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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.

Recent Articles
  • Judge orders new trial but refuses to release ‘Grid Kid’ killer

    BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn judge refused to release “Grid Kid” killer John Giuca Tuesday, even though four judges in the appellate division voted unanimously to vacate the conviction and grant him a new trial. The appellate division had ordered another trial in the 2003 murder of 19-year-old Fairfield University football star Mark Fisher. It accepted the defense arguments that a lead prosecutor in the first case gave special treatment to a key witness who had a heroin addiction and pending […]

  • Rabbi with prior history of child sex abuse arrested in connection with alleged underage sex trafficking

    EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — He’s a rabbi with a prior conviction for sexually abusing a minor. Now, he’s accused of being connected to two other adults in sex trafficking an underage prostitute. Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, was arrested with Gabriella Colon, 18, and Richard Ortiz, 23, by investigators from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, East Brunswick Police and Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Officials said that Colon and Ortiz sold the sexual services of a 17-year-old girl from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to […]

  • Twin brothers’ terror plot involved underage sex, teen labor and more: investigators

    HARLEM, Manhattan — New details are emerging about twin brothers being held without bail on accusations that they’d amassed bomb-making materials, with the intention of eventually building and using an explosive device in New York. Their story also involves allegations of sex with a minor, incriminating diary entries and threats to school safety. The school involved is the one where one of the brothers was a teacher. It’s being credited with helping to foil a potential plot of mass destruction. […]

  • Exclusive: Cop who drew offensive scrawl on ticket gets disciplined, all charges against arrestee dropped

    FORDHAM MANOR, the Bronx — Motorist Ramon Rodriguez was stopped by police four different times in the spring of last year, and one of the stops led to him being held in jail for over a week, on minor charges. During the last incident, the detaining officer made a crude drawing on a traffic ticket issued to Rodriguez. The scrawl closely resembled male genitalia, and the officer tried to conceal what he’d done. Now, Officer Edgar Rivera is being disciplined […]

  • Exclusive: New program lets tenants establish and build credit through rent payments

    SOUTH BRONX — It’s a conundrum unique to New York, that potentially affects millions of people in the Tri-state area. Home renters make up a majority of people in the five boroughs, and throughout the region. Even though many of them make on-time rental payments, and have done so, reliably, for years, they’ve not been able to build or improve their credit by doing so. A pilot program announced on Wednesday will change that for residents here, with an eye […]

  • ‘You have no remorse,’ Chelsea Bomber victim tells him as he’s given two life sentences

    After speaking on the record for the first time, the Chelsea Bomber received two life sentences, plus 30 years, all to be served consecutively, for the September 2016 bombing he carried out. Also speaking in court on Tuesday was one of the 30 people injured in the attack which, by many accounts, could have been much worse. Ahmad Khan Rahimi’s sentence is consistent with federal sentencing guidelines, and was imposed by Judge Richard Berman after a three-hour hearing. The judge […]

  • City should develop 1,000 empty lots as affordable housing, comptroller says; officials say they’re on it

    HARLEM, Manhattan — With New York City homelessness at the record number of 64,000, and many times that number seeking affordable housing in the five boroughs, the need to provide homes is more intense than ever. That’s why the city’s comptroller, whose job is to monitor and analyze city policies, publicly asked on Monday why more city-owned vacant lots aren’t being developed as affordable housing. The city agency that oversees the use of city property and development, however, said that […]

  • NYC on course to have worst flu season in decades; why you need a flu shot and to take off from work

    LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — New York City is on course to have its worst flu epidemic in decades, according to statistics released Tuesday by the health department. The health commissioner along with the City Council’s health committee chairperson and the consumer affairs commissioner sent out warnings to the public and offered advice regarding ways to assure New Yorkers that they can safely combat the sickness. “This year is particularly bad,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the New York City […]

  • Detectives look at surveillance video from minutes after couple is slain on their Brooklyn stoop

    PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS, Brooklyn — Police are searching for at least one man who they say fatally stabbed a couple in front of their home. The crime was called in as an attempted robbery, but detectives are considering all possible motives. Meanwhile, the community mourns the loss of the well-known and well-liked couple. Hazel Brown, 59, and Stephenson Bonaparte, 65, were attacked by a masked man in front of their home in the 200 block of Winthrop Street around 6:30 […]

  • Anti-gang unit unveiled in new, cooperative effort to defeat MS-13

    HAUPPAUGE, NY — More than two dozen police agencies will now work together on Long Island to combat MS-13 and other gangs, officials said Wednesday. The announcement was made by the district attorney in Suffolk County, which has seen more MS-13 violence than any county east of the Mississippi, but which had also gained a reputation for not cooperating with federal authorities. Timothy Sini, installed as new district attorney last month, said that he’s changed the situation in a way […]