Patti Piburn

Morning Edition Host

Patti Piburn's journalism experience spans from the newsroom to the classroom. She has been working as a journalist since 1995, and as an educator since 2006.

Patti started out doing traffic reports in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona right after graduating from ASU with a degree in broadcast journalism and a degree in political science. She went on to anchor and report for TV Stations in Roswell, New Mexico, Idaho Falls, and the Salinas/Monterey area. When she landed at Santa Maria's KCOY, Patti knew she'd found her home. She anchored and reported for the KCOY (CBS 12) morning show for nearly ten years, and during part of that run also anchored the news on sister station KKFX (Fox 11).

Patti started lecturing in the Journalism Department at Cal Poly in 2006, and found another passion, teaching! To further her abilities as an instructor, she completed a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication from South Dakota State University in 2013.

Along with hosting Morning Edition at KCBX and teaching at Cal Poly, Patti is also the mother of two children, of whom she's very proud. Her son began his college career at Stanford Univeristy in 2014, and her daughter is a high school senior who is in the process of deciding where she'll attend college.

Aside from her duties as a mother to two children, she's also a proud animal lover and the "parent" to a home full of cats and dogs.

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UPDATE: July 1, 2015 at 5:10 p.m.

Full containment of the Mesa Fire that started Monday near La Purisima Mission in Lompoc is expected early this evening.  Santa Barbara County Fire said earlier today that the 320 acre fire was at 95 percent.

 A cause has yet to be announced, but the department is looking for a couple of kids who may have been hiking in the area at the time.

Refugio Response

Central Coast legislators are investigating last month's oil spill on the Santa Barbara County Coast. 

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assemblymember Das Williams held a joint hearing today in Santa Barbara. 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department is asking for help in the investigation of a Santa Maria man facing an attempted kidnapping charge. 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The shutdown of oil production on platforms off the Santa Barbara County coast may cost the county $11 million in tax revenue. 

Plains All American Pipeline shutdown pipeline 901 and 903 following the May 19th rupture on the Gaviota coast that spilled about 100,000 gallons of oil, some of which flowed onto the beach and into the ocean.



The No Kid Hungry campaign is raising awareness for its free summer food program.

Today nearly 300 children attended a concert at Grogan park in Santa Maria and got a free lunch of a peach, taco and milk.

Organizers want to get the word out to kids and their parents about the 39 locations around the county where children 18 and younger can get free meals during the summer.