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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.

 

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 hold signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Unions Concerned About Another Possible Strike

The two sides have failed to hold talks since a cooling off period was ordered in early August.

09/02/2013

Stephanie Lee tries on a wedding gown. (CBS)

Bridal Shop Offers Free Wedding Gowns To Military Wives

Two Bay Area women spent Wednesday trying on wedding gowns as they plan for their respective weddings in the shadow of military deployment.

07/18/2013

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Cleaning Wipes Used In Homes And Offices Clogging Bay Area Sewer Pipes

Those handy wipes used for disinfecting your office space or picking up kitchen spills are causing back ups in sanitation plants in the Bay Area.

07/17/2013

Concord grass fire

Dry Conditions Increase Fire Danger For CoCo County On 4th Of July

Contra Costa County’s fire captain reminds us that dry conditions and the threat of fireworks gone wrong is already a problem when it comes to

07/04/2013

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San Francisco Taxi Drivers Also Want End To BART Strike

Commuters are not the only ones frustrated by the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike as San Francisco taxi drivers are also hoping for a quick resolution.

07/03/2013

BART cars

BART Offers New Details On Fleet Replacement

BART released new details on Wednesday about the agency’s plans to replaces its aging train cars—most of which are 40 years old.

06/13/2013

Antioch Police Department Cruiser. (CBS)

2 Killed In 7-Hour Period In Antioch

Antioch Police are asking for the public’s help in solving of one of two murders that took place in a seven-hour period this week.

06/13/2013

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Pacifica Bans 4th Of July Fireworks At Most Beach Areas Starting In 2014

Pacifica’s City Council has voted to ban Fourth of July fireworks from most areas of its beaches starting in 2014.

06/11/2013

Apple's Craig Federighi, Vice President of Software Engineering, introduces iOS7 at a keynote address during the 2013 Apple WWDC at the Moscone Center on June 10, 2013 in San Francisco. (Photo by Kim White/Getty Images)

SFPD Hails New Anti-Theft Feature For iPhone, Gascon Reserves Judgment

The San Francisco Police Department is hailing a decision by Apple to add a new feature making it harder to reactivate a stolen iPhone.

06/10/2013

Firefighters on the scene of a fatal limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge on May 4, 2013. (CBS)

New Limo Regulations Proposed In Wake Of Deadly San Mateo Bridge Fire

A memorial service was held Friday at the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco for the five women who died in last week’s limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge.

05/10/2013

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