Santa Barbara County News Manager
Long-time, award-winning reporter Caroline Lowe joined the KSBY News team as Santa Barbara County News Manager in May 2011. In this role she manages the Santa Maria newsroom and also reports on stories throughout Santa Barbara County.
Before coming to KSBY, Caroline spent nearly 35 years at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, most of them as a reporter covering the crime beat. She specialized in developing sources and breaking big stories - including reports which led to reforms and went nationwide. One investigative series, featured on "Oprah," showed on-duty police officers sleeping in a movie theater, working part-time jobs and hanging out in a strip joint.
Among numerous honors, Caroline has received the prestigious Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism. She also has been recognized for her service and sensitivity to victims of crime.
Caroline went back to college after two decades of reporting to earn both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She has a B.S. in Law Enforcement from Metropolitan State University and a M.A. in Police Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. In addition, she bolstered her crime reporting credentials by undergoing extensive training to become a licensed police officer and spent eight years walking the beat at the Minnesota State Fair. Caroline also taught police and media relations classes to Minnesota law enforcement officers.
Caroline is a recent graduate of the Poynter Institute's 2013 Leadership Academy http://www.poynter.org/.
Caroline was thrilled to move to the beautiful Central Coast with her husband. "I feel so lucky to live in such a magnificent place and to work with such an outstanding news team," she says. "It just doesn't get any better than this." Three of their four children live in California.