Craig Ford

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.

Title: Anchor & Assistant News Director
cford@wtva.com

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 dogs.

Recent Posts by Craig Ford

State sent alert to health care workers on wearing masks

The state health officer told health care workers across Mississippi Saturday they should wear surgical masks, even if they don't come in direct contact with patients suffering from the coronavirus.

Dealing with coronavirus without a hospital

Pickens County, Alabama, is dealing with the coronavirus just weeks after losing the county's only hospital.

REPORT: Governor finalizing plans for statewide shelter-in-place order over coronavirus

Governor Tate Reeves reportedly is finalizing plans to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

State issues shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County

Governor Tate Reeves announced Tuesday a shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

Local restaurants feeding hospital workers

Some local restaurants are feeding workers at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as those health care professionals face a fight with the coronavirus.

VIP Cinema Seating closed for good

A plant in New Albany is closing for good, a casualty of the coronavirus.

Ripley issues restrictions due to coronavirus

Ripley is the latest community to impose restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

UPDATE: One dead, one arrested in Prentiss County homicide

One person is dead, another is under arrest after a fatal shooting Friday in Altitude.

Mississippi deaths from coronavirus up to 14

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported a second death in Wilkinson County on Sunday, bringing the statewide total up to 14.

Governor: Cities can ban dine-in service at restaurants

Governor Tate Reeves issued a supplement to his executive order this week that allows cities and counties to ban dine-in service at restaurants as part of the effort to combat the coronavirus.

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