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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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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

According to authorities, two teens were robbed on their way home from this McDonalds in Brentwood on April 17, 2014. Police said there were four other armed robberies that took place within a two-hour span that evening. (CBS)

Brentwood Armed Robbers Strike 5 Times In Less Than 90 Minutes

Police in Brentwood said they are searching for a group of young men who are suspected of committing five armed robberies in a span of less than an hour-and-a-half Thursday night.

04/18/2014

River Rock Casino in Geyserville. (CBS)

North Bay Tribe That Runs Casino Could Kick Out Dozens Of Members

A Bay Area Indian tribe that runs a well-known casino could take some potentially drastic action. More than 70 members could get kicked out.

04/16/2014

A picture of the AirTrain at San Francisco International Airport was featured in an issue of "Inspire," a magazine published by Al Qaeda. (CBS)

San Francisco International Airport Photo In al-Qaida Magazine Raises Terrorism Concerns

A picture of San Francisco International Airport has been prominently placed in a propaganda magazine published by Al Qaeda. Meanwhile, the FBI insists there is no specific threat to the Bay Area.

04/10/2014

The campus of San Jose State University (SJSU)

SJSU Student Files $5M Claim Over Alleged Hate Crimes By Dorm Mates

An African-American San Jose State University student who said he was the victim of hate crimes by his dorm mates has filed a $5 million claim against the university and other parties.

03/21/2014

An image from a YouTube video by the SF Public Defender's Office shows San Francisco undercover police officers headed to a unit in the Henry Hotel. (SF Public Defender/YouTube)

San Francisco Police Union Holding Raffle For Indicted Officers

The San Francisco Police Officers Association has scheduled a series of fundraisers to pay for the legal defense of several officers facing federal charges for alleged civil rights violations. A raffle with some high-priced prizes is among the events planned.

03/19/2014

A patron at Molotov's in San Francisco took this photo of Sarah Slocum wearing Google Glass before she said she was attacked on February 21, 2014. (Sagesse Gwinn Graham / CBS)

Alleged Google Glass Attack Victim Under Restraining Order For Secretly Recording Neighbors In 2012

The woman who said she was attacked in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass has a restraining order against her for an incident two years ago where she admitted to secretly pointing her smartphone at her neighbors’ open window and recording their conversation.

03/18/2014

(Clockwise from upper left) Paula Baxter, Tanya Marie Blackwell, Carol Lee Booth, Michelle Mitchell, Denise Lamp, Veronica Cascio (FBI)

FBI Launches Task Force On 1976 Peninsula ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ After DNA Lead

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a task force to gather information on a series of cold case murders, including the ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ that took place in the first four months of 1976 in San Mateo County.

03/06/2014

Victoria’s Secret models Behati Prinsloo (L) and Miranda Kerr (R) at an introduction of the new Fabulous by Victoria’s Secret collection of bras, bikinis and fragrance February 26, 2013 at the Hearld Square store in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

San Francisco Police Arrest Accused Serial Panties Thief Near Victoria’s Secret

The San Francisco Police Department has arrested a man who repeatedly stole panties from Victoria’s Secret in Union Square.

02/25/2014

A patron at Molotov's in San Francisco took this photo of Sarah Slocom wearing Google Glass before she said she was attacked on February 21, 2014. (Sagesse Gwinn Graham / CBS)

Google Glass Victim Defiant: “Never Expected Such Hate And Venom”

The woman who said she was attacked at a San Francisco Haight-Ashbury punk club for wearing Google Glass offered more details about her tense encounter Tuesday, and explained her decision to wear the technology into a bar named after an incendiary explosive.

02/25/2014

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