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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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Toll Booths

Car Burglary Suspects Ram Park Ranger Car, Crash On Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge was reopened Monday night after a high-speed police chase during which the suspects rammed into two cars and a citizen at a toll booth.

02/17/2014

File photo of a same-sex couple getting married in San Francisco City Hall in February 2004. (CBS)

San Francisco Marks 10 Years Since Gavin Newsom Granted First Same-Sex Marriage License

Wednesday marks 10 years since the first same-sex marriages took place in San Francisco City Hall. One of the first couples who got married, along with then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, look back on the decade since the “Winter of Love.”

02/12/2014

Screenshot of Nefarious Jobs, a website that helps people get revenge. (CBS)

Getting Even: Bay Area Website Offers Revenge For Sale

Whether you hate your boss or loathe your ex, now there’s a way to get even, for a price. A San Francisco-based web site is selling revenge.

02/04/2014

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea

A San Francisco health sub-committee recommends the city hand out free crack pipes as a means of slowing the spread of AIDS. They say the controversial idea is not new, and is already successful in other countries. No surprise that not everyone agrees.

01/24/2014

An unidentified man left a $3,000 tip at Roka Akor restaurant in San Francisco on January 14, 2013. The man also wrote "Tips for Jesus" on the bill. (CBS)

What Would Jesus Tip? $3,000 Gratuity Left For San Francisco Waitress

A mysterious trend where diners leave generous gratuities with the saying “Tips for Jesus” has happened again in San Francisco. This time, a man left behind a tip worth thousands at a sushi restaurant in downtown.

01/16/2014

Matthew 'Matty' Walker

Sonoma County’s Flu Victim, ‘Matty’ Walker, Was Just 23

Matthew “Matty” Walker of Santa Rosa thought he had pneumonia. It turns out it was much more serious: the H1N1 flu virus. Doctors tried to save him. But he never recovered. He died Wednesday at the age of 23.

01/09/2014

David Douglas is accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from her Antioch home on January 3, 2014. (CBS)

Target Employee Helps Lead To Arrest In Kidnapping Of Antioch Girl

An employee at a Target store in Pittsburg has been credited for helping authorities find a man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from her Antioch home last week.

01/07/2014

Former San Francisco Supervisor Christina Olague

Community Supports Former SF Supe After Fatal Fire Destroys Her Home Christmas Day

After a Christmas Day fire killed one of her housemates and injured another, former SF Supervisor Christina Olague finds herself homeless. The housing rights advocate told KPIX 5′s Joe Vazquez she is grateful for the outpouring of community support.

01/04/2014

Devante Laws on the 'Most Wanted' website

“Most Wanted” Website Leads To Arrest In Murder Of German Tourist In San Francisco

A law enforcement task force led by the U.S. Marshals Northern District of California has arrested a suspect in the 2010 murder of a German tourist thanks to a tipster who saw his mugshot on the state’s new Most Wanted website.

A tipster saw the mugshot of Devonte Laws, 21, on a new “most wanted” web site and called in to law enforcement, leading to yesterday’s arrest. A tipster saw the mugshot of Devonte Laws, 21, on a new “most wanted” web site and called in to law enforcement, leading to yesterday’s arrest.

01/03/2014

Champagne Toast

Bay Area Tech Set Uses Social Media Apps To Crowdfund Dream Parties

The Bay Area tech set is using social media apps and services to help pay for their dream parties this New Year Eve.

12/31/2013

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