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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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

2 Children Injured, 30 People Displaced By Concord Apartment Fire

Children were forced to jump out of windows as a fire ravaged an apartment complex in the East Bay.


Popular Toy Hatchimal Disappoints Children When It Fails To Hatch

Some parents and kids say their Hatchimals won’t hatch.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/28/2016


Survivors Describe Harrowing Scene As Oakland Ghost Ship Went Up In Flames

Two women who barely escaped with their lives from the Oakland warehouse known as the Ghose Ship described the harrowing scene.


San Francisco DPW Worker Fatally Shot While Cleaning Mission District Streets

A San Francisco city worker — and father of two — was fatally shot while cleaning up the streets of the Mission District.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/30/2016

San Francisco Tries New Tactics To Reverse A Spike In Hate Crimes

Hate crimes have seen a major spike in San Francisco, the number of reported incidents has gone up about 28 percent since 2015, police said.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/23/2016

El Sobrante Murder Suspects

1 Of 3 Suspects Arrested In El Sobrante Hate Crime And Fatal Shooting

Contra Costa Co. sheriff’s deputies arrested one man and are seeking two others in the fatal shooting of a Richmond man outside an El Sobrante night club.


Tales Of Tunnels Under Former San Francisco Gay Bars Could Delay Development

Reports of underground escape tunnels beneath former gay bars threatens to delay a major development project in San Francisco.


Will New Recreational Pot Law Lead To Stoned Drivers

Alameda County Sheriff Deputy Mathew Neill pulled a driver over in Oakland last month for driving twice the speed limit.


Pittsburg Man Ruffles Feathers With Controversial Signage

Confusing and controversial signs had been popping up outside a home in Pittsburg.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/14/2016

Anti-Trump Americans Are Canada Dreamin’ But So Far No Exodus

Now that Trump is president-elect, who’s going to take off to Canada?


California Votes On Recreational Pot, Considers Impact Of Driving High

If Proposition 64 passes, some of the money will fund research that will help answer the question: Who exactly is driving while high?

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/07/2016

Giant Fighting Robot Being Built In Hayward Set For Battle In Japan

The next generation of giant fighting robots is being built in a Hayward warehouse.



Neighbors Angered Over Point Richmond PCB Tainted Soil Dumping

A group of neighbors including Richmond Mayor Tom Butt are angry over what they claim is the illegal dumping of soil containing cancer-causing PCBs near their Point Richmond homes.


video games

Wi-Fi Device Pauses Kids’ Video Games When You Want

Getting your children’s attention when they’re sucked into a video or computer game is no easy task, but a Bay Area based company has a high-tech way for parents to call a time out.


3 Men In White Hoodies Burglarize Palo Alto Home

Three men broke into a Palo Alto house wearing matching white hoodies with an unusual logo.


Chinatown Political Activist Rose Pak Dies

Longtime San Francisco Chinatown activist Rose Pak died Sunday at the age of 68, according to city officials.


Jasmine Abuslin, aka Celeste Guap

Richmond Mayor: Attorneys For Woman In Police Sex Scandal ‘Grandstanding’

The mayor of Richmond is disputing allegations by the attorney for the woman at the center of a Bay Area law enforcement sex scandal, who claimed Wednesday Richmond Police fooled her into leaving the state for drug rehabilitation in what amounts to witness tampering.


Chabot Gun Club Shuts Down After 53 Years

One of the largest gun clubs in the Bay Area has closed its doors for good Monday.


Deep Jawa (left), wife Kimberly and daughter Aja are traveling to swing states this fall to work for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. (CBS)

Bay Area Clinton Backers Head To Swing States To Defeat Trump

A growing group of Bay Area residents will travel to swing states this fall to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump in the presidential election.


Cannon Meiers White House cook/KPIX

Young Santa Rosa Chef Whips Up Presidential Treat For White House ‘Kids’ State Dinner’

White House State Dinners have hosted kings, queens, presidents and heads of states. This week a Santa Rosa youngster is among the guest chefs.


San Jose Residents Terrorized By Unidentified Gunman Shooting Into Cars For Months

Police are on high alert, looking for a mystery gunman who is shooting into occupied vehicles in San Jose.


