Don Ford


Don Ford joined KPIX 5 as a Multimedia Journalist (MMJ) in 2011. He shoots, writes, and edits all of his own stories. This gives him tremendous flexibility covering stories across California.

Don started his thirty year career at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas while attending school at Del Mar College. There he worked as a “One Man Band,” Reporter/Photographer. Don loves adventure so he took two years off and moved to Venezuela. There he worked as a Photographer/Writer for Reynolds Aluminum Montaplan.

Returning to the states, he worked at KOVR and KXTV in Sacramento and then KRON before coming to the CBS owned and operated station, KPIX 5 in 2001.

In addition to reporting, Don is a distinguished photographer. He has won every award in every category from the Northern California Bay Area Press Photographers Association. He has nearly twenty Emmy nominations, resulting in four local Emmys.

In September 2010, Don was part of a team that was awarded the National Emmy Award for their Breaking News coverage of the Oakland Riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant by BART Police

As an Advanced Certified Scuba Diver, one of his Emmys was for special coverage of shark diving off the coast of San Diego where one shark forced his way inside the cage with Don and his crew. He says the camera never stopped while dodging the giant blue shark.

Don covered the Contra/Sandinista Civil war in Nicaragua, beginnings of the first Gulf War in the Middle East and the Hurricane Katrina destruction of New Orleans. Always aggressive, he was the first photographer on the ground into the San Bruno Pipeline explosion crater while it was still smoking.

Don is an avid outdoorsman and seasoned sailor. He races sailboats on the bay and can be found many weekends as a tactician on a J24 or crew on a Santa Cruz 50.

He volunteers his time, giving back to the community, as assistant Scoutmaster to a large East Bay Troop. He has two grown children and lives with his wife in the East Bay.

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Berkeley Restaurant With Panoramic Bay Views Closing After Nearly 50 Years

An East Bay restaurant that’s a favorite among locals is shutting down after nearly half a century.


Oakland Zoo Welcomes New Baby Bison To Already Growing Herd

An adorable addition is about to join the animals on display at the Oakland Zoo with the debut of a new baby bison.


Dozens Of Pets Separated By Wildfires Are Waiting For Their Families

A Facebook page aims to help dozens of cats and dogs get reunited with their families following the devastating wildfires.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/31/2017

SF Ordinance To Require Stores To Label Meats Raised With Antibiotics

Officials in San Francisco are preparing to enforce a new ordinance that will require city stores that sell raw meat and poultry to label and list any antibiotics used to raise the livestock.


Pets Abandoned During Hurricane Irma Up For Adoption In Bay Area

Animals by the hundreds are flowing into Bay Area shelters from Texas and Florida following the hurricanes. And they’re up for adoption.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/13/2017

Coyote Snatches Family Dog Off San Francisco Home’s Steps

A San Francisco couple is heartbroken after their beloved dog was snatched from the steps of their home over the weekend by coyote as they watched helplessly.


Historic Coast Guard Ship Located 100 Years After Sinking Off California Coast

The shipwreck of a historic U.S. Coast Guard cutter with ties to the Bay Area that sank at sea 100 years ago has been located off the California coast.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/13/2017

San Francisco Construction Reveals Buried Maritime Treasures

A new map is revealing some of San Francisco’s buried treasures with an updated view of the dozens of gold-rush era ships that lie below the city’s streets.


Google Provides Public With Free Monitoring Of Neighborhood Pollution

Google is testing sensors on some its streetview cars to try and pinpoint sources of pollution. And the data is available to anyone.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/05/2017

Pet Cat and Pet Bunny

Marin Humane Searches For Home For Unique Pair

Marin Humane is looking for a home for an unusual pair of animals: a cat and a rabbit that share a special bond.