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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Research from a South Coast university finds that only a small percentage of the ocean is left relatively untouched.

UC Santa Barbara marine biology professor Ben Halpern was among scientists involved in an international study on just how much ocean can be classified as wilderness -- meaning that it has hardly been touched by human activity and remains pristine. The answer is only 13%.

A farmer’s market on the South Coast does more than just sell local produce. It helps terminally ill residents as well as those in mourning. 

Neal Dixon is at the Camarillo Farmer’s Market in Old Town Camarillo. He says it’s not the typical farmer’s market.

Scorching heat is in your forecast. A heat wave will hit the South and Central Coasts on Monday.

"Coastal areas will be in the upper 80s to the mid 90s.  The inland areas will be in the upper 90s to the triple digits up to possibly 110 in some of the warmer areas," says Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service.

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A government agency on the South Coast is trying to make it easier for the public to get help.

The Ventura County Public Works Agency has launched VCPWA Connect! for a direct, convenient way for community members to report problems within the unincorporated areas of the county.

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The bomb squad has removed a type of explosive from a storage shed on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say around 4 Saturday afternoon, a resident was cleaning out a shed on Old Mill Road when he came across items labeled explosive. The Bomb Squad responded and determined they were railroad torpedo signaling devices. While they are commercially manufactured, they are dangerous to handle and can cause injury.

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The bald eagle population is expanding on the Channel Islands.

Channel Islands National Park  officials say this year has been the most successful breeding season since restoration efforts began in 1980.  A record 20 breeding pairs reared 19 bald eagle chicks across five Channel Islands.  The tally includes 11 chicks from six nests on Santa Cruz Island, two from one nest on Santa Rosa Island, five from four nests on Santa Catalina Island and one on San Clemente Island.

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College students on the Central Coast helped a disabled man participate in a triathlon over the weekend.

Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Cornelius has cerebral palsy and can neither walk nor talk, but he was able to complete the San Luis Obispo Triathlon with his father on Sunday thanks to a group of engineering students. These Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students built a safe and comfortable trailer that connects to a bicycle so that Joseph could ride as his father, John, cycled.

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Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting close to fully containing a brush fire on the Central Coast. The 110-acre Windmill Fire near Buellton is now 80% contained.

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Firefighters in Santa Barbara County are getting a handle on a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 110-acre Windmill Fire west of Buellton near Highway 246 is now 40% contained.

Unemployment is on the rise along the South and Central Coast.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting a jobless rate of 4% in Ventura County last month, which is up 0.8% from May. In Santa Barbara County, the unemployment rate of 3.1% in May jumped to 3.9% in June. And, in San Luis Obispo County, the percentage of people unemployed was 3.3% in June, an increase of 0.8% from a month earlier.

Empathy is an important part of nursing that’s difficult to teach. But now nursing students on the South Coast are using technology to learn how to empathize with their patients. Virtual reality is helping students step in their patients’ shoes.

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South Coast researchers find that Democrats and Republicans have similar views on climate change, but they’re too party-focused to do anything about it.

Scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Colorado Boulder conducted climate change surveys of several thousand people throughout the U.S. and found general agreement across party lines.

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Santa Barbara County astronomers have received a multi-million dollar grant to build robotic telescopes.

Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory known as LCO -- which has a global network of robotic telescopes -- received a nearly $5 million dollar grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to build two more telescopes that will be located on the Canary Islands.

Photo by Santa Paula Fire Department

For the first time in more than a century, one Ventura County community has a new fire department.

The Santa Paula Fire Department has been serving the city since 1903. But on Sunday morning, it officially became part of the Ventura County Fire Department.

Extremely hot temperatures with dry and windy conditions continue this weekend. However, it’ll be a few degrees cooler and slightly less windy.

The National Weather Service has issued excessive heating warnings for the South and Central Coasts that will last until 9 pm Saturday. You can expect highs on Saturday to reach the upper 70s to mid 80s at the beaches and the 90s to triple digits inland with 15 to 25 mile an hour winds.

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