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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(CBS SF)

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09/04/2014

Police officers stand over a suspect in the assault and robbery of two German tourists in San Francisco, September 3, 2014 (CBS)

4 Arrested In Assault, Robbery Of German Tourists In San Francisco

A group of young men suspected of assaulting and robbing two tourists in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon were arrested.

09/03/2014

Students and teachers at a deaf camp covering Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" with American Sign Language. (YouTube/CM7 Deaf Film Camp)

Student, Teacher At Fremont School Play Role In Sign Language Version Of ‘Happy’ Going Viral

A group of deaf film students have a hit music video on their hands, as their version of Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy” has generated hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.

09/03/2014

A Fairfield police cruiser. (CBS)

Fairfield Officers Accused Of Researching Potential Dates In Police Database

Two Fairfield police officers are facing felony charges and could face prison time, for allegedly looking for love through a police database.

08/23/2014

Artist rendition of parking garage for the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. (City of Santa Clara)

Traffic Jams At Levis Stadium Seem Inevitable

The opening of the new 49ers playground in just a few weeks has a lot of folks worried about the inevitable traffic jams.

07/30/2014

Screenshot of Bluoz.com. (Bluoz.com)

Gentrification And Crime, Techies And Drug Users: ‘Crackhead Cam’ Captures Transition Of San Francisco Mid-Market

San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood is undergoing a transition. While it has a burgeoning nightlife, a blogger’s webcam shows not all of it is pretty.

07/23/2014

A Great Bull Run event. (CBS)

Bull Run Similar To Spain’s Coming To Alameda County Fairgrounds

A bull run similar to the one in Spain is coming to the East Bay, unless a judge stops it.

07/14/2014

Antioch Police

Wave Of 16 Shootings Hit Antioch Over 2-Week Period

16 people have been shot in Antioch in the past two weeks, including an 11-year old boy in a recent wave of violence that has left five people dead.

07/09/2014

Lit Explosive Fuse Crackling and Sparking fireworks

Some Oakland Residents Seek Federal Help To Crack Down On Illegal Fireworks Displays

Residents in Oakland say it’s like a war zone when illegal fireworks go off every July 4th. Fed up with the lack of police response, some are seeking federal help.

07/03/2014

A family photo of Jahi McMath before her cardiac arrest and massive blood loss, leading to brain death following a tonsillectomy. (Credit McMath Family)

Questions Raised Over Condition Of Jahi McMath After Lawyer Said Girl Is Improving

A KPIX 5 report on the latest whereabouts of a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has sparked a new debate about life and death.

06/20/2014

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