Susan Leigh Taylor
Susan attended Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne (home of the Mastodons). Her career in radio began at the age of 2, when she called a morning DJ to tell a “knock-knock” joke. She still has trouble with punch lines. Her first radio paycheck came at the age of 16. That first job, as a DJ in Kendallville, Indiana, involved hiding in the basement whenever a tornado warning was issued. The station’s music mix included Lawrence Welk and a personal favorite of Susan’s, Lenny Dee and His Magic Organ.
Later years would see Susan working at much larger stations in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. She has co-anchored KCBS morning newscasts since 1997, and likes to think there’s still a little of the Indiana small-town broadcaster in her approach to the news: telling people what they need to know in a straightforward manner.
Susan lives in Pacifica, having determined that the world cleaves between inland people and coastal people, and she’s of the latter variety. She has been known to buy an item or two on eBay, and really enjoys watching “All-Star Celebrity Poker” on TV.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is in the Bay Area Thursday and planned to tour an electric vehicle company. It’s an industry that has really benefited from the auto-bailout and the stimulus package because a big chunk of that money went to making batteries for electric cars.
Tony Bennett will be back in town next month to sign “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
A Vallejo city official, dismayed that thieves stole donations at a holiday fundraising concert for Benjamin Franklin Middle School, said Thursday he would personally replace all the money that had been taken.
Apple is shifting the production of its iPhone and iPad displays to Sharp Corporation marking a big change in the way Apple does business, and one more step towards taking total control of the manufacturing process.
Athletes and coaches are turning to technology to help them with growing concern over head injuries, and Stanford’s football team is the first in the nation to use a special mouthpiece that measures the force of head movement.
A private school in El Cerrito needs to raise nearly $1 million to avoid a bank seizure.
Berkeley has moved another step closer to adopting a Yellow Pages program that would make it easy for locals to decline delivery. The goal is to eliminate the estimated 50,000 Berkeley phone books that go from the front porch, straight into the recycling bin.
The water level in Lake Tahoe is the highest it’s been in years. While this summer had many folks at Lake Tahoe searching for a dry beach to lay down a towel, this is great news for downstream water users in the coming year.
Thursday marked the inauguration of a new human rights center in Budapest named after the late Peninsula Congressman Tom Lantos. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her predecessor Condoleezza Rice joined Lantos’ family for the ceremony.
June 1st typically has many Bay Area residents headed for the pool, the amusement park or some other outdoor activity where the weather can be enjoyed. Suffice it to say that is not happening this year.