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Moderator: Jack Ford

Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Board Member, National Football Foundation

Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and teacher, Jack Ford has had a unique and remarkably successful career.  Raised by a single parent, his journey has taken him from a small town in New Jersey to Yale University, where he was a scholarship student and three-year starter on the varsity football team, to the Fordham University School of Law, where he helped finance his legal education with winnings from three appearances on the television quiz show “Jeopardy,” to courtrooms and classrooms throughout the country, and, ultimately, to the upper echelons of television journalism.

Currently a CBS News Correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” and the co-host of “Metro Focus” on PBS (WNET-New York), he is also the Co-Founder and Chief Anchor of the American Education Network.  Mr. Ford began his television news career in 1984 with WCBS-TV in New York.  In 1991, he was an original anchor at the launch of Court TV. He also appeared in Fred Friendly’s award-winning PBS Media and Society broadcasts, serving as Moderator for “That Delicate Balance II: The Bill of Rights.”

In 1994, Mr. Ford joined NBC News as Chief Legal Correspondent, reporting on major legal stories for NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, and Dateline.  In addition, he was the co-anchor for the Weekend Today Show and a substitute anchor for Nightly News and Meet the Press.  Mr. Ford joined ABC News in 1999 as an Anchor/Correspondent for 20/20, Good Morning America, and World News Tonight.  He also hosted the ESPN show, The Sports Reporters II, from 2002-2003.  During 2003-2004, he hosted a nationally syndicated morning show for CBS TV/King World before returning to Court TV in 2005 as the Host of “Courtside.” From 2009-2014 he served as a CBS News Legal Analyst.   He has also provided college football game commentary for ESPN, the Yes Network, and the American Sports Network.

Following law school, Mr. Ford spent three years as a prosecutor in New Jersey before entering private practice.  He became a prominent trial attorney, successfully handling such high profile cases as the Northeast’s first death penalty trial, one of the nation’s first corporate homicide cases, and the Wall Street insider trading scandal of the late 1980s.  During his legal career, he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law.  He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at Yale University, New York University, and the University of Virginia and speaks frequently at colleges and professional schools across the country.  He is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, “The Osiris Alliance” and “The Walls of Jericho.”

Mr. Ford’s television journalism work has been recognized with a number of honors, including two Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, four National Cable Television Awards, a National Headliner Award, and the March of Dimes FDR Award.  In 1997, he received an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, which is presented to former outstanding college athletes who have achieved distinction in their professional lives.  In 1998, Mr. Ford was honored with a “National Father of the Year Award,” and in 2009, he was a recipient of Yale University’s highest athletic honor, the “George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award.”

Mr. Ford has been awarded five honorary degrees, recognizing his professional accomplishments and his extensive public service work.  He has served as spokesperson, host and/or board member for a number of charitable causes and organizations, including the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the N.J. Special Olympics, the Jimmy V Foundation, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, the Ivy League Football Association, the NCAA Honors Committee, the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions, Meridian Health System, Monmouth University, and Yale University.

Mr. Ford resides in Spring Lake, N.J. with his wife, Dorothy. They have two children, Dr. Ashley Ford Haggerty and Colin Ford. 

Wednesday, December 05

The Student Athlete Experience

One of the most talked-about sessions from the 2017 Forum. Current student athletes, including National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, will discuss the benefits of playing college sports and their academic, athletic and social experience.

Moderator: Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Board Member, National Football Foundation
Noah Knight, Former Student - Athlete, University of Missouri - Kansas City; and Chair, Division-I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, NCAA
Michael Nzei, Student - Athlete, Seton Hall University
Dalton Risner, Student - Athlete, Kansas State University
Enna Selmanovic, Student - Athlete, University of Cincinnati
Jaila Tolbert, Student - Athlete, Virginia polytechnic Institute