Dennis O’Donnell is the Sports Director at KPIX 5. He has received four APTRA award for Best Sports Segment. He is a multiple Northern California Emmy award winner including Emmys for his work as a sports anchor and feature reporter.
He appears Sunday through Thursday on KPIX 5 news. O’Donnell joined the KPIX 5 News team in August 2000 and has been a fixture in Bay Area sports broadcasting since 1982, having covered every major Bay Area sports team in their respective championship. Prior to KPIX 5, O’Donnell was executive sports producer at KRON-TV.
O’Donnell spent 13 seasons as the pre-season voice of the San Francisco 49ers and currently serves as the sideline reporter. He has done football and basketball play-by-play for Fox Sports, KPIX, Comcast Sports Network and Bay TV.
While at KRON, O’Donnell’s contributions helped earn the station the honor of “The Best Sports Cast in California” by the Associated Press on five separate occasions. Along with his work at KRON, O’Donnell has anchored sports with KOVR in Sacramento and KFTY in Santa Rosa.
In addition to the daily sportscast on KPIX 5 News Monday-Friday at 6 and 11pm Sunday – Thursday at 10pm on The CW 44/Cable 12, O’Donnell hosts or has hosted KPIX 5 ‘s NFL post-game show “The 5th Quarter,” “49ers Preview,” “Last Honest Sports Show,” and the number-one rated Sunday night sports show, “Gameday” every Sunday night at 11:30 pm. O’Donnell attended San Francisco State University, is married and lives in San Francisco. He is the emcee for all major Northern California Alzheimer’s events, including Memory Walk and Memories in the Making.
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38 drivers took the green flag yesterday at Sonoma Raceway in the 30th annual Toyota Save Mart 350, many of them superstars with massive budgets.
The Warriors lost 10 of their final 17 regular season games. So what’s the deal? Were they bored? Did they not have anything to play for? Was it the absence of Stephen Curry? Or perhaps the rest of the Western Conference finally caught up with the NBA Champion.
You have heard that BART is thumbing their nose at a possible A’s stadium at Howard Terminal. Read their lips, “No new BART Station.” Deal breaker? Not on my treadmill.
It’s the NFL playoff time of year and, for me, it generally calls for a sit down interview with the former 49ers second-in-command.
The Warriors won’t play their first game at the Chase Center until October of 2019, but it’s already clearly visible and a growing centerpiece of the Mission Bay neighborhood.
Vice President Mike Pence’s walkout from Sunday’s 49ers-Colts game may have been a PR stunt, but the Trump administration is succeeding in changing the narrative of the story from social injustice to disrespecting the flag.
The Giants go into the off-season with more question marks than last October.
Matt Cain’s retirement marks the end of one of the great eras in Giants history. Not just for one pitcher, but for two.
A new coach, a new system, more than half the roster made up of fresh faces. Through two preseason games, the 49ers results are predictably mixed.
That win’s got legs. Hunter Pence gets credit for the game-winning sac fly, but this victory was about two players that weren’t even on the team three days ago. The Giants overcame a three-run deficit to “Beat LA” 4-3 in 10-innings.
What is it with the San Francisco Giants and left field? It’s almost Abbott and Costello material. Except it’s ‘who’s in left?’
Saying it’s what’s best for the Raiders troubled linebacker, KPIX 5 sports director Dennis O’Donnell calls on the NFL to reinstate Aldon Smith immediately.
KPIX sports director Dennis O’Donnell explained why he thinks the 49ers should not trade for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Jordan Spieth is not Tiger Woods. Never was, never will be. Everybody got that?
They were great, weren’t they? John Lynch workin’ the room in Don Nelson-like fashion. Kyle Shanahan dropping by the media room to yuk it up with the scribes.
Courtside at a basketball game is the best seat in the house – just ask Sister Frances Meyer of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco.
In sports vernacular, the Warriors just went from a half-court shot to a slam dunk while the Raiders just took the game to overtime.
Not exactly a household name. That’s why new A’s president Dave Kaval fits in so perfectly with the A’s line-up, right?
Which is a longer long shot: Trump being elected President, or Kaepernick returning to the San Francisco 49ers 2017?
Joe Wright was in the right place, alright. Sitting amid a tribe of Indians fans, Wright watched the ball leave the Addison Russell’s bat and sail into the right field stands at Progressive Field.
Former San Francisco 49er linebacker Charles Haley looked back on his storied career and personal struggles, while offering lessons for the future, in a wide-ranging interview with KPIX 5 Sports Director Dennis O’Donnell.
A student-athlete and De La Salle High School graduate is battling for his life after a freak accident at his college.
The package was different, but what’s inside is the same.
Colin Kaepernick lost his job because he wasn’t very good. Blaine Gabbert, who replaced Kaepernick, lost his job this week because, well, he wasn’t very good either. So Chip Kelly is going back to Kaepernick.
Baseball’s all-time hits leader failed in his third attempt at reinstatement. This time, it was Rob Manfred’s turn to sit on his throne and slam the gavel, throwing Pete Rose out on his rear end onto Park Avenue.
Dennis O’Donnell has covered many championship teams in the Bay Area and hasn’t encountered a group quite like these Warriors.
Blaine Gabbert looked more than capable of completing an eight yard pass. He was one of the few positives in an otherwise completely unforgettable effort.
The 49ers sold the script so well at the beginning of the season. But after a successful sneak preview against Minnesota, the stage lights went dark.
The 49ers are exactly who they thought they would be. You don’t lose that many Pro Bowl football players and say “next man up.”
The National Football League announced that Media Day for Super Bowl 50 will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose on the Monday night before the big game.
As KPIX Prepares to broadcast the first game of the Jim Tomsula era for the San Francisco 49ers, Sports Anchor Dennis O’Donnell gives us 5 key things to look for during Saturday night’s broadcast.
Alas, another ghost will take the court in the Western Conference Finals hoping to haunt Golden State into an earlier-than-expected post-season grave.
Tiger Woods might be struggling in his golf game, but what he recently did for a 12-year old boy was, in my opinion, the equivalent of winning a major golf tournament.
The jumpers fell for the Warriors and they did not for the Grizzlies. That’s pretty much sums up a critical game four in which Golden State evened the series at two games apiece.
With the 17th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers selected Arik Armstead, a defensive tackle from the University of Oregon.
With the fifth pick in the 2015 NFL draft the Oakland Raiders select Amari Cooper, a wide receiver from Alabama.
The Giants ace likes to take his hacks and took umbrage at Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer who suggested the designated hitter be applied in both leagues after Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainright suffered a season-ending rupture of his Achillies’ tendon during an at-bat.
You can wipe the slate clean on Barry Bonds and the Balco scandal that has haunted him since 2003 when a jury found the former Giants slugger guilty of obstructing law enforcement.
I grew up idolizing Lon Simmons and called the play-by-play every chance I got. Be it a football game, a whiffle ball game, even my All-Star baseball board game. The venue never mattered much to me, as long as I had the chance to be Lon Simmons.
The Vegas odds are out on the upcoming baseball season and it’s the latest sign that Armageddon is at hand.