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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. 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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NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

GameDay: Seeing Is Believing When It Comes To Niners Success

San Francisco set an NFC Championship record with a 17-point comeback win by shutting out a Falcons team that put up 24 first half points. What it tells me is that this 49er team can win even when it’s not playing its best football.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 25: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers speaks with head coach Jim Harbaugh during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

GameDay: Harbaugh Playing Mad Scientist With Creation Of Kaepernick

I’d like to see a raise of hands for all those who thought Kaepernick was a good idea at mid-season. I thought so. How about all those who thought Harbaugh was nuts? That’s more like it.


Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a victory over the New Orleans Saints following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

GameDay: Kaepernick Not The Answer For 49ers – Yet

Three weeks ago Colin Kaepernick could have been the caddy for John Daly. I mean, NOBODY knew who this guy was outside of the Bay Area. Suddenly, he’s Joe Montana. No, wait, he can run. He’s Steve Young!


Jeff Tedford of the Golden Bears and Hue Jackson seen in 2011 with the Oakland Raiders (Getty Images)

Cal Football Coach Tedford Fired; Hue Jackson Targeted

After 11 seasons as California’s head coach that included nine winning seasons, Jeff Tedford is out as the Bears head coach, a source told CBS on Tuesday.


St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

GameDay: Why Pick Against The Giants?

When it comes to a World Series prediction most the pundits like to base their prognostications on tangibles – Things they know, see, and can understand (You know, put a number on).


Brett Anderson of the Oakland A's. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

GameDay: Don’t Give Up On Resilient A’s Yet

Sunday night’s game two ended with Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque snagging a comebacker, and kissing the baseball before throwing it to first base for the final out. The kiss was seen as a classless act by some A’s player.


Starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants is pulled in the fifth inning of Game Two of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park on October 7, 2012 in San Francisco. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

GameDay: Giants Missing Melky Now?

When Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was sent packing along with his supply of steroids, I had Marty Lurie on Gameday. He thought the Giants would have to do something to compensate for losing a bat in the line-up that produced a .346 batting average, testosterone or no.


Hunter Pence #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 18, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Giants Trade For 2-Time All-Star Hunter Pence

The San Francisco Giants have confirmed that they have acquired Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence in a trade for outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor leaguers.


Penn State Nittany Lions football team huddles up before taking on Nebraska Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

GameDay: Put The Penn State Program Out Of Its Misery

For a community whose entire culture revolves around a football team, State College better figure out a way to save the school, the student body, and every person who makes a living off of Penn State.



GameDay: The Real Bad News Bears

Hundreds of children didn’t get the chance to play baseball this year in San Francisco because there were simply not enough fields to accommodate demand.