Hope Ford -- Hired at 11 Alive WXIA
How can I do this differently? A question Hope Ford asks herself daily when tackling the latest story. As a journalist for 11 Alive, WXIA in Atlanta, Hope continues a life-long dream of working to inspire people, while holding the powerful accountable and striving to make a change with her work.
Before 11 Alive, Hope was a part of the “Investigative” team, 2 Wants To Know at WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, NC. While watching CBS news, she realized that North Carolina’s sex offender registry act may have had some loopholes. Hope became proactive and reached out to legislators to fix the gap. Hopes efforts prompted several lawmakers to be willing to draw up legislation implementing tougher laws against sex offenders.
Known in her newsroom as a go-to for breaking news, Hope jumps at the opportunity to run out the door with her camera in hand to catch the details of fast-paced and developing stories. During her time with WFMY, Hope’s work has been featured on the CBS Morning News, ESPN and USA Today. As a multi-skilled journalist, Hope works primarily alone, shooting, editing and driving her content on social media.
Recently, Hope’s big stories include covering presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s visits to North Carolina. She was handpicked to help WFMY’s partner station, WCNC, in Charlotte during several days of protests after the shooting of Keith Scott by police. Hope’s story topics range from heartfelt to investigative. She spent a year covering a young boy and his mom’s journey after receiving surprise life-saving news of getting a heart transplant. She even grabbed an exclusive interview with the family after the two appeared on the Ellen Show. Hope continues to dig deep into the heroin epidemic in North Carolina, talking with several mothers who lost their children to overdoses.
She’s also extensively covered the controversial HB2 or bathroom law. Stories receiving national attention include a young boy and his diabetic dog featured side by side in a yearbook photo, as well as a jewelry bandit who hit stores in six states, and her coverage of the NCAA and ACC tournaments leaving the state over HB2. Before heading to the Tar Heel state, Hope started her career in radio before transitioning to KLFY TV 10 in her hometown market of Lafayette, LA. During her time there, she was the first person in Louisiana to report on Judge Edward Rubin striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Hope has also had many opportunities to "step into the story." She trained to become a firefighter, spent a day as a waitress and even learned to swim on camera.
Hope enjoys motivational speaking at area high schools. Most recently, she was named Co-Chair of the Acadiana Walk to Cure Diabetes and helped spread the word for the local chapter of the JDRF. She served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the International Civil Rights Center and Museum Annual Gala, where she had the pleasure of introducing the Rev. Jesse Jackson. She also served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2016 Ms. Senior Guilford County. Hope attended UL Lafayette and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications.