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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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Students play video games at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley extension in Santa Clara. (CBS)

UC Santa Cruz Offers Master’s Degree In Video Gaming

The business of video games is so lucrative and in need of creative minds that the University of California at Santa Cruz is now offering a master’s degree in video gaming at its Silicon Valley extension in Santa Clara.

07/23/2013

Commuters wait to board a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train during rush hour. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Unions Give 72-Hour Strike Notice

The two largest unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers gave BART management a 72-hour strike notice on Thursday night, signaling their intent to walk off the job on July 1 if a new contract agreement is not reached.

06/27/2013

Simon Gann

Fugitive ‘Don Juan Con Man’ From San Mateo Arrested In Las Vegas

A fugitive conman from San Mateo was arrested this week in Las Vegas after allegedly bragging about his exploits online.

06/11/2013

Vallejo welcome sign at city limits. (CBS)

Anti-Police Protesters Take Over Vallejo City Council Meeting

Dozens of angry protesters, which included members of the Black Panthers, took over the Vallejo City Council meeting on Tuesday night — causing elected leaders to flee to the rear of council chambers and hide.

02/27/2013

Marin Man's 'Harlem Shake' Video Becomes Web Sensation

Marin Man’s ‘Harlem Shake’ Video Becomes Web Sensation

A Marin County man and his two grandmothers have become internet sensations almost overnight, for their video of dancing the “Harlem Shake.” Joe Vazquez reports…

02/16/2013

A robot manuevers around a worker at Adept Technology, Inc. in Pleasanton. (CBS)

Robots Credited For Helping Keep Jobs From Going Overseas

Robots abound in the movies but in real life, there are only one million in United States businesses and homes. But all of that is about to change, according to robotics experts in the Bay Area.

11/08/2012

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. (CBS)

Oakland City Attorney Faces Ethics Complaint Over Campaign Emails

A political dustup in Oakland has the city’s attorney defending her political campaign from accusations of violating campaign rules.

09/18/2012

Construction workers at the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco found this Columbian mammoth tooth on September 10, 2012. (Transbay Joint Powers Authority)

Downtown SF Construction Dig Unearths Mammoth Tooth

Crews working on the massive Transbay Transit Center project in downtown San Francisco made an archeological find on Monday – what appears to be the tooth and jaw of an extinct mammoth.

09/12/2012

Inside a life-size model of a 150 square foot apartment. (CBS)

San Francisco May Allow 150-Square-Foot ‘Shoebox’ Apartments

A developer’s group is proposing the City of San Francisco change its building code to make the smallest living space in an efficiency apartment 150 square feet, down from the current 220 square feet.

07/10/2012

Edwin Ramos of El Sobrante is accused of killing Tony Bologna and his two sons on June 22, 2008. (Family Photo)

Edwin Ramos Found Guilty Of SF Triple Murder

A San Francisco jury found Edwin Ramos guilty Wednesday of murdering a father and two of his sons in an afternoon shooting in the city’s Excelsior District in 2008.

05/09/2012

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