Randol White

News Director

Randol White is an accomplished and well-rounded broadcast journalist with nearly two decades of radio, television, web and print experience. As the first-ever news director at KCBX public radio, he built a newsroom from the ground up, based on NPR-style reporting guidelines and blended with a strong focus on the issues and topics important to our local Central Coast audience. 

I love hearing from listeners, especially regarding the current affairs and news topics they find most significant.  I’m thrilled to have landed at KCBX, where the newsroom will actively seek audience feedback for future story coverage. — Randol White, News Director

During his years as a television news anchor for Santa Maria’s KCOY CBS 12, Randol greatly expanded his knowledge of Central Coast people, places, and politics while reporting on a wide range of stories. In addition, he spent nearly five years hosting news/talk programs on San Luis Obispo’s Krush 92.5 FM and KSCO AM 1080 in Santa Cruz, discussing the area’s agriculture, wine, and tourism scenes.

Randol’s Central Coast roots extend back to the late 1980s when he was a food science and nutrition major at Cal Poly. He later studied broadcast journalism at Humboldt State in Arcata, where he received the school’s “Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student Award” his senior year.

During the 90s and 2000s, Randol anchored and reported at stations in California, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Working through seven sub-zero winters at NBC 15 in Madison helped him gain appreciation for the mild climate he left behind on the West Coast.

Randol’s broadcast career began on California’s North Coast, working the audio board and providing news updates at Eureka’s KINS 980 AM and Power 96.3 FM. He soon took a job producing television newscasts and hosting public affairs shows at nearby KTVL CBS 10. He landed his first full-time television anchoring job at Medford, Oregon’s KTVL CBS 10 in 1996. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is Randol's childhood home. He has also reported and anchored at several stations in the area, including KGO AM 810, KTVU Fox 2, and NBC Bay Area.

When Randol isn’t working on his next radio news piece, he’s likely riding his bicycle on Central Coast roadways and paths. A proud bike commuter throughout his life, Randol also has a passion for public transit and sits on the City of San Luis Obispo’s Mass Transportation Committee. 

Randol lives with his husband Ricardo and their two dogs Papas and Florecita in San Luis Obispo. You can often see them shopping for veggies at the city’s Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Give Randol a call at: (805) 549-8855 ext. 115

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Environment
1:32 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

'Unprecedented' back-to-back warm winters in California complicate ongoing drought

Jan. 17 2015 - San Luis Obispo, Calif. — A wet December helped to green California's hills and refill a portion of San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake, but the following month of January was among the warmest and driest on record in 2015.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

The Central Coast saw a very warm, dry January this year, as did the rest of the state. Now, Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say it ranks among the warmest and driest on record.

Not only was this January the fourth warmest in the books, but it follows the warmest January ever in 2014. 

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Education
5:58 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

San Luis Coastal teachers and district prepare for Friday talks

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Teachers and district leaders are coming together Friday to hammer out differences over work load and salaries in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. 

Paul Orton, President of the San Luis Coastal Teachers Association, says one of the biggest improvements they hope to achieve is the addition of more prep time. 

"K through 3 teachers have no time set aside in the contract for them to work on lessons, and with this Common Core new curriculum it's an incredible amount of work load," said Orton.

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Health
6:16 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Whooping cough case reported at Santa Maria's Righetti High School

A Righetti High School student has been diagnosed with Whooping Cough, according to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD).

"SMJUHSD officials are urging anyone experiencing Whooping Cough symptoms to immediately seek medical care from their physician," said district spokesperson Kenny Klein.

The student is not attending school currently, according ot Klein.

California is in the midst of a Whooping Cough—or pertussis—epidemic, which peaks every three to five years.

Science & Technology
6:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Cal Poly grad among shrinking list of candidates for mission to colonize Mars

The Mars One teams hopes to send up the first pod of colonizers by 2024.
Credit The Mars 100 YouTube video

A Cal Poly graduate is among the 100 finalists of more than 200,000 applicants that were in the running to be one of the first humans to colonize the planet Mars.

They're part of the Mars One mission that's being organized by a private, non-profit out of the Netherlands.

Kay Radzik Warren, 54, graduated from Cal Poly's Architecture Department back in the mid-1990s. She says she hopes the mission succeeds and that she's part of it when it does. 

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Environment
6:27 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Bill aims to add more protections for California groundwater from oil and gas drilling contamination

Roughly 60 percent of the oil pumped to the surface in California comes from Class II injection wells, according to the state. This oil field is in Kern County, Calif.
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A new bill up for consideration in Sacramento is aimed at protecting groundwater from oil and gas drilling operations.

Central Coast Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) introduced AB-356 on Tuesday. It would require monitoring near Class II injection wells.

Currently, there are nearly 42,000 oil field injection wells operating in the state, according to the California Department of Conservation. These wells are designed to increase oil recovery and "safely dispose of the salt and fresh water produced with oil and natural gas" the department states.

