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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Dramatic video shows whales being rescued off the California coast after the giant creatures got tangled up in what’s become a late crab season.
Deer are giving birth this time of year and people all over the Bay Area are finding young fawns in places they have never seen before.
1,249 acres that once were home to a cattle ranch in the hills above Fremont now make up the newest East Bay Regional Park.
California Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, are selling their multilevel Zen-inspired home high in the wooded Oakland Hills.
The largest California reservoir project in 20 years has reached a significant construction milestone and uncovered a treasure trove of unique artifacts.
Central Valley walnut farmers and law enforcement are teaming up to combat sophisticated criminals who are posing as truck drivers to steal large quantities of nuts.
Last year’s fire burned more than 75,000 acres in Lake County but now wildfires are pushing through.
For the first time in two years, the federal government is using a special quarter-mile-long pipe to release millions of baby Chinook salmon from a hatchery directly into the El Nino-swollen Sacramento River.
Crews scaled the heavily forested slopes of Mount Tam above Bon Tempe Lake Friday, setting controlled burn fires to clear out areas that have become overgrown with vegetation and pose a threat of a wildfire
Marin County sheriff’s deputies will start using LIDAR and radar devices in April to monitor the speed of bicycles and mountain bikes in the county’s Open Space District lands.