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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.

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    Why are swank luxury developments getting tax breaks at expense of everyday NYers?

    MIDTOWN MANHATTAN (PIX11) – In the country’s most expensive city, some of the people getting the biggest breaks on housing payments are people who can most easily afford to pay high rents and large mortgages. That’s what was said at City Hall on Thursday during a hearing on a state program that provides a large tax break for some of the city’s biggest developers and wealthiest residents. “As a tenant here in New York,” said Estaban Giron, in an interview […]

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    Parts of Suffolk County still digging out from blizzard that missed NYC

    MEDFORD, Long Island (PIX11) – The scene in the parking lot of Riverhead Middle School Wednesday afternoon was what a blizzard looks like two days after it hits — front end loaders lifting loads of snow by the ton into waiting dump trucks, which cart it away. Complete list: School closures and delays Thursday It was the result of well over three hours overnight Monday into Tuesday of 35-mile an hour sustained winds blowing snow so heavily that there was […]

  • After posting bail on corruption charges, Speaker Sheldon Silver says ‘I’ll be vindicated’

    NEW YORK (PIX11) — He’s spent decades as one of the most powerful politicians in the country, but as of Thursday, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver became an accused criminal.  He’s suspected of abusing the trust of the people who elected him in order to line his own pockets with millions of dollars. Silver has posted bail after being charged with five felony criminal counts, including fraud, conspiracy and corruption.  Upon turning himself in to federal authorities Thursday morning, […]

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    Personal stories of New Yorkers felt during State of the Union address

    WASHINGTON D.C. (PIX11) -- About 750 people are in the congressional chamber during the State of the Union, and some of the most important, are personal guests of legislators, some with very personal stories. Vanessa Fontaine is the mother of Avonte Oquendo, the fourteen year old with severe autism who fled from his Queens school undetected in the fall of two thousand thirteen, whose remains were found three months later. His mother was the guest of Senator Charles Schumer. He’s […]

  • ‘I still believe we are one people': President Obama calls for unity in State of the Union Address

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama made a feisty pitch for economic populism in his penultimate State of the Union Tuesday night, touting the improving economy under his watch and making the case that government has a role in ensuring equal opportunity for all. Obama began his speech at 9:10 p.m. in front of a joint session of the House and Senate, declaring that “the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong.” “At this […]


    What New Yorkers can expect from State of the Union address: PIX11 reports from D.C.

    We are just a few hours away from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. While we already know the key topics and players, there are some emotional issues that will directly impact New Yorkers. James Ford filed this report.

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    Family of Legionnaire’s disease patient describe devastating effects of illness

    CO-OP CITY, Bronx (PIX11) – A dozen New Yorkers have been infected with Legionnaires Disease in the last month, and most of them live in the same community. Its property managers have said they’re doing all they can to kill off the bacteria that causes the potentially fatal disease, but the families of those infected warn that it can still spread, and that its effects can be fatal. Even when they don’t kill a patient, family members point out, the […]

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    NYC may lose Democratic National Convention because of de Blasio, NYPD dispute

    DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN (PIX11) – New York City may get the short end of the stick, and the ongoing dispute between Mayor Bill de Blasio and police could be at the heart of it. Some New Yorkers unrelated to the City Hall — police discord say it’s costing them money. It’s been half a year since the mayor and other New York politicos toured Democratic Party bigwigs around the Barclays Center and other landmarks around the city in an effort to […]

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    43-year-old Mineola man gunned down in his driveway

    MINEOLA, Long Island (PIX11) — The search is on for a killer who struck in a neighborhood rarely hit by serious crime.  Still, the murder of Oscar Granados has detectives warning people to take extra precaution, even though this appears to be a targeted attack. It happened in front of the 43-year-old’s home on Roslyn Road in Mineola Sunday night following a dispute he had with a mystery man or, possibly, more than one man. Bouquets of flowers sat on […]

  • Is Obama’s plan for free community college for qualified Americans as good as it sounds?

    SOUTH BRONX, New York (PIX11) — A better job, more marketable skills, and simply knowing more — all for free.  That’s what students at community colleges would get under a new proposal from President Barack Obama, if his proposal becomes law.  That’s a big if, however, and even some college students are skeptical that the president’s plan to make community college free of charge can happen for them.  They’re also unsure if the quality of education would be high, were […]


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