Dennis O’Donnell

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Dennis O’Donnell is the Sports Director at KPIX 5. He has received four APTRA award for Best Sports Segment. In 2009, 2008 and 2005 he received a Northern California Area Emmy for on camera talent, anchor/sports reporter and in 2008 another Emmy for sports- program feature/segment.

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He appears Sunday through Thursday on Eyewitness News. O’Donnell joined the KPIX 5 News team in August 2000 and has been a fixture in Bay Area sports broadcasting since 1982. Prior to KPIX 5, O’Donnell was executive sports producer at KRON-TV. O’Donnell is the pre-season voice of the San Francisco 49ers, calling the play-by-play on KPIX 5, and has called play-by play for over 100 sporting events since 1999, including Stanford and USF basketball for Fox Sports and Bay TV.

While at KRON, O’Donnell’s contributions helped earn the station the honor of “The Best Sports Cast in California” by the Associated Press on five separate occasions. Along with his work at KRON, O’Donnell has anchored sports with KOVR in Sacramento and KFTY in Santa Rosa.

In addition to the daily sportscast on KPIX 5 Eyewitness News Monday-Friday at 6 and 11pm Sunday – Thursday at 10pm on The CW 44/Cable 12, O’Donnell hosts or has hosted CBS 5 ‘s NFL post-game show “The 5th Quarter,” “49ers Preview,” “Last Honest Sports Show,” and the number-one rated Sunday night sports show, “Gameday” every Sunday night at 11:30 pm. O’Donnell attended San Francisco State University, is married and lives in San Francisco. He donates time serving charitable causes including the Alzheimer’s Association and the Leukemia Society.

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The field is cleared before the start of the game between San Francisco 49ers against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Santa Clara. (Don Feria/Getty Images)

GameDay: The 49ers In Free Fall

Two years ago they were within five yards of winning a Super Bowl. They had been to three straight NFC Championships and were considering Super Bowl favorites. Today, they are 7-7, not going to the playoffs, and imploding in every aspect imaginable.

12/18/2014

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Angry KPIX Viewer And Raiders Fan Rips Into Us, Dennis O’Donnell Responds

“I am SICK and TIRED of listening to the sports casters you have and their OBVIOUS slant toward Niners and mockery and distain for the Raiders.”
It’s not everyday that a TV station publishes a scathing rebuke, but we thought this discussion was worth sharing.

12/05/2014

Oakland Raiders v San Francisco 49ers

GameDay: Sports And Race

“I can’t breathe,” were the final words spoken by Eric Garner who apparently was choked to death by New York City police.

12/03/2014

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers argues a call against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at Levi's Stadium on November 27, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

GameDay: Is This 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh’s End Game?

“Personally, I think that’s a bunch of crap.” Remember those words? Spoken by Jim Harbaugh in September in response to Deion Sanders’ report that the 49ers’ locker room wanted their head coach out.

12/01/2014

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Giants Trailing in Pursuit of Pablo Sandoval, Boston Making A Strong Bid

The Giants need to start looking for a third baseman because Pablo Sandoval is likely not coming back to San Francisco.

11/19/2014

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Is It 3rd And Long For Michael Crabtree In San Francisco?

So Michael Crabtree isn’t happy with his role. He said so to reporters following the 49ers thrilling, possibly season-saving victory in New Orleans in which Crabtree hauled in the season-saving 51-yard bomb to set up the game-tying field goal.

11/12/2014

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is pressured by Junior Galette #93 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 9, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

GameDay: Kaepernick’s Season-Saving Throw Was Not His Greatest Play

Ok.Enough already. I’ve been hearing for over 24 hours how great Kaepernick’s throw was to Michael Crabtree.

11/11/2014

Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing pink 'Beats By Dre' headphones after a game. (CBS)

GameDay: Colin Kaepernick’s $10,000 Fine Over Headphones

The NFL is perfectly okay with Ray McDonald playing football while being investigated for domestic assault. But wear the wrong headphones?

10/09/2014

Pinch hitter Andrew Susac #34 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI single to bring home the go ahead run in the 13th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 22, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

GameDay: Andrew Susac Realizes Childhood Dream As Giants Head To NLCS

When Andrew Susac was in the sixth grade he wrote a story about playing for the Giants. He would, as the story goes, pass Barry Bonds as baseball’s all-time home run king.

10/08/2014

Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates in the locker room after they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8 to 0 during the National League Wild Card game at PNC Park on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

GameDay: Madison Bumgarner Marvelous For Giants In Wild Card Game

When this guy is on his game, and it’s quite often, he’s more precise than a Rolex. And the timing of this win was season-saving for San Francisco.

10/01/2014

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