Dennis O’Donnell

DENNIS O'DONNELLDennis 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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NorCal NASCAR Driver Pleads For Sponsors; Fulfills Goals At Sonoma

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.

06/25/2018

Dennis O’Donnell Looks For The Warriors Switch

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.

04/12/2018

Artist rendering of proposed Oakland Athletics waterfront ballpark at the Port of Oakland Howard Terminal. (Manica Architecture)

O’Donnell: A’s Fans Should Go Extra Mile For Howard Terminal

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.

02/20/2018

Eddie DeBartolo An Owner Again? Carmen Policy Thinks It’s Possible

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.

01/22/2018

Warriors New Arena Taking Shape

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. 

10/30/2017

VP Mike Pence Steals Spotlight From NFL Players

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.

10/10/2017

Dr. O’Donnell Performs The Giants Autopsy

The Giants go into the off-season with more question marks than last October. 

10/05/2017

Giants Early Championship Foundation Gone With Matt Cain’s Retirement

Matt Cain’s retirement marks the end of one of the great eras in Giants history. Not just for one pitcher, but for two.  

09/30/2017

49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan Gives Mid-Preseason Report

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.

08/22/2017

New Blood, Old Blood Energize Giants In Walkoff Win Against Dodgers

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.

04/26/2017

Giants Attempt To Answer Longtime Question: ‘Who’s In Left?’

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?’

03/14/2017

New Raider Aldon Smith

KPIX 5 Sports Commentary: Let Aldon Smith Play

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.

03/09/2017

Gameday: 49ers Should Pass On Kirk Cousins

KPIX sports director Dennis O’Donnell explained why he thinks the 49ers should not trade for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins.

02/23/2017

Gameday: Spieth Is No Tiger

Jordan Spieth is not Tiger Woods. Never was, never will be. Everybody got that?

02/13/2017

49ers Unveil The Future In Lynch, Shanahan

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.

02/09/2017

Sister Frances Meyer of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco. (CBS)

SF Catholic School Sister Religiously Works Courtside Scorer’s Table

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.

01/27/2017

Artist's rendition of the Chase Center, the planned arena to be built in San Francisco Mission Bay. (The planned Mission Bay Warriors Arena. (MANICA Architecture)

Warriors, Raiders Focused On New Homes

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.

11/30/2016

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Now batting for the Oakland Athletics…Dave Kaval

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?

11/18/2016

Kaepernick’s Play May Be Extending His 49ers Career

Which is a longer long shot: Trump being elected President, or Kaepernick returning to the San Francisco 49ers 2017?

11/15/2016

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Former A’s Farmhand Russell Helps Cubs Clinch Title

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.

11/03/2016

NFL Hall of Famer Charles Haley Bares Soul, Offers Life Lessons In KPIX Interview

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.

10/27/2016

De La Salle Grad, Aspiring Journalist, Critically Hurt In Fall At College

A student-athlete and De La Salle High School graduate is battling for his life after a freak accident at his college.

10/18/2016

New Kaepernick Looking A Lot Like The Old Kaepernick

The package was different, but what’s inside is the same.

10/16/2016

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Why Is This So Hard To Ponder?

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.

10/13/2016

Pete Rose’s Upheld Ban By MLB Show’s League’s Double-Standard

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.

12/15/2015

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives on Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls at ORACLE Arena on November 20, 2015 in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

After 16-0 Start, Warriors Are Dialed In

Dennis O’Donnell has covered many championship teams in the Bay Area and hasn’t encountered a group quite like these Warriors.

11/25/2015

49ers coach Jim Tomsula/Getty Images

49ers Blog: Never Give Up

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.

11/22/2015

San Francisco 49ers v. St. Louis Rams 2015-11-01

49ers Box Office Bomb

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.

11/03/2015

San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals

49ers Have Plenty Of Blame To Spread Around For Woeful Start

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.”

09/29/2015

Super Bowl 50 Media Day Goes Primetime, Will Take Place At San Jose’s SAP Center

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.

09/01/2015

5 Things To Watch As The 49ers Kick Off Their Preseason Schedule Saturday On KPIX 5

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.

08/13/2015

Jason Terry #31 of the Houston Rockets drives on Harrison Barnes #40 and Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on December 10, 2014 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rockets’ Jason Terry Looking To Haunt Warriors In Western Conference Finals

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.

05/18/2015

Tiger Woods hits a shot during a practice round

Tiger Woods Pens Encouraging Letter To Young Boy Being Bullied

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.

05/12/2015

Steve Kerr the head coach of the Golden State Warriors gives encouragement to his team against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 11, 2015 in Memphis. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Warriors Vs. Grizzlies Game 4: Kerr Wins This Round Of The Chess Match

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.

05/12/2015

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

49ers Select Defensive Tackle Arik Armstead With 17th Pick

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.

04/30/2015

Amari Cooper. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Raiders Select Amari Cooper With 4th Pick In NFL Draft

With the fifth pick in the 2015 NFL draft the Oakland Raiders select Amari Cooper, a wide receiver from Alabama.

04/30/2015

San Francisco Giant Madison Bumgarner Fires Back At Nats Pitcher Over Designated Hitter Suggestion

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.

04/28/2015

Barry Bonds Wipes Slate Clean Of BALCO Scandal As Obstruction Conviction Overturned

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.

04/22/2015

Lon Simmons

Lon Simmons: More Than A Broadcaster

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.

04/06/2015

Cubs Favored Over Giants To Win World Series?

The Vegas odds are out on the upcoming baseball season and it’s the latest sign that Armageddon is at hand.

04/01/2015

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