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Accidental Ski Slope Rescue Prompts 51-Year-Old to Seek New Career as FirefighterWhile some firefighters may start thinking about retirement in their fifties, one East Bay man is beginning his sixth decade training for the job.
Bay Area Scholars 'Walk the Walk' To Support Community That Helped Them SucceedFor more than 20 years, KPIX 5 has brought viewers the stories of Students Rising Above scholars. These amazing young people have faced incredible challenges on the way to college success and beyond. Recently, the organization held its annual fundraiser, which was also a heartfelt homecoming for some very special SRA alums.
Rapping Senior Citizen Dancers Beat Back Asian Hate in San Francisco ChinatownA group of senior citizens in San Francisco's Chinatown are making their own moves against Asian hate crimes with a new rap that's mostly in Cantonese.
Grandparents, Grandkids Share First Hugs Since Pandemic At Palo Alto Retirement CommunityAfter a year of phone calls and zoom meetings, grandparents at a Palo Alto retirement community were finally able to savor a hug from their children and grandchildren.
Oakland Man's Non-Profit Refurbishes Thousands Of Used Computers, Laptops To Help Close Digital DivideAn Oakland man leading a technology nonprofit had a big part in helping close the digital divide among the city's students during the pandemic switch to virtual learning.
Marin County Nonprofit Brings Therapy Dogs to Comfort FirefightersFirefighters aren't the only ones getting ready for what's expected to be a very busy fire season. A San Rafael woman and her dog are hitting the road to bring some comfort and joy to those battling blazes on the frontlines.
East Bay Businesses Donate Proceeds to Support Asian Community OrganizationsSaturday was a day of action in the East Bay, with a call for businesses to stand against hate directed at Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Better Together: Sunnyvale Neighbors Stay Connected With Nightly WaveAt the start of the pandemic many bay area neighbors found ways to stay connected while still remaining physically distanced.
West Contra Costa Unified School District Partners With Non-Profit Conscious Kitchen To Provide Kids Organic MealsAn East Bay school district is working better together in a first-of-its-kind program that it says could be a model for the state and nation.

KPIX 5 Better Together Video Reports

Multiplying Good: KPIX Jefferson Award Winners of 2021Allen Martin and Sharon Chin host a look back at the Jefferson Award heroes you nominated in the past year. (12-31-21)
KPIX Wants to Know: What's Your Good News?KPIX 5's Da Lin set up at Pier 39 in San Francisco to ask passersby one question: what's your good news for 2021? (12-19-21)
Jefferson Award Winner: Capt. Herman BarahonaThis week's Jefferson Award winner is a fire captain that leads the way to make sure no child in central San Mateo County child is left out when it comes to holiday gifts this season. Sharon Chin reports. (12/8/21)
Jefferson Award Winner: Delfarib FanaieThis week's Jefferson Award Winner is a Peninsula woman helping to make a difference in the battle against extreme poverty in the Bay Area and around the globe. Sharon Chin reports. (12/1/21)
Millbrae Gym Helps Parents Teach Social Skills to Toddlers Emerging From COVID QuarantineWith more adults vaccinated and returning to a reopened society, parents are scrambling to give their babies and toddlers the social skills they've missed while quarantined at home. Sharon Chin reports. (8-12-21)
Jefferson Awards Winner: Christina OrtegaWith very few California high school students being enrolled in computer science, this week's Jefferson Award winner heads a nonprofit aiming at bringing those numbers up and bridging the digital divide. Sharon Chin reports. (6/16/21)
Alameda County Food Bank Chalk Art Contest Winners AnnouncedContestants were asked to picture an end to hunger. Juliette Goodrich reports. (6-12-21)
COVID Recovery: SF High School Grads Allowed Outdoor Commencement CeremoniesIn-person commencement ceremonies are back for San Francisco high schools. On Tuesday the city and the school district teamed up to host graduations at Kezar Stadium and McAteer High.
San Francisco's Kearny Street Workshop Provides Support to Asian-American ArtistsOver the years, Kearny Street Workshop has grown into a springboard for thousands of Asian American artists. Sharon Chin reports. (5-30-21)

