was a construction worker, who fell from the 16th floor. Fire officials […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Security officer’s beat down of teen leads to arrest, more questions

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    Missing NJ mom’s buried remains found; couple charged with murder

    FREEHOLD, N.J. — Six months after a mother from North Jersey went missing, her mysterious case has reached a major milestone. The case took a turn when her remains were found Tuesday. Two people charged with trying to kill her in 2015 have been arrested in connection with her murder, while trying to cover it up. The story has three different scenes: one, the home of Tyrita Julius, 41, in Linden, in Union County, in northern New Jersey. She was shot there last […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: New legal team for Joey Fama, convicted in racially explosive slaying in Bensonhurst, seeks to reopen case

    DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Next week will mark 27 years since one of the most emotionally charged and racially explosive murder cases in New York City history took place. Joey Fama, then 19, was convicted of fatally shooting Yusuf Hawkins, 16, as part of a predominantly Italian-American group of young men who surrounded Hawkins and three of Hawkins’ friends in an episode of mass violence and mistaken identity. Fama contends, in an exclusive interview with PIX11 News, that he’s innocent of the […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Joey Fama recalls prison ‘friendship’ with Tupac Shakur

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    How to cope with the high heat as Con Edison asks you to cut back on electricity

    MASPETH, Queens — “I haven’t lost power, thank God and knock on wood,” said Maspeth resident Tina Tannacore as she crossed herself and knocked on her doorframe, “but it’s been a little [challenging] the past few days.” She was referring to the lower voltage her neighborhood has had over the last few days. It’s an intentional, five percent reduction in wattage, ordered by Con Edison in order for it to make repairs and upgrades to the electrical grid in the […]

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    Trump T-shirt sparks beatdown, so why is victim apologetic?

    BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — He claims that he was picked on for wearing a t-shirt bearing a message in support of Donald Trump, and then ended up taking a beatdown for it. Now, even though detectives search for a suspect, the alleged victim, Peter Yankowski is ironically apologetic. It underscores the complexity of what transpired between two men in the heat of the current climate of politics, race and exercising constitutional rights. To hear Yankowski tell it, the story begins with […]


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