Jineane Ford
Jineane Marie Ford

1960 (age 61–62)
Spouse(s)Kerry Ross
Beauty pageant titleholder
Title Miss Arizona USA 1979
Miss USA 1980
Hair colorBlonde
Miss Arizona USA 1980
Miss USA 1980
(1st Runner-Up, later successor)

Jineane Marie Ford (born c. 1960) is an American beauty queen, actress, and television personality from Arizona who held the title Miss USA 1980.


Ford was raised on a farm in Gilbert, Arizona. She raised calves, and participated in rodeo barrel racing. She was a member of the Future Farmers of America and became a registered meat cutter in High School.[1]


Ford was named Fiesta Bowl Queen in 1978-79 when attending Mesa Community College before winning the Miss Arizona USA contest in 1980.[1] She represented her state at the Miss USA pageant televised live from Biloxi, Mississippi in 1980.[2]

Ford delivered a solid performance in the preliminary round of competition, and placed eighth among the top twelve semi-finalists who advanced to compete in the final night of the pageant. She was also the co-winner of the Miss Photogenic award.[2]

Ford performed consistently during the pageant, placing among the top five in each of the interview, swimsuit and evening gown competitions: her strongest showing was in the evening gown competition where she ranked second. Overall, Ford finished first runner-up to Miss South Carolina USA Shawn Weatherly, which gave her the right to assume the Miss USA title should Weatherly be unable to complete her reign. In July 1980, Weatherly won the Miss Universe contest, and Ford was crowned the new Miss USA in her stead. As the two competitions are allied, the two American beauties completed their respective reigns living in the same apartment in New York, provided as part of their prize package.[2][1]

Acting career

After passing on her crown to Kim Seelbrede in 1981, Ford went on to work in the entertainment industry. While looking for acting work, she worked as a butcher at a Vons supermarket in Southern California.[1] She obtained acting roles in several TV series and TV movies.[1]

TV News

She then decided to return to Arizona and began a long career in local television, almost all in Phoenix except for several years in Tampa. She worked at KTVK and then joined KPNX 12 News in Phoenix in 1991 where she co-anchored 12 News Today and 12 News Midday. She remained with the station until January 2, 2007, when she left anchoring full-time at KPNX on January 2, 2007, in order to spend more time with her family and to take care of her business.[3][1]


In 2016, Ford was inducted into The Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.[4]


She is also a business owner, having purchased the oldest log lodge in Arizona, restoring it and opening it back up for business. She operates Mama Bears's Restaurant and Honey Bear Antiques and Lodge in Pinetop-Lakeside.[5] Ford has won awards for Best New Business and Historic Preservation from the state. She has two sons, Cody and Austin, from her first marriage to Neil O. King.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Falcon Crest Young Cordell Walker
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard The Girl
1982 Falcon Crest Young Cordell Walker
1983 Laverne & Shirley Terri
1984 Remington Steele Blonde
1984 "Benson" Tawny (Miss Downtown Retailers)
1984 Chattanooga Choo Choo Mary Lou
1986 Riptide Lisa


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Midey, Connie (Jul 3, 2011). "Former Miss USA and TV news anchor is still a farm girl at heart". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved Sep 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Miss USA profile". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved Sep 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Channel 12's Ford ending 2-decadeTV career". Dec 28, 2006.
  4. ^ "Former KTAR executive 'Taz' named to Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame". KTAR News. July 15, 2016. Retrieved Sep 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Jineane Ford to leave Channel 12". White Mountain Independent. Dec 22, 2006. Retrieved Sep 4, 2016.