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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
  • isis

    ISIS hackers take over local healthcare website; company tries to assure patients their info is safe

    KROTONA, N.Y. (PIX11) — It’s a hazard that could affect anyone with an internet connection, and it comes courtesy of the terrorist group ISIS.  Hundreds of people in the tri-state who logged on to their healthcare provider’s website Thursday night and Friday got a very unhealthy shock.  An ISIS-supporting group had hacked in, leaving many people concerned about the security of their personal information. When they navigated to the website for Westchester Health, they ended up getting a webpage proudly […]

  • Exoneree

    $2.75M wrongful conviction payment may not be enough as exoneree struggles to adjust to real world

    (PIX11)– Wednesday was a $2.75 million payday for a man from Rockaway, Queens, but it was not a happy occasion by any means. A judge officially declared that amount was owed to Kareem Bellamy, 48, as compensation for his being convicted and incarcerated for 16 years for a murder that he did not commit. It was the latest in a long series of such cases in New York which has exonerees like Bellamy, advocates for the wrongfully convicted and some […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cancer-causing chemical dunes found at public beach, but town says it’s harmless

    BABYLON, N.Y. (PIX11) — Overlook Beach, situated between Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park on Long Island’s south shore, is a public beach that requires a Town of Babylon beach pass to enter during high season. That season begins this week, and demand for beach passes is high. In the dunes next to the beach’s white sand is a darker colored mound, rising up to two and a half stories in some places. The Town of Babylon insists that the […]

  • Where can you earn the most in NYC? How The Bronx is flexing its economic muscles

    PORT MORRIS, The Bronx (PIX11) — To find the highest wages in New York City, look no further than Manhattan.  But everybody knows that.  What they may not know is that apart from the borough that’s home to world’s highest number of billionaires, the highest wages are in The Bronx. It’s a key element in economic development that’s underway in the city’s northernmost borough in a significant way. In an unscientific sampling of passersby on the Grand Concourse, nobody guessed […]

  • Coors billboard brews angst after featuring glaring error

    THE BRONX (N.Y.) — For the third time in five years, Coors beer is the brewing angst in New York. This time, though, the problem does not directly involve alcohol or ethnicity. Instead, it involves geography. Specifically, the name of one geographical location in New York that virtually everybody knows — except, apparently, Coors. To be more precise, Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the word “article” as “any of a small set of words or affixes used with nouns to limit or give […]

  • bbking

    B.B. King dies: Bluesman had a unique relationship with NYC; now the city shows the love back

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — His name is synonymous with the blues, worldwide, but B.B. King had a unique and significant New York presence.  On Friday, following his death at 89, the Big Apple gave its own special farewell to the legend of American music. On the marquee of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where King recorded the album that won him his last Grammy Award, “Live At The Apollo,” were the words “In Memory of the King of Blues, B.B. […]

  • Community mourns beloved CUNY dean Derrick Griffith, killed in Amtrak crash

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Every death from the Philadelphia train derailment is tragic.  However, one of the people who lost his life, Dr. Derrick Griffith, was remembered on Thursday by hundreds of people whose lives he affected at two different schools.  At Medgar Evers College in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, there was a heavily attended candlelight vigil, and at CUNY Prep High School in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx, a seemingly endless line of current and former students came […]

  • Mineta Calls For A New "Turnraround CEO" To Lead Amtrak

    How you’re paying plenty for better rail service you’re not getting

    (PIX11) — The Philadelphia train derailment is a glaring reminder that public investment in rail travel is very low, despite the fact that people in our region are paying significant tax dollars that could be applied to improving different modes of rail travel. Instead, though, the funding is going to other projects, some worthy of the spending, perhaps, and others not.  But a noticeable percentage of our region’s tax dollars are not benefiting our region. The United States’ investment in […]

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    Sandra Lee, partner of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, diagnosed with breast cancer

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Sandra Lee, a TV personality and the partner of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has been diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer, the governor announced Tuesday morning. Cuomo said 48-year-old Lee revealed the news with the Cuomo family “a few weeks ago” when “Sandy shared with me that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was devastated.” In Lee’s interview with Good Morning America, she said the diagnosis came on March 27. She says the cancer has not […]

  • nypd

    How much do blue lives matter? How anti-cop language, White House no-shows raise big legal issues

    (PIX11) — After two police officers were killed in Mississippi hours after a young NYPD cop was laid to rest, at least one person rejoiced over the situation very publicly. She ended up losing her job because of it, raising questions about the effects of exercising First Amendment freedoms. The situation also brings to light the question of how much police are appreciated in the eyes of the public. A related case is that of a t-shirt made by and […]


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