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 three decades, Joe has been on the front lines, covering earthquakes, hurricanes, riots, politics and crime.
In June 2018, Joe and his team were awarded the regional Emmy award for coverage of the North Bay Fires.
In September, 2010, he won the National Emmy Award for Breaking News coverage of the Oakland riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART policeman. He has earned two other Emmy awards and multiple nominations.
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 Turkey’s border with Iraq.
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 are raising three children in San Francisco.
While it might not be news that the 16th Street Mission BART station is incredibly dirty, the fact that a member of the transit agency’s Board of Directors is taking a hands-on approach to fix the problem has garnered some attention.
As Hurricane Irma began slamming Daytona Beach, a woman in California was able to help rescue her friend 3,000 miles away.
A Bay Area driver says he’s lucky to be alive after a road rage suspect fired a bullet at his car while traveling on I-680 in the East Bay.
San Francisco expected to pay $190,000 settlement to an undocumented immigrant who claims police violated the sanctuary city ordinance.
Police agencies from around the country are in the Bay Area this week to check out a program that is helping victims of domestic violence.
A representative of the union that represents UPS workers told KPIX 5 that the gunman had recently filed an “excessive overtime” grievance.
Liza Valdeolivar is grieving the loss of her best friend and doesn’t want other pet owners to feel a similar pain.
Dozens of East Bay elementary school students are home sick. The possible cause: Norovirus.
The wild kidnapping saga of a Vallejo woman is now moving to the sentencing phase.
Weeks of rainy weather across Northern California and the storm runoff through the hills of gold country have triggered a new gold rush.