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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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    Exonerees demand interrogations be recorded to prevent more wrongful convictions

    CITY HALL — In nearly two dozen cases in the New York metro area in the last two years, people have been released from prison after being locked up for years for crimes they didn’t commit. On Friday, many of them were at City Hall, attempting to get city leaders to adopt changes in police procedures that they say can help prevent wrongful convictions like theirs. However, one important factor was only there in a limited capacity: law enforcement. “The […]

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    Search resumes for remains in Brentwood after 4 bodies found in a week

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. — For at least the third time in a week, police on Thursday searched wooded and abandoned areas of Brentwood, Long Island for human remains. On two of those occasions, searchers found human skeletons. They were found in addition to the badly beaten bodies of Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16, two best friends, whose remains were found last week. On Thursday, the search was on the long abandoned grounds of the former Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital. […]

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    FBI wants to talk to men who found suitcase stuffed with explosive in Chelsea

    NEW YORK — A photo was released Wednesday showing two men who allegedly found a pressure cooker bomb inside a suitcase in Chelsea during the same hour that a blast went off just blocks away. Federal authorities want to speak to the men about what they discovered Saturday night along West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues. They also want to recover the luggage the pair took. “They are witnesses. There are no criminal charges. They are not in jeopardy of […]

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    Why the $5.2M bail set for Ahmad Khan Rahami doesn’t mean he’ll walk

    NEW YORK — Hours after accused bombing and cop-shooting suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami was taken into custody on Monday, he not only faced his first set of charges, he was also granted bail. Reactions on social media were swift, and they were highly critical of the judge’s bail decision. However, as an attorney with deep experience defending a New York terror suspect points out, there’s much more to Rahami’s legal situation than the more than $5 million bail he was […]

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    Bombings make New York even more central to the presidential race

    NEW YORK — The bombings in Chelsea and Seaside Park, N.J., as well as the arrest of suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, were bound to figure in to the presidential race. However, with both candidates being New Yorkers and the bombings and manhunt taking place in the New York metro area, as well as the first debate between the two candidates set for next Monday on Long Island, the political stakes are very New York-centric and very high. Monday saw Democratic […]

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    Murdered Brentwood teens’ families show unity as investigation deepens; $5K reward offered

    BRENTWOOD, Long Island — The families of two teenage friends who were killed in an apparent act of gang violence in Brentwood came together Thursday in a show of unity and strength. Still, their daughters’ killers have yet to be found, so police are taking extra measures and offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Around 4:45 p.m., the parents of Nisa Mickens, 15, joined the parents of Kayla Cuevas, 16, at a large and growing […]

  • Kayla Cuevas (left) was found dead on Sept. 14 in the backyard of a home. Her friend, Nisa Mickens (right), was found the night before on the street near Brentwood High school. Investigators said both teens died from blunt force trauma. (Facebook)

    Teen killed while trying to stop friend’s kidnapping in Brentwood; second body found in search for friend

    BRENTWOOD, Long Island — A teenage girl was found dead Tuesday night and on Wednesday a second body was found matching the description of her missing friend who was allegedly abducted after the teen was beaten to death, police say. Nisa Mickens, 15, was found dead Tuesday night on the side of Stahley Street, just outside of the gate of Loretta Park Elementary School, and a passing motorist called the sighting into 911. The victim had at least 10 significant injuries that led police to believe she had been beaten to death […]

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    ACLU calls on Newark police to stop arresting prostitutes, johns

    NEWARK, N.J. — It’s a common sight in a section of the south ward of Newark: women, ranging in age from their late teens to their fifties, walking the streets.  The Newark Police Department decided to crack down on the situation over the weekend, but now, days later, the Garden State’s main civil rights advocates are criticizing move. The ACLU of New Jersey said on Tuesday that the arrest of more than a dozen people for either selling sex or buying it […]

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    On NY Primary Day, can people in violation of the law become lawmakers?

    NEW YORK — On the ballot in Tuesday’s New York primary election will be candidates for more than 60 offices across the state. But herein New York City, at least two races are reminders that a wide array of people seek to become lawmakers, including some that are in violation of the laws they wish to make. In one case, a candidate has been feloniously in violation of the law. Hiram Monserrate was a state senator from Queens when, in […]

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    Fifteenth anniversary 9/11 ceremony sees first responders returning for the first time

    LOWER MANHATTAN — With this being the 15th year since the 9/11 attacks, the milestone brought with it at least two aspects to the memorial ceremony that made this one stand out from recent past years. One was greater attendance than has been seen for a while, and two, among the attendees boosting the attendance numbers, were many first responders who chose, in this milestone year, to return for the first time. The ceremony began as it has every year, […]