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Jack Ford

Master of Ceremonies

Jack Ford’s journey has taken him from a small New Jersey town to Yale University and Fordham University School of Law, to courtrooms through the country, and ultimately, to the upper echelons of television journalism.

After graduating from law school, Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before entering private practice. He became a well-known and respected trial attorney, as well as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School and a visiting professor at Yale.

In 1984, Ford began his television news career as the legal analyst for New York’s WCBS-TV. In 1994, Ford joined NBC News as chief legal correspondent, reporting on legal issues for “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and “Dateline.” In addition, he served as co-anchor for the “Weekend Today” show and substitute anchor for “Nightly News.”

Ford joined ABC News in 1999, serving as anchor and correspondent for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” He also hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters II” and a nationally syndicated morning show for CBSTV/King World. He is presently a CBS News correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” and the co-host of “MetroFocus” on PBS in New York.

Ford has received two Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, an American Radio and Television Award, the National Headliner Award and the March of Dimes FDR Award for his broadcast journalism work. In 1997, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. Ford was honored as the National Father of the Year in 1998 and, in one of his more unusual achievements, was named People Magazine’s Sexiest News Anchor in 1999. In 2009, he received Yale’s highest athletics honor, the George H. W. Bush Award.

The recipient of five honorary degrees, Ford also has supported a number of charitable organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, New Jersey Special Olympics, The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, and the Ivy Football Association. His debut novel, “The Osiris Alliance,” was published in 2009 to critical acclaim.