Peter Ford (news anchor)

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Peter S. Ford is an Australian CEO, software developer, author and former journalist and news anchor.

Career[edit]

He worked for a short time in 1979 (approx.) as a radio presenter on Radio Station 4WK in Toowoomba Queensland which at the time was a member of the New England Radio Network based in Tamworth NSW.

He was a television news anchor in the 1980s and 1990s in Australia and the USA, and was known in Australia for working at the Seven Network as an anchor for Seven News. He was also the first co-anchor of Sunrise which he presented with Chris Bath. He also co-anchored Seven's short lived News At Five with Naomi Robson.[1]

In 1981, he joined CNN in Atlanta as a news anchor and reporter and was a founding anchor at CNN's Headline News. In 1984 he became the 6pm and 11pm news anchor at NBC's affiliate in Miami, FL, and in 1988 he joined NBC's WRC-TV in Washington DC as a news anchor.

He covered national and international news, specializing in technology, medicine and military affairs (he is a 1972 graduate of Officer Training Unit, Scheyville [1][2][3] who served as an infantry officer with the Third Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment), providing live coverage on Space Shuttle missions at Kennedy Space Center, and reporting live from the White House and the Pentagon on military and foreign policy. As a foreign correspondent for NBC and its affiliates he reported live from Moscow, The Vatican, the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, the Sydney Olympics, and from Islamabad, Pakistan and from Tora Bora and Jalalabad, Afghanistan immediately after 9/11.

In 2000 Simon & Schuster, New York, published his first novel, "The Keeper of Dreams", set in Australia and the USA.

In 1982, while at CNN, he became a computer programmer/analyst on the first team to develop microcomputers for rehabilitation and communications for people with disabilities at the VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Laboratory in Atlanta, one of the first of its kind in the world. Working with Principal Investigator Gary Wynn Kelly, he wrote JoyWriter 2, an Apple-based program that enabled people with neuromuscular disease and spinal injuries to replace a computer keyboard with a joystick controller. For the next three decades alongside journalism, he continued to develop advanced technology communications and control systems for people with profound disabilities, and served as a software consultant to rehabilitation researchers and therapists in the USA, UK and Australia.

He is the founder and CEO of Control Bionics, a neural systems technology company, and the inventor of NeuroSwitch, an EMG (electromyograph) based communications and control system for people with profound disabilities including Locked in Syndrome. NeuroSwitch Liberator enables a person with quadriplegia and loss of speech to control a computer, communicate with text and text-to-speech (TTS) and control environmental systems, television, video, music and other personal media, internet access, emails, games and SMS (mobile texting).[2] The NeuroSwitch System's patented control software runs with Apple-based telepresence, providing immediate client service with live remote telemetry monitoring, and live remote support of a user's Liberator programs and hardware.

NeuroSwitch users can now control QB telepresence robotic systems remotely, across a room or around the world through the internet to the Headquarters of Anybots in Silicon Valley.

NeuroSwitch is listed and registered with the US Food and Drug Administration as a powered environmental control system, and powered communications system.

Honours and awards[edit]

Ford is a National Finalist for the Senior Australian of the Year 2014 [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melloy, Neil (6 September 2000). "Ford rumours revving up". The Courier Mail. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Quirke, Michelle (5 November 2004). "Nerve sensors turn thought into action". The Dominion Post. p. 3. 
  3. ^ http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=1140