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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It was big news last week when the state announced it was lifting a ban on crab fishing, but safety concerns are stopping some fishermen from setting any traps.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to remove large pieces of debris that have washed into the San Francisco Bay waters following recent rain storms.
A road in the Berkeley hills has been shut down to allow thousands of newts to get down and dirty.
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is full of malnourished northern fur seal pups that have been abandoned or somehow separated from their mothers.
A cross country runner at Rancho San Antonio Preserve in Los Altos stumbled upon a life and death battle that left him shaken, a mountain lion attacking a buck with a full set of antlers.
The East Bay community of Antioch is divided on how to deal with the growing number of feral cats in the city. A flyer claims the city will trap the cats, which city officials deny.
Lawns may be going brown across California during this drought, but some beautiful butterflies have caught a lucky break.
While piñatas are normally popular at children’s parties, the piñata of the 2016 presidential candidate has become popular with adults.
Despite the drought, Bay Area fishermen said they’re enjoying some of their best hauls in years. An approaching El Nino is likely sending fish surging toward our shores.
A church on the Peninsula finds itself in dire straits after burglars cleaned it out. The incident is an especially painful blow for the pastor, who is blind.