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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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.

A flu outbreak is hitting people across the country and right here on the South and Central Coasts.

There has been a significant increase in influenza activity in recent weeks that has caused a surge of illnesses, hospitalizations and even deaths.

Green waste – like tree limbs and grass – can produce an enormous amount of methane if left in a landfill. The methane emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. But, there’s a company based in the South Coast that’s working to reduce the effects of climate change by taking green waste and putting it back in the ground.

Photo by Kerri Frangioso

A researcher on the Central Coast is leading an international group of scientists to help prevent the global problem of dying forests.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Richard Cobb says forests worldwide are dying at an accelerated pace mostly due to drought and heat from climate change. So, he collaborated with 20 researchers around the world to develop a framework to help minimize future forest mortality rates.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

A central coast university is teaming up with a major tech company to try to find technological solutions to problems that organizations face.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Amazon Web Services have created the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub where they’re helping government, education and nonprofit sectors.

Photo by Downtown Ventura

With chilly temperatures hitting the South Coast, there’s a place to keep warm this winter.

The West Ventura Winter Warming Shelter – which serves the entire county – is now open at the Ventura National Guard Armory. It provides a safe place to sleep, a hot meal and shower facilities for the homeless during the winter months.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Many Ventura and Santa Barbara county residents are returning home to find a lot of ash left by the massive Thomas Fire. But, there are ways you can properly clean up all that ash.

Don’t start cleaning while ash is still falling. Wait until conditions improve. Make sure to protect yourself by wearing a mask and gloves.

Photo by Ventura County Fire Department

There’s a way you can support the victims of the Thomas Fire that has charred Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The United Way of Ventura County has set up the Thomas Fire Fund in which 100% of donations will support those impacted by the massive wildfire.

A number of schools in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will be closed on Monday due to the Thomas Fire. As of Sunday afternoon, the following are some of the schools and districts that are scheduled to be shut down on Monday, December 11:

Photo by Ventura County Public Works Agency

A new water pipeline is bringing millions of gallons of recycled water to a South Coast city.

The Ventura County Public Works Agency has recently completed a two-mile recycled water pipeline and booster pump station.

Much of the South and Central Coasts – along with most of Southern California – is in for days of critical fire weather conditions due to dry and gusty Santa Ana winds.

More than 100 high school students pulled an all-nighter this weekend to do computer coding.

The Ventura County Office of Education hosted its first Hackathon By the Sea at its conference center in Camarillo where students did coding projects that included creating websites, apps and games.

Photo by Ventura County Library System

A new branch of the Ventura County Library is opening this weekend.

The new east side library is located in Ventura on Hill Road across from the Ventura County Government Center.

Nancy Schram, with the County Library System, says the Wright Library that was near Ventura College closed in 2009.

Photo by Patriotic Productions

There’s a special exhibit this weekend on the South Coast that honors service men and women who lost their lives during the War On Terror.

It’s the National Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Gold Star mother Noala Fritz, who lost her son Jacob in 2007, is traveling with this national memorial.

An investigation is underway after a man suffered life threatening injuries at a school on the South Coast.

Ventura Police say the department received a 911 call about an injured person found on the grounds of Holy Cross School on Main Street.

A zoo is bringing the world’s top animal researchers to the South Coast to educate the community in a very unusual way. Science is melded with comedy to create a unique program for the public.

This is IMPROVology at the Santa Barbara Zoo where more than 100 people have gathered to learn science through improv comedy.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has revamped its website that now allows residents to do so much more. 

The new website has the same web address – sbsheriff.org – but it now contains 120 pages with more than 650 photos and dozens of informative videos.

With a rise in the number of dog attacks in Santa Barbara County, there’s now an updated law intended to bring those numbers down.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services Director Jan Glick says the Board of Supervisors recently unanimously agreed to revise its Vicious Dog Ordinance, making it more restrictive.

There’s some good news on the job front for the South and Central Coasts. The California Employment Development Department is reporting a dip in unemployment numbers.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

There’s a new effort on the South Coast aimed at improving public safety.

It’s called Ventura County Project to Support Reentry. This program was recently launched by the Ventura County Executive Office, the Ventura County Probation Agency, Interface Children and Family Services and the nonprofit Social Finance.

Authorities are investigating a deadly hit and run accident on the South Coast.

Santa Paula Police say around 5:30 Friday evening, officers responded to the 700 block of West Harvard Boulevard where they found a 74-year-old man in the middle of the roadway.

Photo by Khan Academy

A South Coast biotech company’s foundation is donating several million dollars in an effort to help students around the world learn biology.

The Amgen Foundation in Thousand Oaks is providing a three-year, $3 million grant to Khan to develop comprehensive new biology lessons.

Photo by NASA, ESA, G. Bacon (STSci)

Scientists have studied thousands of exploding stars – which are called supernovas – for hundreds of years. They’ve developed an understanding of how they work. But, now, astronomers on the South Coast have observed what they believe is a supernova doing strange things never seen before.  Their observations are challenging existing theories about supernovas.

Photo by VCTC

A new bus service that’s launching this week will help connect Ventura County’s eastern and western areas. 

The Ventura County Transportation Commission is opening the East-West Connector on Friday.

Robots built by middle and high school students compete on the South Coast.

This VEX Robotics competition that involved about 200 students from across Southern California took place Saturday at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference and Educational Services Center in Camarillo.

Researchers find that students on the South and Central Coasts are losing tens of thousands of days of instruction due to suspensions. 

A study by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies shows that suspensions in school districts across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties accounted for nearly 28,000 days of lost instruction during the 2014-2015 academic year.

A city on the South Coast has become smoke-free.

The city of Santa Barbara adopted a new law prohibiting smoking in outdoor public areas including beaches, parks, sidewalks, outdoor recreational areas and sports facilities, Stearns Wharf and outdoor restaurant patios before 10 pm.

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