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
  • Climate Strike protest exceeds expectations of organizers, demonstrators and police; will it lead to action?

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It was organized as a march and protest to draw attention to the need to fight climate change, but the event called Climate Strike ended up being far larger than anyone had anticipated — including organizers, participants, and even police. The day began in Brooklyn, at Borough Hall, where a rally of a couple thousand people, mostly high school students, did not begin with noise, as so many demonstrations do. Instead, student leaders from a Brooklyn Friends […]

  • Climate strikes sweep New York, the globe as protesters demand urgent action

    From London to New York City and from Perth to Paris, climate activists are taking part in a global general strike on Friday in what is expected to be the biggest day of climate demonstrations in the planet’s history. Thousands of students attended the Climate Strike in New York City, instead of going to school. Clio Turner told PIX11, “I am here because climate change is real.” There was a mixture of fear and optimism in the crowd. Fear that […]

  • Man accused of fatally stabbing LI teen in a massive brawl pleads not guilty, but gets held without bail

    HEMPSTEAD, Long Island —The man accused of stabbing a 16-year-old high school student to death during a brawl on Long Island this week faced a judge on Thursday for the crime. The arraignment featured an unsubstantiated claim, made by the lawyer for suspect Tyler Flach, of a gang connection. The statement left the family and supporters of victim Khaseen Morris in shock and in tears. Flach, 18, never spoke in public on Thursday, even though he was widely seen. He […]

  • Massive Central Park makeover announced; will affect Trump-owned ice rink

    HARLEM, Manhattan — The north end of Central Park is about to undergo one of the most significant changes that the park has seen in generations. The area near the Harlem Meer will be transformed significantly at a cost of $150 million over at least three years’ time. Some local residents questioned if it was worth the dollars and the years and they also asked what, if anything, President Donald Trump has to do with it all. The change is […]

  • Police say they’re ‘ready to arrest’ suspects in a fatal teen brawl over a girl in Oceanside

    OCEANSIDE, N.Y. — Police say they’re closing in on suspects who stabbed a teenager to death here during an after-school fight. It happened in front of dozens of fellow students, many of whom allegedly filmed the attack, which left another teen injured, police said Tuesday. “There’s got to be about 50, 60, 70 kids here,” said Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, the commander of the Nassau County Police Homicide Division at a news conference at the crime scene on Tuesday morning. […]

  • Bloody attack on cult band singer shows resilience against violent crime

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — She was brutally attacked while walking home at night, but the lead singer of an alternative band with a large cult following says that her case shows how, and why, people — especially women — can overcome violence. Haley Dahl is the founder and frontwoman of Sloppy Jane, a band that’s created a devoted following in part because of its intense live performances, wide-ranging instrumentation, and Dahl’s strong, in-your-face vocals and presence. One thing she is not […]

  • Odyssey House’s Run for Your Life event celebrates health and recovery

    RANDALLS ISLAND, Manhattan — The opioid crisis is the biggest health emergency the country has ever faced. One New York-based entity that’s had success in fighting the crisis over addiction brought together hundreds of people on Saturday who it’s helping, and PIX11 News gave a major assist. Odyssey House is a 52-year-old organization that provides drug treatment, housing, job training, childcare, and other programs for its thousands of clients in New York City. One major aspect of its treatment regimen is physical […]

  • Man trapped in a river for days gets rescued; ‘He’s very fortunate,’ say rescuers

    SUFFERN, NEW YORK — He’d sat in a river for days, unseen and unheard by anyone, after falling off a bridge and getting so badly injured that he couldn’t move, or call for help. Now, the first responders who saved the man’s life talk about how difficult the rescue was and how lucky the man is that he survived. It took police officers, firefighters and EMTs from across at least four different agencies to save the man. They’d received a […]

  • Man rescued after falling from bridge into ravine, stranded in river in Suffern: police

    SUFFERN, N.Y. — A man was rescued after falling off of a bridge and into a ravine, stranded in the water, according to the Suffern Police Department. According to police, the victim said he fell off a bridge and into the Mahwah River near Tilton Road. The man was stuck in the river for days, according to lohud.com. Officials said the man was possibly suffering from hypothermia. Police said the victim was sitting up in the water. Officers had to […]

  • NYC City Council moves to throw out law protecting LGBTQ residents; why those residents support the move

    NEW YORK — A New York City law banning so-called gay conversion therapy was designed to protect New York City residents, but now it’s on the fast track to being struck down. That’s actually welcome news to the New Yorkers that the law was created to protect. “Absolutely,” said Eliel Cruz, the communications director for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which advocates for LGBTQ rights, and fights violence against LGBTQ residents. Cruz also has a personal connection to the […]

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