Craig Ford

Craig Ford is the co-anchor of WTVA 9 News at 4 p.m., WTVA 9 News at 5 p.m., and WTVA 9 News at 6 p.m.

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

Craig 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

Oxford police found no criminal wrongdoing by group running animal shelter

Oxford's police chief said a law enforcement investigation of the group running the city's animal shelter did not turn up any activity that would prompt criminal charges.

State reported 669 new coronavirus cases, 28 new coronavirus deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported on Wednesday 669 new cases of the coronavirus and 28 new deaths linked to the virus.

Goodyear buying Cooper Tire in deal worth nearly $3 billion

One of the area's major employers is changing hands in a deal valued at $2.8 billion.

UPDATE: Air Force released name of second CAFB pilot killed in jet crash

Update: The United States Air Force revealed the identity of the second pilot killed in Friday's crash of a jet from Columbus Air Force Base.

Mississippi State, Ole Miss open baseball seasons with victories

The 2021 baseball season for Mississippi State and Ole Miss opened Saturday with each team winning their games on the same diamond.

State reported 390 new coronavirus deaths, no new coronavirus deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported on Sunday 390 new coronavirus deaths and no new coronavirus deaths.

Mississippi State beat Ole Miss 66-56 in men's basketball

The Mississippi State men's basketball team defeated Ole Miss Saturday 66-56, ending the Rebels' four-game winning streak.

Two dead in Mississippi from winter storms

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said a traffic accident in Oktibbeha County is the second death from the recent winter storms that paralyzed much of the Magnolia State.

American, Japanese pilots killed in Columbus AFB jet crash

A pilot with the Japanese Air Force died in Friday's crash of a jet from Columbus Air Force Base along with the instructor from the United States Air Force.

State postponed some local coronavirus vaccinations

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced the winter weather forced the agency to postpone this weekend's scheduled coronavirus vaccinations in Tupelo and Oxford.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 297321

Reported Deaths: 6805
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19814231
Hinds18949395
Harrison16886282
Rankin12842265
Jackson12750234
Lee9720163
Madison9516204
Jones8035148
Forrest7289138
Lauderdale6872228
Lowndes6061140
Lamar593381
Lafayette5767114
Washington5232130
Bolivar4630124
Oktibbeha443095
Panola433698
Pearl River4212132
Warren4144115
Pontotoc411071
Marshall405995
Monroe3996129
Union397174
Neshoba3848171
Lincoln3624104
Hancock352978
Leflore3400121
Sunflower320986
Tate303974
Pike302697
Scott296171
Alcorn292763
Yazoo292066
Itawamba290675
Coahoma283069
Tippah280065
Copiah279959
Simpson277581
Prentiss271258
Marion258878
Wayne255641
Leake254172
Covington250280
Grenada248878
Adams235778
George232745
Newton232753
Winston222179
Jasper214145
Tishomingo213266
Attala206971
Chickasaw201954
Holmes182870
Clay179452
Stone173429
Tallahatchie171739
Clarke170773
Calhoun158628
Smith153833
Yalobusha145736
Greene128133
Walthall125441
Montgomery123540
Noxubee123431
Perry123235
Lawrence121421
Carroll119425
Amite112435
Webster111132
Jefferson Davis102731
Tunica99824
Claiborne99030
Benton94024
Humphreys93128
Kemper91423
Quitman77514
Franklin76420
Choctaw70117
Jefferson62827
Wilkinson62727
Sharkey49217
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 499411

Reported Deaths: 10149
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson719951403
Mobile36396741
Madison32674469
Tuscaloosa24391423
Montgomery22789523
Shelby22250219
Baldwin19915289
Lee15070161
Calhoun13961296
Morgan13785255
Etowah13413327
Marshall11458215
Houston10121264
Elmore9509190
Limestone9435139
St. Clair9050228
Cullman8993183
Lauderdale8628214
DeKalb8507175
Talladega7643165
Walker6600260
Jackson6551104
Autauga634492
Blount6252128
Colbert6007121
Coffee5261104
Dale4680107
Russell407534
Franklin400779
Covington3996107
Chilton3911104
Escambia379473
Tallapoosa3637143
Clarke344553
Chambers3432111
Dallas3428142
Pike292973
Marion288796
Lawrence285787
Winston258568
Bibb246058
Marengo244657
Geneva240270
Pickens225757
Barbour213851
Hale212569
Fayette202657
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178140
Monroe166739
Randolph165141
Washington157036
Macon147845
Crenshaw146755
Clay146254
Cleburne140141
Lamar133933
Lowndes133151
Wilcox123225
Bullock117736
Conecuh107224
Perry106427
Sumter100832
Coosa90324
Greene88732
Choctaw55723
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