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Education
6:25 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Santa Maria-Bonita School District approves bilingual education

A new elementary school (yet to be named) scheduled to open in August, is the planned site for the district's upcoming dual immersion program.
Credit Santa Maria-Bonita School District

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is moving forward with a plan to bring bilingual education to its students. The dual immersion program was approved by the superintendent and district board Thursday night.

The program will be set at the new elementary school, which is scheduled to open this August.

District Spokesperson Maggie White says the board chose not to initiate a program start date yet, but says it could go into effect as soon as the start of the next school year.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

UCSB Study: The world's oceans are filling up with plastic

Plastics mixed in with debris washed ashore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach following a storm in 2010, the same statistical year used for the NCEAS study.
Credit Flickr member Kevin Krejci

A study published Thursday in the journal Science takes at look a just how much plastic waste is collecting in the world's oceans.

An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are added each year according to the numbers crunched by UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). That's more than scientists had thought, and enough to cover the entire City of Los Angles in ankle deep trash more than twice over—each year.

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Politics
6:07 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Longtime Paso Robles city manager retiring at end of the year

The longtime city manager for Paso Robles says he plans to retire at the end of the year. Jim app has served as the city's top administrator for nearly two decades.

"It has been said that one of life's greatest gifts is the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing," said App in a press release. "It has been an honor to work on behalf of the people of Paso Robles these past 25 years."

He said he made the announcement early, in order to give the City Council "ample time to find an able successor."

App said it's his intent to retire on December 30, 2015.

Politics
5:15 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Rep. Lois Capps wants oil company to pay for clean-up of any future Keystone XL spills

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) argues for an amendment to the Keystone pipeline bill.
Credit C-SPAN

Members of congress approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline Wednesday with a bi-partisan House of Representatives vote of 270-152.

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) tried to attach one final amendment to fund any future oil spill clean-up efforts.

The amendment would have required operator TransCanada pay into a special fund through an eight cents-per-barrel tax.

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Health
1:43 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Central Coast organization gives the gift of sight to people around the world

Cataract removal on older patients is one of the top procedures performed by SEE International, sometimes restoring sight to people who haven't been able to see in years.
Credit SEE International

Eye doctors on the Central Coast are donating their time and services to give the gift of sight to children overseas in developing countries.

For the past four decades, a Santa Barbara-based non-profit organization has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. Also, many people may not know that SEE International also helps out at home by offering free eye care to uninsured residents who otherwise may not have access to affordable vision correction. 

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Energy
5:16 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Apple Computer plans to power up with solar energy generated in Monterey County

Apple Computer's Cupertino headquarters will be powered entirely by solar energy once the California Flats Solar Project is complete.
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A massive solar project planned near the Monterey- San Luis Obispo County line will be paid for in part by Apple Computer, and could be the largest solar deal of its kind in history.

Apple Computer says it's committing $848 million to help build the California Flats Solar Project. In exchange the company gets a 25-year power source, tapping nearly half of the farm's 280 megawatts.

That energy will run Apple Computer's Cupertino headquarters, a data center and some 52 Apple Stores throughout the state. 

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Agriculture
4:53 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Cal Poly's organic farm named among the top ten student farms in the nation

Cal Poly's farm areas as seen from Cerro San Luis.
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The organic farm at Cal Poly is being called one of the ten best university-based farms in the nation.

The organization Best College Reviews says the school's 11 acre farm in San Luis Obispo integrates well with the main campus and surrounding community, has good student interaction, and is sustainable.

Cal Poly's farm is certified organic by the California Certified Organic Farmers organization. It's managed by students, faculty and staff.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Community college students can be expelled for off-campus crimes under new proposal

Central Coast State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill in Sacramento Monday aimed at cracking down on off-campus sexual assaults for community college students.

The UC and CSU systems already have the ability to address off-campus crimes and Sen. Jackson says those policies should extend to the state's community college campuses.

Under SB 186, students could be disciplined or even expelled for off-campus behaviors such as sexual assault, physical abuse, stalking and hazing, among others.

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Education
5:35 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Cuesta College secures accreditation for the next six years

Credit Cuesta College

The organization that determines whether community colleges in the West are competent to teach students is clearing San Luis Obispo County's Cuesta College for the next six years.

The news is a relief for the institution, that in recent years hasn't always seen such favorable reviews.

The college has been working to maintain it's accreditation since 2008, when it was first placed on probation.

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Water Issues and Drought
10:51 am
Fri February 6, 2015

How Central Coast wineries and breweries can help locals conserve water

A used beer or wine barrel traps rain water through a system connected to the building's gutters.
Credit Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

It won't be in time for this weekend's storm, but a local group is helping people install rain barrels through a partnership with local wineries and breweries.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper teamed up with Figueroa Mountain Brewery for an event this Sunday that's already fully booked.

An expert will explain how to install the barrels and conversion kits for your home's gutter system. 

Organizer Kira Redmond says just because all the barrels are already spoken for this time around, there's still room for more people to attend.

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