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

Local hospital executive leaving for Meridian job

The person who is over the hospital in Amory has accepted a job as an executive with a hospital system in East Central Mississippi.

Tupelo's deputy police chief leaving for out-of-state job

One of the leaders of the Tupelo Police Department is leaving to lead a police department outside of Mississippi.

Saltillo close to switching from well water to river water

Saltillo Mayor Rex Smith said the city's water customers will start getting river water on or close to December 2.

New superintendent named for Lowndes County schools

The Lowndes County School Board decided to choose a familiar face to lead the school district in 2020.

Man pleads guilty, gets life in prison for killing his mother

A man who killed his mom on Mother's Day 2017 pleaded guilty Monday in Lee County Circuit Court to first degree murder and aggravated assault on an officer.

Oxford police arrest three for separate felonies

Police in Oxford arrested three people recently on felony charges in separate cases..

How north Mississippi spent Veterans Day

Events were held Monday in multiple communities across the area on Veterans Day to recognize those who served in the armed forces.

Law enforcement looking for man following shooting near Starkville

Sheriff's deputies in Oktibbeha County are trying to find a man after a Sunday shooting left someone in critical condition.

Fire destroys home in northeast Lee County

A husband and wife were able to escape their burning home in northeast Lee County late Friday morning.

Disturbance at Hood election event

Security escorted a man out of the ballroom at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson Tuesday night following a disturbance at the election night event for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood.

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