Don Ford

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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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 26: Mountainbike compeditors ride amongst the lava fields on Rangitoto Island during the Motutapu-Rangitoto Traverse on March 26, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Bicyclists To Face Speed Traps On Marin County Trails

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.

03/31/2016

Video Captures Mountain Lion Casually Walking Around Backyard

An adult mountain lion was captured on video casually walking around a yard in a Boulder Creek neighborhood.

03/30/2016

tall ship launched kpix

KPIX Sky Drone 5: Tall Ship Launched In Sausalito

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.

02/18/2016

A woman blows her nose as the return of pleasant weather marks the arrival of allergenic pollen. (PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Warm Weather Has Bay Area Plants Blooming, Allergy Sufferers Sniffling Sneezing

Warm weather has many Bay Area residents sniffling and sneezing as flowers, trees and bushes all start to bloom.

02/16/2016

Crab Boats

Many Crab Fishermen Keeping Traps Out Of Water Due To Domoic Acid Concerns

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.

02/15/2016

Winter Storms Wash Debris Into Bay Area Waters

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.

01/19/2016

Newt

Road In Berkeley Hills Shut Down So Newts Can Get Down

A road in the Berkeley hills has been shut down to allow thousands of newts to get down and dirty.

01/14/2016

An abandoned northern fur seal pup at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. (CBS)

Warmer Pacific Leading To More Abandoned Seal Pups

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito is full of malnourished northern fur seal pups that have been abandoned or somehow separated from their mothers.

11/23/2015

Rancho San Antonio Preserve in Los Altos. (CBS)

Bay Area Jogger Captures Battle Between Mountain Lion, Deer

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.

11/16/2015

Feral Cat

Flyer Warning Antioch Residents Of Feral Cat Roundup Said To Be Bogus

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.

10/30/2015

Monarch Butterflies Appear To Be Thriving Despite California Drought

Lawns may be going brown across California during this drought, but some beautiful butterflies have caught a lucky break.

10/20/2015

A pinata of 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump for sale in San Francisco's Mission District. (CBS)

Donald Trump Piñatas Become Popular Item In San Francisco’s Mission District

While piñatas are normally popular at children’s parties, the piñata of the 2016 presidential candidate has become popular with adults.

08/27/2015

Kids belonging to a fishing summer camp show off their catches on July 30, 2015. (CBS)

Bay Area Fishermen Report Huge Catches Ahead Of Forecasted El Nino

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.

07/30/2015

Rev. Albert Macklin of the New Sweet Home Church in East Palo Alto sits in the pews after his church was robbed on July 21, 2015. (CBS)

Burglars Steal From Blind East Palo Alto Pastor’s Church

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.

07/21/2015

An East Bay construction crew uses water from a fire hydrant. Crews use a portable meter provided by the water department. (CBS)

Bay Area Construction Crews Using Fire Hydrants Not Stealing Water, Officials Say

Construction sites use water to control dust, but then Terry Devore of Newark saw where the water was coming from.

07/14/2015

Divers from the California Academy of Sciences discover new species in the Philippines. (CBS)

Bay Area Researchers Find 100 Never-Before-Seen Sea Creatures In The Philippines

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.

06/15/2015

Rattlesnake at Sonoma Reptile Rescue (KPIX, Don Ford)

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.

06/10/2015

A stained glass window at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. (Courtesy: Grace Cathedral)

Grace Cathedral Extensively Restoring Large Stained Glass Window

Standing nearly four stories tall and almost ninety years old, one of the Grace Cathedral’s largest stained glass windows is in serious trouble.

06/09/2015

Vanilla Bean. (CBS)

UC Davis Veterinarians Perform Life-Saving Heart Surgery On Cat With Rare Heart Defect

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.

05/15/2015

Greg Dalton carries garbage in his backpack as part of the "Trash On Your Back Challenge." (CBS)

Earth Day Challenge Asks People To Carry Trash Around With Them

How much trash do you throw away in a day? You might be surprised, especially if you had to carry it along.

04/22/2015

Students at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley launch a balloon 100,000 feet up on April 21, 2015. (CBS)

East Bay Students Launch Scientific Balloon That Went 100,000 Feet Up

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.

04/21/2015

Raiders v Vikings

Bay Area School Teaches NFL Players How To Tackle Life Off The Field

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.

04/09/2015

UC Berkeley professor Philip Stark looks at Bermuda buttercup, a weed that is edible. (CBS)

Some Bay Area Restaurants Cooking With Weeds On ‘Wild Food Week’

Several Bay Area restaurants are taking part in “Wild Food Week,” serving meals made from weeds.

04/08/2015

Cows Killed While Thief Steals Calf From Castro Valley Rancher

A thief shot three cows while stealing a calf from a Castro Valley rancher over the weekend, an Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant said.

04/06/2015

Tree Trimming Can Put Bay Area’s Baby Animals In Peril, Wildlife Advocates Warn

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.

04/01/2015

Floating Solar Panels Conserve Water While Flooding Grid With Energy

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.

04/01/2015

Glassy-winged sharpshooter

Vineyard-Killing Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Found In Marin County

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.

03/05/2015

gray fox spotted in presidio

Gray Fox Spotted In San Francisco’s Presidio For First Time Since 2004

On the bluffs above Baker Beach, wildlife biologist Jonathan Young discovered a creature that surprised even him.

02/24/2015

A Coast Guard rescue boat off the Marin County coast on December 16, 2014. (CBS)

Coast Guard Takes Advantage Of Stormy Bay Area Weather To Train For Rescues

Just off the Marin County shore, the U.S. Coast Guard is training in some of the largest swells of the year.

12/16/2014

Lafayette Reservoir. (CBS)

EBMUD Looks At Buying Water, Customers Could Face 14 Percent Surcharge

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.

12/01/2014

Richmond Police Cruiser, patrol car

6 Shot, 0 Arrests As Bullets Fly In Richmond Shooting String

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.

11/11/2014

A wireless heart implant. (CBS)

Wireless Implant Allows Doctors To Monitor UCSF Heart Patient At Home

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.

10/06/2014

Bay Area Fishermen Sue PG&E Over Fisherman’s Wharf Contamination

Some Bay Area fishermen are suing Pacific Gas & Electric, claiming the utility is responsible for massive contamination in and around Fisherman’s Wharf.

09/30/2014

Courthouse Dog

Service Dog Helps Scared Victims, Witnesses During San Francisco Court Proceedings

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.

09/19/2014

Report Warns Climate Change Could Impact Half Of All North American Bird Species

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.

09/10/2014

A.L.O. robot at the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino. (CBS)

Robot Butlers At Cupertino Hotel Could Revolutionize Room Service

In a move that could revolutionize room service, a hotel in Silicon Valley is among the first trying out a robot butler.

08/13/2014

Miniature horses to be put up for adoption at Angels for Minis rescue ranch. (CBS)

Brentwood Group Rescues Miniature Horses From North Dakota Ranch; To Be Placed For Adoption

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.

07/18/2014

Red-legged frog, California's official state amphibian. (CBS)

Threatened California Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

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.

07/17/2014

A worker feeds baby birds in a knitted nest at WildCare in San Rafael. CBS)

Volunteers Provide Knitted Nests To Help Rehabilitate Abandoned Bird Chicks In San Rafael

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.

07/09/2014

Neighbors said the area near Bonita Avenue and Bayview Road in San Pablo has been the site of a water leak for more than two years. (CBS)

San Pablo Neighborhood Says Water Leak Yet To Be Fixed After 2 Years, Millions Of Gallons

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.

07/07/2014

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