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
  • Sentencing of Chanel Lewis moves forward despite allegations of jury misconduct

    KEW GARDENS, Queens — Despite a juror stepping forward to say that laws were broken by the group of 12 women and men who convicted Chanel Lewis, 22, of the murder and sexual abuse of Karina Vetrano, 30, a judge ruled Monday that Lewis will be sentenced for the crimes on Tuesday morning. Lewis’ mother arrived at the courthouse with nothing to say at the time. Meanwhile, the murder victim’s father, Phil Vetrano, made only a brief comment on his […]

  • Cop injured in shootout leaves hospital, as NYPD identifies suspect who was killed as possible gang leader

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Justin Vartanian, the NYPD officer injured in a shootout on Thursday in Washington Heights, is now home, recovering from the gunshot wound that police say was inflicted by a Trinitarios gang member who they shot and killed after he opened fire. Officer Vartanian walked out of St. Luke’s Mt. Sinai Hospital in Morningside Heights with his wife, Meghan, late Friday morning. More than 100 officers, including Chief of Department Terence Monahan, surrounded them, applauding, as bagpipes […]

  • City Council passes its own Green New Deal-like legislation, but not everybody is pleased

    LOWER MANHATTAN — The Green New Deal is a proposed series of legislation that’s been the subject of a lot of discussion in Washington, DC, and has helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s profile there grow even larger. However, on Thursday, her hometown of New York, passed a Green New Deal of its own, that’s expected to go into effect later this year. Even though it’s intended to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40%, not everyone is pleased, including some New Yorkers who […]

  • Sentencing of Chanel Lewis in killing of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano is postponed

    KEW GARDENS, Queens — The sentencing of Chanel Lewis, who is convicted in the killing and sexual abuse of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, was postponed Wednesday amid allegations of jury misconduct. Lewis, 22, was expected to be sentenced Wednesday in the August 2016 attack after two trials. After the sentencing was postponed, Lewis’s supporters left the courtroom, chanting “Justice for Chanel.” Chanel Lewis supporters chant “Justice for Chanel” after sentencing in killing of Karina Vetrano is postponed. Video: @jamesfordtv https://t.co/BtocnHd8CW […]

  • Notre Dame’s community will endure, say parishioners and pastor of NYC cathedral that’s outlasted two fires

    MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Notre Dame Cathedral is among the most iconic and recognizable Christian houses of worship in the world. The edifice, and the congregation that fills it, are mourning its damage, due to Monday’s massive fire. Mourning with Notre Dame are worship houses worldwide, including the world’s fifth largest place of worship, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, here in uptown Manhattan. St. John the Divine is no stranger to being damaged by fire during the holiest […]

  • Big blaze on historic Brighton Beach boardwalk leaves residents, businesses calling for more help for homeless

    BRIGHTON BEACH, Brooklyn — Residents in Brighton Beach are calling for officers to more strongly police homeless residents in this neighborhood, and for the city to provide more homeless services after a fire destroyed the exterior of a popular restaurant on the landmarked boardwalk here. Fire inspectors concluded that trash underneath the boardwalk caught fire and spread. Many local residents say that homeless men who sleep under the boardwalk caused the fire. It broke out around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday […]

  • BTS takes a risk with ‘SNL’ performance and album release here in NYC, but risk pays off big

    This musical performance review is by PIX11 News reporter James Ford. NEW YORK — BTS, the seven-member supergroup from South Korea, took a risk by holding the first live performance of the debut single from their new album on “Saturday Night Live,” in New York. By the end of the live broadcast, it was apparent that the risk had paid off. The K-pop megahit band is so popular that they’ve literally become a vital part of their country’s economy.  Profits […]

  • BTS fans camp out in midtown for chance to see Korean band on ‘SNL’

    MIDTOWN — They’re one of the most popular bands of all time, and at this time BTS may be the most popular band in the world. That’s why it’s very significant that the Korean group known for its deep messages of compassion and positivity, chose to debut music from their new album in New York, even though they’re based in Seoul. Super fans of the band, who call themselves ARMYs, could not be more delighted. “We get the opportunity to […]

  • School memorializes slain teacher, while the husband accused of killing her has unusual court appearances

    CASTLETON CORNERS, Staten Island —  The estranged husband and primary suspect in the murder of Staten Island teacher Jeanine Cammarata went before two different judges on Thursday, in a series of unprecedented hearings. At the same time, the entire community of the school where she taught came together to show their support for the slain mother of three. “Everybody’s wearing purple,” said an employee at P.S. 29, on Thursday. Asked what he’d thought about the fact that almost the entire […]

  • Scaffolding collapses onto vehicles in Greenpoint

    GREENPOINT, Brooklyn — After part of a building, as well as dozens of sections of steel scaffolding, fell into the street in Greenpoint Wednesday morning, crushing an SUV and significantly damaging two other cars, witnesses are still amazed that no people were hurt in the collapse. “It’s a busy street,” said Julian Foster. “Everybody walking back and forth, jogging and all that,” is how he described the block of Wythe Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets. Foster’s vehicle, a 2017 […]

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