Craig Ford is the co-anchor of WTVA 9 News at 4:00, WTVA 9 News at 5:00 and WTVA 9 News at 6:00. He arrived here in December 1999 to help launch the 9:00 p.m. news on WLOV and added anchor duties on WTVA in July 2001. He also helps supervise the news department as assistant news director.
Ford joined WTVA/WLOV after working as news director and 6:00 p.m. anchor for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg-Laurel, Mississippi, where he was hired to put together a news operation for the CBS affiliate.
Before that, he was responsible for a six-hour news block as an afternoon news editor/producer for KTRH-AM in Houston, Texas. His career also includes stops at WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana, as an assignment editor, WWL-AM in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a news reporter/anchor and WBBN-FM in Laurel-Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as news director.
Throughout his career, Ford has won numerous awards. He was recognized by the Radio-Television News Directors Association when WBBN-FM was named the 1995 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for spot news coverage in small market radio.
In 1999, he was part of the team at KTRH-AM that won a National Headliner Award from the Press Club of Atlantic City for best newscast, beating newscasts from ABC Radio and CBS Radio.
Ford was also named Best Radio Reporter two years in a row by the Louisiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Best Radio News Person by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters and News Person of the Year by the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters in 2014.
His latest honor came from the MAPB when he was inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame in 2017.
Ford graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in radio-TV-film and from Smithville High School. He resides in Monroe County between Amory and Smithville with his wife Stephanie and their five dogs.
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