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.

 

People line up to receive a free meal at the St. Anthony foundation dining room in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Housing Authority To Open Public Housing Waiting List For First Time In 6 Years

Beginning January 13, homeless San Francisco residents will be able to place their names on the public housing waiting list.

01/02/2015

(Julia Carrie Wong)

Arrested Black Friday Protesters Say BART Wants $70,000 In Restitution For Shutdown; Call It ‘Ransom’

Fourteen #BlackLivesMatter protesters, who shut down the West Oakland BART train on Black Friday last year, said the transit agency is trying to make them pay restitution along with charged with criminal complaints.

01/02/2015

The Oakland Food Pantry on Peralta Street in West Oakland. (Oakland Food Pantry via Facebook)

West Oakland Food Pantry That Serves 400 Families Threatened With Closure

A dispute between the building’s owner, who served on the board, and the board of directors over rent means the non-profit could close as soon as this weekend.

12/26/2014

University of California, Berkeley campus. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

2nd Death At UC Berkeley Brings Added Concern About Drinking On College Campuses

A Berkeley student from San Ramon was found dead on Piedmont Avenue last week, the second death in the last two months.

12/25/2014

(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART, Oakland Police Offer Escorts To Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers At MacArthur Station

BART and Oakland police are offering escorts at the MacArthur Station to passengers doing some last-minute Christmas shopping.

12/19/2014

Eric Garner Protest

Hundreds Of Berkeley High School Students March To UC Campus For Michael Brown, Eric Garner Demonstration

Hundreds of Berkeley High School students gathered on the UC Berkeley campus to rally in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Many of the students were happy to have such a large gathering at the demonstration Wednesday.

12/10/2014

Lyft Rideshare Service

San Francisco and L.A. County District Attorneys Sue Uber, Reach Settlement With Lyft

The district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angles announced on Tuesday they are suing ride services company Uber and have reached a settlement with Lyft.

12/09/2014

Scraps of food at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, CA. (Bob Butler/CBS)

San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church Looking To Turn Food Waste Back Into Meals

With thousands of meals being served over the holidays, Glide is hoping to turn all the waste and scraps back into food to help those in need.

11/27/2014

Andrew Michael Nisbet, a golf instructor at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, is accused of sexually assaulting several boys. (Livermore Police Department)

Former Livermore Golf Instructor Sentenced To 27 Years Prison For Child Molestation, Murder Plot

A former Livermore golf instructor was sentenced by a judge Thursday to 27 years in state prison for sexually abusing three boys he was teaching and then trying to solicit someone to murder them.

10/09/2014

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

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