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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Mystery Illness Afflicting Hundreds Of Northern California Seabirds

More than 2,500 starving and injured seabirds have been rescued in Northern California just since the beginning of this year.


Only Girl On North Bay Little League Baseball Team Wins National Award

Kailee Diaz-Randall is the only girl and the star player on her little league team. She is about to receive a national award. 


Top Performing Napa County Sheriff’s K-9 Retires

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.


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.


Hundreds Of Aquatic Birds Roost Under New Span Of Bay Bridge

The cormorants have moved into their new homes on the new span of the Bay Bridge.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/22/2017

Benicia Considers Legalizing Mini Pet Pigs

To pig, or not to pig, that is the question people are pondering in Benicia.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/02/2017

Bald Eagles Tend To Newly-Hatched Eaglet Above School Lawn In Milpitas

The eaglet has hatched…and the eagle family doesn’t seem to mind the busy Bay Area elementary school below.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/01/2017

Lean Year For Salmon Fishing Likely To Drive Prices Up

The price of salmon could be way up as fishermen face what could be one of the worst seasons in years.


State Workers Rescue Fish Stranded By Oroville Spillway Shutdown

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.


Orinda Homeowner On Mudslide: ‘I Thought It Was Thunder’

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.


Road Washed Out in Contra Costa County Near Pinole

Area Near Contra Costa Road Washout Secured For Safety

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.


Entangled Whale Rescue

Fishermen Help Rescue Whale Entangled Near Bodega Bay

Three fishermen on the boat, Legacy, risked their lives to save a whale entangled in crab pots near Bodega Bay.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/08/2016

Lowe’s Unveils LoweBot, The Bilingual Robot That Is Eager To Please

There’s a new employee rolling around several Bay Area stores — the bilingual robots — asking if you need help at Lowe’s.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/17/2016

Fur Seal Pup

Dozens Of Fur Seals Are Washing Up Dead Or Sick On Bay Area Shores

A shocking number of fur seals are washing up on bay Area shores, sick or dead.


Port of Oakland

Port Of Oakland Eases Truck Traffic With Night Operations

The Port of Oakland says it’s a lot better than it used to be now that an experimental night operation is now permanent.


Bay Area Startup Designs Device To Help Smokers Quit

A Bay Area startup is hoping to help smokers kick the habit using technology.


Masked, Armed Home Invasion Robbers Terrify A Dublin Family

Masked robbers carried out a home invasion robbery in Dublin, terrifying a mother and her three children.


Scientists Work To Boost Western Pond Turtle Population

Scientists are hoping that a new conservation program will help restore the dwindling Western Pond Turtle population in the Marin Headlands.


California’s Ecosystem Could Benefit From The Return Of Grizzly Bears

There’s a bold new campaign to bring grizzly bears back to California.


Pit Bull Evaluation

Fighting Pit Bulls Are Getting A Second Chance

Good news for some shelter dogs — and prospective owners. A new state law is giving them a second chance at life.


Veteran’s Service Dog Goes Missing On Fourth Of July

A Bay Area veteran is desperately looking for her lost service dog.


Marin County Island Considers Expense Deer Spaying Plan

A fight is brewing in Marin County over whether to sterilize dozens of pesky deer running rampant on Belvedere Island.


Whale Crab Tangled Rescued

Video Shows Whales Being Rescued From Crab Pot Entanglements

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.


Bay Area Residents Mistakenly Trying To Rescue Young Fawns

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.


Vargas Plateau Regional Park Fremont

Hills Above Fremont Ranch To Be Newest East Bay Regional Park

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.


Jerry Brown Oakland

Governor Brown Listing Oakland Hills Home For Millions

California Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, are selling their multilevel Zen-inspired home high in the wooded Oakland Hills.


Calaveras Dam Construction Uncovers Artifacts…And 100-Year-Old Dynamite

The largest California reservoir project in 20 years has reached a significant construction milestone and uncovered a treasure trove of unique artifacts.


Thieves Target Central Valley Walnut Farmers, Stealing Truckloads Of Nuts

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.


Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Return To Lake County Following Devastating Wildfires

Last year’s fire burned more than 75,000 acres in Lake County but now wildfires are pushing through.


salmon fingerling

Officials Pump Millions Of Salmon Fingerlings Into Sacramento River

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.


mt tam control burns

Crews Set Fires During Spring Cleaning Effort On Mt. Tam

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