Don Ford joined KPIX 5 as a Multimedia 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 and KXTV in Sacramento and then KRON before coming to the CBS owned and operated station, 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 giant blue shark.
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 can be found many weekends as a tactician on a J24 or crew on a Santa Cruz 50.
He volunteers his time, giving back to the community, as assistant 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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A San Francisco couple is heartbroken after their beloved dog was snatched from the steps of their home over the weekend by coyote as they watched helplessly.
The shipwreck of a historic U.S. Coast Guard cutter with ties to the Bay Area that sank at sea 100 years ago has been located off the California coast.
A new map is revealing some of San Francisco’s buried treasures with an updated view of the dozens of gold-rush era ships that lie below the city’s streets.
Google is testing sensors on some its streetview cars to try and pinpoint sources of pollution. And the data is available to anyone.
Marin Humane is looking for a home for an unusual pair of animals: a cat and a rabbit that share a special bond.
The cormorants have moved into their new homes on the new span of the Bay Bridge.
To pig, or not to pig, that is the question people are pondering in Benicia.
The eaglet has hatched…and the eagle family doesn’t seem to mind the busy Bay Area elementary school below.
The price of salmon could be way up as fishermen face what could be one of the worst seasons in years.
The trouble with the Oroville Dam spillway has endangered wildlife in the Feather River, leaving state workers scrambling Wednesday to rescue some of the stranded fish.