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
5:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Water Board says Santa Maria River is 'highly toxic'

Oso Flaco Lake and other estuaries fed by the Santa Maria River are sensitive habitat areas affected by toxic levels of pesticide runoff from surrounding agriculture in the Santa Maria Valley.
Credit Flickr member Rennett Stowe

A new survey by the State Water Board shows the Santa Maria River is highly toxic—and has been for years with some of the highest readings in the state for certain chemicals.

Bryn Phillips is an environmental toxicology specialist with UC Davis who has been working on this ongoing project. He says an increase in pyrethroid pesticide levels is cause for concern.

Recently the river was designated with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restriction.

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Energy
10:12 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Proposed refinery rail line rallies neighbors on the Nipomo Mesa

Mesa Refinery Watch Group spokesperson Laurance Shinderman points to the Phillips 66 refinery on the horizon. A plan to add rail delivery of crude oil to the plant is not sitting well with some neighbors.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

Large construction projects are visible in and around the western edge of the Trilogy community on the Nipomo Mesa, where views of the Oceano Dunes and Pacific Ocean are a big selling point. However, on the same horizon sits the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Recount requested in race for Mayor of Pismo Beach

The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.

Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.

Education
1:05 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Rumors force early release of Santa Maria's Righetti High School for Thanksgiving week

Culminating a week of violence and arrests, Righetti High School students were released from classes early on Friday as Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials felt rumors—the subject of which have not been disclosed—were causing too much of a distraction.

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Education
6:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UPDATE: UC Board of Regents vote to adopt tuition increase option

Students rally in San Francisco against the UC Board of Regents proposal for a 5 percent possible tuition hike.
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UPDATE: Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.

The University of California Board of Regents voted 14 to 7 Thursday to adopt a resolution allowing for up to a 5 percent spike in tuition for each of the next five school years, unless the state gives the system more money.

During the vote, UC students tried to block the vote by drowning out the roll call with chants.

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Education
2:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UPDATE: Arrests jump to nine following brawl at Santa Maria's Righetti High School

Righetti High School, Santa Maria, Calif.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

The number of students arrested following Wednesday's schoolyard fight at Righetti High School in Santa Maria jumped to nine on Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Kelly Hoover says three additional students were arrested, including two girls and one boy. The students are facing charges of battery and assault on a peace officer. The Sheriff's Office anticipates more arrests to follow as evidence is reviewed.

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Agriculture
5:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Growers expecting another down year for Central Coast olive oil harvest

Credit Flickr member Stew Dean

Reports out of Europe say this year's olive oil harvest is falling short, which will likely lead to higher prices at the grocery store.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Spain—the world's largest olive oil producer—is expecting output this year to drop by more than 50 percent.  The low yield is the result of several factors, including weather, tree stress, and insects the report states.

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Crime
7:00 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

King City police officer fights termination following corruption scandal

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One of the King City police officers charged this past winter as part of a broad corruption case is fighting his termination.

Jaime Andrade was let go from the force a couple of months back, but had his case heard through binding arbitration this past week, according to City Manager Michael Powers.

The City Manager says the outcome of that hearing won't be known until early next year.

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Energy
6:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Water Board to consider cooling options at Diablo Canyon

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on the San Luis Obispo County coast.
Credit Flickr member Tracey Adams

The California State Water Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to present studies regarding Diablo Canyon's cooling process. The hearing is informational in nature.

The state's only operating nuclear power plant currently uses a system known as once-through cooling (OTC).

PG&E is required under the Federal Clean Water Act to study alternative methods of cooling that would have less of an impact on marine life.

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Crime
6:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Cal Poly issues alert following attempted sexual assault on campus

Students, staff and faculty at Cal Poly received an official Crime Alert message Friday evening regarding an attempted sexual assault on campus.

The University Police Department says it received information on Friday that the crime happened this past Sunday at 3:00 a.m. between Mott Gym and the parking structure.

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San Luis Obispo County
6:21 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

SLO County gets $192,000 to help reduce traffic-related deaths

A top target for reducing traffic-related fatalities is bicycle safety.
Credit Flickr User: dkastner01 - bicyclists on a back road in Arroyo Grande

The State of California is giving San Luis Obispo County a $192,000 grant to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities on local roads.

The money will target pedestrian and bike safety, as well as child passengers, and alcohol and drug outreach.

Kathleen Karlee is with SLO County Public Health and says her team is already meeting to work on the top target areas.

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Environment
6:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Plastic bag ban expands in Santa Barbara starting Friday

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Santa Barbara's ban on plastic bags steps up a notch Friday to include smaller grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores. The initial portion of the ban that went into effect back in May only included larger supermarkets and major drug chains of 10,000 square feet or more. 

Customers can still buy a paper bag for 10 cents if they forget to bring a reusable shopping bag.

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Environment
6:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Air pollution control measures don't appear to be working at Oceano Dunes

The Oceano Dunes, Calif.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

Projects to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by particulates coming from the Oceano Dunes don't appear to be working. Testing shows the number of days with poor air quality on the Nipomo Mesa held steady, despite the addition of sand fencing and hay bales.

California State Parks spent more than a million dollars on the projects this past spring.

Larry Allen is the Air Pollution Control officer for San Luis Obispo County. He believes the problem can be fixed without putting an end to vehicle access on the dunes, but says some action needs to be taken.

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Education
6:27 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Time to give Cal Poly your thoughts on future development

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You'll have an opportunity this weekend to give the administration at Cal Poly some future direction as to where it should head with major projects like land development, circulation and facilities.

The university is working on it's 20-year-plan and Saturday's open house is one of the first steps.

Linda Dalton is part of the project and says the university is hoping to hear what the public has to say on possible projects.

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Politics
7:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

UPDATE: Winner declared in race for Pismo Beach Mayor, Arroyo Grande still undecided

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 14, 2015 at 6:10 p.m.  

With no remaining ballots left to be counted, Incumbent Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly HIgginbotham is declared the winner over challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes.

The race had been as narrow as one vote, as of the previous count tally.

The final San Luis Obispo County election numbers were released late Friday afternoon. A recount will not take place unless one of the candidates calls for one.

ARROYO GRANDE

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