Banfield began his 50+ year journalism career in native Ohio and went on to join KABC in 1967. Since then, he has earned a status among the best in his craft in Southern California.
Bob was bestowed the honor by San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops, who praised Bob for his fairness and accuracy in reporting, and credited him with mentoring the public information officers of the department.
Bob received a standing ovation from members of the Sheriff's Department as he received the proclamation plaque certifying the honor.
"It's been real fun," Banfield said, as he went on to reminisce a time when he was given the opportunity to ride one of the Sheriff's new helicopters. He humbly called other Southern California reporters he's encountered throughout his career, "the very best," and got a bit emotional as he said, "I'm thankful I could compete with them."