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Don Knapp

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Don Knapp is a general assigment reporter at KPIX 5 Eyewitness News. He is the first San Francisco Bay Area television reporter to shoot, write and edit a “VJ” internet video story for New York Times website, along with print article for the New York Times.

Prior to KPIX 5 he was at KRON as a general assignment reporter for daily news, major stories and special projects including primary coverage of the murder trials of Scott Peterson, Susan Polk and Scott Dyleski.

He was one of the first KRON VJs (trained by Michael Rosenblum) to be reviewed and approved by KRON management for daily turns (shoot, write, narrate, edit video and transmit completed video over internet). He produced and aired more than 120 VJ stories.

He also was a CNN Network Correspondent in the San Francisco CNN Bureau network correspondent for 12 years. Knapp was assigned to many of the network’s major stories in the Bay Area, Pacific Northwest and across the United States, (including Hawaii and Alaska) and overseas. His top assignments included: Kuwait oil field fires, Persian Gulf mine sweeping and Iraqi refugee crisis following “Desert Storm” – the Gulf War. Yellowstone forest fires, San Francisco earthquake, Mississippi and Missouri River floods, Rodney King riots, Hurricane Iniki on Kauai, Oklahoma City bombing, Los Angeles Northridge earthquake, O. J. Simpson trial, Northern California floods, Unabomber trial, Montana Freeman standoff, Oklahoma Monster Tornado, Columbine school shootings, Montana Bitterroot Valley Wildfires, Seattle World Trade Organization protests.

Prior to CNN, two decades reporting for major San Francisco Bay Area broadcast news operations including KGO Television News, KGO Radio News, KRON Television News, KPIX Television News and Public Affairs, and KTVU Television News.

Knapp received his Master of Arts in Journalism from Ohio State University and his Bacherlor of Fine Arts in Broadcasting from Ohio University.

Knapp is a recipient of NATAS Silver Circle Award and numerous other awards including: the Society of Professional Journalists – Career Achievement Award; a National Emmy, CNN Team Coverage, Oklahoma City Bombing; Cable Ace Award, CNN for the Los Angeles Earthquake; Peninsula Press Club Awards; New York Times Print and New Media ; RTNDA Award, KRON, Mexico City Earthquake Live Shots; San Francisco Press Club Award; and KTVU Special Report and Emmy, KTVU News Feature Report.

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Flames, smoke darken the sky above warehouse fire in Berkeley.

5-Alarm Fire Destroys Furniture Warehouse In Berkeley

Firefighters battled a 5-alarm fire at the Wooden Duck furniture warehouse in Berkeley Saturday night and caused backups on I-80 as drivers slowed to see the huge blaze.

04/12/2014

Police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in San Francisco, with a suspect sitting in a stolen car.

San Francisco Officer Fires Shots Into Stolen Car

San Francisco Police have recovered a stolen car that was involved in an officer-involved shooting in the North Beach neighborhood.

03/29/2014

Joe's Cable Car Restaurant

Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closes After 49 Years In San Francisco

When Joe Obegi locks the door on his landmark burger joint in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood Sunday night, it marks the end of an era. Don Knapp reports

03/16/2014

Mount Tamalpais

Filmmaker Hopes Project Will Heal Mt. Tam’s Cold War Scars

During the Cold War, Mount Tamalpais was altered to make way for nuclear missiles. Now, a unique collaboration of federal, state and local agencies will try to begin fixing the damage with a multimillion dollar project.

02/14/2014

Gem the Poodle

San Francisco Recology Workers Describe Rescuing Dog Dumped In Trash

Workers at a Recology recycling plant in San Francisco told KPIX 5 how they rescued a poodle puppy that was dumped into a garbage bag last week.

12/23/2013

Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. BART workers continue to strike after contract negotiations between BART management and the transit agency's two largest unions fell apart last week. Management and unions agreed on the financial specifics of the contract but differed on workplace safety rules. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Union Slams BART Management For Disputing Family Leave Clause In Contract

Union officials slammed BART management today, calling a move to scuttle a tentative contract deal and go back to the bargaining table over a disputed family leave policy the “height of incompetence.”

11/16/2013

13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies on October 22, 2013. (CBS)

Protesters In Bay Area, Across State Denounce Police Killing Of Andy Lopez

Protesters gathered in Santa Rosa and in cities throughout the Bay Area and the state to protest the police killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez in Sonoma County last month.

11/09/2013

Jonathan Denver was fatally stabbed near AT&T Park following a Giants-Dodgers game on September 25, 2013. (CBS)

Father Of Stabbed Dodgers Fan To Make Public Plea For Witnesses

The father of a Dodgers fan fatality stabbed during a melee with Giants fans is planning to make a public plea for witnesses to the incident after San Francisco’s district attorney said he lacks evidence to charge the man suspected of the killing.

09/28/2013

Flight Simulator

Flight Simulator Shows SFO Landing System Not Likely Factor In Crash

Eric Medina, an instructor at California Airways Flight School in Hayward, utilized a flight simulator to recreate for KPIX 5 what the landing looked like on SFO’s runway 28-L without using the glide slope.

07/08/2013

America’s Cup: World Series 2012 II

Italian Team Plans Protest Over America’s Cup Safety Change

With just a week before the start of the preliminary rounds of the America’s Cup, KPIX 5 has learned that the Italian team – Luna Rossa – will file a protest with the America’s Cup Jury over a rule change requiring rudder modification.

06/27/2013

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