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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Animal Update: Looking For Pica In Pets And How To Treat It

If a remote control looks appetizing to your pet or dirt, rocks or any assortment of other non-nutritive things, it may be because they are suffering from a disorder called pica, which can actually affect humans too.

03/17/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: Harbor Seals’ Seafood Diet—Similar To Humans, Aids In Research

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says Harbor seals are helping with human health research because they live on or near the shore and eat similar seafood to humans.

03/10/2014

Christine Ponelle plays with her dogs Cholla and Puma at Bernal Heights Park (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

KCBS Animal Update: Dealing With A Pet Custody Battle

What should you do if you’re involved with a custody battle involving a companion animal? Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA has advice on how to come to agreement over such complicated matters.

02/24/2014

Pet dog rests on a bed. (AP photo)

Animal Update: Breast Cancer in Dogs

Though surprising to some, breast cancer is one of the most common cancers found in female dogs, but pet owners should know there are ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the cancer.

02/17/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: Coyote Safety

We don’t often think about coyotes and San Francisco being in the same sentence, but now more than ever we should connect those dots.

02/10/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: The Evolution Of Cat Litter

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett informs us that kitty litter has only been around since the 1940s, meaning having cats as full-time indoor pets is a relatively new thing and that we’re still learning about their behavior.

02/03/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: Status On The Ivory Trade

According to Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the San Francisco SPCA, online sales are the most popular way to trade ivory despite the fact that it’s illegal.

01/20/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: Animals That Become Attached

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett from the SF SPCA explains a new study that looks at how secure base effect factors into how your dog becomes attached to you and what it means for their social behavior.

01/14/2014

A member of the San Francisco SPCA's "Wag Brigade" interacts with a passenger at San Francisco International Airport. (San Francisco SPCA via Bay City News Service)

KCBS Animal Update: Animal-Assisted Therapy

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA talks about the benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy and how you can get your pet training so that they can help others in need.

01/07/2014

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KCBS Animal Update: Living With Animals Adapting To Urban Environments

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett with the SF SPCA says animals adapting to the urban environment is about more than just squirrels learning how to steal your sandwich at the park from one another and that we should learn to live in harmony.

12/31/2013

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