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 majorstories; 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.
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A sign in front of an El Sobrante home that has been targeted by drive-by shootings multiple times reads: “Stop shooting. Nobody is here.”
An East Bay arson suspect who allegedly set a series of house and vehicle fires on and around Christmas Eve was in the process of checking off a list of targets that included groomsmen who participated in his own wedding, according to police.
Three days after a tour bus crashed near San Francisco’s Union Square, officials told KPIX 5 that the company that operated the bus has had numerous issues over the years.
San Francisco Police investigators are leaning toward a mechanical issue as the cause of Friday’s tour bus crash in Union Square that injured 20 people, a top police official tells KPIX5.
Police in the East Bay community of Concord are warning people to watch out for some men dressed like construction workers who are looking to steal.
A 26-year-old Napa man is recovering after a brain scan revealed he had a tapeworm in his brain and required immediate surgery.
The head of the arson task force at the San Francisco Fire Department said he has been demoted. It’s not the first time the former task force chief has been a squeaky wheel.
A traffic stop involving an East Bay official has raised eyebrows after the official said she was pulled over and threatened with arrest. Some are accusing police of playing politics during the encounter.
There are new calls to do something about one of the most dangerous intersections in the East Bay. Pedestrians have been hit several times at East 17th and Fruitvale in Oakland, with the latest crash happening Monday night.
Police in Daly City were asking for help in finding a woman who took a selfie with an iPad she allegedly stole from someone she met on Craigslist.