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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
  • Hero cops deliver ‘miracle’ baby in rush-hour traffic at Lincoln Tunnel

    HOBOKEN, NJ — A baby girl came into the world right in the middle of morning rush hour at the Lincoln Tunnel Monday. It was just before 7:30 a.m. when little Sailakshmi Karthik decided that now was the time. Port Authority Police Officers Krystal Armenti, Dana Fuller and Catherine Conant delivered the baby in a car service vehicle on the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, about 100 feet in front of the toll booths. “We pulled over and […]

  • Will ‘one of the biggest takedowns of an MS-13 leaders in the U.S’ stop the violence?

    MINEOLA, NY — A major blow to gang violence was on display Thursday morning as federal and local investigators led Miguel Angel Corea Diaz, a 35-year-old alleged major regional leader of the MS-13 gang, out of lockup and into court, to be arraigned on a list of felony charges. “He chose his victims like the Grim Reaper, killing everyone in his wake,” James Hunt, Drug Enforcement Agency special agent in charge, said at a news conference following Corea Diaz’s arraignment. […]

  • New details emerge of heroism and tragedy on Southwest Flight 1380

    NEW YORK — New details continue to emerge about the 22 minutes of life-or-death danger that the passengers and crew of Southwest Flight 1380 experienced about half an hour into their flight from LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday. Early Wednesday evening, the NTSB released the new information as part of its ongoing probe into why and how the 737’s left engine exploded, leaving a female passenger dead. Tributes to her, as well as to the pilot of the plane have been […]

  • Police searching Florida for person who left dead baby in suitcase near NJ train tracks: sources

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Detectives are searching south Florida for the person who left a dead baby in a suitcase near PATH tracks in Jersey City on Wednesday, a police source told PIX11. A Port Authority employee discovered the suitcase underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge at about 12:30 p.m. and called police, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said. When police arrived, they found human remains inside the luggage. A preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office revealed that the baby was a […]

  • ‘I don’t play Mega Millions’: New Jersey man comes forward as $533 million winner

    TRENTON, N.J. — Because he bought his half-billion dollar Mega Millions ticket in New Jersey, Richard Wahl, 47, had no choice but to go public with his newfound wealth. Unlike some other U.S. states, the New Jersey Lottery Commission requires that winners of major jackpots publicly accept their winnings. Wahl did so at a press conference here Friday morning. The food processing plant manager, who moved to Vernon, New Jersey last July, made it abundantly clear that he’d become a […]

  • LIRR woes lead to its president’s resignation, and new chief being named

    WOODSIDE STATION, Queens — The head of the Long Island Railroad has just been replaced under less than ideal circumstances. The change at the controls comes as on-time performance for the nation’s largest commuter railroad is at its worst point since the 1990s. Patrick Nowakowski is stepping down after nearly four years at the helm. “If he has to go, he has to go,” commuter Joshua Bey said at Penn Station on Thursday. He’s among the 300,000 daily commuters on […]

  • Bernie Sanders’ former press secretary detained at LaGuardia Airport: sources

    QUEENS, N.Y. — Bernie Sanders’ former press secretary and current CNN political commentator Symone Sanders was detained by police at LaGuardia Airport Thursday, sources told PIX11 News. It was about 7:30 a.m. Thursday when Sanders was asked by TSA agents to step out of line for a more detailed security check at Concourse D in LaGuardia’s Terminal B, sources said. She allegedly refused and made “unreasonable noise” while “cursing in front of patrons and young children,” according to a law enforcement […]

  • Baby found dead in suitcase left near PATH tracks in Jersey City

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A baby was found dead in a suitcase left near PATH tracks in Jersey City on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. The gruesome discovery was made about 12:40 p.m. underneath the Tonnelle Avenue Bridge, just off Broadway, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said. A PATH train crew spotted a suitcase near tracks not far from the Journal Square stop and called police, sources told PIX11 News. When officers arrived, they found human remains in the container. The […]

  • Girl gives first-hand account of intense fire at her NJ dance school, thanks bystanders who saved their lives

    EDGEWATER, N.J. — Thanks to eyewitness video, an intense fire in a building that housed a dance studio filled with children has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times worldwide. More importantly, the fast work of innocent bystanders is seen on the video. Their actions, along with the bravery of the children and their teachers, resulted in a situation that had the potential of having mass casualties being instead a scene of minor injuries. “I was one of the […]

  • New schools chancellor has his 1st day of school in NYC, a district many times larger than any he’s ever run

    SOUNDVIEW, the Bronx —  New York City’s 1.1 million public school students headed back to school from spring break and the new school’s chancellor joined the them for his first day leading the entire school system Monday. It was clearly far too soon to see if he makes the grade. Specifically, Richard Carranza comes to New York having headed up school systems in the past that are a fraction of its size. Now, whether or not Carranza can successfully oversee the […]