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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Iraq War veteran Mike Ergo showed off his tattoo as part of the "War Ink" project. (CBS)

Bay Area Project Helps Veterans Share War Stories Through Their Tattoos

As communities hold parades and lay wreaths this Veterans’ Day to honor men and women in uniform, some returning vets are taking off their shirts to reveal their war stories in the form of tattoos.

11/11/2014

J.C. Canfield (Alameda Police Dept.)

Elderly Alameda Man Turns Himself In After Claiming He Fatally Shot Wife In ‘Mercy Killing’

An Alameda man who insists he just wanted to end his wife’s suffering is in jail Wednesday night accused of fatally shooting her, and neighbors insist it was not a murder but a mercy killing.

11/05/2014

Brighton Avenue in San Francisco. (CBS)

Naked Intruder Breaks Into San Francisco Home, Attacks Couple

A San Francisco couple received a rude awakening over the weekend. Police said a naked man broke into their home and attacked them.

11/03/2014

(Joe Vazquez/CBS SF)

Giants World Series Celebration Costs Mission District Nonprofit Thousands In Damages

Smack in the middle of San Francisco’s Mission district where thousands of Giants fans took to the streets following a World Series victory Wednesday night, vandals among the celebrants attacked a non profit neighborhood center.

10/31/2014

Revelers vandalized Plaza Adelante at 19th Street and Mission in San Francisco after the Giants won the World Series on October 29, 2014. (CBS)

Unruly World Series Revelers Vandalize San Francisco Nonprofit, Cause Thousands Of Dollars In Damage

Smack in the middle of San Francisco’s Mission district where thousands of Giants fans took to the streets following a World Series victory last night, vandals among the celebrants attacked a nonprofit neighborhood center.

10/30/2014

A man lies on the steps outside the San Francisco Federal Building, October 28, 2014. (CBS)

Bags, IDs Go Unchecked, Security Absent, Despite Heightened Terror Alert At SF Federal Building

An order by the Homeland Security Department to increase security at federal buildings nationwide did not seem to have been followed through with in San Francisco.

10/29/2014

KCBS Treats You To 'An Evening With Bill Maher'

UC Berkeley Students Protest Invitation For Bill Maher To Speak After Comments About Muslims

Students at UC Berkeley have signed a petition asking the university to cancel an invitation to let talk show host and comedian Bill Maher speak, following comments he recently made about Islam.

10/28/2014

A man vandalizes a San Francisco Muni bus following the Giants' World Series win on October 28, 2012. 22-year-old Gregory Tyler Graniss has been arrested in the case. (San Francisco Chronicle)

SFPD Prepping For Possibly Busy Week If Giants Win World Series

It could be a very busy week for San Francisco police between possible celebrations of a possible Giants World Series victory and a certain holiday where fans might dress up like their favorite sports heroes.

10/27/2014

KPIX 5 reporter Joe Vazquez compares his swing to Giants slugger Hunter Pence with the Zepp Baseball app. (CBS)

App From Los Gatos Company Plays Role In Improving Giants Slugger Hunter Pence’s Swing

The San Francisco Giants are bringing their best efforts in their third World Series in five seasons. One player has been working on stepping it up even more, with the help of an app developed by a Los Gatos company.

10/24/2014

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Uber Driver Accused Of Forcibly Pulling Rider From Car, Smashing Her Phone In Dispute Over Directions

An Uber driver allegedly forcibly pulled a passenger out of his car before smashing her smartphone as she tried to record the incident in San Francisco.

10/20/2014

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