California Teens Head To Flint To Help Undocumented Immigrants Obtain Water

On their first airplane flight of any kind, two California teenagers were headed to Flint, Michigan Friday morning to help with that city’s water crisis.


Bay Area Democrats Speak Out For Gun Control At House Sit-In Protest

Many Bay Area Democrats spoke out in favor of gun control at the House sit-in on Capitol Hill.


Stabbing Victim Among Four People Injured In Mangled Pleasant Hill Car Crash

The driver in a Pleasant Hill car crash goes on the run. But, it turns out the driver was actually the victim of a violent crime himself.


Construction crews recently found this casket of a young girl underneath a home in San Francisco. (CBS)

Construction Crews Discover Young Girl’s Casket Underneath San Francisco Home

A woman was having her childhood home near Rossi Park in San Francisco renovated when contractors stumbled onto a very unusual sight under the garage.


SFUSD Admits To Struggle Finding Substitute Teachers For Bayview

Students in one San Francisco neighborhood are suffering from a subtle form of discrimination when it comes to substitute teachers.


Matthew Englehart

Cafe Gratitude, Gracias Madre Owners Upset Vegan Patrons By Slaughtering Animals

Owners of two premier vegan restaurants in California have angered some patrons after revealing that they have slaughtered animals and eaten meat at their Vacaville farm.


Video from the San Francisco Public Defender's Office which purportedly shows a Alameda County sheriff's deputy in possession of a stolen necklace. (CBS)

On Video: Alameda County Deputies Beat Man, Steal His Gold Necklace

Enhanced surveillance footage from the brutal beating of a man in San Francisco by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in late 2015 has revealed a new twist in the case.


Pam Warren, also known as "Pam the Funkstress" toured with Prince in the final weeks of his life. (CBS)

Bay Area DJ Discovered By Prince, Toured With Him In Final Weeks

A Bay Area DJ who was discovered by Prince last month and toured with him in the final weeks of his life is stunned by the singer’s sudden death.


ARCO Alameda Shooting

2 Alameda Gas Station Clerks Hurt In Shooting

Police are searching for a suspect after two gas station employees were shot in Alameda Saturday night.


Drivers On Mission Street Flout The Law

San Francisco drivers seem to be ignoring new configurations on Mission Street.



San Francisco Declares Homeless State Of Emergency

In the aftermath of floods, tornadoes, earthquakes a state of emergency usually means immediate cash for a sudden crisis.


Giants' Hunter Pence reports his scooter is stolen on Twitter.

Scooter Donated By Giants Player Hunter Pence Stolen From SF Make-A-Wish Office

A scooter donated by Giants player Hunter Pence was taken during a break-in at the Make-A-Wish Foundation office in San Francisco.


Voter Registration Forms Bag Walnut Creek

Bag Filled With Voter Registration Forms, Personal Info Found Abandoned In East Bay Park

A Concord man says he found a bag filled with voter registration forms containing the personal information of two dozen residents while walking his dog near the Pleasant Hill BART station.


Zika Mosquito Vector

Zika Virus Prompts Travel Warnings For Women Within The U.S.

The Zika virus has prompted doctors across the country to warn against travel to parts of the Caribbean and South America for pregnant women, but there are new warnings about travel within the U.S. as conditions during the summer months could be ripe for an outbreak in some states.


Busy Stretch Of San Francisco Mission Street Getting Makeover

Changes are underway along busy Mission Street in San Francisco to make it less congested.


San Francisco Gravel Truck Crash

Gravel Truck Overturns, Spilling Load Onto Other Vehicles In San Francisco

A truck carrying gravel overturned Tuesday afternoon in San Francisco’s Richmond District, causing the gravel to spill onto other vehicles, fire officials said.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/23/2016

Man Beat By Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies Not Charged, But Deputies Not Charged Either

The legal case over a brutal beating caught on video has gone quiet. There was outrage last fall when two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies were caught beating a suspect. But since then, no word on any charges against the deputies.


Demolition Begins On Cliffside Pacifica Apartment Buildings

It was demolition day in Pacifica on Thursday as crews tore down a red-tagged apartment building that has been teetering on the cliff.