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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
  • Thousands of children at risk at dangerous playgrounds in NYCHA housing, new report says

    VINEGAR HILL, Brooklyn — NYCHA is putting the more than 100,000 children that live in its facilities at risk, according to a new report by the city’s top investigator. Playgrounds at a majority of the housing authority’s properties have unsafe conditions and NYCHA has neglected them or falsified reports about them, according to the audit from City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office. The report detailed jagged pieces of metal sticking out of playground slides, broken and rusted parts of jungle gyms protruding onto […]

  • Investigation continues into fire that killed firefighter on movie set

    HARLEM, Manhattan — A veteran FDNY firefighter was killed, and two other firefighters and three civilians were injured, during a massive fire that consumed a historic building at a Harlem movie set late Thursday, officials said. Michael R. Davidson, 37, a 15-year veteran of the FDNY and a married father of four, was killed in the blaze. He was among the firefighters who responded at about 11 p.m. to a blaze that broke out in the cellar of a five-story building […]

  • ‘Four’easter’ leaves region with snow and hazards that could last for days

    BAY RIDGE, N.Y. — The fourth Nor’easter this month left a thick, white coat across the tri-state, but it was thickest in the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. Patchogue, in Suffolk County, got more than 20 inches of snowfall; Plainview, in Nassau County, saw 16 inches of snow. On Thursday, residents throughout Long Island dug out from the heavy snowfall they’d received overnight Wednesday. They also felt the effects of springlike temperatures on Thursday. The result was a lot of […]

  • Judge orders striking teachers in Jersey City back to work on Monday; it’s uncertain if they’ll return

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Children sitting in an auditorium watching movies all day, as their teachers marched outside, protesting; heated confrontations between picketing teachers and the substitute teachers who’d been offered double pay to replace them; police posted at every corner around schools in case tempers flared too intensely. They were all scenes of Day 1 of the teachers strike here. The question now is, will the teachers’ union and the school board reach some sort of agreement. Whether or not […]

  • NYC has lost track of thousands of homeless students: audit

    NEW YORK — Public schools in New York City are losing track of thousands of homeless students and thus depriving them of their education, according to a months-long study carried out by the city comptroller, the findings of which were released on Thursday. The mayor, however, said the situation is far better than the new audit suggests. The audit found that about 19,000 children — 58 percent of homeless students — were chronically absent. A sampling of chronically absent students showed […]

  • As student walkouts take place nationwide, one Brooklyn event tries to connect the frustration with concrete action

    NEW YORK — Across the country, as well as across the tri-state region and all over New York City, students walked out of school by the thousands to call for stricter gun laws, and to call for an end to gun violence. In Brooklyn, the morning protests were topped off with a rally designed to provide practical applications for students’ frustration and energy. Just as they had planned for a couple of weeks, students at thousands of schools nationwide exited […]

  • Jack Daniel’s whiskey exists because of Uncle Nearest, a former slave who’s now getting his own label

    NEW YORK — It’s one of the most recognizable names and brands in the world, but Jack Daniel’s Whiskey owes its success to someone whose name could have remained an open secret if it weren’t for someone in New York publishing the story of Daniel’s connection to former slave Nearest Green. Now, Green is getting his name on a whiskey made with methods that he pioneered, and it will soon be available here in the city that helped to bring […]

  • Nor’easter’s severity surprises some on Long Island, but they still had to go to school

    LONG ISLAND — East and north of New York City, Tuesday’s winter storm had a real impact. Nearly a foot of snow fell in some locations, and in at least one of those locations, school was in session, much to the chagrin of many families. “I’m very surprised the schools were open,” said Donna Cardillo. a resident of Plainview, Long Island. “My streets weren’t plowed” in the morning, when children were expected to leave home for class. Plainview’s official snowfall […]

  • Utility company apologizes for outages even as power begins to restore — but is it enough?

    HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — A week after the first of two Nor’easters slammed the tri-state region, electrical service is returning. However, it couldn’t come fast enough for some people who’ve been without it for so long. John Kolman-Mandle has had a cold, dark house since the first Nor’easter blew an 80-year-old tree at the bottom of his cul-de-sac onto power lines. It left his entire Briarcliff Manor neighborhood in the dark. Until 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. “It actually works!” Kolman-Mandle exclaimed, […]

  • Thousands face the prospect of going a week without electricity in Westchester, even as lights come back on for others 

    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY — As many as 45,000 customers in Westchester County woke up on Thursday without power, and a few thousand of them had spent much of the last week with no electricity in the wake of last week’s nor’easter. “We were out since Friday, until yesterday,” Anthony Spinari, a Yorktown Heights resident, said. “[On Wednesday], the power comes on for about four hours. Then, at 7:00 [Wednesday evening, it] goes back out again.” However, by sundown Thursday, the […]