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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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    George Washington Bridge shuts down when suicidal man points air gun at cops

    NEW YORK — The country’s busiest bridge came to a grinding halt on Friday when an armed man pointed a gun at officers who’d responded to a report expressing concern for him. What followed was a nearly textbook case of police responding to a high-profile life-or-death situation. It all unfolded around 10:15 a.m. Friday morning. That’s when Officer Robert Wallace was driving east on the George Washington Bridge in his patrol car. He spotted a man on the pedestrian walkway […]

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    WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan – With an expanded deportation protocol, a revision of gender choice bathroom guidelines, and a significant enough increase in the number and intensity of hate crimes to cause the new president to publicly condemn them, this week has seen activity in Washington that’s either made challenges for people across the country or highlighted them. An exception to that is the New York City and its surrounding areas. How New York is responding to issues that are influenced by […]

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    Murder charges possible after Queens woman dies from bodega beatdown in October 2016

    JAMAICA, Queens — She was a grandmother checking on the well-being of some friends of hers who are shopkeepers, when she was punched in the face by a man who’s accused of robbing the store where her friends were working. That woman, Eve Gentillon, 69, has now died from the injuries she sustained in the attack. As her family plans her funeral, they, and others who knew her, are calling on prosecutors to punish the accused attacker to the fullest […]

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    New ACS chief vows to improve troubled child welfare agency

    KIPS BAY, Manhattan — It may be the most thankless job in New York City government, but somebody has to be commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services, or ACS, the agency responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of children, including prevention of abuse. The agency is still reeling from a series of violent episodes against children that it wasn’t able to prevent, including the deaths of Zymere Perkins, 6, last September and Jaden Jordan, 3, two months ago. […]

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    ‘Not My President’ rally brings out thousands, but will the frequency and intensity of protests continue?

    NEW YORK — This Presidents Day, a protest called the Not My President Rally took place in cities nationwide. In New York, it resulted in thousands of demonstrators coming together on Central Park West and at Columbus Circle near Trump International Hotel and Tower. It was the second protest of its kind and size in the city in as many days, and was one of dozens of demonstrations in and around New York in the four weeks since Donald Trump […]

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    Principal, 9 others suspended at NJ high school over students’ botched transcripts

    ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — A principal, three other administrators and a half dozen guidance counselors at a New Jersey high school are suspended until further notice after students’ transcripts were revealed to be botched, just as seniors are applying to college. It happened at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. “Although I cannot go into detail at this point, it has been discovered that there has been a wide-spread failure to properly account for student graduation requirements and grades…,” Superintendent Robert Kravitz […]

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    Many businesses across NJ close for the ‘Day Without Immigrants,’ but participation isn’t universal

    PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — In cities and towns across New Jersey, thousands of people chose to take part in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest by staying home from work and, in some cases, even keeping their children home from school. However, participation, while widespread, was by no means universal, and some participants carried out their protest in somewhat unconventional ways. In that last category were the owners and staff of Taco Express, a restaurant in Perth Amboy. Even though they […]

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    NJ business closed for ‘Day Without Immigrants’: ‘We’re here to work, to make America better’

    PERTH AMBOY, NJ — A New Jersey restaurant closed Thursday, as part of the nationwide strike “Day Without Immigrants,” but remained open to employees who wanted to work. The national grassroots movement has quickly gained attention through word of mouth and social media posts under the hashtag #ADayWithoutImmigrants, and seeks to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration reforms as well as highlight the contributions of the immigrant community in the United States. “We’re making a statement,” said Daysi León, who owns a New […]

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    New program allows drug offenders to get help, not jail time; Recovering addict’s family gives their assessment

    TOTTENVILLE, Staten Island — In most cases, an arrest for criminal drug possession can result in a trip to jail and possible multiple appearances in court. Under a pilot program announced on Wednesday, low-level possession cases would instead result in arrestees being placed in treatment programs, if they chose to do so. It’s a program called Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education, or HOPE, but its efforts are not limited to just heroin abusers. Anybody arrested for criminal drug possession is […]

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    ‘It’s about time’: Father of Etan Patz speaks out on jury’s guilty verdict in murder trial

    SOHO, Manhattan — What may be the most prominent case of child kidnapping and murder in American history came to an end, at least for now, after a jury rendered a verdict against the man charged with killing kindergartener Etan Patz. It’s been a murder mystery for nearly four decades, but the jury’s guilty verdict against Pedro Hernandez lays to rest any questions as to what happened Etan, who was six years old when he vanished. “It’s about time,” said Stanley […]