Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

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King Harris (Photo: Chris Gardner)
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Former KEYT news anchor and news director King Harris died at his Arroyo Grande home last week. He was 75.

From 1984 to 1997, Harris was KEYT's main news anchor and briefly served as news director for the station. He then went on to be the news producer at then-KCOY Channel 12, reports KEYT News.


King Harris anchored KEY News on January 4, 1982. (Video screenshot / Watch the video clip here)

Aside from working in Santa Barbara, Harris worked at a television station in Monterey, taught journalism at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, was the news director of KVEC radio, was the managing editor of New Times, and wrote a weekly column for the Tolosa Press. 

Harris was also a Vietnam veteran and in 1988, accompanied then UC Santa Barbara professor Walter Capps and a group of other veterans to the Soviet Union. The journey was featured in the award-winning documentary “Brothers in Arms.”

He retired from KVEC radio in 2015, but still made regular appearances on Friday afternoons. 

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LCP112233 Jun 21, 2022 01:36 PM
Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

Great guy. I remember he got his start in the mid seventies as editor(?) I think of the Lompoc Record. He has been around a long time! RIP.

Steve_O Jun 21, 2022 10:13 AM
Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

Great guy. Never should have let him get away from KEYT. I imagine he was much happier to be up north living in AG and working close to home there. He enjoyed SB during it's last good decade, and got out before it became what it is now. North of the tunnel is where it's at!

Lew Riffle Jun 21, 2022 07:35 AM
Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

I will never forget him signing off on the 6pm news the night of the Painted Cave Fire...the look on his face said everything that we needed to know at that moment.

Henry Sarria Jun 20, 2022 02:32 PM
Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

Sad news indeed. King always had a great heart, but the coolest thing about him was that he didn't "editorialize" the news (as is the norm these days). He was a true news media icon & yeah man, missed him when he retired from KEYT, now missin' him in his passing. Truly 1 of the good dudes in journalism. Rest in peace.

FernaldPoint93108 Jun 20, 2022 12:57 PM
Former KEYT Anchor Dies at 75

Very sad. King was a terrific anchor. Such a natural and very likable.

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