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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
  • All NYC public pools closed on hottest day of year, to dismay of kids and parents

    RED HOOK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Two unpleasant things happened at the same time in New York on Tuesday, leaving thousands of people frustrated and hot, literally. The temperature reached its highest point for the year, and every public swimming pool in the city was drained. The day after Labor Day is traditionally when the parks department drains its 55 outdoor pools, and Tuesday was no exception, despite the intense heat. That did not go over well with a seemingly endless […]

  • West Indian Day Parade has political parties as well as the other partying

    EASTERN PKWY, BROOKLYN (PIX11) — Its New York’s biggest party, hands down, and this year, the West Indian American Day Parade has not only grown, but has also brought noteworthy political intrigue to go along with the costumes, music and drama. Between 2 and 3 million people convene on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn for the all day Labor Day event, but it actually caps off a five-day festival of parties, pageants, talent showcases and other events that run morning to […]

  • Low gas prices make for one of the most affordable Labor Days ever

    SAYREVILLE, N.J. (PIX11) – At least 80 percent of Labor Day weekend vacationers are traveling by car, according to the American Automobile Association, and the number of drivers overall is up this year, due to gas prices being at their lowest levels since 2010. “If I was already traveling for Labor Day,” said Cathleen Lewis of AAA New Jersey Auto Club, “I’m gonna go, ‘Wow, gas is much cheaper than I expected. Maybe I get to go to dinner one […]

  • Body of missing NJ student Aharon Sofer found in Israel

    (PIX11) — His disappearance sparked concerns worldwide about a new act of terrorism in the Middle East, but now the body of Aharon Sofer, 23, a New Jersey man who was studying in Israel, has been found in Jerusalem. The volunteers who made the sad discovery told PIX11 News that the primary concern now, rather than suspecting terrorism, is supporting the man’s family in their time of mourning. “We didn’t want to tell them that we found him dead,” said […]

  • New research shows temperatures vary block by block

    HAMILTON HEIGHTS (PIX11) — This summer has seen the temperature rise above the severe heat mark of 90 degrees just five times, with the latest happening Wednesday afternoon. That’s far fewer times than in an average New York summer. But before anybody gets the impression that the summer of 2014 is milder than usual, they should consider two things: a research program led by City College of New York, or CCNY, and an analysis of weather block by block, in which the pioneering […]

  • Reward offered in case of NJ man missing in Israel

    LAKEWOOD, NJ (PIX11) — On the same day that a new long-term cease fire between Israel and Hamas was struck, a Central New Jersey town is hoping that one of its favorite sons, who has gone missing in Jerusalem, has not suddenly become a pawn in that conflict. Aaron Sofer, 23, was last seen on Friday in a park in Jerusalem.  On Tuesday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported an unconfirmed police alert regarding personal effects found near Sofer’s last known […]

  • Children of fallen 9/11 cops sworn in as Port Authority police officers

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (PIX11) – When the September 11th attacks occurred, two children and one first cousin of men in the Port Authority police who were killed that day were at a challenging age. They were old enough to know what had happened, but as adolescent children, they were too young to fully comprehend. Now in their mid-twenties, Jennifer Morrone, Liam Huczko and Patrick Gorman are following the path that their loved ones laid. On Friday, the three were sworn in […]

  • Four years after ‘Ground Zero mosque’ controversy, plans for another Islamic facility spurs a different reaction

    LOWER MANHATTAN (PIX11) – It was the source of protests, arguments, condemnations and, some say, helped to influence the outcome of the 2010 congressional elections.  Now, the so-called Ground Zero Mosque is back in the news after its developer closed on the sale of the property that caused so much controversy four years ago.  Even though a mosque is still in the plans, both it, and the reaction to it, are very different this time around. There are two main […]

  • Ferguson is on the mind as de Blasio gathers clergy ahead of Garner protest

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – They came together to explore ways that New York can heal following the Eric Garner police custody death and other cases of alleged police brutality, but events in Ferguson, Missouri were very much on the minds of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and about a dozen members of the clergy when they met for a round-table discussion Wednesday. “Hope springs eternal,” said Bratton as he walked into the meeting at the residence of […]

  • Business leaders propose new casino near NYC

    MEADOWLANDS, N.J. (PIX11) – This year, four casinos in Atlantic City have closed or will close before the autumn.  In the wake of those closures in South Jersey, there’s yet a new proposal to open a casino much closer to New York City. But with a handful of casinos within a 90-minute drive of the city already in existence, would a new New York metro area casino oversaturate the market?  And would lawmakers greenlight the venue at all?  Some north […]


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