Journalist Ford to be Wesley commencement speaker

DOVER —- Wesley College has announced Jack Ford, Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist, documentary producer, prominent trial attorney, author, and professor, will be the speaker at the 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 7 at 1:30 in the Dashiell Amphitheatre in front of the H.B. DuPont College Center..

Born in New Jersey and raised by a single parent, Mr. Ford attended Yale University and continued his education at the Fordham University School of Law. Following law school, he spent several years as a prosecutor before entering private practice.

Jack Ford

Jack Ford

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the Fordham University School of Law, a visiting professor at both Yale and New York University as well as the author of two critically-acclaimed novels. He is widely known for his television journalism work, including being the original anchor at the launch of Court TV in 1991.

He joined NBC in 1994 as chief legal correspondent reporting on high-profile court cases for “NBC Nightly News”, “The Today Show” and “Dateline.”

As a former college athlete and three year starter in football, Mr. Ford’s broadcasting career also crossed over to sports. He is currently the CBS news correspondent for “60 Minutes Sports” and the co-host of “Metro Focus” on PBS.

One project in particular holds special meaning for Ford. He was the executive producer of “Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered.” The film chronicles the legendary college football game held shortly after the death of President John F. Kennedy.

“Jack has had an amazing and unique career venturing from the law to broadcast journalism and more,” said Wesley President Robert E. Clark II.

“I have known Jack for many years and I am excited for our College and community to be able to have the opportunity to meet and hear from my friend, and our newest member of the Wesley College family.”

In addition to his professional accomplishments, he also has served as a spokesperson, host and/or board member for several charitable causes and organizations, including the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the N.J. Special Olympics, Meridian Health System, Monmouth University and Yale University.

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