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
  • Port Authority bus terminal expands in Washington Heights, as part of a challenge to make it a destination

    WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The Port Authority Bus Terminal got bigger on Wednesday, but the expansion didn’t take place at what’s already the busiest bus terminal in the world, in Midtown. Instead, it took place at the other Port Authority terminal, uptown. The opening of a variety of shops here is the latest stage in a two years-long renovation and improvement project at the massive facility connected to the George Washington Bridge. Wednesday’s opening is significant, but whether or not it […]

  • From mild to miserable: Tri-state area plunges into a deep freeze in a matter of hours

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Temperatures in the Tri-state region dropped off a steep cliff on Tuesday, leaving some people in shock, after they’d left for work in the morning amid nearly 60 degree conditions, then came home in the evening with the air feeling well below freezing. Overnight, the temperatures are expected to go even lower as part of a deep freeze that’s gripped most of the country. New York City’s government planned for a snow emergency that didn’t materialize, but […]

  • President Trump kicks off Veterans Day tribute in NYC as more than 100 protest nearby

    NEW YORK — President Donald Trump kicked off New York City’s Veterans Day Tribute on Monday by saying the nation’s veterans “risked everything for us. Now it is our duty to serve and protect them every single day of our lives.” Trump spoke at the opening of the 100th annual parade organized by the United War Veterans Council in Madison Square Park. He is the first sitting president to accept the group’s invitation to speak at the event. As Trump […]

  • Dog stolen during Upper West Side robbery, later rescued wandering Manhattan street: police

    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Home invasions are, of course, attacks in which somebody violently breaks into a home and steals valuables. In the case of one such attack here, the most valuable thing stolen has a name: Nala, a two year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. The purebred ended up becoming both evidence of the alleged crime, and a witness to it. It happened at around 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Two men managed to get let into the building on West […]

  • Notorious NYPD tow pound will relocate to create parkland

    MIDTOWN WEST — It’s a place that’s become infamous for the effect it has on the people who are forced to enter it. The NYPD Tow Pound, on the West Side Highway and 38th Street is where any vehicle that’s towed in Manhattan ends up before its owner redeems it. Hazel Rivas is one of those owners. “I just had a panic attack in there,” she said about her experiencing paying fines to get her SUV released from NYPD custody. […]

  • How The 1619 Project is reframing slavery to young people and all people: a 1-on-1 with Nikole Hannah-Jones

    NEW YORK — It’s shattered many long-standing assumptions about a central part of American history and culture, and now, the 1619 Project — a collection of articles, literature, poetry, art and analysis, produced by the New York Times Magazine — is set to transform how the youngest generation views slavery and its effects. Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones said in an interview with PIX11 News that New Yorkers in particular need to understand that the strength of our city, as well […]

  • ‘Now, no one, nowhere’: Disappearing Duane Reades are part of a trend of vanishing local chains

    LOWER MANHATTAN — Its two-word name is almost as familiar to people in the Tri-state area as the two-word name “New York.” Duane-Reade, the drugstore chain that once seemed everywhere is no longer so. In less than a decade, the chain has shuttered locations extensively, from 253 stores, according to the New York Times in 2010, to 91 currently, according to a count by Gothamist. That’s a 65 percent drop. Harlem Alexander, who lives in Queens, used to work at […]

  • NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill is stepping down

    NEW YORK — New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill is stepping down from the force, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a news conference Monday afternoon. The 35-year veteran NYPD cop will be replaced by Dermot Shea, the current chief of detectives, at the end of November. All three men attended the news conference to announce the transition. O’Neill, 61, took on the role of top cop just over three years ago in September 2016. He’s headed to the […]

  • National Weather Service to determine Saturday if NJ storm was a tornado; residents remain shaken up

    MADISON, New Jersey — Hundreds of trees down on top of dozens and dozens of power lines across this town, and in other towns here in Morris County, are the reason that a state of emergency was declared. Some residents, in surveying the damage, pondered exactly how strong the storm was. “It looked and sounded like a tornado,” resident Jen Gregory told PIX11 News. She spoke from her front yard, in which her five story tree had been sheared off […]

  • 19 accused of trying to lure minors for sex

    SOMERVILLE, N.J.  — Investigators from more than two dozen law enforcement agencies in New Jersey have arrested 19 people on charges of trying to lure minors for sex. At a news conference here Thursday morning, State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson on Thursday disclosed details about the sting called “Operation Open Door.” The arrests were made over a six-day period from Oct. 23 through Oct. 28, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, which led […]

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