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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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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.

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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.

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Animal Update: Positive Reinforcement Trumps Prong Collars When Leash-Training Dogs

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Sea Stars

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Animal Update: Avoiding And Treating Heat Stroke For Pets

Summer is here and sometimes it can be a troublesome time for pets (dogs especially) who can easily suffer heat stroke if you don’t take some basic precautions.

06/23/2014

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Animal Update: Coping With The Loss Of Your Pet

Coping with the loss of a pet is rough, but Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA addresses the issue in this week’s Animal Update.

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Tips from the SF SPCA’s Dr. Jennifer Scarlett on how to make the most of a road trip with your dog.

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Animal Update: SF SPCA Advises On First Aid For Pets

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the San Francisco SPCA reports on what pet owners can do when their animals are injured and on their way to the hospital.

06/02/2014

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