Joe Vazquez

joe vazquez bio head Joe Vazquez

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.

E-mail Joe

To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Monifa, Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.

Aerial view of a tour bus crash near Union Square in San Francisco on November 13, 2015. (CBS)

CPUC Says Tour Bus That Crashed Near Union Square Wasn’t Properly Registered

Three days after a tour bus crashed near San Francisco’s Union Square, officials told KPIX 5 that the company that operated the bus has had numerous issues over the years.


Aerial view of a tour bus crash near Union Square in San Francisco on November 13, 2015. (CBS)

Mechanical Failure May Be Cause Of SF Union Square Tour Bus Crash

San Francisco Police investigators are leaning toward a mechanical issue as the cause of Friday’s tour bus crash in Union Square that injured 20 people, a top police official tells KPIX5.


Surveillance photo of an alleged thief posing as a construction worker in Concord. (Concord Police)

Men Posing As Construction Workers Suspected In Concord Thefts

Police in the East Bay community of Concord are warning people to watch out for some men dressed like construction workers who are looking to steal.


Taenia Solium, pork tapeworm

Napa Man Recovering After Live Tapeworm Parasite Removed From Brain

A 26-year-old Napa man is recovering after a brain scan revealed he had a tapeworm in his brain and required immediate surgery.


John Darmanin, former head of the San Francisco Fire Department Task Force. (CBS)

Head Of San Francisco’s Arson Task Force Says He Was Demoted

The head of the arson task force at the San Francisco Fire Department said he has been demoted. It’s not the first time the former task force chief has been a squeaky wheel.


Kensington Police. (CBS)

East Bay Official Says She Was Harassed By Hometown Officers In Out-Of-Town Traffic Stop

A traffic stop involving an East Bay official has raised eyebrows after the official said she was pulled over and threatened with arrest. Some are accusing police of playing politics during the encounter.


A surveillance camera caught this crash involving a pedestrian at East 17th Street and Fruitvale in Oakland on October 20, 2015. (Los Hermanos Market)

Calls To Make Oakland Intersection Safer After Crash Caught On Camera

There are new calls to do something about one of the most dangerous intersections in the East Bay. Pedestrians have been hit several times at East 17th and Fruitvale in Oakland, with the latest crash happening Monday night.


Craigslist theft suspect

Police Seek Selfie-Taker After Theft Following Craigslist Encounter In Daly City

Police in Daly City were asking for help in finding a woman who took a selfie with an iPad she allegedly stole from someone she met on Craigslist.


(Joseph Pollard/Getty Images)

San Francisco Spending $500K To Provide Free Diapers To Low Income Families

San Francisco is going to help low income families in the city with diaper duty.


Video appears to show a Critical Mass cyclist suspected of attacking a driver in San Francisco's Marina District on August 28, 2015. (CBS)

New Video Surfaces Of Cyclist Suspected Of Attacking Driver During Critical Mass

Police are hoping a new video will lead to a cyclist who became violent during last week’s Critical Mass bike ride.



Shine A Light On The Holiday Season With ‘Giving Tuesday’
Food For Families Drive

Listen Live