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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

Bianco to remain at Ole Miss

Updated - Ole Miss announced Sunday night head baseball coach Mike Bianco would stay with the university after there was speculation he could leave for the open baseball job at LSU.

Governor discussed medical marijuana, coronavirus during local visit

Governor Tate Reeves gave his assessment of how soon he will call the Mississippi Legislature into a special session to revive the state's new medical marijuana program that died last month at the hands of the state's highest court.

Attorney offered defense for Tupelo councilwoman involved in election controversy

The attorney for Tupelo Councilwoman Nettie Davis said he hopes the district attorney has enough common sense not to charge her for what was seen on a Facebook video prior to the June 8 general election.

Two dead following hostage situation, apparent murder-suicide in Itawamba County

Law enforcement in Itawamba County said a man shot and killed another man at a home in Dorsey with adults and children inside before shooting and killing himself.

Tupelo elected new mayor while Columbus mayor behind in vote count

Tupelo elected a new mayor on Tuesday after the incumbent decided not to run, and the longtime mayor of Columbus is losing in his re-election bid.

Mississippi State, Ole Miss advance in college baseball postseason

Mississippi State and Ole Miss moved one step closer to the College World Series Monday by winning their respective NCAA Regionals.

Officials look into possible election law violation by Tupelo councilwoman

The state's top election official and a local prosecutor are looking into whether Tupelo Councilwoman Nettie Davis broke the law after she appeared on a video to offer a cash reward to people if they voted.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Aliceville, Ala., shooting

Law enforcement in Pickens County, Alabama, reportedly arrested a man following a Sunday shooting in Aliceville that killed one and wounded four.

Opponents revealed for MSU, UM baseball in NCAA Regionals

Mississippi State and Ole Miss found out whom they would be playing in the opening weekend of college baseball's postseason.

Mississippi State, Ole Miss baseball to host NCAA Regionals

Mississippi State and Ole Miss will start postseason play at home with both baseball programs hosting an NCAA Regional.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 320174

Reported Deaths: 7390
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto22294271
Hinds20755424
Harrison18450317
Rankin13923282
Jackson13733249
Madison10273225
Lee10063176
Jones8473167
Forrest7837153
Lauderdale7263242
Lowndes6523150
Lamar636288
Lafayette6314121
Washington5427138
Bolivar4841133
Panola4671110
Oktibbeha466398
Pearl River4606148
Marshall4574105
Warren4440121
Pontotoc425973
Monroe4162136
Union415877
Neshoba4065180
Lincoln4009113
Hancock387687
Leflore3516125
Tate342586
Sunflower339491
Pike3373111
Alcorn327474
Scott320374
Yazoo314571
Adams308486
Itawamba305178
Copiah299966
Coahoma299084
Simpson298689
Tippah292268
Prentiss284261
Leake272374
Marion271280
Covington267283
Wayne264842
Grenada264087
George252451
Newton249064
Tishomingo232369
Winston230282
Jasper222148
Attala215173
Chickasaw210659
Holmes190574
Stone188733
Clay187954
Tallahatchie180041
Clarke178980
Calhoun174232
Yalobusha167940
Smith164134
Walthall135447
Greene131834
Lawrence131224
Montgomery128643
Noxubee128034
Perry127538
Amite126342
Carroll122330
Webster115032
Jefferson Davis108334
Tunica108127
Claiborne103130
Benton102325
Humphreys97533
Kemper96729
Franklin85023
Quitman82316
Choctaw79118
Wilkinson69632
Jefferson66328
Sharkey50917
Issaquena1696
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 549013

Reported Deaths: 11311
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson810461571
Mobile42145831
Madison35718525
Tuscaloosa26179458
Shelby25626254
Montgomery25089614
Baldwin21901314
Lee16287176
Calhoun14724327
Morgan14639285
Etowah14183364
Marshall12454230
Houston10791287
Elmore10301214
Limestone10188157
St. Clair10161251
Cullman9958201
Lauderdale9612250
DeKalb8977190
Talladega8462184
Walker7341280
Autauga7242113
Jackson6953113
Blount6950139
Colbert6415140
Coffee5638127
Dale4930116
Russell454941
Chilton4478116
Franklin431782
Covington4279122
Tallapoosa4144155
Escambia401880
Chambers3728124
Dallas3610158
Clarke353161
Marion3245107
Pike314578
Lawrence3134100
Winston283572
Bibb268564
Geneva258481
Marengo250665
Pickens237062
Barbour234559
Hale227178
Butler224671
Fayette218962
Henry194443
Randolph187644
Cherokee187345
Monroe180641
Washington170739
Macon163051
Clay160159
Crenshaw156357
Cleburne153644
Lamar146937
Lowndes142254
Wilcox126930
Bullock124542
Conecuh113630
Coosa111629
Perry108626
Sumter105832
Greene93634
Choctaw62125
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