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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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Terrance James Hardy. (El Cerrito Police)

Parolee Arrested For Violent El Cerrito Carjacking, Beating Of Elderly Woman

Police in Oakland arrested a parolee wanted for a violent carjacking in El Cerrito that left an 89-year old woman injured Sunday night.

06/11/2014

San Francisco International Airport. (CBS)

Ride Sharing Companies Warned To Stay Out Of Airports

Ride sharing companies can be a convenient way to get to the airport, but California is saying that’s a no-go.

06/11/2014

Washington Redskins helmets lay on the ground during their game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NorCal American Indian Tribe Pays For Ad Aimed At Washington Redskins During NBA Finals

An American Indian tribe that believes the Washington Redskins’ nickname is racist and should be changed has purchased a 60-second ad to air during halftime of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

06/10/2014

The story of a depressed goat being cheered up by his best friend, a donkey has gone viral. (CBS)

Story Of Depressed Goat, His Donkey Friend Goes Viral

The story of a depressed goat and his best friend Jellybean the donkey are taking the internet by storm.

05/27/2014

An eyewitness took this photo of 62-year-old Kelly Brown of Oakley being arrested in Brentwood. Brown, an ice cream seller, is accused of selling drugs from his truck. (CBS)

Brentwood Ice Cream Man Accused Of Dealing Drugs From His Truck

A man selling ice cream was arrested at a Brentwood gas station Wednesday afternoon after authorities said he was offering methamphetamine for sale.

05/22/2014

Police arrested Maria Garate, an 18-year-old transient from the San Jose area, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. (Source: SJPD)

Woman Accused Of Attacking 4-Year Old Girl, Father With Crowbar At San Jose Walmart

A woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly attacked a 4-year-old girl and her father with a crowbar at a San Jose Wal-Mart store, according to police.

05/14/2014

A sold sign stands in front of a home for sale in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area’s Middle Class Being Pushed Out Of SF Metro Area’s Housing Market

The middle class is being pushed out of the San Francisco metro area’s housing market.

05/13/2014

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‘Hook-Up Truck’ Mobile Sex Suite Begins Rolling Through Streets Of Oakland, San Francisco’s Mission District

The “Hook-Up Truck,” a box truck that doubles as a sex suite on wheels, began rolling through the streets of the Bay Area Friday night.

05/02/2014

(Credit Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center)

Telegraph Hill Non-Profit Worker Found Dead In Daly City, Husband Arrested But Not Charged With Murder

The mysterious death of a popular non-profit administrator is sending shockwaves of emotion through the San Francisco community center where she has served for nearly four decades. Ruby Gim, 65, was found unresponsive at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday inside her home in the 400 block of Florence Street in Daly City. Police arrested her husband, Daniel Thomas, 65, for domestic violence and for violating a domestic violence restraining order, but have not charged him with the murder of his wife.

05/02/2014

Authorities on the scene to investigate possible explosives found in a pickup in San Francisco's Presidio on April 21. 2014. (CBS)

Bomb Squad Detonates Substance In SF Presidio After Explosives Found During Traffic Stop

The San Francisco Police Department bomb squad was called to the Presidio late Monday night after authorities said explosives were discovered inside a pickup truck.

04/22/2014

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