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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.

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    New Jersey mystery death: Questions remain as family of woman found dead mourns

    MONTCLAIR, NJ — She’d been missing since before Thanksgiving, and now, the family of college student Sarah Butler, 20, has had to accept the worst possible news about her fate. Her body was found in the Eagle Rock Reservation, a 402-acre forest park five miles from her home. How she ended up there remains a sad mystery. “I just miss my little girl. I wish she was here,” said Victor Butler, the young woman’s father. “It’s in God’s hands now.” […]

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    Minister claims she was beaten by corrections officers while visiting son at Rikers Island

    RIKERS ISLAND, N.Y. — She’s built a reputation for helping the needy, but now a community minister is saying that she needs justice herself, after she was arrested while visiting Rikers Island and ended up losing consciousness from her injuries in the incident. A judge ultimately acquitted her of all charges. “They put my hands behind my back,” said Tieasha Stephens, 41, “and threw me to the floor.” That was the beginning of how Stephens was handled by a corrections […]

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    PIX11 Exclusive: Inside a rape and torture hell, broken only by a 2-year-old’s brave statements to a neighbor

    NOTE: This story was originally published on April 5, 2013, and is from our news archive. A 2-year-old girl’s brave actions were what allowed her mother to emerge from days of rape and torture, and may have even prevented her mom’s death, according to prosecutors.  The toddler told a neighbor about the deadly abuse, and the neighbor called the police. That neighbor, and the little girl’s family, spoke exclusively with PIX11 News about the girl’s heroics. “She said, ‘My daddy […]

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    City unveils new phase of Vision Zero while critics call for more safety

    NEW YORK — The mayor, police commissioner and other city leaders on Tuesday touted recent significant gains made in reducing traffic fatalities on New York City streets and roads. They also unveiled a new online tool that gives detailed, frequently updated statistics on traffic hazards and casualties that can further help people protect themselves. Still, some people who have very personal attachments to the issue of traffic safety are saying the city needs to do a lot more. At a […]

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    NYPD detective caught on camera allegedly gambling to set suspect free

    MORRISANIA, The Bronx — It’s a bad sight in any case when people shoot craps on your street; but when one of those people is a cop, it’s another, far worse thing entirely. Eyewitnesses captured this happening on video in the streets of the Bronx. The circumstances under which it happened may indicate a much larger pattern of abuse by the officer who PIX11 News has learned, was recently promoted to the rank of detective in the NYPD. The video […]

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    Cuban expatriates celebrate Castro’s death, but acknowledge his legacy

    UNION CITY, N.J. — In the early 1950s, when he was still a guerrilla leader fighting against the capitalist dictator Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro visited the Cuban community in this North Jersey town to raise money for what Castro then called a democratic revolution. At the end of the decade, when he rose to power in Cuba, it soon became clear that the revolution was anything but democratic. It left people like members of the Lan Family, who had helped […]

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    Brooklyn girl’s swift action stops a robbery of her groceries from becoming much worse

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — The search is on for a teen who stalked, choked and beat up and stole groceries from a seventh grade girl in Coney Island. Before the attack could escalate, the girl took swift action against the young man doing her harm, by fighting back against him where he was most vulnerable. Now, police seek the attacker, while his brave victim looks for a couple of good samaritans who came to the girl’s aid seconds after she […]

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    NYPD ramps up security as thousands watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — It’s the precursor to the kickoff of the holiday season — the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation attracts more than a million people each year. This year the crowds are expected to be even larger, despite an unfounded terrorism threat. “It’s such a thrill. We love it!” exclaimed Maryann Roger, who was visiting from Phoenix. She said that the thrill was because “nothing becomes something.” For that to happen for each of the more […]

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    Tinted windows bill highlights rivalry between Cuomo, de Blasio

    NEW YORK — Your routine car inspection is set to change soon. It’s in the name of police safety, but it also underscores an ongoing rivalry between New York City Hall and the governor’s office. Specifically, a bill that would prohibit dark tinted windows on the front driver’s side and passenger’s side doors has now passed the New York State senate and the assembly, and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I truly believe this will help protecting […]

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    ‘We will not comply’: NYC mayor defies potential Trump policies in campaign-like speech

    ASTOR PLACE, Manhattan — It was a major address to let it be known that New York City is a safe haven from what Mayor Bill De Blasio described as the most fearful promises from the campaign of now President-elect Donald J. Trump. Still, the mayor’s speech at The Cooper Union was not above criticism, particularly among political analysts, who said it had the ring of a re-election campaign platform. From the Muslim police captain’s family leading The Pledge of […]