Joe Vazquez

JOE VAZQUEZNational 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.

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San Francisco Police Defend Use Of Force In Arrest Of Female Teen Suspect

A teenage girl was hospitalized following a physical struggle during her arrest on Market Street Monday afternoon, San Francisco Police said.

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East Bay Congressman Says Voters Would Be ‘Appalled’ By Detention Centers

Ever since President Trump reversed his border policy, a lot of Americans have been under the impression that families are back together and the problem has been solved.


Vallejo Child Abduction Survivor Starts New Foundation

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.


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Artists Drop Out, Raise Doubts About Huge Bay Area Music Festival

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.


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‘I Made A Huge Mistake’ – Man Regrets Racist Rant Over Neighbors’ Latin Music On July 4th

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.


Jessica Morris (left) donated her kidney to David Nicherie, who suffers from an autoimmune disease. (CBS)

Woman Responding To Craigslist Ad Makes Life-Saving Kidney Donation

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.


Oakland Mayor Fires Back After ‘Libby Schaaf Act’ Introduced

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.


Security Camera Video Captures Armed Robbery In San Francisco

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.


Suspect Arrested After Fatal Sonoma State University Stabbing

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.


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Broadway Brawls Erupt In San Francisco’s North Beach

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.


7 San Francisco Police Officers Fired 65 Shots At Murder Suspect

Seven San Francisco police officers fired a total of 65 shots at an RV where a murder suspect was hiding.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/27/2018

Video Surfaces On Facebook Of Fatal Shooting By BART Police Officer

A video of a BART police officer fatally shooting a suspect in West Oakland surfaced on Facebook before being released by law enforcement.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/20/2018

Florida Shooting Puts Schools On High Alert, Ignites Gun Control Debate

Following the 18th school shooting in the U.S. in 2018, school officials say the most they can do is be ready.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/14/2018

Gov. Brown Champions High-Speed Rail Even Though It’s Billions Over Budget

California’s high-speed rail project is billions over budget, but Gov. Brown says it’s still cheaper than building more freeways and airports.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/25/2018

Citizen Surveillance Camera Network Helps San Ramon Police Identify Criminals

One Bay Area city is creating a network of citizen surveillance cameras, which has proven to be highly effective.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/24/2018

San Francisco Homeless Man Helps Save Gas Station Clerk From Strangler

A homeless man helped save the life of a clerk being strangled at a San Francisco gas station.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/22/2018

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim Launches Mayoral Bid

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim joined a growing field of candidates applying to be the next mayor of San Francisco by filing paperwork at the elections office Wednesday.


Onetime SF Supervisor Angela Alioto To Run For Mayor

Former San Francisco Supervisor Angela Alioto on Monday told KPIX 5 she has taken out papers to run for San Francisco Mayor.


Ambulance on the scene after a sea lion attack of Aquatic Park in San Francisco on December 15, 2017. (Joe Vazquez / CBS)

2nd Swimmer In 24 Hours Attacked By Sea Lion Off San Francisco Aquatic Park

For the second time in less than 24 hours, a swimmer in San Francisco Bay off Aquatic Park in San Francisco has been attacked by a sea lion.


3rd Lane On Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Nearly Complete

Relief for drivers on one of the Bay Area’s worst commutes is in sight as there is finally a timeline for the opening for the opening of a third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.


Youthful Climate-Change Suit Plaintiffs Ready For Day In Court

A landmark lawsuit heads to federal court in San Francisco Monday.filed by a group of kids going after the President over policies they say are destroying their world.


Pittsburg Police Body Cam Video Shows Fatal Chokehold On Suspect

Video from a Pittsburg police officer’s body cam has been released which shows an officer using a chokehold on a suspect resisting arrest until he is unconscious and who later died at a hospital.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/01/2017

Berkeley Homeless Encampment Sues BART Over Eviction Plans

BART is trying to remove a homeless encampment, but the people who live there have filed a lawsuit against Berkeley and BART.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/30/2017

Great America Increases Security After Chaotic Night Of Teen Fights

Security at California’s Great America was beefed up Sunday evening, the night after as many as 100 teens got into fights and allegedly stole cell phones at the amusement park’s haunted house attraction.


