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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
  • Police investigate after a woman was found fatally shot in her Bronx apartment on June 15, 2016. (Credit: PIX11)

    Killing of Bronx mom shatters neighbors’ newly found calm

    WAKEFIELD, The Bronx — She was the mother of a small child and her neighbors regularly saw them out walking near her small apartment above a braiding salon. Now, though, Sarisse Respass, 32, is gone, the victim of a fatal shooting that’s left police searching for her killer. Around 6:50 a.m. on Wednesday, police got a 911 call of gunfire in Respass’s apartment at 3914 White Plains Rd. When police and EMTs arrived, they found Respass with a gunshot wound to the head. It […]

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    As New Jersey considers its 1st gas tax hike in 3 decades, drivers brace for the worst

    HACKENSACK, NJ — It’s an issue that’s been politically untouchable for decades. Now, though, the gas tax in New Jersey appears to be facing an increase for the first time in 28 years. Even though it may mean drivers paying 10 percent more at the pump, lawmakers behind the effort say it’s better for local residents overall. Drivers gave mixed reviews, however, and were skeptical that the extra 20 cents or so they’ll likely pay per gallon will actually be […]

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    NJ animal shelter makes two major dog rescues

    HOWELL, N.J. — It’s one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the tri-state, and in the last two months, two different, large scale rescues have shown why St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center here has become so prominent. In April, it made America’s largest response to a major rescue and airlift of dogs from South Korea. The dogs had been held captive at a farm that breeds them to be food in traditional Korean dishes. The Humane Society rescued the animals, […]

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    John Giuca, so-called Grid Kid Murderer, denied new trial despite new info supporting his innocence

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. — John Giuca, his family and thousands of supporters nationwide had maintained that he was innocent of the murder of which he was convicted 11 years ago, but a judge on Thursday determined that the 32-year-old was guilty of the murder of college football gridiron star Mark Fisher in 2003. The judge also ruled, in opposition to what Giuca’s attorney’s had argued, that their client had received a fair trial more than a decade ago. Giuca’s case has garnered […]

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    Exclusive: Man claims cops pulled his pants down during Queens stop and frisk

    CORONA, Queens — Many New Yorkers erroneously think that the practice of stop, question and frisk has ended in the city under the de Blasio Administration, it has not. Instead, it has significantly decreased in frequency in the last two and a half years, and remains an effective tool in fighting crime and protecting citizens, according to the police commissioner. However, one citizen says that police in a precinct here have gone way too far when it comes to him. […]

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    Pastor charged with serial child sex assault says he’ll be cleared

    WOODSIDE, Queens — He’s the pastor of a church with a major outreach to young people, but now Rev. James E. Love is charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl. Love posted bail Monday night and on Tuesday his friends, neighbors and congregation tried to cope with the accusations. “I’m still in shock,” said family friend Regina Jennings. She’d shown up Tuesday afternoon at the pastor’s apartment in the Woodside Houses public housing complex to offer support to Love and […]

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    Toy guns are ‘too realistic looking’ for some Newark families

    NEWARK — They’re simple, plastic toys, but they could be very dangerous, or even deadly, in the wrong situation or setting. That’s what an activist and families in Newark are saying about toy guns that are designed to look realistic. Some residents of Newark, a city that’s no stranger to violent crime, told PIX11 News that their streets are the sorts of places where toy guns, particularly ones that can be altered to look even more real, have no place. “A police […]

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    Muhammad Ali’s strong connection to NYC will live on, friends say

    DUMBO, Brooklyn — The most famous person in the world owed a big part of that popularity to New York City. A half dozen of Muhammad Ali’s most famous fights took place in New York, and two of his most famous of all time, the Fight of the Century and Super Fight II, both against Joe Frazier in the early 1970’s, were held in Madison Square Garden. Ali also lived in New York in preparation for all of his Big […]

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    Michelle Obama slams Trump, praises diversity in City College commencement speech

    HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — It’s one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the world, and that’s part of the reason why City College is the place Michelle Obama chose as the location of her last commencement speech as first lady. Another reason was to call for greater spending on public universities, and as many graduates pointed out, the condition of many of the facilities at City College underscore why the first lady’s call for more funding is urgent. There […]

  • Two people are captured on surveillance video on June 2, 2016, after a priest was robbed and assaulted in Staten Island.

    Search underway for two men who beat, robbed and carjacked priest in Staten Island

    WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island — A parish priest was parked right in front of his church when two men robbed him at gunpoint, beat him and carjacked him. The search is on now for his attackers as a community tries to make sense of a crime that stands out because of its callousness. Two NYPD officers and their cruiser now stand guard on the same spot where Father Marc Roselli got held up and beaten, around 5 a.m. on Thursday in front […]


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