Debra Greene

Weekend On-Air Host / Reporter

Debra Greene is an award-winning broadcast journalist. She is a native Southern Californian, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from UCLA with an M.A. in broadcast journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. She started her career as a weekend news writer for a station in Los Angeles and then moved to Northern California to become a news reporter for a top Sacramento radio station. She returned to Los Angeles to report for radio, with a stint at KCET’s newsmagazine show, SoCal Connected. Before joining KCLU, Debra anchored at an Inland Empire-based radio station and worked as a radio news correspondent for 24/7 News Source, where her reports were aired on stations across the country.
Debra has earned numerous journalism awards including the Simon T. Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from USC, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, an APTRA Mark Twain Award, a NorCal RTNDA Award and four Golden Mikes.
You can hear Debra anchoring on weekend mornings and her reports during the week, and you can reach Debra here.

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Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service

The storm that is hitting the South and Central Coasts this weekend is on its way out. And the good news is that it hasn’t caused any problems for the brush fire burn areas.

Public safety officials say it never reached the threshold to order evacuations.

Photo by Amgen

You may have noticed a burgundy beam of light illuminating the sky on the South Coast.

Amgen has launched what it calls Spotlight Myeloma -- by shining a light from its Thousand Oaks campus as a way to raise awareness of the rare blood cancer, multiple myeloma.

Sea turtles are threatened with extinction. One of the biggest threats to their survival is illegal poaching of their eggs in Latin America. But, an innovative technological solution created by a wildlife conservation group on the South Coast is fighting illegal poaching of sea turtle eggs.

About 100 military veterans spent the past three days in the Santa Monica Mountains training to fight wildfires.

A group of mostly veterans is undergoing a communication training exercise. They’re holding a string while blindfolded, and they have to work together to create different shapes.

Photo by Soroptimist International of Ventura

There’s an effort on the South Coast this week to fight human trafficking and sexual slavery.

Dawn Schiller, a survivor and now advocate, will be at a Community Walk and Speaker Forum on Thursday in Ventura where she’ll talk about how she felt as a human trafficking victim that started when she was only 15 years old.

There’s something new that promotes literacy at parks in Ventura County.

Some people come to Camino Real Park in Ventura to play basketball. Others come for baseball. And now there’s another reason to stop by the park.

“It’s a little library. It’s a little free place for people to drop things off and pick up some cool treasures,” says Julie Morris of Ventura.

There was a rash of threats reported at schools around the country on Friday in the wake of the Florida shooting, but one led to an arrest on the South Coast.

Deputies responded to a threat of violence involving a firearm that they say was made by a Carpinteria Middle School student. School staff reported that the threat came from a 13-year-old boy on-campus and was overheard by his fellow students.

Poisons had long been used to protect levees and dams from rodents. But, now, Ventura County has turned to a more environmentally friendly approach. A South Coast Boy Scout troop is helping the county attract birds of prey to do the work that poisons once did.

Photo by National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Many of the search dogs involved in the 1/9 Debris Flow rescue efforts in Santa Barbara County were trained in Ventura County before part of their training center was lost in the Thomas Fire.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a Santa Paula-based non-profit that rescues and trains dogs to find people buried alive in disasters. Its 125-acre National Training Center opened just three months before the Thomas Fire.

A rocket launch from the Central Coast is getting delayed once again.

SpaceX was originally planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellites from Vandenberg Air Force just after 6 a.m. on Saturday.  It was pushed back to Sunday morning after officials wanted more time for pre-launch system checks. Then, it was postponed to Wednesday for additional time to perform final checkouts.  

Minority children across the South and Central Coasts are being encouraged to pursue science careers. A youth summit in Ventura County targeted minority students with the hope that they would get excited about STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Photo by California Lutheran University

A South Coast university will be building a $30 million science center. 

California Lutheran University will be breaking ground on its Thousand Oaks campus later this month on what will become a three-story, 47,000-square-foot facility featuring 30 flexible science labs.

There’s a computer science course on the South Coast that’s teaching kids how to develop computer programs, which is known as coding. These children are attending a weekly class at a local library to become code-savvy.

