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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
  • WarRoom

    How ‘War Room’ shows the power of faith based media

    TIMES SQUARE–– You could call it the summer blockbuster movie you’ve never heard of, but whose impact is enormous. “War Room,” directed by proven Christian-themed filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, has become the second highest-grossing film in North America, despite a small budget, minimal marketing and sometimes scathing reviews.  It’s a clear example of the reach of faith based films, and in the country’s largest filmgoing market, New York, that reach is being strongly felt. Its title seems more like a suspenseful thriller about geopolitical warfare, but […]

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    Two dozen New Yorkers chosen to meet Pope Francis in September

    EAST HARLEM — From teen soccer players to political refugees from Central America, to students in a tutoring program, a group of a couple dozen people is feeling fortunate now, even though they come from challenging backgrounds. That’s because they’ve been chosen to meet Pope Francis by the organization that’s provided help to them over the years. On Thursday, the Catholic Charities organization introduced to the public, the men, women and children who will get to meet the pope face-to-face when he […]

  • Pope Francis opposes making recreational drugs legal. (CNN)

    Pope Francis gives priests permission to forgive abortion weeks before his trip to New York City

    ROME  — With just over three weeks until Pope Francis visits New York, most recent news related to the pontiff has centered on his inaugural trip to the U.S.  That changed Tuesday, when the pope issued a letter from the Vatican calling for priests to formally and officially forgive Catholic women who’d had abortions that they had regretted. The order has restrictions and came as such a surprise to many Catholics and Catholic organizations worldwide that the Vatican had to […]

  • Courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg drew this image of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as practice after her initial rendering of the famously handsome athlete was met with criticism. (Photo: Jane Rosenberg)

    Stalemate in case between Tom Brady and NFL, but the court artist is also on trial

    For the third and final time in August, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in civil court for a hearing in the so-called Deflategate scandal. That was a conference for the two sides to try and reach  a settlement.  But something else seemed to be fully on trial.  After social media lit up following the release of a not-so-flattering court sketch of the future Hall of Famer, the artist behind the drawing was proving her mettle at court regarding […]


    Erika heads for U.S. 10 years after Katrina; big questions arise about new NYC plan for future storms

    NEW YORK — Tropical Storm Erika is headed for Florida and the southeastern U.S., having left a path of fatalities and destruction in her wake. The storm is churning through the Caribbean on its way to the U.S. on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy so badly affected the Tri State. Also happening now, is a new, $100 million plan announced this week by New York City mayor Bill De Blasio designed to […]

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    Timeline of tragedy: Reporter, photographer shot to death on air

    MONETA, Va. — Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and video journalist Adam Ward, 27, were simply doing one of the most routine aspects of their jobs, a live remote report about the anniversary of a lakeside shopping plaza,when they were gunned down by one of their former coworkers, while thousands of people watched live on television. Adding to the shocking tragedy, the gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, recorded the slaying on his smartphone and posted the video to social media after […]

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    The mood of the markets: how Wall Street affects all of us emotionally

    FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — Financial markets, like the weather, affect everyone. On Tuesday, the markets seemed sunny and pleasant, but close to the end of the business day, it turned stormy and dark, yet again.  That kind of uncertainty can have an emotional effect on anyone from a broker to someone who’s just broke and in need of a job, since everyone is connected through the performance of the economy, which the stock market, to some extent, reflects. Staying calm […]

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 24, 2015 in New York. US stocks finished sharply lower Monday, but far above the session's floor, following a bruising day in global financial markets sparked by mounting worries over the Chinese economy. US stocks have now dropped five straight days, but analysts warned of more turmoil possibly ahead.  AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wild day on Wall Street squeezes wallets on your street; what’s ahead?

    WALL STREET, Manhattan — It was a case of whiplash on Wall Street on Monday, which had an effect on your street as well, in a variety of ways. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the mainstream index of the market, had its largest point drop in history.  It had never dropped farther than 800 points in a day. On Monday, minutes after the opening bell, it fell more than 1,000 points, plunging 1,089 points before regaining most of its losses, […]

  • Capture

    Mother who went undercover to prove her son’s innocence in murder gets his conviction reheard

    PROSPECT PARK SOUTH—  The murder of Fairfield University football star Mark Fisher has been one of the most talked about criminal cases in recent New York history. Now, however, thanks in part to an unorthodox investigation by the mother of one of the men convicted of killing Fisher, that man’s conviction will be reconsidered by a judge. “You think this happened to [just] my family?” asked Doreen Giuliano, mother of John Giuca, who was found guilty of the murder ten […]

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    3rd and 4th graders prepare to meet Pope Francis in person in NYC

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — With five weeks to go and counting, Pope Francis’s visit to New York has got some local residents, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, making big plans.  Some of the busiest planners are also among the smallest in stature.  But that didn’t stop a group of third and fourth graders on Thursday from showing how very excited they are as they prepare to meet the pope one-on-one when he visits New York at the end of next month. […]


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