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Don Ford

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Don Ford joined KPIX 5 as a Multi-Media Journalist (MMJ) in 2011. He shoots, writes, and edits all of his own stories. This gives him tremendous flexibility covering stories across California.

Don started his thirty year career at KZTV in Corpus Christi Texas while attending school at Del Mar College. There he worked as a “One Man Band”, Reporter/Photographer. Don loves adventure so…he took two years off and moved to Venezuela. There he worked as a Photographer/Writer for Reynolds Aluminum Montaplan. Returning to the states, he worked at KOVR, KXTV and then KRON. Don Joined KPIX 5 in 2001.

In addition to Reporting, Don is a distinguished Photographer. He has won every award, in every category, from the Northern California Bay Area Press Photographers Association. He has nearly twenty Emmy nominations, resulting in four Local Emmys.

In September, 2010, Don was part of a team that was awarded the National Emmy Award for their Breaking News coverage of the Oakland Riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant by BART Police

As an Advanced Certified Scuba Diver, one of his Emmys was for special coverage of Shark Diving off the coast of San Diego where, one shark forced his way inside the cage with Don and his crew. He says the camera never stopped while dodging the animal!

Don covered the Contra/Sandinista Civil war in Nicaragua, beginnings of the first Gulf War in the Middle East and the Hurricane Katrina destruction of New Orleans. Always aggressive, he was the first photographer on the ground into the San Bruno Pipeline explosion crater while it was still smoking.

Don is an avid outdoorsman and seasoned sailor. He races sailboats on the bay and eagerly looks forward to the America’s Cup!

He volunteers his time, giving back to the community, as Scoutmaster to a large East Bay Troop. He has two grown children and lives with his wife in the East Bay.

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Miniature horses to be put up for adoption at Angels for Minis rescue ranch. (CBS)

Brentwood Group Rescues Miniature Horses From North Dakota Ranch; To Be Placed For Adoption

A Brentwood ranch which specializes in miniature horses recently traveled to North Dakota pick up 15 miniature horses from an owner with health and financial problems and brought them back down to the Bay Area to get them ready for adoption.

07/18/2014

Red-legged frog, California's official state amphibian. (CBS)

Threatened California Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

California has plenty of emblems such as the bear, the quail, and the redwood. Now, the state has recognized the threatened California red-legged frog as the official state amphibian.

07/17/2014

A worker feeds baby birds in a knitted nest at WildCare in San Rafael. CBS)

Volunteers Provide Knitted Nests To Help Rehabilitate Abandoned Bird Chicks In San Rafael

A wildlife conservation group in Marin County that cares for hundreds of orphaned baby birds has enlisted an army of knitters to make nests for the rehabilitating chicks.

07/09/2014

Neighbors said the area near Bonita Avenue and Bayview Road in San Pablo has been the site of a water leak for more than two years. (CBS)

San Pablo Neighborhood Says Water Leak Yet To Be Fixed After 2 Years, Millions Of Gallons

Residents of a San Pablo neighborhood said they have complained to water officials repeatedly about a water leak for more than two years, but it has remained unfixed.

07/07/2014

Construction on the Central Subway Tunnel in San Francisco. (Photo by Anna Duckworth)

Digging Wraps Up For San Francisco Central Subway Project

Construction of San Francisco’s Central Subway has reached a big milestone, as digging for the project was completed Wednesday. Neighbors who have dealt with ongoing noise are finally getting some relief.

06/25/2014

Sgt. Nevis, the sea lion rescued after being shot in the face in 2009. (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)

Sea Lion Shot In Face, Left For Dead 5 Years Ago Becomes A Father At Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

A renowned male sea lion that was shot and left for dead in 2009 is believed to have sired a pup at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, amusement park officials said Thursday.

06/19/2014

A robotic sailboat competes at a competition at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo. (CBS)

Wave Of The Future: Robotic Sailboats Compete At California Maritime Academy

From around the world, five elite engineering teams have gathered at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, where they are racing robotic sailboats.

06/10/2014

homeless, begging, panhandling, poverty

San Rafael To Explore Whether It Should Pay Homeless To Relocate

San Rafael is exploring whether it should emulate a plan used by the city of Albany to reduce the number of homeless people in the city by paying them to move.

04/28/2014

Cow. (CBS)

FDA May Ban North Bay Brewery From Turning Used Grain Into Cow Feed

New federal regulations to make sure feed is safe for animals may have an unintended consequence. A North Bay brewery that gives its used grain to feed cows could be banned from doing so.

04/14/2014

Max, a German shepherd who pulled his owner out of bed as their home filled with carbon monoxide. (CBS)

Hero Dog Saves Elderly Novato Man From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A Novato man’s dog – obtained from a rescue organization – is being credited with returning the favor by saving his life after he was overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning.

03/05/2014

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