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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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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

Concord Police Department headquarters. (CBS)

Man Sues Concord Police Officer In Alleged Road Rage Incident

An Oakland man filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday against a Concord police officer for an alleged case of road rage that led to a broken arm.

12/04/2013

Vandalism at the Glen Park BART station in San Francisco on October 22, 2013. Authorities said taggers damaged several stations while workers were out on strike. (CBS)

Vandals Trash San Francisco’s Glen Park BART Station During Strike

Authorities are searching for several people suspected of vandalizing vacant BART stations while workers went on strike. The Glen Park station in San Francisco suffered the worst damage by taggers during the walkout.

10/23/2013

Adrienne Bailon & Ja Rule (credit: High Top Releasing)

New Movie Filmed In San Jose; A Story Of Redemption

“I’m in Love with a Church Girl” was filmed entirely in San Jose. KPIX 5 Joe Vazquez reports…

10/16/2013

Federal mediator George Cohen arrives to make a statement to the press after an extra day of negotiations at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) agreed to continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement between players and owners for an additional 7 days. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Federal Mediator Making Impact On BART Contract Talks

A federal mediator brought in to Bay Area Rapid Transit contracts talks seems to be having the effect of smoothing over roadblocks to a possible agreement, according to sources close to the talks.

10/15/2013

(L-R) Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, and Robert Trujillo of Metallica (credit: C Flanigan/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Metallica Premieres Motion Picture In San Francisco

It’s been 22 years since Metallica hit the charts with one of their best known songs “Enter Sandman” and on Monday night the guys walked the Hollywood-style red carpet in San Francisco…

09/17/2013

A burglar stole items belonging to firefighters from Fire Station #7 in Walnut Creek on September 8, 2013. (CBS)

Walnut Creek Fire Station Burglarized As Firefighters Battled Morgan Fire

A Walnut Creek fire station was burglarized while firefighters were battling the Morgan Fire on Sunday.

09/10/2013

A group of windsurfers gathers around a dog after rescuing it from bay waters near Berkeley on August 12, 2013. (Adam Cohen)

Boater, Windsurfers Rescue Dog From Drowning In San Francisco Bay

A Berkeley man who helped rescue a drowning puppy Monday is still trying to find out how the dog got in the San Francisco Bay in the first place.

08/13/2013

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Bay Area Travelers Going Abroad Warned About Terrorist Threat

Travelers and U.S. citizens living abroad were warned Friday that terrorist attacks are being planned this month against U.S. and Western targets, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.

08/02/2013

A Lake County pot farm.(CBS)

Sexually Abused Teen Held Captive In Box, Forced To Work On Lake County Pot Farm

Authorities said a 15-year-old girl was forced to work on a marijuana grow and sexually abused by two men in Northern California who allegedly locked her in a metal toolbox for days.

07/25/2013

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