Len Ramirez


San Jose native Len Ramirez has been a news reporter for KPIX 5 News covering the Santa Clara County/South Bay Region since 1989. Prior to his arrival at KPIX 5, Len was a reporter for KOMO Channel 4 in Seattle, Washington and at KMST Channel 46 in Monterey. Ramirez was also a general assignment reporter for the San Jose newsroom at KSBW Channel 8 in Salinas.

Len received an Emmy award in 2003 for Best Daytime Newscast reporting. He has also been the recipient of two Best News Story awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association in 1985 and 1986. He also has three other Emmy nominations for breaking and investigative news. During his career, Len has covered several major national and international stories including the Mexico City earthquake, the Los Angeles riots, and the OJ Simpson murder trial. Len also specializes in covering Santa Clara County for KPIX 5.

Len often volunteers his time to encourage students to complete their education and is a frequent guest speaker at San Jose’s Latino Role Model Conference. He is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the California Chicano News Media Association.

Len graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism in 1983.

He lives in San Jose with his wife Julie, and their three children.
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Latest Plane Crash Near San Jose Reid-Hillview Airport Renews Calls For Its Closure

A small plane crash into a San Jose home is the latest incident at a local airfield where neighborhood residents say it is a tragedy waiting to happen.


Silicon Valley Teardown Sells For $2 Million In Just One Day

Competition for housing in Silicon Valley is stiffer than ever.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/17/2017

TechShop Abruptly Shuts Down All Locations, Including San Jose HQ

TechShop is going out of business, closing its headquarters on South Second Street as well as its 10 locations.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/16/2017

Tow Truck and Towed Car in S.F.

Majority Of Towed Vehicles In San Jose Abandoned By Owners

The vast majority of cars towed away off the streets of San Jose are never claimed by their owners because it’s too expensive to retrieve them, and workable solutions don’t appear close at hand.


towed, towing,

San Jose Rethinking Towing Industry Practices As Abandoned Vehicles Pile Up

There is a push to reassess the process of towing cars in San Jose in order to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles in the city’s tow yards.


Lawsuit Filed Over San Jose Park Bathroom Police Sting Operations

A lawsuit filed against the San Jose Police Department accuses the department of singling out gay men during sting operations held several years ago.


Homeowners At New San Jose Subdivision Endure Construction Woes

KB Home executives toured their brand new subdivision in San Jose after homeowners reported construction problems, such as falling tiles.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/08/2017

Python Found On VTA Bus Last Month Up For Adoption

A snake that was found on a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus last month is up for adoption, officials with the Peninsula Humane Society said Tuesday.


Pregnant Woman With Kids Evacuates Santa Rosa Wildfire By Bicycle

A pregnant Santa Rosa woman evacuated her family via bicycle as flames took over her neighborhood.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/11/2017

Stanford University Park Dedicated To Brock Turner’s Victim

Beneath tall redwood trees on the Stanford University campus is a new park dedicated to Brock Turner’s victim.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/03/2017

San Jose Casino Opens Amid Expectations, Controversy

A sleek card room that reopened Friday in the South Bay could be just the beginning of an entertainment transformation for San Jose, but is already at the center of a labor dispute.


A screenshot of an earthquake early warning system. (CBS)

Mexico Far Ahead Of California With Earthquake Early-Warning System

Mexico’s quake-warning system may have saved lives but, in California, rollout of a similar system is still years away.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/21/2017

Fliers Call Out Troubled Homeless Men Harassing San Jose Neighborhood

The owners of several San Jose businesses are trying to encourage action against two homeless men who have been damaging property and harassing their customers for more than a year.


San Jose Police Chief Defends Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting That Killed Unarmed Man

San Jose’s chief of police is defending the fatal officer-involved shooting that led to the death of an unarmed man.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/18/2017

49ers Consider A Shady Redesign Of Levi’s Stadium

The 49ers are considering changes to Levi’s Stadium, after fans sweltered in the stands during the home opener.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–09/12/2017

Football Players Leave Gilroy College Over Alleged Recruiting Violations

A group of 17 football players at a community college in Gilroy claim they were wrongly given the boot from the team over alleged recruiting violations.


Federal Agents Rescue Immigrants In Hayward Forced Labor Scheme

Undocumented workers from Mexico, allegedly held against their will and forced to work for a Hayward construction firm, have been rescued in an early morning raid by federal agents.


