Jeff Bell

jeff bell20100908 kcbs 0122r Jeff BellA Bay Area native, Jeff is thrilled to be at KCBS, a station he remembers his grandfather listening to during so many of their earliest visits. (Grandpa, now 95, still tunes in every day!) Jeff traces his passion for news back to his high school journalism teacher, who instilled in him both a fascination with, and a great respect for, the field. (The two remain friends to this day.)

Thinking that journalism would be a hobby and not a career, Jeff went off to U.C. Irvine to study civil engineering, and then to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to get his M.B.A. Along the way, he began working in radio and set off on a circuitous path that first led him to KCBS in 1993. After two years as a part-time anchor/reporter for the station, Jeff left for fulltime work at KFBK in Sacramento, where he spent the next eight years anchoring drive-time news programs. He returned to KCBS in 2004.

During his career, Jeff has also worked as a television news writer (for KTVU’s Mornings on Two program), a traffic reporter, and a Capitol correspondent in Sacramento.

When not behind a microphone, Jeff spends much of his time working on his own various writing projects. A longtime sailboarder and recreational sailor, Jeff’s next big goal is to attempt to kiteboard. He’s still working up the nerve to sign up for lessons!

Jeff and his wife have two daughters, who along with their golden retriever, keep them extremely busy… and very happy!

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 28:  A pet owner hydrates his Siberian Husky during the World Rabies Day celebrations on September 28, 2013 in Cainta Municipality, Philippines. (Photo by Veejay Villafranca/Getty Images for WSPA)

Eliminating Dogs As The Reservoir For Rabies Outbreaks

There have been some widespread rabies outbreaks around the world and it’s getting recognition partly because of the recent Chinese government killing of 5,000 dogs in one city after five people were diagnosed with the disease.

10/20/2014

A visitor pets a cat at the pop-up "Cat cafe" in New York.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/Getty Images)

Animal Update: ‘National Feral Cat Day’

You probably didn’t know October 16th is National Feral Cat Day, but it is and its purpose is to acknowledge the humane efforts to reduce the feral cat population.

10/06/2014

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Animal Update: The Problems With Rodenticide

KCBS’ Jeff Bell talks with Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA to discuss what rodenticide is and how to protect your pets from it.

09/22/2014

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Animal Update: Pets’ Eye Color Changes Explained

When your cat’s or dog’s eye color changes, it’s a pretty fascinating thing. The SF SPCA’s Dr. Jennifer Scarlett says sometimes it’s normal with age, but other times it can be due to congenital reasons or diabetes.

09/15/2014

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Animal Update: Finding Pet-Friendly Housing In The Bay Area

If struggling to find affordable housing in the Bay Area wasn’t bad enough, pet owners have an added variable to deal with when searching for a home, especially during the

09/08/2014

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Animal Update: Pets And High-Blood Pressure

High-blood pressure or hypertension is a fairly common condition in cats and dogs. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA recommends blood pressure is checked at every veterinarian visit.

09/01/2014

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Survey Shows Shift Towards Cashless Society Driven By Millennials

When it comes to making small purchases, Americans prefer cash over plastic, but according to a new survey that’s likely to change.

09/01/2014

A visitor pets a cat at the pop-up "Cat cafe" in New York.  (EMMANUEL DUNAND/Getty Images)

Animal Update: Deaf Animals Can Still Make Great Pets

What exactly causes deafness in pets? We asked Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA. She says it’s conductive problems that are usually acquired.

08/25/2014

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In Depth: Addiction And Depression Are More Common Than You May Think

In the wake of actor Robin Williams untimely death, Dr. Alex Zaphiris, who specializes in treatment for addiction, examines how common addiction and depression are and what resources are available to treat these diseases.

08/18/2014

A housewife puts an ice cube tray into the freezer section of her refrigerator, United States circa 1945. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

Animal Update: The Truth About Ice And Your Dog

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA dispels a myth from a recent article online that went viral and claims that ice water can kill dogs.

08/18/2014

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