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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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    TRIBECA, Manhattan — The investigation into what went wrong to cause a 56-story crane to collapse began at virtually the same moment it hit the ground. Even though the owner of the crane, the Bay Crane Company, and its operator, Galasso Transportation and Logistics, would not make any public comment in the wake of the calamity, they do have many questions to answer from federal investigators. Also, the whole situation may have been prevented, according to the city comptroller, if […]

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    Mayor de Blasio’s proposed streetcar line between Brooklyn and Queens criticized by some

    NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday formally laid out his proposal for a $2.5 billion, 17-mile long light rail system that would connect the waterfronts of Brooklyn and Queens. In those two boroughs, which have a long history of streetcar activity, the mayor’s plan could be seen as a trip back to the future. The movie with that name was, obviously, fiction, and in order for the mayor’s proposal to become more than fiction itself, he’s going […]

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    Man whose cyberbullying allegedly led to death of Tyler Clementi asks for acquittal

    NEW JERSEY — A new chapter opened on Wednesday in one of the country’s premiere cases of cyberbullying. Tyler Clementi was 18 years old when he jumped off the George Washington Bridge six years ago, after his Rutgers University roommate led a group of students in spying on and ridiculing Clementi for being a gay man. On Wednesday, that roommate, Dharun Ravi, 24, had an appeal heard in the case, four years after he’d been sentenced to and served nearly […]

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    Jurors asked to pull trigger of Officer Liang’s service weapon during Akai Gurley death trial

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN —  Imagine picking up and holding a cop’s semiautomatic handgun and pulling the trigger. That scenario was very real in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday in the trial of NYPD Officer Peter Liang. Liang allegedly shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28, in November 2014, but insists it was accidental. Prosecutors, however, are trying him on manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other charges. The case had to be temporarily stopped when Gurley’s girlfriend, a witness to his death, […]

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    Zika virus’ designation as global health concern prompts strong reaction in tri-state

    NEW YORK — The Zika virus is now officially a health crisis on a global scale, taken as seriously by world health officials as Ebola was two years ago. “The situation meets the conditions for a public health emergency of international concern,” the director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said in a statement at a news conference in Geneva Monday afternoon. That announcement is expected to draw more funding for combating this latest outbreak illness, which was first […]

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    Charges on LI sex offender raise questions of why many offenders aren’t publicly listed

    FORT SALONGA, Long Island— Special victims investigators now try to find out if a registered sex offender, who’s charged with sexually violating a 14 year-old boy, has done the same thing to other children. The arrest, say law enforcement officials, is the result of sharp police work.  It also raises questions about the New York State practice of not listing hundreds of convicted sex offenders in the state registry. Another issue that the latest arrest of Kieran Bunce, 48, brings […]

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    Could sex transmit Zika? Experts look into theory while urging caution after pregnant NYC woman diagnosed

    NEW YORK — It is now confirmed that there are a half dozen cases of the Zika virus in the tri-state area, and that one of those cases is in a patient for whom the illness has the most devastating effect — a pregnant woman. “Yesterday, we were informed of a laboratory confirmed case in a pregnant woman who traveled to an area with ongoing Zika transmission,” said Mary Travis Bassett, the New York City health commissioner,at a city hall news conference […]

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    Downside of construction boom: Dangerous conditions for poorly paid workers

    NEW YORK — A serious construction accident on Wednesday was a dangerous reminder of some of the hazards of New York’s construction boom. Many construction workers are calling the boom a bust for them personally, particularly when it comes to their pay and their safety. “Crushed fingers, broken fingers,” construction worker Carrol Turner said, describing some of the injuries he’s sustained over his last 13 years of work. “Falling down a whole floor, that occurred to me.” Another construction worker, who […]

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    City’s PlowNYC app receives heavy criticism from Queens residents

    QUEENS, N.Y. — It’s a city service designed to bring snow removal technology well into the 21st Century, but PlowNYC is helping to reinforce problems of a half-century ago, according to  a sizable number of residents and elected officials. Neighbors in the same borough, Queens, in which Mayor John Lindsay almost lost reelection in 1969 because of his tepid response to their snow plowing needs, now say that they have proof that the city’s app that claims it’s plowed their […]

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    Frustrated residents turn to PIX11 when the city had not plowed their streets

    QUEENS— It’s been three full days since the first snow of the Blizzard of 2016 began to fall, and throughout the day on Monday, hundreds of streets throughout the five boroughs of New York had gone unplowed. Particularly snow-bogged were neighborhoods in Queens, where residents like Joanna Hughes of Maspeth had choice words for how the situation has been handled. “This has been like this since the snow started falling,” she said as she surveyed the knee-deep snow that covered her […]


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