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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
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    Family of mom charged with tying her child to a bush says she’s ‘a good mother’

    SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A local mother spent Tuesday in police lockup, accused of tying her child to a shrub and abandoning him.  The woman’s family called it a misunderstanding, but investigators and prosecutors said it’s much worse. The mother, Mery Isabel Quinde-Castro, 22, had nothing to say outside of Spring Valley Police Headquarters after she posted $2,500 bail on a child endangerment charge that prompted outrage. “What she did to that four year old was just totally disgusting and […]

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    Joy at Stonewall Inn after gay marriage becomes legal across the land

    WEST VILLAGE, Manhattan — The center-point of the world’s gay rights movement is the Stonewall Inn, where history was made 46 years ago when patrons of the gay tavern fought back against the police who were arresting them because of their sexual orientation. On Friday, it’s the focal point once again, as the main stage of celebrations of the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. Inside the Stonewall Friday evening, patrons packed in wall-to-wall were shouting, literally, their praises of […]

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    Exclusive: Ex-Knick Amar’e Stoudemire raises big money for lifesaving concept NY won’t accept

    NEW YORK – It’s a concept that’s been proven to save thousands of lives by swiftly moving EMTs and their equipment through congested traffic to get to emergency scenes.  But New York, the place that can benefit most in the U.S. from a network of ambulance motorcycles, or ambucycles, has yet to adopt them. So six-time NBA All Star Amar’e Stoudemire, who cemented his career in New York, is taking the matter into his own hands and is deploying a […]

  • What should be done with NY’s Confederate and slavery past?

    FORT HAMILTON, Brooklyn — His name is closely associated with the Confederate side of the Civil War, and Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name is also on the main street of this military installation, one of the most important locations in New York City. A painting of the Confederate battle flag he fought under is also in the most important office in New York State. So, in the wake of many changes across the southern U.S. involving memorials to the Confederacy […]

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    Hottest day of the year coincides with one of the longest, bringing unique challenges to keeping cool

    NEW YORK — It’s been the hottest day of the year so far, and for many residents of the Tri-State, the weather presents heightened challenges. Older people, of course, need to be checked on by neighbors when temperatures soar above 90, as they did on Tuesday.  Another group, which makes up about one-eighth of the area’s population, is uniquely challenged to avoid the hazards of the heat while trying to observe their religious practices. Rasha Abellhoum, a resident of Bay […]

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    How South Carolina church massacre spurred reaction in NYC

    HARLEM — He’s a 21 year-old with a clear interest in white supremacy, who has almost as many black friends on his Facebook page as he does whites. To say that accused Charleston church mass murderer Dylann Roof is enigmatic may be an understatement. One thing is clear, however. Even though he is innocent until proven guilty of this hate crime, he’s shown numerous times recently support for white domination. The profile photo on Roof’s Facebook page shows that sewn onto […]

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    Domestic violence by cops: A survivor discusses why it’s prevalent and how to prevent it

    NEW YORK — Philip Seidle remains in custody after many eyewitnesses saw and recorded on cellphone video the Neptune, New Jersey police sergeant fatally shooting his ex-wife in front of their child.  The case is putting the issue of domestic violence by law enforcement officers into the spotlight. The occurrence of such abuse can happen significantly more frequently than it does for the general population, and stopping it and, more important, preventing it has unique challenges. In Seidle’s case, on […]

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    How NAACP leader Dolezal’s story is a repeat of centuries’ old situation

    NEW YORK — After days of silence, former Spokane, Washington NAACP president Rachel Dolezal has now spoken publicly for the first time since being identified by her parents as a white person who had for years lived her life as African-American. But her situation, while fascinating, is actually not new, by any means.  Throughout American history, people of European descent have portrayed themselves as African American for a variety of reasons, even though the disadvantages of being a person of […]

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    As deadline ticks away, 2 million left wondering what happens to their rent

    CROWN HEIGHTS – It’s a situation that’s left two million people not knowing how high their rent may go, at best, or facing the possibility of losing their homes, at worst.  But Albany’s inability to renew rent regulation legislation has plenty of residents frustrated and concerned. “We’re just making it month by month, pinching it day by day,” said Natasha Creese from the living room of her rent regulated apartment on Schenectady Street.  “We don’t expect much.  What we have […]

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    The prison next door: What’s it like to live next to Sing Sing?

    NEW YORK – As the manhunt continues for two murder convicts who escaped from an upstate high security prison, it raises the question of what life is like for people like the residents of Dannemora, the town where the facility is located.  Their homes and schools are taking extra precautions as the search for the escaped prisoners continues.  That’s not the case near state correctional facilities in the New York City metro area, but the escape underscores how security is […]


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