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

Local man dies in Texas crash

State troopers in Texas say a man from Northeast Mississippi has died in a traffic accident.

State Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert not running for re-election

The Republican did not say in his statement why he planned to leave the commission in 2020 but did say he hoped to remain in public service.

UPDATE: Escaped Noxubee County inmate caught

The Noxubee County sheriff says the inmate who escaped Monday afternoon from the county jail is back behind bars.

Webster County now paying two salaries for sheriff

Webster County supervisors find themselves dealing with an unusual situation -- paying two people to serve as sheriff.

UPDATE: Itawamba County hostage standoff is over

Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson says the 10-year-old girl who was held hostage is okay and the man who was holding her is dead.

UPDATE: Manslaughter charge filed in Lowndes County fatal accident

This article has been updated.

Fire destroys home in Crawford

A fire forced people out of a home in Crawford Christmas Eve morning.

Truck crashes into Tupelo grocery store

Shoppers were shaken but not seriously hurt when a truck crashed through the front of a grocery store in Tupelo Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries reported in Saltillo building collapse

There’s no word of any injuries following the Friday collapse of a building in Saltillo.

Natchez Trace rangers tow 28 vehicles during checkpoint

Rangers on the Natchez Trace Parkway took a hard line toward some drivers who didn't have a driver's license or proof of insurance.

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