Don Knapp

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Don Knapp is a general assigment reporter at KPIX 5 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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Highway 92 - San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (CBS)

Repairs Underway During Weekend Closure Of San Mateo Bridge

This weekend’s closure began at 10 p.m. Friday and is expected to continue until 5 a.m. Monday. The span will shut down again the weekend of Oct. 26-29.


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Foreman Swung Jury To Deliver $1B Apple Patent Judgment

It appears Apple Inc. can thank an electrical engineer who was elected jury foreman for the $1.049 billion patent infringement verdict delivered last week against smartphone-producing rival Samsung Electronics.


Gashes and teeth marks on kayak that was the target of a shark attack in Pleasure Point off the coast of Santa Cruz.

Shark Attacks Kayaker In Waters Off Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to watch out for sharks in the vicinity of Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz after a shark attacked a kayaker in that area earlier Saturday.


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Brisbane 3-Alarm Brush Fire Contained; Freeway Off-Ramp Reopened

A freeway off-ramp in the Brisbane area was reopened following the containment of a three-alarm brush fire near U.S. Highway 101.


A pit bull dog. (CBS)

Pit Bull Attacks Fairfax Officer; 2nd Incident In 4 Years

A Marin County police officer was badly hurt in a dog attack, and officers report that this isn’t the first time they’ve been forced to use a weapon on the same animal.


Six-year-old boy police found alone in a parking lot in East Oakland.

Police Find 6-Year-Old Boy Alone At 3 A.M. In East Oakland Parking Lot

Police have tracked down the guardian of a 6 year-old boy police who apparently was left alone in an East Oakland parking lot in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.



No Injuries In Fast-Moving Alameda 3-Alarm Fire

No injuries were reported in a fast-moving 3-alarm fire Saturday that displaced at least 12 residents of an apartment complex in Alameda.


Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting just outside of Lot L at Candlestick Park, where the San Francisco 49ers had just finished playing the Oakland Raiders. (AP Photo)

Security Tightened For 49ers Games At Candlestick Park

San Francisco 49ers security will ask tailgaters to leave the parking lot at Candlestick Park after kickoff under new security measures introduced by the team after fan violence marred a pre-season game with the Oakland Raiders.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/27/2011

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FBI: Father May Be Heading To Bay Area With Missing Toddler

The FBI has issued an Amber Alert for a man who abducted his 2-year-old daughter Sunday and may be headed to the Bay Area.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/13/2011

Ground meat patty  for what may be the world's biggest hamburger at the Alameda County Fair.

625-Pound Burger At Alameda County Fair May Be One For The Record Books

PLEASANTON (CBS SF) — Some very ambitious cooks tried to make history at the Alameda County Fair Saturday when they attempted to grill a 625-pound hamburger. If successful, it would be the world’s largest commercially […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/02/2011




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