Don Ford


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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Hundreds Of Aquatic Birds Roost Under New Span Of Bay Bridge

The cormorants have moved into their new homes on the new span of the Bay Bridge.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/22/2017

Benicia Considers Legalizing Mini Pet Pigs

To pig, or not to pig, that is the question people are pondering in Benicia.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/02/2017

Bald Eagles Tend To Newly-Hatched Eaglet Above School Lawn In Milpitas

The eaglet has hatched…and the eagle family doesn’t seem to mind the busy Bay Area elementary school below.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/01/2017

Lean Year For Salmon Fishing Likely To Drive Prices Up

The price of salmon could be way up as fishermen face what could be one of the worst seasons in years.


State Workers Rescue Fish Stranded By Oroville Spillway Shutdown

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.


Orinda Homeowner On Mudslide: ‘I Thought It Was Thunder’

A home owner in Orinda on Thursday described the terrifying experience of having a massive mudslide come crashing through his house, leaving it damaged to the point where county officials red-tagged it.


Road Washed Out in Contra Costa County Near Pinole

Area Near Contra Costa Road Washout Secured For Safety

Authorities in Contra Costa County on Thursday have secured the area around a major road washout that happened earlier this week to keep curious local residents safe.


Entangled Whale Rescue

Fishermen Help Rescue Whale Entangled Near Bodega Bay

Three fishermen on the boat, Legacy, risked their lives to save a whale entangled in crab pots near Bodega Bay.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/08/2016

Lowe’s Unveils LoweBot, The Bilingual Robot That Is Eager To Please

There’s a new employee rolling around several Bay Area stores — the bilingual robots — asking if you need help at Lowe’s.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/17/2016

Fur Seal Pup

Dozens Of Fur Seals Are Washing Up Dead Or Sick On Bay Area Shores

A shocking number of fur seals are washing up on bay Area shores, sick or dead.




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