Jack Ford is currently the co-anchor of “Courtside”, the afternoon program on Court TV, alongside Ashleigh Banfield.
Ford was raised by a single parent in New Jersey, USA. He attended Yale University and later, the Fordham University School of Law. He is often incorrectly cited as the son of Gerald Ford. The late former U.S. President also had a son named Jack who worked in the field of journalism.
After law school, Ford became a prosecutor in New Jersey for three years, before beginning his own private practice as a lawyer. He also served as an adjunct professor of law at the Fordham Law School.
In 1984 he was hired by WCBS-TV as its legal commentator and joined Court TV upon its launch in 1991. He moved to NBC News in 1994 as the chief legal correspondent. While at NBC, he succeeded Mike Schneider as the co-anchor with Giselle Fernandez of Weekend Today in May 1995. He continued to host the show with Jodi Applegate from 1996 to April 1999 and with Soledad O’Brien from April to July 1999. In September 1999, Ford joined ABC and became a correspondent for 20/20 and Good Morning America. He hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” from 2002 to 2003 and was the co-host of the short-lived syndicated talk show “Living It Up! With Ali & Jack” with Ali Wentworth.