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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
  • A strong police presence was in Newark, New Jersey, the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 30, after an attempted rental car theft and police-involved shooting. (Photo: Air 11)

    Manhunt still underway for man and possible accomplice after Newark crime spree

    NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) — A series of crime scenes here in New Jersey’s largest city, all apparently committed by the same man, left a state trooper in the hospital and his fellow officers searching for the suspect. It started around 6:00 A.M., when a man tried to steal a Chevy Tahoe SUV from an Alamo rental car lot that’s right next to the landmark Anheuser-Busch plant. The man rammed the SUV into a convertible Ford Mustang and other high-end rental […]

  • De Blasio defends aide despite her relationship with convicted killer and drug dealer

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – She has close access to the man ultimately responsible for the security of New York, yet Rachel Noerdlinger, the chief of staff for New York City First Lady Chirlane Mcray, is in a long-term, live-in romantic relationship with a man convicted of a killing and drug dealing, who also has a history of making anti-police public statements. It’s a situation to which Mayor Bill de Blasio will not directly respond, even while the union that represents […]

  • Rookie cop is laid to rest in his hometown with a standing ovation for the life he led

    LAGRANGEVILLE, NY (PIX11) – His death was the result of a tragic accident, but on Thursday, NYPD Officer Michael Williams was remembered for the triumphant life he led. That remembrance, under dreary, gray skies, began with Officer Williams’s grandmother arriving under police escort to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church. A person having to bury their child is a frightening enough notion for most people, but to have to bury a grandchild, and an only child at that, was among the many […]

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    25-year-old NYPD officer killed in crash laid to rest

    HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. (PIX11) – A 25-year-old police officer who died just nine months into his service was laid to rest Thursday. Michael Williams died Sunday morning when the police van he was riding in hit a concrete barrier on a Bronx expressway. Eight other officers being transported to their work assignments were hurt. Williams’ funeral started at 11 a.m. at St. Kateri Tekekwitha Church in LaGrangevill. He was buried in Union Valley Cemetery in Mahopac in neighboring Putnam County. A graduate […]

  • Cellphones will likely be allowed in NYC schools, but not everyone is pleased

    CO-OP CITY, The Bronx (PIX11) – It’s never been permitted before, but soon, students in New York City may be able to bring their cellphones to school legally. Reaction to this new development was mixed when PIX11 News asked people about it, but the strongest opposition to the policy change came from people who have profited from the current ban on cellphones in schools. Every afternoon outside of the Truman Educational Complex, a scene reappears time and time again at […]

  • Global issues have local impact in NYC during UN General Assembly

    MANHATTAN (PIX11)– It’s well known that traffic on the East Side of Manhattan comes to a near standstill during the United Nations General Assembly.  However, when it comes to certain issues on which the assembly focuses, a lot of action takes place, particularly on issues that directly affect the Tri-State area.One major issue is security.  Every year, what seems like a battalion or two of federal and local officers shut off and take over the streets surrounding the U.N. Headquarters, […]

  • A black bear, not the one seen here, is believed to have killed a 22-year-old man hiking in a northern New Jersey nature preserve Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

    Rutgers senior killed by bear while hiking in NJ

    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (PIX11) — It’s extremely rare, but a bear attack has left a local man dead, and has left his circle of friends who were with him just before he died in shock and in mourning, as the investigation into exactly what happened continues. In Northern New Jersey, encounters between humans and native black bears are becoming more and more commonplace, according to both wildlife officials and residents. “They’re building up more and more and [the bears] have […]

  • Alfredo Thiebaud, founder of Delicioso Coco Helado in the Bronx, was crushed and killed by an electric metal gate at his warehouse Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was 79. (Photo: PIX11's James Ford)

    Owner of Delicioso Coco Helado possibly crushed to death by metal gate

    BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) –He was instrumental in turning the South Bronx from an urban wasteland into a community of homes, businesses and schools, but now Alfredo Thiebaud is dead at age 79, from a possible workplace accident that sparked an NYPD and federal investigation. At 5:05 Friday morning, Samuel Rosas was walking by the loading exit of Thiebaud’s flavored ice factory on St. Ann’s Avenue, and saw the man known as the Bronx Ice King lying lifeless on the ground, […]

  • Missing girl with special needs is found alive and well, but investigation continues

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A missing person story has a positive outcome, even though the story itself is not yet over. Nashaly Perez, 15, had been missing since Monday afternoon, but she’s now reunited with her family.  However, for most of the day Thursday, she was not able to return home. Around 7 a.m. on Thursday, police were able to retrieve Perez, a high school student with severe emotional issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Officers picked her up at […]

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    Parents’ concerns rise as enterovirus cases are confirmed across tri-state

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – The virus that had already shown a significant spike in cases in nearly a dozen states nationwide proved itself on Wednesday to be a rapidly spreading, potentially deadly illness. By the end of the business day, new cases of the enterovirus were reported in New York City, on Long Island, in New Jersey and in Connecticut. The situation left millions of families across the tri-state even more nervous than before that the ailment that most strongly […]


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