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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
  • ‘Really scary news’: At least 1 patient contracted hepatitis from unsanitary health facility, says attorney

    FT. LEE, N.J. — A serious health emergency that’s made headlines since just before Christmas has gotten worse, according to some former patients of a surgery center that admits that it put them at risk for contracting HIV and hepatitis. The change that’s apparently worsened the situation was announced Thursday by an attorney representing hundreds of the former patients. “Two of my clients have proved positive,” said Michael Maggiano, who represents more than 200 former patients. “One for hepatitis B, […]

  • 10 years later, Miracle on the Hudson passengers say they do the most with their ‘new’ lives

    ON THE HUDSON, Midtown — Anybody who can look back over the last 10 years and conclude that each day of it was well spent is truly fortunate. For 155 people who were on U.S.Airways Flight 1549 exactly 10 years ago Tuesday, they say they know that fact firsthand. They survived what could have become one of the worst air disasters ever in New York City, which instead became the most miraculous lifesaving event in aviation history. “Two minutes in” […]

  • NYC Ferry service will expand, but taxpayers will foot most of the bill: mayor

    CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — Mayor Bill De Blasio formally announced on Monday something that he’s informally announced a few times before: NYC Ferry service is expanding to all five boroughs. The ride, which is typically faster than the subway or bus, will cost the same as those land-based modes of public transportation. However, taxpayers’ subsidies are what keep the ferry ride fares comparatively low, and they will continue to do so under the announced expansion. “Coney Island, your ship has […]

  • NYC mayor pitches retirement fund for private-sector workers in ‘State of the City’ address

    UPPER WEST SIDE — In a week where Mayor Bill de Blasio had already announced proposals for universal healthcare for New York City residents, as well as guaranteed two-week leave, he added to the list of progressive proposals in his State of the City address on Thursday. “There’s plenty of money in this city,” the mayor said during his hour-long speech. “It’s just in the wrong hands.” He listed a variety of proposals he intends to see through, including: Expanding […]

  • Exclusive: The world’s most popular American tribute band is from Moscow, and eager to kick off its U.S. tour in NYC

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — It’s an all-American story that could only be carried out by residents of Moscow, Russia, in New York, by way of Chicago and L.A. It may sound confusing at first, but, in short, it’s the story of how the world’s most famous band that covers hit songs by the legendary rock/jazz/pop group Chicago chose to come to the U.S. for the first time, and to launch their tour in New York City. “Because New York is […]

  • De Blasio unveils plan for health care for all New Yorkers, but there are skeptics

    MELROSE, the Bronx — It’s the biggest development in health care since Obamacare became law, and with a formal announcement of universal health care in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio thrust himself and the city into national debates on two key issues. Specifically, the mayor’s announcement that all New Yorkers — including undocumented residents — will have access to primary medical care, places New York City into the middle of national policy questions regarding both […]

  • New members of Congress from the Tri-state showcase growing diversity that’s coming from one side of the aisle

    CAPITOL HILL — The new Congress — with the most women, and ethnic and religious diversity ever — is now sworn in. Its diversity is reflected in the Tri-state’s congressional delegations, and in their members’ personal stories. That diversity also appears almost exclusively on one side of the aisle. The 116th Congress began with a New York congressman of color being showcased as a congressional leader. Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of Brooklyn and Queens, is now the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, […]

  • PARCC exams thrown out as graduation requirement in NJ over the holiday

    JERSEY CITY — It affects more than a million local families, but a significant change in the use of PARCC exams in the Garden State is expected to take many parents and students by surprise when classes resume on Wednesday. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exams in 10th grade English Language Arts and Algebra I have been required for graduation from high school by the New Jersey Department of Education. In a ruling […]

  • After healthcare provider warns patients it may have given them HIV, lawsuits grow

    BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — A new lawsuit has been filed against the North Jersey health facility that had to warn nearly 4,000 of its patients that they may have contracted HIV or hepatitis due to unsanitary conditions at the facility. HealthPlus, which operates the facility, says that it has taken proper action regarding personnel and hygiene, but the number of patients saying that the health care provider is continuing to mismanage their situation is growing. “I couldn’t even enjoy my holiday,” […]

  • SNAP, WIC and other food assistance recipients face uncertainty as government shutdown heads into sixth day

    HOLLIS, Queens — The federal offices that administer food assistance programs may be in trouble as the federal government shutdown wears on. More specifically, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which controls the SNAP program — which is often still referred to by its former name, food stamps — has said that it has to reduce staff, starting Wednesday evening. “People are going to be angry,” said one resident of Hollis Queens, to PIX11 News. She’s not receiving public benefits, but […]