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 Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Researchers are trying to understand the decision-making process of Ventura and Santa Barbara county residents who received evacuation orders during the Thomas Fire.

Stephen Wong, a doctoral candidate in transportation engineering at UC Berkeley, is conducting a research project to help gain insight about evacuations during the wildfires that hit Southern California last December – including the Thomas, Rye, Creek and Skirball Fires.

Photo by Ventura County Fire Department

While professional cyclists are competing throughout California, some amateur bicyclists in Ventura County will be on their own bike ride. 

As part of Bike to Work Week, the Ventura County Fire Department is partnering with the Ventura County Transportation Commission to host a free 14-mile bike ride from Newbury Park to Camarillo on Thursday morning. Fire Captain Stan Ziegler says members of the community will join firefighters for the ride.

A South Coast law enforcement agency is responding to a federal lawsuit that claims a Muslim woman was forced to remove her religious head covering when she was taken into custody.

Jennifer Hyatt filed a suit against the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office claiming she was not allowed to wear her hijab after she was arrested on a domestic dispute charge in Thousand Oaks in 2017. The charge was later dropped.

Photo by County of Santa Barbara

Surveyors are helping to re-establish property lines in Santa Barbara County after many markers were destroyed following the devastating 1/9 Debris Flow.

As part of the recovery effort, 70 key landmarks known as survey monuments are being set to indicate property boundaries in areas of Montecito destroyed or damaged by the flooding.

A Central Coast resident has been diagnosed with Measles.

The San Luis Obispo County Health Department says the adult was not vaccinated against the virus and was exposed to it while traveling out of state. Officials say the department investigates all cases of measles within the county, identifies people who may have been exposed and contacts those people to help ensure they receive treatment and don’t spread the disease further.

Photo by Shane Bowers

An exhibit created by two college students opens on the South Coast this week to portray some of the Ventura County firefighters who battled the Thomas Fire. 

A new pop-up exhibit called “Burned, But Not Forgotten” will feature photographs and interviews with Ventura County firefighters who were on the front lines of the devastating Thomas Fire. The photos and video are through the lenses of Cal State Channel Islands art student Shane Bowers and his classmate as part of their senior project.

Photo by CASA of Santa Barbara County

A Santa Barbara County man is riding his bicycle across California to raise awareness for abused and neglected children and the need for more advocate volunteers.

Aaron Pankratz, Associate Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA of Santa Barbara County, is cycling 588 miles in four days to send an important message.

Photo by Santa Barbara Zoo

You can now see koalas at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Two koalas – Two-year-old Edmund and six-year-old Thackory – are on loan from the Los Angeles and San Diego zoos for a one-year stay. They're on view in a special outdoor exhibit near the Zoo Train station, where they're housed in separate adjacent enclosures.  Their food comes from a eucalyptus plantation in Arizona.

Photo by Paso Pacifico (Jerry Bauer/USFS-IITF)

A South Coast nonprofit is combating climate change with a campaign to plant a million trees in Central America.

Paso Pacifico, a Ventura County-based nonprofit focused on wildlife conservation, is launching the Million Tree Campaign. For every $10 donated, its team of rangers and volunteers will plant, monitor and protect one tree in Nicaragua.

Law enforcement is releasing more information about the homeless man accused of a random deadly stabbing at a South Coast restaurant.

The suspect, 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, was charged on Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele at Aloha Steakhouse in Ventura.

Unemployment continues to fall on the South and Central Coasts.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting that the jobless rate in Ventura County was 3.6% percent in March, dropping from 4% a month earlier. In Santa Barbara County, the 4.4% unemployment rate last month was down from 4.9% percent in February. And, the percentage of people unemployed in San Luis Obispo County fell by 0.3% to 2.9% last month.

Photo by David Grannis

A documentary on California’s historic drought produced by a South Coast college professor and his students will be screened this week.

The film “Turf Wars: SoCal Water Conservation” takes a deep look into the state’s severe drought and its impacts.  It was created by a film professor and his two students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. 

Karie Portillo Guerra, who was a student when she helped create the film, says it was eye-opening to see the devastation in Central Valley towns that had pumped their groundwater dry.

A South Coast community that has long been waiting for open space finally has a park of their own. 

Kellogg Park located at Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue on the Westside of Ventura is now open to the public. 

Photo by Community Environmental Council

Some nonprofits across the South and Central Coasts will be able to go solar at no cost.

The Community Environmental Council is launching a new pilot program called Solarize Nonprofit.

Photo by A. Engstrom

Climate change is expected to cause sea level rise, which could severely impact the California coast. The County of Ventura is encouraging residents to be prepared. 

The coastal areas are already vulnerable to storms.

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