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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 five dogs.

Recent Posts by Craig Ford

Bond hearing delayed for Oxford officer charged with murder

Updated Article - Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne appeared in circuit court following his arrest on Monday.

Corinth man among six indicted for prison stabbing

A federal grand jury indicted a man from Corinth in connection with a stabbing at a state prison.

Lowndes County constable rushed to hospital following crash

Lowndes County Constable Hoot West was rushed to the hospital Monday morning after his car crashed into a tree east of Columbus.

Columbus firefighters rush to apparent restaurant fire downtown

Columbus firefighters rushed to a fire at a popular restaurant.

Wanted man brought back to Yalobusha County from Nevada

A man has returned to Yalobusha County to face the accusation he's responsible for the sexual battery of a 5-year-old.

Local bank to grow in merger

A bank with a presence in Northeast Mississippi is about to pick up some branches.

Tornado total for April 18 in Mississippi jumps to 43

The National Weather Service now says 43 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi on April 18, making it the second worst tornado outbreak in the state's history.

Man, first wife charged in killing of second wife

A southwest Alabama man and his first wife have been charged in the slaying of another of the man's estranged wives, police said.

Lee County education superintendent leaving for new job

Lee County Superintendent of Education Jimmy Weeks will step down from his job in November.

Suit settled over road manager's treatment of ex-worker

A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by a former Oktibbeha County road employee who accused his manager of making racist comments.

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