East Bay’s Niles Canyon Road Is Bay Area’s Deadliest Road Of The Year

One of the most scenic stretches of road in the Bay Area also happens to be the deadliest of 2017. What’s being done to make it safer and why is it taking so long?


BART Board Member Tries To Clean Up 16th Street Mission Station

While it might not be news that the 16th Street Mission BART station is incredibly dirty, the fact that a member of the transit agency’s Board of Directors is taking a hands-on approach to fix the problem has garnered some attention.


California Woman Helps Rescue Florida Friend During Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma began slamming Daytona Beach, a woman in California was able to help rescue her friend 3,000 miles away.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/11/2017

Road Rage Suspect Fires Shot At Driver On I-680

A Bay Area driver says he’s lucky to be alive after a road rage suspect fired a bullet at his car while traveling on I-680 in the East Bay.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/24/2017

San Francisco To Pay Undocumented Immigrant $190K For Violating Sanctuary Policy

San Francisco expected to pay $190,000 settlement to an undocumented immigrant who claims police violated the sanctuary city ordinance.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/28/2017

New Pilot Program Aims To Stop Domestic Violence Before It’s Too Late

Police agencies from around the country are in the Bay Area this week to check out a program that is helping victims of domestic violence.


UPS workers hug at the scene where a gunman shot and killed multiple people including himself at a UPS facility in San Francisco, California on June 14, 2017. Several people were shot on Wednesday at a San Francisco warehouse and customer service facility operated by global parcel delivery service UPS, authorities and the company said. UPS spokeswoman Natalie Godwin told AFP the incident involved four workers at the sprawling facility, which employs 850 people. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Union Rep. Says San Francisco UPS Gunman Filed ‘Excessive Overtime’ Grievance

A representative of the union that represents UPS workers told KPIX 5 that the gunman had recently filed an “excessive overtime” grievance.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/14/2017

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Grieving Pet Owner Sounds The Alarm Over San Francisco Coyotes

Liza Valdeolivar is grieving the loss of her best friend and doesn’t want other pet owners to feel a similar pain.


Dublin Student Confimed Sick With Norovirus, Dozens More Are Home Sick

Dozens of East Bay elementary school students are home sick. The possible cause: Norovirus.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/14/2017

Prosecutors Say Vallejo Kidnapper Should Be Imprisoned Until ‘Old And Weak’

The wild kidnapping saga of a Vallejo woman is now moving to the sentencing phase.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/13/2017

Storm Runoff In California Gold Country Exposing New Motherlode?

Weeks of rainy weather across Northern California and the storm runoff through the hills of gold country have triggered a new gold rush.


Garamendi: Spillway Failure Could Have Put Oroville 100 Feet Underwater

California Congressman John Garamendi on Monday painted a grim picture of how catastrophic the failure of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway could have been.


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Mother, Toddler Escape Massive Fairfax Mudslide

Maggie Bridges wasn’t sure what was happening when her Fairfax home began to rumble and her front door buckled, but she knew she needed to scoop up her 4-year-old and get out of the house.


Massive Eucalyptus Tree Crushes Cars In Lafayette Parking Lot

Crews in Lafayette were assessing the damage done to about 10 cars after a huge eucalyptus tree fell over in a restaurant parking lot.


Crews Rescue Group Stranded In Truck Near Flooded Russian River

Neeley Road in Guerneville was closed Tuesday night after it turned into a river, but the driver of a pickup truck decided to chance it.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/10/2017

Landslide In Sonoma County Covers Santa Rosa Avenue In Mud

A landslide covered Santa Rosa Avenue in Sonoma County on Monday evening, closing down the road to traffic.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/09/2017