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

    New details of abuse emerge as stepfather is charged with killing 3-year-old

    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, was charged Sunday with assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17. Police responded to a call Saturday afternoon in Bushwick where they found 3-year-old Jeida Torres and a 5-year-old boy covered in bruises. Medics rushed the girl to a hospital in cardiac arrest, but she […]

  • 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 […]

  • Otisville suspects

    Pair arrested in shooting of ex-con minutes after he was released from 15 years in prison

    MOUNT HOPE, N.Y. (PIX11) – Two arrests have been made in the shooting of a man minutes after he walked free from a 15-year prison sentence in western Orange County, authorities said Friday. Jerome Mack and Edgar Wilson are being held in the Orange County Jail without bail. The victim, identified as 33-year-old Devon Simmons, was released Thursday from Otisville State Prison. In his possession was a Metro-North ticket to Manhattan, where he’d arranged to go to a halfway house. […]

  • Search is on for pair who shot man minutes after he walked free from 15 years in prison

    MOUNT HOPE, N.Y. (PIX11) — From Upper Manhattan to Western Orange County, some 70 miles away, there’s a three-agency police search underway, following the shooting of a man who had just finished serving a 15-year prison sentence and had walked out of a state facility minutes earlier. UPDATE: Pair arrested in shooting of ex-convict minutes after prison release It’s located in Otisville: population 1,056.  In the sleepy village that’s part of the town of Mount Hope, sights like the one at […]

  • City hospitals’ demonstration of their readiness to handle Ebola isn’t quite ready itself

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — There are currently no reported cases of the Ebola virus in New York City. If there were, though, the public hospital system of the city of New York would be the main overseer of how the case or cases would be handled. In fact, anybody who flies into JFK Airport who is diagnosed with Ebola would be immediately sent to the city’s premiere public hospital, Bellevue. At that hospital on Wednesday, senior medical staff made a […]

  • NYPD investigates 7th Heaven’s Stephen Collins’ alleged child molestation confession

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – He has now resigned from the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild, and been removed from the cast of the movie ‘Ted 2,’ and now actor Stephen Collins, who made his reputation playing the squeaky clean Rev. Eric Camden in the hit TV series “Seventh Heaven,” faces extensive questioning and the possibility of an arrest on multiple child molestation charges. The NYPD has confirmed that detectives are pursuing a complaint against Collins, 67, regarding […]


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