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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.

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  • ‘White Excellence’: Racist, misspelled flyer posted in the Bronx spurs outcry and police investigation

    WOODLAWN, THE BRONX — It was a call to action for white people to declare their supremacy over other races, and to fight non-Christians. Now, a racist flyer posted on a few trees in the Bronx is provoking action, but not as it intended. The community is rising up against its message. “We heard from some constituents in Woodlawn,” State Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz said, describing how he’d first learned about the flyer. “And of course, I was shocked, because we’ve […]

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  • Hate speech vandalism at nearly half dozen NYC sites in last week sparks action by political, religious leaders

    LOWER MANHATTAN — It was a singular act of hate that was meant to divide people. Instead, a racist scrawl on a sign at the national monument that’s dedicated to people of African descent brought together a wide array of people in a statement of defiance and strength against a spate of hateful acts in New York City in the past week. “Whenever it happens, we have to combat it,” said Jumaane Williams, the city councilmember from Flatbush, Brooklyn, who […]

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