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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
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    NEW YORK — Six years and two months after he lost both legs in combat in Afghanistan, Matias Ferreira has not only become one of the world’s first double amputee police officers, he’s done so in a major way. He was elected president of his police academy class that graduated Friday afternoon, after having been selected to be a platoon leader for the Suffolk County Police Academy class, one of the largest ever, and that’s just a small part of […]

  • Dog used as drug mule to smuggle $1M of heroin to New York; dog rescuers concerned for other canines

    QUEENS, N.Y. — A dog was allegedly used as a drug mule to traffic more than $1 million worth of heroin to New York, the Queens District Attorney said Monday. The Avi Labrador mix had been shipped along the same route as many rescue dogs have been for years — and that has at least one major dog rescue organization, which is not at all involved in the drug crimes, concerned that this major bust will affect its legitimate, humane […]

  • Bus driver arrested for allegedly beating up 6-year-old boy; family files lawsuit

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — After he walked into his private school with a bloody nose, a 6-year-old told his teachers he’d been beaten in the face by his school bus driver. Now, the boy’s family says they want justice, and have filed a lawsuit against the school bus company, the school and the driver. Meanwhile, the man who hired the driver says it’s a misunderstanding that nonetheless puts well-meaning people “into a bad light.” The driver, Michael Bradley, 52, […]

  • Immigrants in the ranks make U.S. Navy the best in the world, sailors say

    NORFOLK, Va. — If it weren’t enough to work 18-hour days under extreme, life-threatening conditions for months at a time in far-flung locations across the globe, imagine doing all of those things, in the name of our country, when you weren’t even born here. That’s the case for a surprisingly large number of New Yorkers who’ve enlisted in the U.S. Navy. One of every 20 or so people who enlist in any of the U.S. military services is foreign-born. In the […]

  • NYC sailors give peek into life on board an aircraft carrier

    NORFOLK, Va. — One of the many ways in which the New York metro area is remarkable is that nearly all 20 million of us who choose to make the region our home are within an hour’s drive from the ocean. However, few of us choose to make a living on the sea that surrounds us. Even fewer still elect to venture out on the seas worldwide. Among those last few, an even smaller number choose to dedicate their lives […]

  • Buy MetroCards now — another fare hike set for Sunday; MetroNorth, LIRR passengers, motorists also affected

    NEW YORK — If it seems that the price to ride the subway had gone up not too long ago, that may be because it hasn’t been that long. In fact, the fare has increased five times since 2009, and a sixth hike id set to happen on Sunday. It’s taking many riders by surprise, and they are by no means the only New York City metro commuters who are about to see the cost of getting around go up. […]

  • Forecast conspiracy? Why the National Weather Service didn’t lower NYC snowfall forecast

    NEW YORK — In about half of the tri-state region, the snowfall on Tuesday ended up not being nearly as deep as the National Weather Service had forecasted. The agency now admits that it intentionally did not revise its snowfall prediction level down due to what it described as an intention to err on the side of caution. That raises the question of the effect that can have on the public’s confidence in the accuracy of forecasts, especially since it […]

  • Every kind of winter precipitation covered Long Island during storm — here’s how to get through it on Wednesday

    BETHPAGE, N.Y. — The challenge on Long Island overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning remains getting the layers of sleet, freezing rain, snow and ice that built up from early morning Tuesday through late afternoon, off the roadways. Residential streets in particular have been difficult, since they’ve been plowed far less frequently during this winter weather event. The multi-layered covering of precipitation was a tough lift, literally. “When [snow] is dry, it’s light,” said Juan Velasquez, a maintenance worker. “This is wet. […]

  • Uncertain nature of the nor’easter has LI residents and authorities preparing for the worst

    WOODBURY, N.Y. – The uncertainty of the path and the effects of the nor’easter that’s targeted the tri-state has left plenty of residents throughout the region loading up on supplies just in case and it’s also resulted in municipalities making sure they’re ready as well, even though a mild winter overall has left virtually all of them with a surplus of salt, equipment and overtime hours for snow clearing employees.  “I heard stores are running out of things,” said Martha Meredith, while […]

  • Friday’s mild snowstorm appears to be preview of looming nor’easter

    WADING RIVER, N.Y. — Friday’s storm arrived far later than expected, and by the time it blew out of the tri-state, it had left a thin blanket of white in the city and a thicker, but not too-thick, covering of snow in most of the suburbs. The deepest snow was left on the eastern end of Long Island. No matter how much snow fell Friday, it’s on course to be covered by a much deeper coat from a Nor’easter forecast […]