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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
  • As Andrew Cuomo calls petition ‘hurtful,’ signatures to stop renaming Tappan Zee after his father continue

    A snowballing petition effort hopes to reverse a state order that has officially changed the name of the Tappan Zee Bridge to the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. The current Gov. Cuomo, Mario’s son Andrew, has gone on the record saying that the effort to change the name back is “hurtful,” and being orchestrated by his political opponents. However, many people, including supporters of the Cuomos, disagree. At last check, more than 83,000 signatures and counting were on the […]

  • LI Bus strike is (almost) over, normal bus service resumes

    FREEPORT, NY — After nearly two weeks without school bus service, tens of thousands of local families can now count on having their buses back. It’s the result of a labor dispute coming to an end, but the union representing the school bus drivers, and the bus company they struck against, have different views of the agreement that was tentatively reached. Still, bus service should return to normal for the school day on Friday. In fact, even on Thursday, many […]

  • Woman sentenced for killing expectant mom, stealing baby from her body

    CONCOURSE, the Bronx — Wednesday saw the sentencing of a woman who had faked her own pregnancy and then, on what would have been the wedding day of a friend who was nearly 9 months pregnant, she killed her friend and cut the baby out of the expectant mother’s body. It’s a story so horrible that one of the jurors fainted upon seeing the evidence during trial. Now, murder convict Ashleigh Wade has learned her fate for the 2015 killing and […]

  • Is your landlord one of the 100 worst in NYC? Full list for 2017 revealed

    NEW YORK – These New York City landlords were the worst of the worst in 2017. Public Advocate Letitia James released her worst landlords list Tuesday morning.  To make the top of the list, a landlord has to have one of the city’s highest number of open housing code violations. The worst landlord of 2017 was Jonathan Cohen and Silvershore Properties, whose 19 buildings in Brooklyn and Queens have 1,090 violations — that’s an average of more than 57 housing and […]

  • As Long Island teen killed in hit-and-run is laid to rest, search continues for her killer

    LEVITTOWN, N.Y. — Somebody knows who killed a teenage college student by running over her, following a fender bender caused by the killer last week. For now, though, the murderer is still on the loose, even as the family and friends of dentistry student Taranjit Parmar laid her to rest. Monday morning’s skies were gray and somber, much like the mood outside of Moloney’s Funeral Home and Crematorium in Lake Ronkonkoma. It’s where hundreds gathered to say a final farewell […]

  • Search is on for driver of red truck who mowed down teen after fender bender on Long Island

    LEVITTOWN, N.Y. — It was just a fender bender, according to police, but it turned into a deadly tragedy. Now, investigators seek the public’s help to find the man responsible, as a community mourns the loss of a promising young woman. “It’s devastating. It really is,” said Shari Cannata, who’s lived next door to the family of Taranjit Parmar since Parmar was 8 years old. Now, Parmar is dead, at 18, and her killer is on the run. “Please catch […]

  • Exclusive: Murder suspect held for 3 years pending trial released after P.I. finds exonerating evidence

    CONCOURSE, The Bronx — He’d been held on Rikers Island for three years for a murder he insisted that he did not commit. Now, suddenly, Brian Solano, 24, has suddenly and inexplicably been released from jail, with no official explanation. His private investigator points out, however, that the release has come shortly after he produced evidence that very strongly indicates that someone other than Solano committed the crime. The change seemingly happened out of the blue. “They came in my […]

  • Meet the country’s oldest election winner, 93, and one of the youngest, 23, both locals

    The tri-state region was home to the oldest election winner in the country on Election Night, as well as one of the youngest. Both ran on anti-corruption platforms, proving that even though they’re four generations apart, they believe that seeking public office and clean government is a noble calling. “I’m a family man first,” said Vito Perillo, 93, the newly elected mayor of Tinton Falls, New Jersey, adding that he doesn’t consider himself to be a politician. Perillo can say […]

  • Possibility of lingering school bus strike has families, schools and bus company scrambling 

    OCEANSIDE, NY — Tens of thousands of local families now try to figure out how they’ll get their children to school this week, as talks between one of the area’s largest bus companies and its drivers wear on. Monday was the first day of the strike by about 300 drivers in the Transport Workers Union Local 252 against the Baumann Bus Company.  The walkout, which the union had warned about last Friday and over the weekend, left 20,000 students stranded […]

  • ‘Incompetence’ by elections officials is depriving voters’ rights, says report

    Incompetence, ineptitude, stubbornness — were among the words used to describe the work of the New York City Board of Elections in the release of results of a year-and-a-half audit of the city agency on Friday. The B.O.E., for its part, pointed out that it has worked with the authors of the audit to ensure that Election Day runs smoothly, and that every vote is counted. Still, the chief auditor — the city’s comptroller — said that he wants the […]