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James Ford joined the Emmy award winning “PIX Morning News” in 2007, where he is the lead live reporter five days a week, 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 11th 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 currently 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
  • Man who recorded rough subway arrest explains why he sprung into action

    EAST HARLEM (PIX11) – It was an apparent chokehold beating by police recorded on cellphone video that was first reported by PIX11 News. Now, it’s led to an NYPD internal investigation, and the bystander who recorded the video that opened up that probe talks about it one-on-one with PIX11 News. “Once I start seeing him knee him in the face, that’s when I was like, ‘Let me get my phone out and start recording,’” Shaquan Jefferson said about the scene […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Bridge flag pranksters explained by fellow NYC climber

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – The people who replaced the American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with bleached white versions of the Stars and Stripes this week are part of a subculture of thrill seekers. That’s what someone who’s part of their daredevil society told PIX11 News in a one-on-one interview Wednesday. “I’m a 17-year-old New York-based photographer,” a bridge and building climber who’s posted numerous photos of his exploits. He said that climbing to great heights and taking pictures from […]

  • Video of another choke hold arrest indicates the banned practice may be more widespread

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – The fatal arrest, recorded on video, of Eric Garner on Staten Island on suspicion of a minor crime has brought new attention to video recorded of another NYPD arrest using some of the same, banned tactics, just days before Garner’s fateful detainment. In the other incident, which was not fatal, at least two videos were posted to Facebook.  They show two officers taking down a young man in the 125th Street subway station on the 4,5,6 […]

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    4 EMS workers involved in death of Eric Garner suspended without pay

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) – Everything about the arrest and medical treatment of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in police custody, was wrong, according to two families of people who also died in police custody. Meanwhile, the investigation into Garner’s death and medical treatment continues. “It’s barbaric. I feel it’s inhumane,” said Carmen Ojeda about a plainclothes NYPD officer putting Garner, 43, into a choke hold and then, along with at least a half-dozen other officers, pushing […]

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    Astoria residents voice concerns over proposed luxury development

    ASTORIA, Queens (PIX11) — Astoria has long been one of New York’s most diverse, vibrant and affordable communities, but concerns that a proposed mega development on the community’s waterfront may displace low and moderate income residents was part of a protest and hearing at the Queens borough president’s office on Thursday. Right now, most of the northeastern section of the Hallet’s Point section of Astoria is a collection of garages, warehouses and other industrial buildings along the East River waterfront. […]

  • Mayor, clergy attempt to reduce rising tensions in Jersey City after cop’s slaying

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) –Rookie Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago will be promoted to detective posthumously and will be awarded the city’s Medal of Honor, its highest honor, Mayor Steven Fulop announced Wednesday. But even as Santiago’s service prior to being ambushed and killed was being acknowledged, tensions continued to rise in New Jersey’s second largest city, and Santiago’s murder laid those tensions bare. One sign of the intensity was the frequent and very visible patrols by emergency services […]

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    Chelsea Clinton dismissed from jury duty in Manhattan court

    NEW YORK (PIX11) - One of the most important rules of the Courts of New York is that nobody is exempt from jury service.  Proving that rule in New York Supreme Court all day Tuesday was Chelsea Clinton. The former First Daughter was part of a jury pool that had been considered for a possible long-term trial. While she did fulfill her civic duty to the fullest extent by being present at the call for jurors at New York Supreme Court […]

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    Second suspect arrested after rookie Jersey City officer dies in ambush

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) – More questions arise in the wake of the shooting death of rookie Jersey City cop Melvin Santiago early Sunday morning.    Perhaps chief among the questions investigators try to answer now is how did the man who some of them observed kill Santiago manage to pull the murder weapon free from the holster of an armed security guard. That act strongly shows premeditation, law enforcement sources tell PIX11 News, as does a statement by accused shooter […]

  • Assemblyman pushes to rid NYC streets of illegal clothing bins

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – They’re popping up all over the city, even though they’re illegal and appear to be a scam.  One legislator, however, has vowed to eliminate clothing drop boxes, or at least make it much more difficult for the large, metal, cube shaped receptacles to be left on sidewalks in New York’s five boroughs and around the state.  For many New Yorkers, the new regulations can’t come soon enough. The announcement by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein about a new […]

  • Body part found in second Long Island front yard

    HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (PIX11) – Another body part turned up in Hempstead Thursday evening, about a quarter-mile from where an arm was found the day before, police said. While authorities wouldn’t confirm specifics of the new findings found by the doorstep of a second resident’s home, sources said it’s possibly another human arm. Long Island residents are uneasy about what has unfolded during the past week. “It’s been very scary,” a neighbor said. “You don’t feel safe. You don’t know if this […]