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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Lit Explosive Fuse Crackling and Sparking fireworks

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

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Terrance James Hardy. (El Cerrito Police)

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San Francisco International Airport. (CBS)

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