This is the Coding Club which brings young people to Santa Barbara Central Library’s Tech Lab. These kids are having fun, but they’re also learning skills that can turn them into the next generation of computer programmers.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Amid the loss and destruction from the deadly flooding in Santa Barbara County, there’s an effort to create a vision for rebuilding.

People who live and work in and around the Montecito area are being asked to voice their thoughts on how to rebuild.

Authorities are investigating a crash in Ventura County that killed one woman and severely injured two other women.

The California Highway Patrol says it happened around 5:30 Saturday evening on Highway 101 just north of Padre Juan Canyon near Faria Beach.

Some residents are concerned about Valley Fever in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and flooding. But the good news from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is that the risk of infection is low.

Valley Fever is caused by a fungus that exists in two forms.  It grows as a mold inches beneath desert soil, and it also exists as a spore in the air.

There’s a little known type of library that’s sprouting up throughout California. It promotes gardening, biodiversity and access to healthy food. On the South Coast, a library allows patrons to check out seeds just like checking out books.

Photo by Dave Keeling

Scientists on the Central Coast are finding just how much birds suffer as a result of noise pollution from human activity.

Clint Francis, an assistant professor in biological sciences at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, joined researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Florida Museum of Natural History to take a closer look at how noise from oil and gas operations impacts birds.

The study found that noise hinders the birds’ reproduction, causing the chicks growth to be stunted.

Photo by Santa Barbara Airport

You have a chance over the next two weeks to enroll in a program in Santa Barbara County that expedites security screenings at airports across the country.

Travelers can enroll in TSA Pre-Check at the Santa Barbara Airport for a limited time. The enrollment van will be available from Wednesday through Friday and then from February 5th through the 9th.

Photo by NASA

South and Central Coast residents are in for a rare astronomical treat this week.

On Wednesday between 5 am and 6 am, there will be a “Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.”

More Santa Barbara County residents can return home now that additional evacuation orders have been lifted following the deadly flooding.

Mail service is returning to some residents impacted by the flooding in Santa Barbara County.

U.S. Postal Service says it will be delivering mail 24 hours after the evacuations are lifted in impacted mudslide areas. The Montecito Post Office is set to reopen with full retail services on Monday.

Photo by Melanie Piazza, WildCare

State Fish and Wildlife officials are concerned the improper handling of the carcasses of some euthanized animals is responsible for the death of wildlife on the South Coast.

Since 2015, a number of raptors across California have been found to be poisoned by pentobarbital, which is used by veterinarians to euthanize animals. In Ventura County alone, seven vultures were poisoned. Five of them were rehabilitated but two died.

A section of Highway 101 that had been closed between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara due to the flooding is now open.

Crews had been working around the clock to remove mud and debris and make repairs after the January 9th flooding.

About a dozen beaches along the South Coast are closed due to contamination caused by the destructive storm earlier this month.

Ocean water samples were tested, and the results revealed high levels of bacteria.

Hundreds of people across the South and Central Coasts rallied together on Saturday to support social justice issues and to denounce President Donald Trump’s policies as part of a national movement of Women’s Marches. Crowds protested the president’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights, women’s rights, environmental issues and more.

Over the last six weeks, the Thomas Fire followed by torrential flooding last week killed nearly two dozen people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes. But there are ways to cope with the devastation.

You may feel anxious, fearful, angry, confused or helpless after the recent natural disasters took a toll on the South Coast.

A vigil will be held Sunday evening in Santa Barbara County to remember those who were killed and others who have been impacted by the devastating flooding.

A group of leaders that represent Montecito organized this event. It will take place at 5 pm on Sunday at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens in Santa Barbara.

Victims of the deadly mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County last week will be getting much needed help.

The United Way of Santa Barbara County and the United Way of Ventura County created the Thomas Fire Fund, which they have now re-established as the Thomas Fire and Flood Fund. The money will pay for basic essentials and beyond.

Photo by Soroptimist International of Simi Valley

An organization on the South Coast is trying to bring awareness about human trafficking.

Stacy Jewell, a human trafficking survivor, will be speaking at Stop Human Trafficking Awareness Day this week hosted by the Soroptimist International of Simi Valley.