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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Police in Brentwood said they are searching for a group of young men who are suspected of committing five armed robberies in a span of less than an hour-and-a-half Thursday night.
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An African-American San Jose State University student who said he was the victim of hate crimes by his dorm mates has filed a $5 million claim against the university and other parties.
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The woman who said she was attacked in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass has a restraining order against her for an incident two years ago where she admitted to secretly pointing her smartphone at her neighbors’ open window and recording their conversation.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a task force to gather information on a series of cold case murders, including the ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ that took place in the first four months of 1976 in San Mateo County.
The San Francisco Police Department has arrested a man who repeatedly stole panties from Victoria’s Secret in Union Square.
The woman who said she was attacked at a San Francisco Haight-Ashbury punk club for wearing Google Glass offered more details about her tense encounter Tuesday, and explained her decision to wear the technology into a bar named after an incendiary explosive.
A Bay Area woman said she was attacked for wearing the Google Glass wearable computer at a bar in San Francisco’s Lower Haight.