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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Marin County sheriff’s deputies will start using LIDAR and radar devices in April to monitor the speed of bicycles and mountain bikes in the county’s Open Space District lands.
An adult mountain lion was captured on video casually walking around a yard in a Boulder Creek neighborhood.
It’s been more than a hundred years since anyone has built a wooden tall ship in Sausalito. But now, volunteers are doing just that.
Warm weather has many Bay Area residents sniffling and sneezing as flowers, trees and bushes all start to bloom.
It was big news last week when the state announced it was lifting a ban on crab fishing, but safety concerns are stopping some fishermen from setting any traps.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to remove large pieces of debris that have washed into the San Francisco Bay waters following recent rain storms.
A road in the Berkeley hills has been shut down to allow thousands of newts to get down and dirty.
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is full of malnourished northern fur seal pups that have been abandoned or somehow separated from their mothers.
A cross country runner at Rancho San Antonio Preserve in Los Altos stumbled upon a life and death battle that left him shaken, a mountain lion attacking a buck with a full set of antlers.
The East Bay community of Antioch is divided on how to deal with the growing number of feral cats in the city. A flyer claims the city will trap the cats, which city officials deny.
Lawns may be going brown across California during this drought, but some beautiful butterflies have caught a lucky break.
While piñatas are normally popular at children’s parties, the piñata of the 2016 presidential candidate has become popular with adults.
Despite the drought, Bay Area fishermen said they’re enjoying some of their best hauls in years. An approaching El Nino is likely sending fish surging toward our shores.
A church on the Peninsula finds itself in dire straits after burglars cleaned it out. The incident is an especially painful blow for the pastor, who is blind.
Construction sites use water to control dust, but then Terry Devore of Newark saw where the water was coming from.
A team of Bay Area scientists traveled to the Philippines, dove to great depths and used all kinds of clever equipment to discover sea creatures never seen before.
After 2 Rattlesnakes Bite Children, Doctors Warn Some Snakebite ‘Treatments’ May Be The Worst Thing You Could Do
As a two-year-old Pittsburg girl and a four-year-old Folsom boy are recovering from separate snake bite wounds, emergency workers warn that the Hollywood-based first aid of “sucking out the venom” may actually be the worst thing you could do.
Standing nearly four stories tall and almost ninety years old, one of the Grace Cathedral’s largest stained glass windows is in serious trouble.
It took five top-notch doctors and a risky surgery, but a heart patient in Mill Valley is on the road to recovery. But this patient apparently has nine lives.
How much trash do you throw away in a day? You might be surprised, especially if you had to carry it along.
Students at a middle school in the East Bay took learning to new heights, by launching a balloon with scientific instruments 100,000 feet up into the stratosphere.
There’s a lot more to being a football player than showing up and playing on Sundays, they have to learn life skills and one of the biggest is managing their money and new found wealth. A new class offered in the Bay Area teaches players how to tackle life off the field.
Several Bay Area restaurants are taking part in “Wild Food Week,” serving meals made from weeds.
A thief shot three cows while stealing a calf from a Castro Valley rancher over the weekend, an Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant said.
While spring is the time of year when many property owners around the Bay Area begin tree trimming, wildlife advocates want them to take caution because it’s also nesting season for animals that are fast becoming orphaned.
If you have solar panels on your roof you probably feel pretty good about helping the environment. But, as it turns out, you could potentially be helping with the drought too – if you have a pond on your property.
A destructive insect that could have serious adverse impacts for wineries and agricultural water use was discovered in Marin County last week, county officials said.
On the bluffs above Baker Beach, wildlife biologist Jonathan Young discovered a creature that surprised even him.
Just off the Marin County shore, the U.S. Coast Guard is training in some of the largest swells of the year.
Despite a wet weekend, the East Bay Municipal Utility District said they still need more water. The district is looking at buying billions of gallons from the government, but customers would pay a steep price.
Teenagers have been the targets of a recent spate of shootings in Richmond. Police are trying to figure out why as they try to find those responsible for the violence.
More than 5 million people had heart failure last year. A new implant lets doctors get medical data wirelessly, straight from their patient’s hearts.
Some Bay Area fishermen are suing Pacific Gas & Electric, claiming the utility is responsible for massive contamination in and around Fisherman’s Wharf.
The San Francisco court system has a new, specially-trained assistant to help vulnerable witnesses cope with their situation, and can do it on all fours.
The National Audubon Society has released a scathing report warning that climate change could force half of the nation’s bird species to move or adapt to smaller homes.
In a move that could revolutionize room service, a hotel in Silicon Valley is among the first trying out a robot butler.
A Brentwood ranch which specializes in miniature horses recently traveled to North Dakota pick up 15 miniature horses from an owner with health and financial problems and brought them back down to the Bay Area to get them ready for adoption.
California has plenty of emblems such as the bear, the quail, and the redwood. Now, the state has recognized the threatened California red-legged frog as the official state amphibian.
A wildlife conservation group in Marin County that cares for hundreds of orphaned baby birds has enlisted an army of knitters to make nests for the rehabilitating chicks.
Residents of a San Pablo neighborhood said they have complained to water officials repeatedly about a water leak for more than two years, but it has remained unfixed.