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KPIX Anchors, Reporters Take Hair Matters Into Own Hands Amid Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceIt's been five weeks since Newsom's announcement. While life may seem to be at a standstill for millions of people, it's not necessarily the case for their hair. The stay at home order called for the shutdown of non-essential businesses, which included hair salons and barbershops. This has left many to fend for themselves, when it comes to their monthly color touch-ups or haircuts. The on-air talent here at KPIX is no exception. Many of our anchors and reporters have had to turn to YouTube videos, tutorials or just plain luck for their hair maintenance. 
Coronavirus Update: Current Best Practices For Safe Shopping During Essential Grocery TripsAs Californians begin their 4th week of the coronavirus pandemic sheltering-in-place, many are adapting to ever-evolving guidance for safe grocery shopping, which now includes wearing a mask and disinfecting the groceries themselves.
South Bay Nurses Sing To Honor Essential Workers Amid Coronavirus PandemicSanta Clara Valley Medical Center staffers Chelsea Seradilla Benigno and Nanami Takeuchi wanted to salute their fellow health care workers so they performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" before their shift .
Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus and Shelter-In-PlaceKPIX morning anchor Michelle Griego sat down with her middle school-aged daughter to see how she's feeling about this uncertain time.
Disinfectant and Social Distancing: How KPIX Crews Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus
KPIX Workout Challenge: Staying Fit While Staying InsideDuring these uncertain times, one thing is for certain; nothing beats the endorphin-rush of getting a good sweat. At-home workouts have become a go-to while social distancing. Fitness studios, professional athletes, and celebrities have taken to their living rooms to get their daily dose of exercise. KPIX sports anchor, Dennis O'Donnell, jumped on the home-exercise bandwagon. He delivered his sports report while on his treadmill during Monday's 6PM newscast. 

KPIX Better Together -- Finding A New Job

U.S. Census Hiring Part-Time San Francisco Bay Area Work ForceU.S. Census officials are in the process of hiring a large temporary San Francisco Bay Area workforce to collect information.
State To Hire Nearly 2,000 Temporary Staffers To Help Manage Surge In Unemployment ApplicationsThe state Employment Development Department plans to hire nearly 2,000 temporary full-time and hourly staff members in the coming weeks to hasten the delivery of unemployment benefits to workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Army Of Contact-Tracing Workers Being Recruited To Help Combat Coronavirus PandemicExperts say contact tracing is going to play a critical role in fighting the coronavirus. It’s been practiced for decades, used to fight SARS, Ebola and AIDS, but never on as big a scale.  
Surge In Meal Kit Demand Boosts Hiring At Blue Apron East Bay Fulfillment CenterTo meet a surge in demand from consumers stuck at home, Blue Apron has hired more than 300 people at its fulfillment centers which include a facility on Regatta Blvd. in Richmond.
Coronavirus Update: These Companies Are Currently Hiring New EmployeesMore than 4.5 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March. If you are among them here's a list of companies were are currently hiring.
Coronavirus Update: California 'Gig' Workers Now Allowed To File For Unemployment BenefitsAfter of waiting weeks for some form of state assistance, thousands of unemployed gig workers in California could finally begin filing for unemployment benefits on Tuesday.
Instacart Hires 300,000 Workers In A Month, Plans To Hire 250,000 MoreInstacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic.
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Boosts Financial Assistance For Self-Employed, Undocumented WorkersGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday outlined the financial relief being provided to the state's most vulnerable residents losing work amid the coronavirus emergency, including undocumented residents, those who are self-employed and contract workers.
Securitas Hiring Security Guards Across Bay Area, California To Protect Businesses Closed By Shelter-In-PlaceAn international security firm is planning to expand its workforce in California and the Bay Area to help protect businesses closed by the coronavirus shelter-in-place.
Coronavirus Jobs: Federal Dept Of Labor Hiring Bay Area Wage and Hour InvestigatorsThe U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that its Wage and Hour Division will be hiring 45 additional investigators, including five in the San Francisco Bay Area.