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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
  • Exonerated after 23 years, man discusses how easily someone can be wrongfully convicted

    BROOKLYN —After nearly 23 years behind bars, and an even longer legal battle to prove his innocence, one man from Brooklyn is finally free.  Everton Wagstaffe was declared innocent this week of kidnapping, sexual assault and murder, but his case, as well as other developments, show just how widespread the problem of wrongful conviction is. In 1992, Wagstaffe was a happy 24 year-old who’d had a few relatively minor brushes with the law for crack cocaine sales. But that year, […]

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    Mahwah police search for man who took $150K that ATM worker dropped

    MAHWAH, N.J. — If you’ve ever dropped a five dollar bill on the sidewalk, but realized minutes later that it was long gone, or have even experienced that situation with a lost twenty dollar bill, you’ve gotten just a small taste of what an ATM maintenance worker is going through, after he lost nearly $150,000 cash, and somebody stole it. Despite it appearing on the surface to be a possible inside job, investigators are convinced it was a massive blunder […]

  • NY Mag features 35 women who claim sex abuse by Bill Cosby

    NEW YORK — Bill Cosby has not been charged with any crime, but dozens of women have now come forward to visibly proclaim that he sexually abused them.  It’s a story of national scope, but it takes on a unique local aspect in that the women, 35 of them, opened up to New York Magazine to put a face on and give voice to an alleged sex scandal that they said left them voiceless and alone for decades. The vast […]

  • NJ Transit passengers saw extensive delays on Friday--the fourth day of such commute headaches in the last five days. Now some annoyed passengers are pointing fingers at Gov. Christie, who cancelled a planned solution for the problem back in 2010 (Photo: PIX 11 News)

    Repeated delays on NJ Transit may be due to a Christie transportation scandal bigger than Bridgegate

    NEW JERSEY — Friday was the fourth day of significant delays on NJ Transit trains between New Jersey and New York City in the last five days. One of the strongest critics of the delays, Gov. Chris Christie, may be part of the problem thanks to his cancellation of an already-underway solution. Meanwhile, the governor and 2016 hopeful has now lent his support to the very relief project he canceled: a new rail tunnel system. Passengers who spent yet another […]

  • The NYPD caught up to this alligator that was spotted roaming the streets in Inwood.

    CockadoodleQ, the alligator spotted strolling down Manhattan street, has died

    INWOOD – The young alligator found walking through upper Manhattan Thursday has died, Animal Care & Control officials confirmed. Officers caught up to the reptile near W. 205th Street and Ninth Avenue on Thursday and managed to corral it. Animal Care & Control officials were called to the scene, and medical staff removed the duct tape that had been placed over the 3-foot-long gator’s snout, according to ACC spokeswoman Alexandra Silver. The alligator, who staff named CockadoodleQ, was placed in an “aquarium type setting with a […]

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    Sex shops legal in New York City — for now

    NEW YORK — It’s official: sex shops are legal in New York City. For now. That’s what a panel of state appeals court judges have ruled following a legal battle on the issue that’s been carried out for more than 14 years. The length of the legal tangle begs the question of whether the judges’ ruling will return the city to its former status of being the X-rated capital of America. “The decision by the court of appeals is not going […]

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    The MTA is always in debt, so how can it have a $400M surplus, and what will happen to it?

    NEW YORK — Typically, when the three letters M, T and A are used together, they spur a reaction that is very rarely positive.  Often, that’s because the news related to the MTA is most usually negative, such as fare hikes or service cuts. So when Wednesday’s news surfaced of a large budget surplus for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the reaction may have been expected to have been upbeat.  Surprisingly, though, it was more muted. Specifically, the authority found that […]

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    Airport workers’ vote to strike for $15/hour comes day before thousands more may get that pay

    EAST ELMHURST, Queens — It’s a hot button issue for thousands of workers across the Tri-State, and now, hundreds of them have decided to take action to try and get their hourly wage raised to $15.00. On Tuesday morning, airport security guards and other airport workers announced that they’d voted to go on strike.  They’ll begin picketing on Wednesday night at JFK Airport, and Thursday morning at LaGuardia.  The reason it’s so important, according to their union, the Service Employees […]

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    Record heat reflects climate change, but is there more to it, ask experts

    NEW YORK — Ask a hundred scientists during this week’s heatwave if the climate is changing, and quite probably ninety-nine will say yes.  And while each of the one hundred might have a different interpretation of what the environmental changes mean, the upshot appears to be the whole planet adapting to a new normal that could affect most people in very personal ways. That could mean changes in everything from crop growth to recreation, but one of the world’s foremost […]

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    Accused rapist of 82 year-old woman admits to crimes as cameras roll, but denies rape

    He’s only 18, but Asa Roberts already has a significant adult rap sheet on top of a lengthy juvenile one.  He more than doubled the number of serious crimes for which he’d been accused after the most recent, and most heinous, criminal act in which he’s suspected:  the torture and rape of an 82 year-old woman during a 4 1/2-hour ordeal. On Friday, he admitted to some of the crimes with which he’s charged, but denied the most serious one […]


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