Patti Piburn is an assistant professor of journalism. She received her Masters of Arts in Journalism and Communication from South Dakota University in 2013, and has her Bachelors of Art in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Arizona State University. She has been working as a journalist since 1995, and as an educator since 2006. Patti started out doing traffic reports in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona right after graduating from ASU. She went on to anchor and report for TV Stations in Roswell, New Mexico, Idaho Falls, and the Salinas/Monterey area. When she landed at Santa Maria’s KCOY, Patti knew she’d found her home. She anchored and reported for the KCOY (CBS 12) morning show for nearly ten years, and during part of that run also anchored the news on sister station KKFX (Fox 11).