Margie Shafer

margieshafer20100909 kcbs 0346r1 Margie ShaferClues to Margie’s future profession, came early.  Somewhere in her parents’ backyard shed, there is a box of trophies from high school speech and debate contests in Santa Maria, California.

Years later, in a moment of whimsy before a sorority dance at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, she asked a trivia question as a college radio station DJ and offered herself as the prize.  Every phone light on the board lit up-Margie knew this radio thing could work for her!

Margie’s first job in radio was at a rock and roll station in Aspen, Colorado, where she also worked in local television.  The small town with international flair offered the opportunity for interviews with a number of interesting characters.  Her days were filled…news in the morning…skiing in the afternoon…waitressing (to make ends meet) at night.  She quit her first news job to backpack around the world for seven months spending the most time in Southeast Asia.

Margie returned to Colorado as news director for the Rocky Mountain Radio Network…and also anchored for news/talk powerhouse KOA in Denver.  There were also stints at KVON in Napa and KGO in San Francisco before Margie landed at KCBS.  She has served as the President of the California-Nevada AP TV/Radio Association, and has won awards from the AP, RTNDA and the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

Margie counts covering the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, among her top news experiences.  Margie took a year hiatus from KCBS, lived down-under and did freelance work for CBS Radio Network.

Margie enjoys the outdoors…skiing, hiking and kayaking…she also enjoys a game of tennis, gardening and a good glass of wine.  Traveling is limited these days, but she enjoys time in Tahoe with her husband and daughter.

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The entrance to the Oakland Zoo. (Tood Dailey/Wikimedia Commons)

Oakland Zoo Expansion Adding Gondola System, Native California Animals

A multi-million dollar expansion is underway at the Oakland Zoo that will ultimately feature California native animals, and an urban gondola that will take people up a hill.

06/09/2016

A pedestrian footbridge at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Bay Area Voters Consider Tax For Restoring Marshes

Voters in all nine Bay Area counties will decide the fate of a parcel tax to restore tidal marshlands in the Bay.

06/02/2016

Farmer Jim Diedrich digs to check soil moisture on some 600 acres of his farmland which will not be planted this season due to lack of water, in Firebaugh, California in the state's San Joaquin Valley, on March 11, 2009. Normally Diedrich and his son would plant tomatoes in their fields but California's third year of drought have left many farmers without enough water to grow their crops. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

Big Agriculture Adopting Technology To Increase Efficiency

Agriculture is embracing technology to become more efficient, and startups are interacting with industry leaders to develop the best tools.

05/31/2016

California Medical Facility in Vacaville (Margie Shafer/CBS)

Prison Gardening Program Helping Transform Vacaville Inmates’ Lives

A dry patch of soil inside a Vacaville prison is being transformed into a drought-tolerant garden in a program intended to transform inmates’ lives through connection to nature.

05/24/2016

Development in Newark where more than 160 houses and townhomes will be built. (CBS)

Development Gobbling Up Open Space Across Western States At Alarming Rate

The natural landscape of the Wild West is disappearing.

05/17/2016

Medical marijuana strains at Harborside Health Center in Oakland (photo credit: Doug Sovern)

Venture Capitalists Jumping Onto Budding Marijuana Investment Train

The marijuana industry is budding, and venture capitalists are taking a page from the tech industry as they look to get in on the ground floor.

04/21/2016

Rae Agency Burlesque Studio

‘Sassy’ Burlesque Dance’s Popularity Growing In Bay Area

Burlesque dance is hot right now, and its growing popularity is creating fresh demand at studios across the Bay Area.

04/20/2016

Muscat the cat was found six months after he went missing during the Valley Fire in Middletown. (Middletown Animal Hospital)

Woman Finds Missing Cat 6 Months After Deadly Valley Fire

Six months after the Valley Fire tore through Lake County, a woman has been reunited with her missing cat. The heartwarming story is offering hope for other pet owners, whose animals have yet to come home.

03/31/2016

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3 East Bay Overpasses Structurally Deficient, New Report Says

Three heavily traveled East Bay overpasses are on a list of structurally deficient bridges released by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

03/22/2016

A Dr. Seuss illustration. (CBS)

Dr. Seuss’ 112th Birthday Celebrated At Schools Across Country

Wednesday would have marked the 112th birthday of Dr. Seuss, and the country is celebrating with Read Across America Day.

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