Joe Buttitta came to NewsChannel 3 in April, 2012 after nearly 4 years at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. While at KABC he worked as an assignment editor, web producer and apprentice.
Joe has performed a variety of duties at NewsChannel 3. He has reported and anchored both newscasts and sportscasts, has co-hosted the very popular high school football highlight show Friday Football Focus and within his first seven months at the station won the prestigious Southern California 2012 Golden Mike Award for “Best Sports Segment”.
Versatility has always been one of Joe’s strong suits. He graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley, Moorpark College, and Cal State University, Northridge. At Royal High Joe was captain of the varsity football and basketball teams and a starter on the varsity golf team.
It was at Moorpark College that he seriously delved into broadcasting by creating, writing and anchoring the popular “Raider Rundown,” an eclectic campus-wide television show that featured academics, news and sports highlights. For his efforts he won the department’s highest award.
Joe majored in Broadcast Journalism at CSUN while continuing his practical education at KABC doing everything from gripping and engineering to working the Academy Awards in a tuxedo. After graduating CSUN in December of 2011, Joe began his search for a job.
His travels brought him to stations in Illinois, Arizona and Santa Barbara. Each visit had its positives and negatives, but he had his eye firmly set on NewsChannel 3. “It felt right in Santa Barbara,” says Joe. ”I love the area and the people at KEYT made me feel comfortable. I’m so glad they offered me a job. It was the combination of news and sports that really helped me decide. I know I made the right decision.”
Joe now co-anchors NewsChannel 3's morning newscast from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and NewsChannel 3 Midday at 11:00 a.m. He also co-anchors "Friday Football Focus" on NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 during high school football season.
When Joe isn’t working he spends his time rooting for the New York Yankees and thinks the NFL’s Red Zone show is the best thing ever.