James Torrez

James Torrez

Reporter

James joined KTVU in January 2021. Since his time, he's reported on the COVID-19 pandemic, mass shootings in San Jose and Sacramento, as well as playoff runs for the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors.  

James began his career as a reporter/fill-in anchor at WTVC in Chattanooga Tennessee, where he was named Best TV News Reporter by Tennessee Associated Press in 2017. After 2.5 years, he moved back home to West Palm Beach where he became a multimedia journalist at WPEC. There, he earned an EMMY nomination for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian striking the Bahamas.

James was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications with a specialization in News and Producing at the University of Florida. In college, James won a professional Florida Associated Press award for a feature piece produced with a study abroad group in Florence, Italy.

Coming from South Florida, James was excited to escape the humidity and learn about the microclimates of the Bay Area. He also loves to explore the different cuisines in each district of San Francisco; you can easily find him looking for the next DIm Sum spot in Chinatown. James also enjoys all kinds of sports. He plays and coaches soccer and volleyball in the Bay Area. On Saturdays in the Fall, you can find James rooting on his beloved Gators on the college football field. 

The latest from James Torrez

Half Moon Bay shooting: 'All evidence points to workplace violence'

The 66-year-old man arrested for killing seven farmworkers and injuring an eighth was an employee at the mushroom farm where he once worked – and then fired off a hail of bullets – in a case where "all evidence points to workplace violence," according to the San Mateo County Sheriff.

Highway 13 in Oakland closed due to landslide

Highway 13 at Broadway Terrace was shut down early Monday morning after a landslide blocked the road. Crews are working to remove the mud and debris from the southbound lanes.

Capitola in state of emergency after storm knocks out power, historic pier

Residents of Capitola were still without power on Friday afternoon, but a mandatory evacuation order was lifted as of 5:31 p.m., after the atmospheric river slammed their coastal city in Santa Cruz County, where their historic pier was torn apart in the heavy rains and wind.  An estimated 50 businesses and about 350 residents in a two square block area are impacted. 

SUV nosedives into Daly City sinkhole

Crews in Daly City on Tuesday morning were working to get an SUV out of a sinkhole in the middle of a neighborhood after the vehicle nosedived into the parting roadway in the pounding rains. 

Christmas travel plans dashed for many trying to fly to family and friends

Thousands of flights were canceled amid one of the most treacherous holiday travel seasons the United States has seen in decades, with temperatures plummeting 50 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas and forecasters warning of an impending "bomb cyclone" that could make conditions even worse before Christmas.