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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
  • Immigrant family separation apparently continues, affecting NY more than most states

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — The day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that struck down his policy of separating families, it’s becoming more and more apparent that its effects will continue to resonate in New York, and could become much worse, according to both the mayor and the governor. Both men spent Thursday trying to handle the growing situation of displaced children being sent to New York by federal authorities from the country’s southern border. Meanwhile, the president, who […]

  • Fate of displaced immigrant children uncertain, as hundreds are found to be in NY

    EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — The Trump Administration’s newly-ended practice of separating children from their parents in families seeking asylum or illegal entry to the U.S. has left hundreds of displaced children in the New York City area. The exact number is not clear, but it’s far higher than originally estimated, according New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I’m shocked by how much this policy has come home to New York City,” the mayor said, after spending more than an hour […]

  • Pressure mounts for Trump to end immigrant family separation as children sit alone at NY facilities

    SYOSSET, N.Y. — Late Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans said that they intend, as a voting bloc, to support legislation that would ensure that immigrant families not be separated when they try to enter the U.S. illegally. Despite that development, which is not guaranteed passage, the Trump Administration’s practice of separating children and parents continues, including at a facility in the tri-state area. A handful of Central American immigrant children who’ve been removed from their parents are being held at a […]

  • NYC schools remained open during Monday’s heatwave; why?

    PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN – Monday’s near-record heat sent students home from schools in about a dozen major school districts across the Tri-state region. Still in class despite the heat, however, were the 1.1 million students in New York City, the region’s — and the nation’s — largest school system. Their presence, in contrast to the early dismissal of so many of the region’s other students, led some parents in the five boroughs to call for New York City to adopt […]

  • Snoop Dogg expected to attract crowds — and maybe controversy — to Jersey City’s July 4th celebration

    JERSEY CITY — New Jersey’s largest Fourth of July celebration is expected to get larger this year, thanks in no small part to the addition of a talented, but sometimes controversial, performer to this year’s festivities. Snoop Dogg will headline Jersey City’s Independence Day festival. It moved last year from its traditional location at Liberty State Park to Exchange Place, at the heart of Jersey City’s business district, due to a state budget crisis. This year, the festival will stay […]

  • NY attorney general sues Trump Foundation

    NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s foundation served as a personal piggy bank for his businesses, legal bills and presidential campaign, New York’s Attorney General said Wednesday as she sued the charity, Trump and three of his children. The Donald J. Trump Foundation “was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality,” Democratic AG Barbara Underwood said as she sued to dissolve the foundation and seek $2.8 […]

  • Exclusive: White professor whose ‘I hate white people’ rant went viral speaks out

    HARLEM — A Rutgers University professor infamously posted on social media that he hates white people, even though he’s white himself, and his racial post has been shared, reposted and reported on worldwide, but the educator who made the comment has not spoken out about it publicly, until now. “Why am I doing this? This is the question,” professor James Livingston, of Rutgers University, said when PIX11 News spoke with him on Wednesday. He was at his favorite restaurant, Harlem […]

  • Half-fare Metrocards become a reality, but could the program get cut when needed most?

    FULTON ST. RAIL TERMINAL, Manhattan — It could mean hundreds more dollars a year to low income families, but some city budget watchdogs are expressing some caution when it comes to the new Fair Fares program. The $106 million city initiative would provide half-fare MetroCards to the poorest one-fifth of New Yorkers. It was met with widespread praise when it was officially unveiled Tuesday afternoon, amid promises from city leaders to fund the program in perpetuity. However, an expert says, […]

  • Debate between Grimm and Donovan gets personal and ugly, as polls point to upset

    MIDLAND BEACH, Staten Island — The insults and putdowns flew so hard that it sounded and felt like a street brawl and not the primary debate to represent Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn that it was. Monday’s debate was the first between Congressman Dan Donovan and the former member of Congress he replaced, Michael Grimm. Grimm, a convicted felon with a reputation for a hot temper is in the polls against the incumbent. “I put people like him […]

  • Series of fires on Long Island has residents worried arsonist will get bolder

    WYANDANCH, N.Y. — He has burned a car, a boat, a shed, fences and flags, and now Long Island residents say they’re eager to have police arrest an arsonist before he’s able to strike again, in an even more dangerous way. “How eager?” asked resident Charles Ancrum. “From one to 10? 15,” he said. His neighbors echoed Ancrum’s sense of urgency. Anna Zhang lives in a house whose shed and back fence burned down last week. She said that police […]