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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
  • Anticipated closures and mergers of Catholic churches affect more than just millions of Catholics

    EAST HARLEM (PIX11)– Dozens of Catholic churches, serving thousands of people in New York City and its suburbs, will close, or be merged with other parishes. That was the word Thursday from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the head of the New York archdiocese. Once the news was known, however, it became apparent that the changes will have a significant impact even beyond the 2.8 million Catholics who make up the archdiocese. One of them is Myrna Santiago, a parishioner at the […]

  • Farmingdale professor beheaded by psychotic son who later committed suicide: cops

    FARMINGDALE, Long Island (PIX11) — Passersby came across a neatly posed, decapitated body in a residential street Tuesday night, as well as its disembodied head, and they thought it was a Halloween prank. Then, once it was realized that it was an actual murder followed by a nearby suicide, rumors began circulating that police didn’t quell until Wednesday afternoon. That’s when the worst was confirmed, that a well-known and respected local college professor had been brutally killed by her psychotic […]

  • Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox leaves hospital, returns to Maine for quarantine

    NEWARK, N.J (PIX11) — It became something of a showdown between Kaci Hickox, a quarantined nurse who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa, and Gov. Chris Christie, who had implemented the quarantine order when she had landed at Newark Liberty Airport from Sierra Leone on Friday.  While there’s no declared winner in the dispute between them, the nurse is now on her way home, after threatening to sue Christie and the state of New Jersey, and Christie’s quarantine plan […]

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    Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox leaves hospital, returns to Maine for quarantine

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital after working in West Africa with Ebola patients has been released. A spokeswoman for University Hospital of Newark says Kaci Hickox was released at around 1:20 p.m. Monday and left the hospital in a private vehicle. The state Health Department says she will be taken to Maine, where she lives. Maine’s protocols will require the nurse to be quarantined in her home in Fort Kent for […]

  • Accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith makes his first court appearance Oct. 22, 2014, via closed-circuit television from Bellevue Hospital, where he's being held after a suicide attempt. (Photo: PIX11's James Ford)

    Stepfather charged in 3-year-old’s death remains in hospital

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — He’s accused of beating his 3-year-old stepdaughter to death and severely beating her 5-year-old brother.  On Wednesday, Kelsey Smith spoke publicly for the first time. He did not have much to say, since he was at a first court appearance, tersely answering procedural questions, but the circumstances surrounding that appearance offer significant insight into Smith’s mental state now. Kelsey Smith, who also goes by the name Shawn, made his first court appearance via video conference.  The […]

  • Accused of killing his 3-year-old stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith makes his first court appearance Oct. 22, 2014, via closed-circuit television from Bellevue Hospital, where he's being held after a suicide attempt. (Photo: PIX11's James Ford)

    Stepfather charged in 3-year-old girl’s slaying to remain in hospital

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – A stepfather accused of killing a 3-year-old girl and wounding her 5-year-old brother made his first court appearance Wednesday via closed-circuit television from a hospital where he’s being held after a suicide attempt. Kelsey Smith, 20, will remain in custody at Bellevue Hospital until Friday, his next scheduled court date, a judge decided. Smith is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his stepdaughter Jeida Torres. He was supposed to be taking care of the […]

  • ‘911 failed’ in Queens fire that killed two children: NYC investigator

    FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (PIX11) – The city’s 911 system failed in the case of a fire that left two young children dead, the city’s chief investigator said on Tuesday after issuing a report of his department’s six-month probe into the April 2014 incident. The report added that New York’s 911 system has failed broadly, and the Department of Investigation said that it’s working with the FDNY to implement a newer, more efficient response system. The family of the toddlers who died […]

  • Police search for trio who beat woman in brutal robbery

    CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) – It’s an unusually violent act that was caught by a surveillance camera, and now, investigators are hoping that video will help catch three men who attacked and robbed a woman as she walked home after a night out.  The crime left the woman in the hospital, and has rattled a community’s nerves. The video of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 2nd, was released by the NYPD on Monday.  […]

  • Jeida Torres, 3, was found unresponsive and unconscious by police. (PIX11)

    Stepfather charged with second-degree murder in beating death 3-year-old girl

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – A Brooklyn man is accused of beating to death a 3-year-old girl and injuring a 5-year-old boy he was supposed to be taking care of. Kelsey Smith, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder and acting in a manner injurious to a child younger than 17. On Monday, the Medical Examiner ruled the fatal beating a homicide, and Smith’s charges were upgraded to second-degree murder. Police responded to a call Saturday afternoon in Bushwick where they found 3-year-old Jeida […]

  • Upper East Side scare causes first responders to wear full protective gear

    UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — Bodily fluids were reportedly involved as well as a possible recent trip to a west African country, so when city EMTs responded to an emergency call on Thursday afternoon, they showed very clearly what an abundance of caution looks like now. Their rapid but fully suited, thorough response showed firsthand how the city is trying to ensure that it answers calls that potentially involve Ebola in a manner that’s most likely to prevent the […]


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