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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
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    After wrong-way driver kills NYPD det., a look at technology that may prevent such tragedies

    HARTSDALE, N.Y. (PIX11) – He was a well-respected and well-liked veteran NYPD detective, and now Paul Duncan’s family is planning his funeral, after a wrong-way driver rammed into his vehicle. It’s a type of collision that happens frequently in the U.S., often with fatal results, but the country’s foremost traffic engineer says that unconventional approaches to this increasing problem provides the greatest potential for solving it. “These are the most fatal of crashes,” said traffic engineer “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, the […]

  • New 370 square-foot apartments could go for $3000 a month

    KIPS BAY, Manhattan (PIX11) — They are apartments barely larger than the walk-in closets in some homes, so why is the rent up to $3,000 per month?  That’s the question that the developer of MyMicroNY has to answer as it builds the city’s first micro-apartment building.  Its units are tiny, but it’s promising maximum satisfaction that may actually be more affordable than first meets the eye. The apartments range in size from 270 square feet to 370 square feet, including […]

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    What was he hiding? Maraschino cherry manufacturer kills himself amid probe

    RED HOOK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – He was a well-known maraschino cherry factory owner who police say was manufacturing something with a much higher street value — illegal drugs. Police investigated, and the factory owner, Arthur Mondella, 57, committed suicide while officers were combing through his facility just steps away from him. Now, the situation has raised more questions, and the main person who can answer them is dead. Detectives from the Brooklyn district attorney’s office spent all day Wednesday searching […]

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    House explosion captured on dashcam video leaves 15 injured

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PIX11) – Two people are fighting severe wounds, thirteen others are injured, and dozens more had been evacuated following a house explosion on the Jersey Shore that was captured on video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera. Police and other emergency workers responded quickly to a gas leak that apparently ignited, but many residents complained of an inadequate reaction by first responders. All that’s left now of 59 Oak Avenue is a pile of debris that recovery […]

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    Black history deserves ‘More Than a Month,’ director says

    NEW YORK (PIX11) – The success of filmmaker Shukree Tilghman’s documentary film that questions the need for Black History Month has gained him much popularity, and notoriety. As a result, the bi-coastal director / producer has completely stopped discussing his film,and Black History Month. There is one exception to his rule, however: PIX11 News. Tilghman said that his film “More Than A Month” gets most heavily viewed, reviewed, and discussed this time of year, Black History Month. On some level, […]

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    How the deep freeze is a blessing in disguise for many New Yorkers

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (PIX11) – Go down any of the thousands of streets in New York City, and lining each side are, of course, mounds of hard-packed snow and ice ranging in depth from a few inches to a foot or more, and typically the mounds are two to four feet wide.  Because of the return to deep-freeze temperatures this week, after a short weekend thaw, the resulting bitter cold and rock-hard ice mounds could actually be a blessing in disguise […]

  • ‘Through A Lens Darkly’ tells the story of African American life and history through photographs

    HARLEM (PIX11) – Some of the images it analyzes are so disturbing and so jarring that at times it’s difficult to watch the documentary “Through A Lens Darkly.”  But at the same time it’s almost impossible to turn away because all of the images in the film — some very disturbing, but many uplifting — are so compelling and provocative. “The film very much became a war of images,” said filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris in an interview with PIX11 News, […]

  • Lt.John

    For NBA All-Star week, the story of a hero who inspires basketball stars

    BEDFORD-STUYVESANT (PIX11) – With NBA All-Star Week being held in New York, and hosted in part by Barclays Center and its official broadcast station, PIX11 News, stories involving NBA stars are center stage right now.  This story, however, even though it involves two marquee NBA names with strong ties to New York (Channing Frye and Tobias Harris) it has on center stage a role model of a much different sort.  He’s a role model the basketball stars look up to. Lt. Col. John […]

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    The coldest month since the Depression causes emotional depression as well

    MIDTOWN (PIX11) – Everybody knows it’s been cold, but the low temperatures the New York area has seen this month are the lowest we’ve had since the Great Depression. Ironically, the effect of the bitter cold, coupled with more snow on the way this weekend, have a depressing effect on mood and general mental health. As people try to cope with the extreme weather, there’s also a need to overcome the emotional effect it can have. An aerial view of […]

  • A warm up is possible Sunday, but before then, customers will have to reschedule their trips or get a refund. (Photo: James Ford, PIX11)

    Frozen Hudson River halts Circle Line boat tours

    MANHATTAN (PIX11) – It’s so cold that even New York City’s ubiquitous sightseeing boats are out of commission, locked into their docks by a frozen, impassable Hudson River. The Circle Line has cancelled all of its tours Friday because of ice, a manager told PIX11 News. Their entire fleet is surrounded by ice and immobile. Anyone who bought tickets for a Friday tour can use them at a later date, when the ice has melted enough to let boats through, […]


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