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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
  • Some New Yorkers left without air conditioning on one of the hottest days of the year

    STARRETT CITY, Brooklyn — Thursday was the hottest day of 2017 so far, but its high temperature in the mid-90s was actually an increasingly rare occurrence for New York City summers. That’s a small comfort for residents without air conditioning, and it also does not mean that summer weather in New York City overall is cooling. In fact, according to weather almanac data, the opposite is true. “This century, we haven’t had an excessive number of 90-plus degree days,” said […]

  • Education department can’t find at least $2M in new computer equipment from city schools, says comptroller 

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Taxpayers have spent about $200 million in the last two years on state-of-the-art computer equipment and computers for New York City public schools. However, at eight of those recipient schools and one Department of Education office, millions of dollars’ worth of the hardware is nowhere to be found, according to a newly released report from the city comptroller. It’s also not the first time that this kind of disappearing act has taken place, Comptroller Scott Stringer said […]

  • New app lets city drivers pay to park with their phones, but some think it’s one app too many

    If digging for quarters or even using a credit card seems like too much of a hassle in order to pay for parking, there’s now an alternative available in all five boroughs of New York City. On Tuesday Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced that the city’s ParkNYC app is live, citywide, for use on anyone’s smartphone. One thing that New Yorkers do seem to agree on wholeheartedly is that finding a place to park throughout the city is a challenge, […]

  • MTA chief pledges change after track fire brings over a million riders’ commute to a crawl; riders are skeptical

    HARLEM, Manhattan — A track fire in Harlem during the morning rush affected over 1 million commuters across eight different subway lines — a full one-third of the entire subway system. The number of track fires, which are largely caused by trash on the tracks, is way down in recent years, according to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. While the problem is still real, it is being handled by the MTA. But for the many riders from the Bronx down to midtown Manhattan […]

  • Family of teen stuck in Rikers tries to raise $250K bail so he can realize full-ride college dream

    THE BRONX — The family of a teenage shooting suspect, who has claimed he is innocent, is working to raise $250,000 so he can pay his bail and accept a full scholarship to college. Pedro Hernandez, 18, was arrested in the case of the shooting of another teen that left the victim injured. The victim has said that Hernandez is not the shooter, and eight other teens who witnessed the shooting have also said that someone else committed the crime. The witnesses […]

  • Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices dispute turns thousands into activists

    MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Demonstrations and protests. Stealthy videos recorded of the civil disobedience. Political and legal wrangling. It all sounds like activism over an issue of major importance. For some in the Mamaroneck community of 29,000, potential conflicts regarding safety, parking and overcrowding is of major importance, at a popular Italian ices and ice cream shop. It’s brought out hundreds of demonstrators to the shop in the last couple of days, and thousands more petition signers. Whether or not that’s […]

  • Could a blackout like the one 40 years ago happen again? Con Ed says ‘you can never rule anything out’

    BUSHWICK, Brooklyn — It’s been exactly forty years since lightning strikes from a severe thunderstorm knocked out power at a Con Edison plant, plunging all of New York City into darkness in its most dangerous blackout in history. Similar weather conditions existed in New York Thursday evening. However, the city, as well as Con Ed, have changed quite a lot since then.  Nonetheless, Con Ed’s assessment of what might happen if a similar act of God, as the utility describes it, […]

  • Time running out for Bronx teen arrested by accused crooked cop to realize full-ride college dream

    GRAND CONCOURSE, the Bronx — A teenage shooting suspect who has not only claimed he’s innocent, but has also proven to be a standout, college-bound student with a full scholarship behind bars, had hoped to have his case dismissed on Wednesday. Instead, a procedural issue may force him to lose everything except, he and his family say, his innocence, which they hope to be able to prove after summer’s end. Pedro Hernandez, 18, was brought into court on Wednesday afternoon in […]

  • Downed tree in the Bronx injures woman and damages homes and cars

    WOODLAWN HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A four-story-tall tree fell in a Bronx neighborhood Tuesday morning, injuring a woman, damaging cars and houses, and downing power lines that left many more homes in the dark,  the FDNY said. The 80-year-old tree went down around 9:45 a.m. on 238th Street near Katonah Avenue in Woodlawn Heights. The injuries sustained by the woman are not serious, PIX11 has learned. The downed tree caused havoc on the block, downing electricity lines that cut power […]

  • First day of ‘Summer of Hell’ project has routine feel — may just be season of inconvenience

    LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — The months-long rail repairs dubbed the “Summer of Hell” by Gov. Andrew Cuomo felt more like a summer of inconvenience, at least on the first workday of the extensive repair and replacement project. Whether or not the situation will be harder for commuters to bear as the track work continues remains to be seen, but rail passengers had their own assessments of the situation, of which they wanted the people running the MTA to take […]