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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
  • Is Common Core helping or hurting? How thousands of families opting out from testing may influence its role

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Seventh grader Niko Hardison and his fifth grader sister, Nadia, like most of the three million students in New York state’s public schools, worry a little about things like their books being overdue at their school libraries, or about their nightly homework.  However, the Hardison siblings have one other significant thing in common with many other students in New York, and it’s also a worry, and it is not at all little. “Me and Niko actually […]

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    Family opts out of ‘bullying’ Common Core exams

    SOUNDVIEW, The Bronx (PIX11) — At three schools in Brooklyn, more than 70 percent of students opted out from taking the required New York State common core exam Tuesday.  It was a much different scene in the Bronx, where it seemed like every family had their children take the days-long battery of tests.  One family, though, was an exception, three times over. “To have rigorous testing in the early grades is pretty concerning,” said Rosa Perez-Rivera, mother of five children, three […]

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    Sen. Reid’s endorsement of Schumer to head congressional Dems could be a big plus for NYers

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – He’s been the senior senator from New York for more than a decade, and as of Friday morning, Charles Schumer is now positioned to be the senior senator for his whole party, and could possibly soon be the most powerful and important member of the entire U.S. Senate. The new developments for Schumer, a Democrat, are the result of a major announcement by Sen. Harry Reid, the current Senate minority leader.  Reid, 75, in a video […]

  • One year later, memorial for East Harlem explosion victims goes beyond just honoring the dead

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) – A year to the minute that eight people lost their lives in a gas line explosion that leveled two buildings, the victims were memorialized in a short, but solemn ceremony at the explosion site.  It was a time to honor the deceased as well as 70 others who were injured, but for better or worse, more than just that happened at the scene and nearby Thursday. The remembrances began with a private meeting that included […]

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    Powdered alcohol is now legal, but here’s a list of reasons to think twice about it

    (PIX11) – It’s a controversial substance that is now legal in the U.S., but that is by no means ending the controversy over Palcohol — alcohol in powdered form. On Wednesday, the federal Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the manufacture and sale of Palcohol.  Its founder, Mark Phillips, has said publicly that he’s believed the alcohol industry had prevented his product’s release. He has also said there was one other major stumbling block, right here in New York. “The […]

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    Teen sex abuse survivor’s lifeline ends nightmare childhood

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Chances are that you or someone you know was sexually abused as a child, according to federal  statistics, but PIX11 has committed to helping survivors of abuse, or people who know of their struggle, find hope. Figures from the Department of Health and Human Services and National Institute of Justice  show that one in five women, and up to one in ten men were sexually abused as children. The numbers rise with age, through adulthood. “He started leaving […]

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    New cabbie exam plays down knowing geography; does that compromise your safety and service?

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – Will a change in the yellow taxi cabdriver exam result in cabbies getting lost?Some transportation advocates and even some cabdrivers and passengers are concerned that it will, even as the city agency that oversees taxi service tries to reassure the public otherwise. “I have no idea what you’re talking about, but that doesn’t make much sense,” said Kojo Brko, a veteran hack, in response to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, or TLC, reducing the number of […]

  • WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03:  U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee February 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the impact of U.S. policy changes in Cuba.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Sen. Bob Menendez: ‘I am not going anywhere’

    NEWARK (PIX11) — In the wake of word of federal corruption charges coming down against him, Senator Bob Menendez, (D) New Jersey, made a direct and spirited response Friday evening, but he would not answer any questions. “Let me be very clear, very clear,” Menendez, 61, said from a podium in a hotel ballroom in Newark that was organized specifically to respond to pending federal charges, “I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law.” The  second-term […]

  • A packed passenger plane operated by Delta skidded off a snow-covered runway while landing at LaGuardia Airport March 5, 2015. It came to rest on a chain-link fence that bordered a body of water. (Photo: NYPD)

    Close call at LaGuardia: NTSB launches investigation after Delta jet skids off runway

    QUEENS (PIX11) — Right now, members and staff of the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what led to the crash landing of Delta Flight 1068 at Laguardia Airport, but comments from passengers, including New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, are providing vital information and insight into what happened. The closest images of the runway emergency came from first responders.  The Port Authority Police Department’s aircraft rescue and firefighting team was first on scene after the crash landing just before […]

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    FDNY swears in first lesbian chaplain as part of larger diversity effort

    GREENPOINT (PIX11) — Anybody who lives in, or even visits, New York knows that the city is made up of women and men of all ethnicities and colors, as well as a variety of backgrounds. A glaring exception to that, however, has been the Fire Department of New York. While it serves all 8.4 million New Yorkers, its ranks, by its own assessment, is overwhelmingly white and male. On Tuesday, however, a new appointment in the FDNY, of an openly […]


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