Don Ford

(CBS)

(CBS)

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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Richmond Police Cruiser, patrol car

6 Shot, 0 Arrests As Bullets Fly In Richmond Shooting String

Teenagers have been the targets of a recent spate of shootings in Richmond. Police are trying to figure out why as they try to find those responsible for the violence.

11/11/2014

A wireless heart implant. (CBS)

Wireless Implant Allows Doctors To Monitor UCSF Heart Patient At Home

More than 5 million people had heart failure last year. A new implant lets doctors get medical data wirelessly, straight from their patient’s hearts.

10/06/2014

Fisherman's Wharf

Bay Area Fishermen Sue PG&E Over Fisherman’s Wharf Contamination

Some Bay Area fishermen are suing Pacific Gas & Electric, claiming the utility is responsible for massive contamination in and around Fisherman’s Wharf.

09/30/2014

Courthouse Dog

Service Dog Helps Scared Victims, Witnesses During San Francisco Court Proceedings

The San Francisco court system has a new, specially-trained assistant to help vulnerable witnesses cope with their situation, and can do it on all fours.

09/19/2014

Brown pelican (Teréz Pechová-Hurst/Creative Commons)

Report Warns Climate Change Could Impact Half Of All North American Bird Species

The National Audubon Society has released a scathing report warning that climate change could force half of the nation’s bird species to move or adapt to smaller homes.

09/10/2014

A.L.O. robot at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino. (CBS)

Robot Butlers At Cupertino Hotel Could Revolutionize Room Service

In a move that could revolutionize room service, a hotel in Silicon Valley is among the first trying out a robot butler.

08/13/2014

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

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