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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Surveillance video has provided new clues for authorities in the search for a man suspected of attacking a San Francisco woman known as the “Cat Lady” and throwing her two cats into San Francisco Bay last month.