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.
To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Bolden-Monifa, Director of Communications. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.
Police in Oakland arrested a parolee wanted for a violent carjacking in El Cerrito that left an 89-year old woman injured Sunday night.
Ride sharing companies can be a convenient way to get to the airport, but California is saying that’s a no-go.
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.
The story of a depressed goat and his best friend Jellybean the donkey are taking the internet by storm.
A man selling ice cream was arrested at a Brentwood gas station Wednesday afternoon after authorities said he was offering methamphetamine for sale.
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.
The middle class is being pushed out of the San Francisco metro area’s housing market.
‘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.
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.
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.