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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
  • NJ’s status as the only state requiring full serve gas is in jeopardy, says lawmaker

    CHEESEQUAKE REST AREA, N.J. — It’s a nearly 70-year-old requirement which, on cold days like those our region has had recently, allows motorists to stay in their cars, while somebody else pumps the gas. As of January 1, however, New Jersey is the only state in the union which still requires that all gasoline pumping be full service. That could change if a state senator’s proposed legislation gets adopted into law. “If I want to pump my own gas, I […]

  • Man who stole police SUV and drove it into NJ transit hub has history of violence: Sources

    HOBOKEN, NJ — Terrorism concerns have been ruled out, but the man under arrest for stealing a specialized police vehicle and driving it into one of the Tri-state’s busiest transportation hubs apparently has at least one case in his past of carrying out dangerous acts in public places. Santiago Brito-Avalos, 46, got off an NJ Transit Train in Hoboken around 7:55 a.m. on Monday, according to NJ Transit Police. They say that he then entered a secured parking lot next to […]

  • Long Island digs out from massive snowstorm, resulting in one snow shoveling fatality

    TERRYVILLE, N.Y. — If it wasn’t bad enough that blizzard-like conditions left the tri-state region under a thick, white blanket, the deep cold and high winds have made it that much more difficult for people to emerge out from under it all. Particularly hard hit was Long Island, which was still digging out nearly 24 hours after the deep snow fell. The so-called “bomb cyclone” winter storm was one of the widest-ranging, fastest moving storms ever recorded, having left snow […]

  • City says closure of Rikers facility this summer starts shutdown of entire jail, but criticism ensues

    RIKES ISLAND — Before the summer is over, one of the nine jail facilities on Rikers Island will be shut down. That was the announcement on Tuesday from the Bill de Blasio Administration, which said that the move is the first step in a larger process of completely closing Rikers by 2027. The announcement raised questions about the overall shutdown process, and also sparked criticism by the correction officers’ union of City Hall’s motives. The facility that will be closing […]

  • Two families with NYC-area ties killed in Costa Rica plane crash; family and friends try to cope with the shock

    SCARSDALE, NY — In an instant, what had been a fun family vacation suddenly became fatal for two families with ties to the Tri-state.  On Monday, relatives and friends were still trying to cope with devastating news they’d learned Sunday night about the fate of the Steinberg Family of Westchester County and the Weiss Family of St. Petersburg, Florida, whose daughter was a student at Columbia University, in Manhattan. Both families were on a plane that crashed in Costa Rica, killing […]

  • Protesters try to show Trump how travel ban hits home in NYC

    LOWER MANHATTAN —Americans suffering from the President Donald Trump’s travel ban aimed at more than a half dozen countries, most of them majority Muslim, protested the law, which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, at a Wednesday rally of immigrants. The rally at Foley Square, in the Federal District downtown, had many of the hallmarks of any other patriotic rally. There were chants of “U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!, U.S.A.!,” and dozens of American flags on display, of various sizes. There were also […]

  • Trying to beat the Trump tax law, tri-state residents scramble to file next year’s taxes now

    JERSEY CITY — Throughout the tri-state, people are trying to pay their taxes for 2018 now, before the tax bill President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday goes into effect. The prepayment only applies to property taxes, and can total well into the five figures for some families, but that’s not stopping a record number of people from taking advantage of it. “I think it helps in general” said Dawn Geoghan, “given the tax law changes.” She’s a Jersey […]

  • Fariña formally announces retirement as NYC schools chancellor amid widespread praise, but some criticism

    LOWER MANHATTAN — For four years, she made her mark on New York City’s public schools and the more than one million families connected to it. Now, days before her boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, begins a second term, Carmen Fariña has formally announced her retirement. She’s garnered widespread praise for doing a thorough job in a high-pressure position, but those kudos did not come without criticism, or without calls for her successor — whoever that may be — to do […]

  • NJ high school football star charged with sex assault of classmate; family disputes it

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — He’s a standout football star at a New Jersey high school who’s now been indicted for his alleged role in a group sexual assault in a room in the school building. Administrators say that they have surveillance video proving quarterback Amir Goodwin’s role in the crime, and detectives and prosecutors support that claim. Goodwin’s family and their attorney, however, say that the accusations are false, and that he’ll fight them vigorously. People who know Goodwin, 18, are […]

  • 16 inmates face 25 more years after beatdown of Rikers captain — why officials say that’s not enough

    RIKERS ISLAND — An attack on a correction department captain and other officers on Thanksgiving Day by inmates here resulted in 16 indictments against the inmates on Thursday. However, people whose job it is to watch over Rikers prisoners said that’s not a strong enough action to prevent more attacks. The indictments were in response to the November 23rd attack that was recorded in its graphic entirety on surveillance video. The images clearly show a group of Rikers Island inmates […]