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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More than 2,500 starving and injured seabirds have been rescued in Northern California just since the beginning of this year.
Kailee Diaz-Randall is the only girl and the star player on her little league team. She is about to receive a national award.
A key player in a North Bay sheriff’s K-9 unit is about to retire. For years, “Nash” has been especially helpful in cracking drug cases in for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
An East Bay restaurant that’s a favorite among locals is shutting down after nearly half a century.
An adorable addition is about to join the animals on display at the Oakland Zoo with the debut of a new baby bison.
A Facebook page aims to help dozens of cats and dogs get reunited with their families following the devastating wildfires.
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.
Animals by the hundreds are flowing into Bay Area shelters from Texas and Florida following the hurricanes. And they’re up for adoption.
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.
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.
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 is testing sensors on some its streetview cars to try and pinpoint sources of pollution. And the data is available to anyone.
Marin Humane is looking for a home for an unusual pair of animals: a cat and a rabbit that share a special bond.
The cormorants have moved into their new homes on the new span of the Bay Bridge.
To pig, or not to pig, that is the question people are pondering in Benicia.
The eaglet has hatched…and the eagle family doesn’t seem to mind the busy Bay Area elementary school below.
The price of salmon could be way up as fishermen face what could be one of the worst seasons in years.
The trouble with the Oroville Dam spillway has endangered wildlife in the Feather River, leaving state workers scrambling Wednesday to rescue some of the stranded fish.
A home owner in Orinda on Thursday described the terrifying experience of having a massive mudslide come crashing through his house, leaving it damaged to the point where county officials red-tagged it.
Authorities in Contra Costa County on Thursday have secured the area around a major road washout that happened earlier this week to keep curious local residents safe.
Three fishermen on the boat, Legacy, risked their lives to save a whale entangled in crab pots near Bodega Bay.
There’s a new employee rolling around several Bay Area stores — the bilingual robots — asking if you need help at Lowe’s.
A shocking number of fur seals are washing up on bay Area shores, sick or dead.
The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.
A Bay Area startup is hoping to help smokers kick the habit using technology.
Masked robbers carried out a home invasion robbery in Dublin, terrifying a mother and her three children.
Scientists are hoping that a new conservation program will help restore the dwindling Western Pond Turtle population in the Marin Headlands.
There’s a bold new campaign to bring grizzly bears back to California.
Good news for some shelter dogs — and prospective owners. A new state law is giving them a second chance at life.
A Bay Area veteran is desperately looking for her lost service dog.
A fight is brewing in Marin County over whether to sterilize dozens of pesky deer running rampant on Belvedere Island.
Dramatic video shows whales being rescued off the California coast after the giant creatures got tangled up in what’s become a late crab season.
Deer are giving birth this time of year and people all over the Bay Area are finding young fawns in places they have never seen before.
1,249 acres that once were home to a cattle ranch in the hills above Fremont now make up the newest East Bay Regional Park.
California Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, are selling their multilevel Zen-inspired home high in the wooded Oakland Hills.
The largest California reservoir project in 20 years has reached a significant construction milestone and uncovered a treasure trove of unique artifacts.
Central Valley walnut farmers and law enforcement are teaming up to combat sophisticated criminals who are posing as truck drivers to steal large quantities of nuts.
Last year’s fire burned more than 75,000 acres in Lake County but now wildfires are pushing through.
For the first time in two years, the federal government is using a special quarter-mile-long pipe to release millions of baby Chinook salmon from a hatchery directly into the El Nino-swollen Sacramento River.
Crews scaled the heavily forested slopes of Mount Tam above Bon Tempe Lake Friday, setting controlled burn fires to clear out areas that have become overgrown with vegetation and pose a threat of a wildfire