KEYT’s Beloved Chief Videographer Makes Final Cut To Retirement

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The News Channel 3-12 team says “See you soon” to our newsroom patriarch and chief videographer, Herb Tuyay, an industry legend.

To put it more succinctly, Herb changes the format from the longer, 12-hour-a-day version to the shorter, part-time job.

“It’s not weird, it feels good!” Herb said recently while he was in a mounting trance.

Herb is known throughout Santa Barbara County and across the country for his award-winning stories, calm demeanor under pressure, and witty “herbs.”

The self-proclaimed “Yoda” has passed on his stylistic approaches to lighting, filming and editing to hundreds of aspiring videographers over the decades, while mentoring first-timers at longtime station TV Hill.

Many of these entry-level editors and videographers are now working in major markets.

Herb is the guy who for 37 years helped cover the biggest stories on the Central and South Coasts; major wildfires, oil spills, mass shootings, floods and landslides, high-profile lawsuits as well as historic milestones and colorful jubilant celebrations.

He captured impactful and powerful images throughout our community, as well as more mundane moments of everyday life. And, he approached every topic and every situation with integrity, empathy, and artistry for nearly four decades.

Mike Eliason, public information officer with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, stopped by the press room Wednesday afternoon to present Herb with a plaque and photo. The plaque was a dual honor from the Santa Barbara City and County Fire Departments, recognizing Herb’s dedication and service to the community.

(COURTESY: KEYT/Mike Eliason)

The photo… well, look closely and you’ll see it was a different kind of honor, capturing the essence of Herb’s humor and journalistic wisdom.


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