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Joe Vazquez

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National Emmy winner Joe Vazquez has traveled far and wide in search of a good story.

In a local TV news career that spans more than two decades, Joe has hustled after hurricanes and tropical storms in Houston and New Orleans; covered politics and police in Philadelphia; and while in the Bay Area, has covered all the major stories; from the San Bruno explosion, to the “most dangerous street in Oakland” to a faked finger discovery in a bowl of chili in San Jose.

In September, 2010, Joe and his team were awarded the National Emmy Award for their Breaking News coverage of the Oakland riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART policeman. That award followed a regional Emmy for the same coverage.

In 2008, he won a regional Emmy for his 11 o’clock news coverage of the tiger escape at the San Francisco Zoo.

Real life has also been adventurous. In 2001, Joe and his wife, Jenni, quit their jobs and spent six months backpacking around Europe. Their tour of 28 cities and 12 countries remains a major influence on their lives. While backpacking in September of 2001, Joe was called to work briefly by NBC News as a freelance correspondent in Southern Turkey, covering military operations near the Iraqi border.

Joe has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston. As a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, he volunteers his time to empower the next generation of storytellers.

Joe and his wife have three children.

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Evergreen neighborhood in San Jose. (CBS)

Dozens Of Break-Ins Reported In Evergreen Neighborhood Of San Jose

Residents of a San Jose neighborhood are wondering who are the thieves behind a recent crime spree. A KPIX 5 viewer said there have been three dozen burglaries in recent days.

09/16/2014

Marijuana

Mysterious Men Dropping From Helicopters To Chop Down NorCal Marijuana Grows

There’s been some mysterious activity in the skies over Mendocino County lately. Folks who live there want to know: Who are the armed men dropping out of helicopters to chop down their marijuana grows?

09/12/2014

Cannabis plant leaf (OLIVER BERG/AFP/Getty Images)

Emerald Triangle’s ‘Murder Mountain’ In Marijuana Country Living Up To Its Name

Marijuana sales nationwide are estimated to hit $104 billion this year, and a lot of it is coming from California’s Emerald Triangle of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties.

09/11/2014

13-year-old Nicholas Dillon was nearly killed when a chimney fell on him during the Napa quake on August 24, 2014. (CBS)

13-Year-Old Boy Nearly Killed By Falling Chimney In Napa Quake Returns Home From Hospital

More than two weeks after nearly being killed in the Napa quake, 13-year-old Nicholas Dillon has returned home from the hospital.

09/10/2014

(CBS SF)

15-Year-Old Skips Past High School, Jumps Into Junior Year At Cal

High school is not for everyone — certainly not for 15-year-old Sage Ryan who managed to skip it all together and is now entering as a junior at UC Berkeley.

09/04/2014

Police officers stand over a suspect in the assault and robbery of two German tourists in San Francisco, September 3, 2014 (CBS)

4 Arrested In Assault, Robbery Of German Tourists In San Francisco

A group of young men suspected of assaulting and robbing two tourists in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon were arrested.

09/03/2014

Students and teachers at a deaf camp covering Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" with American Sign Language. (YouTube/CM7 Deaf Film Camp)

Student, Teacher At Fremont School Play Role In Sign Language Version Of ‘Happy’ Going Viral

A group of deaf film students have a hit music video on their hands, as their version of Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy” has generated hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

09/03/2014

A Fairfield police cruiser. (CBS)

Fairfield Officers Accused Of Researching Potential Dates In Police Database

Two Fairfield police officers are facing felony charges and could face prison time, for allegedly looking for love through a police database.

08/23/2014

Artist rendition of parking garage for the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. (City of Santa Clara)

Traffic Jams At Levis Stadium Seem Inevitable

The opening of the new 49ers playground in just a few weeks has a lot of folks worried about the inevitable traffic jams.

07/30/2014

Screenshot of Bluoz.com. (Bluoz.com)

Gentrification And Crime, Techies And Drug Users: ‘Crackhead Cam’ Captures Transition Of San Francisco Mid-Market

San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood is undergoing a transition. While it has a burgeoning nightlife, a blogger’s webcam shows not all of it is pretty.

07/23/2014

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