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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Central Coast
6:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Pair of auto crashes knock out power to thousands on the Central Coast

The car crash that knocked out power to Five Cities residents happened at the intersection of Halcyon and Highway 1.
Credit Peter Klein

Nearly 5000 PG&E customers on the Central Coast lost power this afternoon when a car collided with a utility pole on Highway 1 south of Arroyo Grande.

Power was restored to the area around 5:00 p.m. according to Grover Beach police.

The driver was trapped in her car for about 20 minutes following the crash because of live power lines, but was safely removed according to Five Cities resident Peter Klein.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Warm weather and lack of rain mean fire danger still high on Central Coast

Dry hillsides near San Luis Obispo are still vulnerable to wildfires despite recent rainfall.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

There is no sign of rain in the forecast for the Central Coast, according to the National Weather Service out of Oxnard. Temperatures are expected to be above normal through the weekend.

Local emergency officials say conditions are ripe for wildfire despite the rain received over Halloween weekend.

Average fuel moisture levels in Santa Barbara County are at 56 percent—drier than what is considered critical according to County Fire.

The threat of large wildfires will remain high until the Central Coast gets several inches of widespread rainfall.

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Politics
6:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Tight Sheriff's race in Monterey County could be decided by mail-in ballots

Sheriff Miller (left) during a National Night Out event.
Credit Monterey County Sheriff's Department

A close race for Sheriff-Coroner in Monterey County was still considered too close to call Wednesday night as nearly 34,000 ballots were left to be counted—about 45 percent of the total votes cast in Tuesday's election.

The incumbent, Sheriff Scott Miller, was trailing Deputy Steve Bernal 51.4 to 48.6 percent in the numbers released by the County Clerk-Recorder Wednesday at 1:04 a.m. 

The remaining votes that still need to be processed and added to the totals consist of vote-by-mail (absentee), provisional, and other ballots that have some need for review.

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Politics
2:22 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Rep. Capps keeps Central Coast seat despite Republican wave nationally

Rep. Lois Capps is interviewed by local television reporter John Palminteri during her victory party held in downtown Santa Barbara.
Credit Jeremy Gehler

Tuesday was a tough day for Democrats nationally with Republicans extending their control in the House of Representative and taking control of the U.S. Senate.

In California however, Democrats swept all of the statewide offices and on the Central Coast Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) held on to her 24th District Seat for yet another term.

Final numbers show the incumbent victorious over her Republican challenger Chris Mitchum, 51.6 to 48.4 percent.

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Crime
6:45 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Fraternity suspended while University, Sheriff's Department investigate report of sexual assault

A Cal Poly fraternity is on suspension while the university investigates a reported sexual assault.

According to a university crime alert email sent out to the campus community, a woman reported being assaulted at the Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity house on Foothill Boulevard during a Halloween party on Saturday.

The woman said she believes she was drugged.

"When the survivor awoke a white male with blond hair and blue eyes with the first name of Jake was engaging in sexual activity without her consent," the letter stated.

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Education
6:36 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Record-setting $20 million gift from former Apple CFO to be spent on variety of Cal Poly projects

The Cal Poly campus at the start of the Fall 2014 quarter
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A pair of Cal Poly alums are donating the largest single gift in Cal Poly history to the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

Peter and Mary Beth Oppenheimer are giving the school $20 million to go toward a variety of University initiatives. President Jeffrey Armstrong says those include the creation of a new Agricultural Events Center, an equestrian pavilion, and a new farm store.

In addition, the Oppenheimers are helping to feed Cal Poly students who are food insecure.

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Community
6:25 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Uneventful Halloween weekend marks success for Isla Vista community

A lone Halloween ghost crosses a quiet Isla Vista street this past weekend.
Credit Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County sheriff's department says it was a quiet Halloween weekend in Isla Vista with no major incidents, and few arrests and citations issued in comparison to past years.

More than 300 officers and deputies were initially deployed to control crowds, but that number was reduced over the weekend as the expected party scene failed to develop.

Law enforcement credits a local campaign discouraging outsiders and says the heavy rain also likely had an effect.

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Santa Barbara County
6:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bluff fencing approved for park areas along Isla Vista cliffs

Fencing approved by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission for the Isla Vista bluffs.
Credit Santa Barbara County Planning Department

Fencing was approved on Wednesday to help keep any additional fatal cliff falls from happening in Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted in favor of the wood and wire-mesh design, and should the plan pass both local and California Coastal Commission appeal periods, the fencing will be placed along the bluff line of the sheer cliffs at a number of public access pocket parks.

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Community
7:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Bicycle community saddened by fatal crash on Los Osos Valley Road

The California Highway Patrol in San Luis Obispo says a fatal crash that killed a bicyclist on Los Osos Valley Road Wednesday night happened because the victim crossed the roadway in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Officer Richard Lee says 25-year-old Anna Deis was struck and killed as she left the La Familia Ranch Pumpkin Patch around 6:30. He says the crash happened as she crossed the road to head West and passed in front of a car driven by an 86 year old driver.

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People and Entertainment
6:47 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ellen and Portia donate money to help build sheriff's station in Carpinteria

Ellen DeGeneres on the set of her television talk show
Credit Flickr member ronpaulrevolt2008

Celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are helping the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office build its Carpinteria station.

Sheriff's Spokesperson Kelly Hoover confirmed to KCBX that the part-time Montecito residents donated $10,000 to the cause.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports it will be used on bicycle gear, beach patrol, and other station improvements.

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Santa Barbara County
6:36 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

UPDATE: Emergency services beefing up for Isla Vista's Halloween weekend street party

Last spring's Deltopia event saw rioting, arrests, and injuries—something residents are hoping to avoid during this year's Halloween celebrations.
Credit Mike Eliason/SBC

A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista.

In anticipation of the large street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is boosting its staffing level by 25 personnel.

The resources will remain in place through the weekend. A temporary trauma tent will be set up to treat people and additional ambulances will be on standby as well.

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Crime
6:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Santa Maria police release route kidnapper used to molest girl

Credit Santa Maria Police Department

Santa Maria Police are looking for a man they believe kidnapped and molested a girl this past Sunday night.

Investigators say the man took the girl from a common area at the apartment complex where she lived and escorted her to nearby Sanchez Elementary School where the lewd acts then took place. School was not in session at the time.

Sergeant Daniel Rios says the department has released the route, day and time that this crime occurred with hopes of generating more leads.

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Weather
6:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rain remains in the Central Coast forecast for Friday, chances improving

Satellite imagery showing the fast moving cold front expected to hit the Central Coast later this week.
Credit National Weather Service

The Central Coast is expected to see the strongest rain event of the season this Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as a fast moving cold front heads toward the area.

Bonnie Bartling is with the National Weather Service in Oxnard and says rain totals along the Central Coast will be more significant the farther north you go.

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Crime
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara murder likely the result of domestic violence say police

Credit Stock photo: Flickr member Tex Texin

A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was in custody Wednesday evening as the primary suspect in the death of a 39-year-old woman who appeared to be teh victim of a domestic violence violence attack.

Investigators say the victim in this crime died of injuries she received during the assault.

The suspect and the victim were not married but did have a daughter together who was present during the violent act. Police say the girl was physically unharmed and is now being taken care of by Child Welfare Services.

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Arts
3:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara Teen Publishes 'survival guide' to bullying

Aija speaking to students about her new book
Credit Aija Mayrock

 

KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Ajia Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.

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