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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San Francisco firefighters attend to a homeless man, August 27, 2015. (CBS)

San Francisco Firefighters Swamped With Non-Emergency Medical Calls

A San Francisco firefighters are among the busiest in the country, but their emergency calls are most often not emergencies at all.

08/27/2015

Diploma Closeup

San Francisco Unified Defies State Law, Awarding 107 Diplomas After Exit Exam Cancelled

Thousands of California high school students still don’t have their diplomas, after the state abruptly canceled the exit exam they were supposed to take. In San Francisco, the school district has awarded diplomas, ignoring state law.

08/14/2015

Athena Brattin Cain, Miss Sonoma County. (CBS)

Reigning Miss Sonoma County Foregoes Crown To Join Marines

Athena Brattin Cain is the reigning Miss Sonoma County, but her tenure will be cut short. That’s because in just a few days, she will be report for duty to the United States Marine Corps boot camp in South Carolina.

08/05/2015

A sign posted in a San Francisco neighborhood warning of a sexual predator in the area. (Joe Vazquez)

Gropings Prompt ‘Rapist’ Warning Signs In San Francisco Neighborhoods

A sign posted in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is warning women to be vigilant after several women were attacked in the area.

08/02/2015

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, in 2006. (CBS)

‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, 7 Others Headed To Trial In Racketeering Case Linked To Senator Yee

Fifteen months after he was indicted by the feds, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow is now headed to trial.

07/07/2015

A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Crews Using Lessons Learned From Massive Bay Spill

As the cleanup of a massive oil spill near Santa Barbara continues, crews are making use of some lessons learned after a big spill in San Francisco Bay several years ago.

05/21/2015

31-year-old Kelsey Fourdyce of Oakland was found dead in the Great Star Theater in San Francisco's Chinatown on May 10, 2015. (CBS)

San Francisco Chinatown Theater Owner Not Facing Charges In Woman’s Death

Police threw Harris Rosenbloom in jail after he called 911 Sunday and said his friend was unconscious inside the Great Star Theater in Chinatown. Kelsey Fourdyce was, in fact, dead. But late Tuesday afternoon, prosecutors announced Rosenbloom, the theater owner, will not face charges.

05/12/2015

Gizmo the cat. (CBS)

‘Gizmo’ The Cat Reunited With South Bay Owners After Disappearing 10-Years Ago

Gizmo the cat is undersized and a bit slow, but is back home to the Cambrian Park house he disappeared from 10 years ago.

04/30/2015

Cars drive drive along U.S. 101 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pollution Tax On Downtown San Francisco Commercial Properties Proposed That Could Ease Housing Crunch

San Francisco is floating the idea of a pollution tax that would target downtown high-rise commercial properties in the hope of solving the city’s housing crunch.

04/08/2015

City of Clearlake. (CBS)

Town Of Clearlake Takes Center Stage In Emotional Battle Over Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ban

The town of Clearlake in Lake County is now center stage in an emotional legal battle over medical marijuana, and patients say a complete ban on all cultivation is putting lives at risk, and are filing a suit to stop it.

03/18/2015

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