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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
  • Sales of controversial Essure contraceptive will cease, NJ-based Bayer announced

    NEW YORK — It’s been marketed as a safe and very effective non-surgical contraceptive for women, manufactured by a company headquartered here in the Tri-state region. However, Essure, which is produced by Bayer U.S., has been attributed to severe health conditions in tens of thousands of women, some of whom are now suing the company over their prolonged ailments.  On Friday, the company announced that it will stop selling the contraceptive device in the U.S. The decision comes days before […]

  • After introducing tuition-free college, Cuomo gets heat for a tuition hike

    MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — After expanding a program that allows students at the city’s 24 public colleges and universities to attend tuition-free, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faced intensifying criticism on Thursday for a tuition increase approved by a state board whose members he appointed. The seemingly contradictory situation of free tuition and a tuition hike was explained and criticized by City University of New York students at a protest outside of Cuomo’s Manhattan office. “The Excelsior Scholarship requires that you […]

  • ‘Asesino!’ — Junior Guzman-Feliz’s mother calls her son’s alleged murderers ‘killers’ in court

    CONCOURSE, The Bronx — The mother of slain teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz yelled out at his accused killers in court on Wednesday. It was an expression of the emotion surrounding this apparent case of a mistaken identity murder that both the district attorney here and the police commissioner call torture. The mid-morning hearing at Bronx Criminal Court was the unsealing of the indictments against 12 men accused of the brutal stabbing and slashing of the 15-year-old Police Explorer cadet last […]

  • Who are the Trinitarios? Experts explain how gang accused of killing ‘Junior’ operates

    NEW YORK — The killing of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz sparked widespread community outrage and garnered national attention for its savagery. Accused of killing the 15-year-old are a dozen suspected members of the Trinitarios gang, which started in the early 1990s in Rikers Island with the intent of protecting Dominican inmates. From inside Rikers to the streets, the Trinitarios are well-connected and it’s been estimated more than 1,000 members are operating in New York City and they’ve spread to other states. In the […]

  • How a long commute in a wheelchair shows the need for more accessibility; but how can it be funded?

    CITY HALL PARK, Lower Manhattan — By the MTA’s own admission, the New York City subway system is plagued with problems that are in significant need of fixing. However, worse than the delays, the crumbling stations and the broken subway car air conditioners is the fact that nearly one in nine potential subway customers can’t fully access the subway system. That was the conclusion of a new report from the city comptroller, released Tuesday, which also called for ways to […]

  • Video shows why tenants sue Jared Kushner for trying to intimidate them into moving

    WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn — A rat crawling next to a sleeping baby. Toxic dust tracked into people’s apartments. Construction noise all day, every day — even weekends — so loud that people can’t have conversations in their apartments without shouting. Those are some of the conditions seen, and heard, in a video recorded at a building as it was being developed by Jared Kushner. The difficult living conditions were the subject of a lawsuit against the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, […]

  • The most important part of commuting you’ve never heard of: training TBAs

    BAYONNE, N.J. — They’re initials that usually stand for “to be announced,” but TBA also means something that’s the opposite of waiting for action. Instead, at the center of a lot of activity that affects millions of commuters every day are TBAs — tunnel and bridge agents —who are first responders with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. PIX11 News shadowed them for emergency training on Thursday. “They’re very well versed,” said John Baum, the manager of […]

  • Drunk crane operator who ran over cars on Long Island will remain in jail: police

    BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. —  Its tires are as tall as a grown man, and its chassis is about the same size as six large pickup trucks put together. Now, a mobile construction crane is impounded, and its driver is behind bars, after he drove his 30-ton vehicle over some cars, and into others, while intoxicated, according to police. The driver denies the DUI charge, but four damaged cars, and three people in the hospital show that the damage, at least, is […]

  • 12th suspect ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz murder appears before judge

    BELMONT, The Bronx — The 12th man charged with the murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz is now set to return to New York to face the crimes of which he’s accused. Luis Cabrarasantos, 25, appeared before a judge on Tuesday in Connecticut, where state troopers had arrested him on Monday. A high-speed license plate scanner on a Connecticut State Police car matched the plate of Cabrarasantos’s vehicle with a be-on-the-lookout list in a law enforcement database. His alleged victim’s mother […]

  • 3 men accused of ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz’s killing go before judge

    CONCOURSE, the Bronx — Twelve men have been charged with the mistaken-identity killing of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz and on Monday three of them appeared before a judge to account for their alleged crimes and to determine the course of their prosecution. One of the three men in criminal court is an alleged high-ranking leader of the Trinitarios gang. Another man denies membership entirely, claiming that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time when Guzman-Feliz was killed outside a […]