Light Tower in San Jose

Light Tower Landmark Could Be Coming To Downtown San Jose

A new light tower could soon rise above downtown San Jose, a glowing symbol of the city that backers say would recall the past and inspire the future.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/17/2017

San Jose State Professor Returns After Sexually Harassing Student

A Bay Area professor who sexually harassed one of his students is being allowed back in the classroom.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/16/2017

San Jose Students Find Gender Neutral Bathrooms On Return To Campus

Thousands of students in San Jose will encounter something new when they return to campus this week: gender neutral bathrooms.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/15/2017

Hayward Father Shot Dead In Front Of Baby Was Likely Targeted

A man who was shot dead while he was pushing his three-month-old baby in a stroller in Hayward was likely targeted, according to investigators.


San Jose Water Company Called Out For Overcharging Customers

The San Jose Water Company denies that it intentionally double billed its customers.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/19/2017

San Jose Police Open Case On Red-Handed Porch Thieves

Police in San Jose are now investigating a porch theft in which the resident caught the thieves red-handed, a day after a KPIX 5 report which showed surveillance footage of the crime. 


‘Google Effect’ Could Raise Real Estate Prices In Downtown San Jose

A new example of what might be called the “Google effect” is leading real estate speculators to drop big money on properties in downtown San Jose.


Racist ‘Kill List’ At Cupertino School Spurs Investigation, Lawsuit

Students at a Cupertino high school have been accused of creating a “kill list” targeting African-American students, and some parents are claiming the school district tried to cover it up.


New Plans To Protect San Jose Neighborhood Hit Hardest By Coyote Creek Flooding

Four months after a severe flood, protection may finally be coming to residents living near San Jose’s Coyote Creek.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–06/12/2017

Gilroy Plan To Chop Down 235 Trees May Have Violated Rules

A plan by Gilroy officials to chop down more than 200 trees has been uprooted because of a possible rule violation by city leaders.



Caltrain Fares Expected To Rise Despite Increased Ridership

Caltrain may soon raise fares substantially even though ridership keeps growing.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/19/2017

San Jose Luxury Towers Offer Great Views And Green Cards

A Bay Area luxury development is offering great views, and Green Cards, to foreign investors.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/10/2017

Global Warming May Require Foster City To Build A Taller Levee

Foster City’s levee must be replaced. But the city is debating whether or not to factor in expected sea level rise caused by global warming.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/08/2017

Trump Tax Plan Could Hit Bay Area Homeowners Hard

President Trump’s new tax plan could deal a heavy blow to some Bay Area homeowners, according to tax specialists.


Sunnyvale’s Sweetheart Housing Loans Raise Concerns

There are new questions about how Sunnyvale is spending taxpayer money.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/24/2017

California’s First Strawberries Of The Year Are Super-Sized

Big, fat strawberries are the latest roadside attraction in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/18/2017

San Jose Fire Department truck

New Software To Clear A Green-Light Path For San Jose Emergency Vehicles

After struggling for years with slow emergency response times, San Jose firefighters will be literally getting the green light to get there faster.


Highway 35 Still A Road To Nowhere In Santa Cruz Mountains

It’s been two months since a massive slide cut off a section of Highway 35 in Santa Cruz, but it will still be some time before repairs are completed.


Drivers Call For Repairs To South San Jose Connector Ramp

Drivers in the South Bay are complaining a ramp connecting two busy freeways is so bumpy that their vehicles are actually getting airborne as they drive over it.


Bay Area Schools Rethink Collecting Students’ Citizenship Data

Bay Area school districts are under pressure to stop asking questions about citizenship on student enrollment forms.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/04/2017

3 Santa Clara Deputies Stand Trial For Murder Of Mentally Ill Inmate

Three Santa Clara County deputies are being accused of beating a mentally ill inmate to death and their murder trial is now underway.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/21/2017

Half Moon Bay’s Old Flower Greenhouses Being Eyed For Pot Cultivation

The city of Half Moon Bay says tourism alone isn’t enough to keep it thriving long-term and that pot production would bring more jobs.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/13/2017

San Jose Couple Postpones Wedding To Search For Beloved Dog

A San Jose couple is resorting to extreme measures to find their beloved dog that has been missing for almost a month.