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

Parchman inmate who died had Lee County convictions

Updated - One of the two inmates who died Tuesday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary was serving time for assault and gun convictions in Lee County.

Tishomingo sheriff warns about scam involving FedEx package tracking

The sheriff of Tishomingo County said there is a scam involving mobile tracking of FedEx packages.

Two people dead in Booneville murder-suicide

Police in Booneville said a married couple is dead after the husband shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.

New information released in shooting of postal carrier in Attala County

Law enforcement revealed the name of the man accused of shooting a postal worker in the head Thursday in Attala County.

Mantachie student in hospital after struck by vehicle

Law enforcement is looking into an accident Tuesday afternoon where a vehicle struck a Mantachie 8th grader.

Funeral set for Tuesday for coach, businessman Buster Davis

People in Fulton and Itawamba County will come together Tuesday for the funeral of basketball coach and businessman Buster Davis.

NWS: Four tornadoes touched down Saturday in Northeast Mississippi

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Memphis determined four tornadoes developed on Saturday in Northeast Mississippi.

Tupelo police seek help in finding person in credit card fraud, larceny case

Police in Tupelo released surveillance photos Friday of a person wanted for larceny and credit card fraud.

Man wanted for Shannon shooting

Police in Shannon are asking for your help in finding a man accused of shooting someone at a car wash just three days into the new year.

Leach formally introduced as Mississippi State's new football coach

New Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach received a warm welcome from fans as school leaders formally introduced him on Friday.

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