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Bob Butler

bobbutler kcbs 0001r2 Bob ButlerBob grew up as a Navy brat, living in Cambridge, Long Beach, Pittsburgh, Groton, San Diego, and Alameda where he started his freshman year at St. Joseph’s High School. His dad retired from the Navy in 1968 and his family moved to Hayward. He spent the next three years commuting to St. Joe’s (this was before BART) and graduated in 1971. Bob joined the Navy and served at Guantanamo Bay and Newport and was then discharged in Philadelphia in 1974. He moved to Washington, D.C. and then Pittsburgh where he worked for Ma Bell as a directory assistance operator and moonlighted as a disco deejay.

One day a customer told Bob: “Operator you have a nice voice, you should be on the radio,” and his fate was sealed. He moved back to Hayward in 1977 and enrolled into the Chabot College Mass Communications program. He started bugging the instructor for a deejay shift on the campus radio station. After all, “my name was Bob, playing music was my job. I was better known as the Gentle Gemini because I was guaranteed to satisfy.” But, his teacher didn’t buy it.

Bob filled in by doing hourly newscasts at the campus station. He graduated with honors from Chabot in 1979, worked for Soulbeat Television on Oakland cable, and then worked as an outreach coordinator for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services program at Chabot.

Bob got his first reporting job at KDIA in Oakland in 1980. He returned to Chabot, and started interning at KCBS a year later. After the news director hired him as a desk assistant he was promoted to editor in 1982 and worked exclusively on the desk for 17 years until becoming a fill-in reporter during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. He became the Saturday morning reporter in September 1999.

“I’ve been part of coverage that won numerous national awards, including the earthquake and the 1991 East Bay Hills fire. I’ve covered storms, floods, crime, politics and I love to find a curious or humorous angle whenever possible. A lot of times the news is bad, so you’ve got to make the listeners smile when you can.”

“One of my missions is to get more young people, especially those of color, interested in careers in radio news.” Bob became a mentor for the National Association of Black Journalists radio projects in 2000.

Bob is married with a 24-year old son and lives in the East Bay.

 

Students and teachers from San Francisco City Academy attend a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park on August 28, 2014. (Bob Butler/CBS)

Dozens Of Students Take In San Francisco Giants Game At AT&T Park, Many For First Time

It was thanks to the Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation For Kids, which is carrying on the tradition started by O’Doul himself of putting baseballs in the hands of children.

08/28/2014

Golden Gate Bridge (Credit, Meghan Ross)

$76 Million Golden Gate Bridge Suicide-Barrier Net Will Likely Be Approved Friday

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board votes Friday on a $76 million project to install a safety net on both sides of the bridge to prevent suicides.

06/23/2014

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. (CBS)

Berkeley Mayor’s Proposal For Regional Minimum Wage Hike Gains Traction

A plan by Berkeley’s Mayor to establish a regional minimum wage is gaining support in the East Bay.

06/23/2014

Horse Rescu

Alameda Co. Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Horse In Castro Valley

An Alameda County firefighter was injured while helping to rescue a horse in Castro Valley on Friday.

06/20/2014

Marcus Books San Francisco (photo courtesy CBS SF)

SF Supervisor Notes Lack Of Diversity, Seeks To Help Save Fillmore’s Marcus Books

A San Francisco supervisor is asking for more time to raise the money to buy a prominent African-American bookstore in the Fillmore District after a long struggle to prevent eviction.

05/19/2014

Klay Thompson attempts a shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 14, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Oakland City Council Member Calls Warriors Land Purchase ‘A Slap In The Face’

Oakland City Councilmember Larry Reid said he is very disappointed, and feels the decision disrespects the city and thousands of loyal fans.

04/23/2014

missionbayfire

SF Honors Emergency Responders For Work At Massive Mission Bay Fire

San Francisco bestowed honors Friday on the firefighters and other emergency personnel who fought the Mission Bay blaze that destroyed a six-story apartment building under construction just south of AT&T Park.

04/18/2014

Artist's rendition of the revamped Hunters View housing development in San Francisco. (Hunters View Associates)

Grand Opening For SF’s Bayview Hunters View Apartments, Residents Get ‘Million Dollar Views’

Hunters View apartment complex had its grand opening this week and it has what some are calling “million dollar views” from San Francisco’s Bayview District.

04/18/2014

Marines, friends and family run in formation to honor Andrew Silva, in Fremont.

Hundreds Run In Fremont To Honor Marine Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver

Several hundred family, friends, and fellow Marines ran in formation Saturday morning to honor Andrew Silva who was killed by suspected drunk driver in Fremont this week.

03/29/2014

San Francisco General Hospital

SF General Hospital Gets Security Recommendations From UCSF After Lynne Spalding Death

UCSF is recommending several changes following an independent review of the security program at San Francisco General Hospital after last year’s case involving Lynne Spalding prompted them to do so.

03/28/2014

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