National Emmy winner Joe Vazquez has traveled far and wide in search of a good story.
In a local TV news career that spans more than three decades, Joe has been on the front lines, covering earthquakes, hurricanes, riots, politics and crime.
In June 2018, Joe and his team were awarded the regional Emmy award for coverage of the North Bay Fires.
In September, 2010, he won the National Emmy Award for Breaking News coverage of the Oakland riots following the shooting of Oscar Grant at the hands of a BART policeman. He has earned two other Emmy awards and multiple nominations.
Real life has also been adventurous. In 2001, Joe and his wife Jenni, quit their jobs and spent six months backpacking around Europe. Their tour of 28 cities and 12 countries remains a major influence on their lives. While backpacking in September of 2001, Joe was called to work briefly by NBC News as a freelance correspondent in Southern Turkey, covering military operations near Turkey’s border with Iraq.
Joe has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston. As a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, he volunteers his time to empower the next generation of storytellers.
Joe and his wife are raising three children in San Francisco.
A Bay Area woman who survived a child abduction almost two decades ago is now making it her mission to help others avoid a similar trauma.
A music festival set to kick off this weekend promises seven stages with more than 100 performing artists, but some musicians who are scheduled to perform are questioning about whether the promises are too good to be true.
A Petaluma man has offered his apologies after he was caught on camera cursing his neighbors in a racist tirade over playing Spanish-language music on the Fourth of July.
A California woman is recovering after donating the gift of life to an ailing man who posted a Craigslist ad seeking a life-saving kidney.
Three months after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted the Bay Area about an impeding ICE raid, a Republican congressman introduced a bill Monday that could send any official to prison if they make such a warning.
A doorbell security camera captured video and audio of a harrowing armed robbery of three people in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights District, video so clear police believe it will lead to a quick arrest.
A college-aged man was in custody Sunday night after allegedly stabbing a second man to death at a Sonoma State University housing complex, campus police reported.
Business owners along Broadway street in San Francisco’s North Beach are once again upset after surveillance video captured a series of fights and people running for cover from gunshots.
Seven San Francisco police officers fired a total of 65 shots at an RV where a murder suspect was hiding.
A video of a BART police officer fatally shooting a suspect in West Oakland surfaced on Facebook before being released by law enforcement.