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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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    Back to the bad old days? Proposal to decriminalize minor offenses causes concern

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — It was a scene all of 500 feet away from the entrance to NYPD Headquarters that implies that the level of respect for current laws against minor crimes is not that high. At the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall subway station early Monday afternoon, there they were.  One young man jumped the turnstile, then immediately afterward, two men passed through the adjacent turnstile together on one Metrocard swipe.  Seven seconds later, a man in business […]

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    Mystery lingers around two men found dead next to LIRR tracks

    BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Detectives and medical technicians still try to figure out how two bodies ended up next to LIRR freight railroad tracks, where they pass under 60th Street, near 16th Avenue in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The two men may have died at the scene, or their bodies may have been dumped there, or they may have even been struck by a train.  A full day after their bodies were found, just what happened to them is still […]

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    ‘City’s worst landlords’ busted by Brooklyn DA for allegedly sabotaging tenants’ apartments

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (PIX11) — Landlords Josh and Amrom “Aaron” Israel have been ranked among the city’s worst landlords by New York’s public advocate. On Thursday, however, they went from just being on a list of bad-faith landlords to being under arrest, accused of wrecking apartments they themselves own, in an attempt to force their tenants out. Those tenants on Thursday were rejoicing over seeing their landlords in handcuffs, but their plight as renters with the Israels is not over. PIX11 […]

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    Commack High School students photographed wearing swastika t-shirts

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — For the second time this school year, students at one local high school are in trouble for wearing deeply offensive statements on their shirts. This time, it’s anti-Semitic symbols and messages that have some people asking how this sort of problem could happen again.  But some behaviors on display outside of the school on Wednesday may offer insights into the root of the problem. The incident involved two students at Commack High school. At a house […]

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    Common core opting out ramps up, but not enough to worry the test’s advocates

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — As Common core testing began Tuesday for more than a million elementary and middle school students throughout New York state, thousands of families chose to opt out.  Their numbers were exponentially larger than they were during Common Core testing a year ago, but because the opt out students still only make up a fraction of public school children, Common Core advocates were not indicating any concern about the exam going away. Those advocates also insist that […]

  • Ramsey Orta, who filmed Eric Garner arrest video, released on bail

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — Ramsey Orta, who recorded the arrest of Eric Garner, was released on bail Friday evening after prosecutors’ challenge to the crowdsourced bail payment was withdrawn. District Attorney Dan Donovan’s office on Friday rescinded its request for the bail source hearing, essentially opening the way for Orta, 23, to walk out of jail. Donovan’s office pointed out to PIX11 News on Thursday that a bail source hearing is common in criminal cases.  But in this one, no […]

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    EXCLUSIVE: Ramsey Orta, who shot Eric Garner video, not released from jail despite posting crowdfunded bail

    (PIX11) — The video of the takedown and arrest of Eric Garner became the rallying cry of the movement protesting the deaths of people of color in police cases. Now, the man who recorded that video on his smartphone, Ramsey Orta, 23, is now in need of a rally of support himself, for more than one reason. “Anybody else posts bail, they get out in hours,” said Orta’s aunt, Lisa Mercado, in an exclusive interview with PIX11 News. “And here […]

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    Video of SC police shooting prompts comparison to Eric Garner case

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (PIX11) — Now that cellphone video has helped to lead to the arrest of a South Carolina police officer who repeatedly shot at an unarmed black man who died on the scene, it’s got some people in New York asking why cellphone video evidence didn’t lead to an arrest in the highest profile police custody death in our region, that of Eric Garner, last summer. The North Charleston, South Carolina case features what is easily the most […]

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    New video of teen girls beating a security guard prompts calls for punishment

    IRVINGTON, N.J. (PIX11)– A new video showing young people in an angry beatdown has emerged, but in this one, they’re not just attacking one another, they’re attacking a man hired to protect them — a security guard at their school.  The video, which has been viewed more than 105,000 times and counting, lasts only 10 seconds, but the reaction to it grows by the hour. In the short clip, posted on the Facebook page of the student who recorded it, […]

  • What happens when a Yale grad takes the 8th grade Common Core exam?

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — It’s become controversial because of its content and the reactions of some children who have encountered it. Are the Common Core educational standards, and the exams that accompany them, so difficult that they merit the anxiety associated with them?  PIX11 News put the test to the test. To begin with, finding the sample exam was no easy task.  Advocates of Common Core standards point out that the New York State Department of Education has posted at […]


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