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 current affairs and news topics they find most significant.  I’m thrilled to be at KCBX, where the newsroom actively seeks audience feedback for 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

Ventura County Fire

Central Coast-based fire crews are helping to control some of the dozen or more wildfires currently burning throughout the state.

Flickr member James Bachleda

Water conservation numbers are in for June., the first month covered under Governor Jerry Brown's statewide rationing mandate—and Central Coast locations either met or exceeded target rates.

San Luis Obispo Police Department

UPDATE: Friday, July 31, 2015

The 16-year-old boy accused of human trafficking in San Luis Obispo County this week will be tried as an adult. District Attorney Dan Dow says it's at his discretion to have Nikko Anaya of Manteca face adult charges and can do so under Proposition 21, which was approved by voters in 2000.

Investigators say the 15-year-old victim—a girl from Manteca—was sold for sex acts over the course of a week in Santa Cruz, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo.

Three other adults are also facing charges as part of this trafficking case.

King City's former police chief accepted a plea deal Wednesday, pleading no contest to embezzlement and obstructing a peace officer by lying to investigators—both misdemeanor counts.

A Monterey County Jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on felony charges against 50-year-old Dominic Baldiviez, so the deal was offered to avoid a re-trial, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The Haggen grocery store chain is facing criticism for its recent string of layoffs involving full-time food and general merchandise clerks, including several developmentally disabled employees on the Central Coast.

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

A large solar farm proposed for agriculture land near the line between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties can now move forward following a deal over environmental issues. Construction on the California Flats Solar Project is set to break ground later this year.

Finding a parking space in downtown Santa Barbara just got easier. 

Also an earlier 24th Congressional District candidate debate on February 4, 2016 at Cal Poly was moderated by KCBX News Director Randol White.

The debate begins at 18:14 in the video below, produced by Mustang News:

Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

The number of police officers patrolling neighborhoods surrounding Cal Poly will increase in the coming months under a new agreement between the City of San Luis Obispo and the University.

Alex Ullrich, KCBX News

Firestone Walker—the largest brewery on the Central Coast and fourth largest craft brewer in the state—is poised for a major expansion. Plans were announced this week of a partnership with Belgium-based brewer, Duvel.

A Ride Awaits Facebook Page

The owner of a locally-based cab company is pulling out of the City of San Luis Obispo saying he can no longer compete with Uber's ride-sharing drivers.

State of California

Prisoners at the California Men's Colony have not been receiving their full rights when it comes to religious services according to a report released Tuesday, July 14th.

United States Department of the Interior

The race for Rep. Lois Capps' 24th District congressional seat is likely to be an expensive one by the time we get to November 2016. The candidates are already showing rapidly growing contribution totals.

Flickr member HereStanding

Many San Luis Obispo residents have expressed concern about a recently mailed notice regarding a lapse in water quality standards in the city. Tests revealed levels of a chemical that exceeded Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.  

Flickr member oliver.dodd

Electricity rates are going up for a majority of California residents under a new plan approved unanimously Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Flickr member Orin Zebest

A seafood warning issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was expanded Friday to include a wider range of products caught in Santa Barbara, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The have dangerously high domoic acid content. 


A visual underwater survey of the Refugio oil spill site showed promising signs of recovery according to the group, Reef Watch California.

Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

UC Santa Barbara has sent out its acceptance letters for this coming fall quarter to more than 29,000 potential students.

Ricardo Teodocio

The state of California was spraying pesticides in some residential areas of San Luis Obispo this week. County crews are working to control the spread of the Asian Citrus Psyllid.  

Google Maps

Projects to upgrade a couple of main highways on the Central Coast are in question as politicians in Sacramento figure out a way to overcome a major transportation budget shortage.

Flickr member oliver.dodd

The organization that controls California's power grid is asking state residents and businesses to conserve electricity Tuesday and Wednesday as a major heat wave pushes temperatures will into the triple digits.

Temperatures as high as 115 degrees were expected in the northern Sacramento Valley through Wednesday evening, putting a major drain on the power supply. 

Cuesta College

A Cuesta College employee is facing a felony charge related to an information breach of college personnel records.

Randol White, KCBX News

A bill in congress, HR 1157, may decide how the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will move forward with a planned housing development. The issue revolves land purchased by the tribe back in 2010, known as Camp 4.

Randol White, KCBX News

The State Water Board announced Tuesday that is prepared to distribute $625 million for water recycling projects throughout the state, including a few projects located along the Central Coast.


Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are beginning work on a project that could reduce the amount of groundwater and power that is used by farmers in the state, after receiving a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) of $2.3 million.

Citrus Research Board

San Luis Obispo County is stepping up efforts to trap and track a pest that threatens the area's multi-million dollar citrus industry. 

Refugio Response Join Information Center

Officials with the Refugio oil spill command center said Friday that work to remove contaminated soil is gaining speed following the arival of a crane earlier in the week. 

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong spent more than any other CSU president on travel expenses, according to a report by the Los Angeles News Group.

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Fishermen in Santa Barbara Harbor are still starting their motors to head out into the channel for the day's catch, despite being among the first to feel the economic punch of the Plains All-American Pipeline rupture back on May 19.

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is investigating whether criminal activity was part of last month's oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast.