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 NASA New Horizons

Fran Bagenal is one of the team leaders for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, and she will share her discoveries at Cal Poly this week. 

She says it took nine years for the spacecraft to finally make a flyby and 15 more months to beam images back to Earth. She says the data far exceeded her expectations.

With a recent surge in coyote encounters throughout Ventura County, an agency has now come up with a management plan.

Ventura County Animal Services says the drought has led to more coyotes coming into populated areas because they’re looking for food and water. There has been an increase in coyote sightings and coyotes attacking pets.

It can be challenging to encourage high school students to eat healthy and stay fit. That’s especially true for schools with low-income students where there are high rates of obesity and family histories of diabetes. One such high school on the South Coast is helping their students kick the bad habits and turn to a healthier lifestyle.

Farm workers took to the streets to protest in Ventura County this weekend.

Men and women who work in the fields marched on Sunday in Oxnard with signs that say “We Feed You,” “Resist” and “Trump, Who Will Feed America?”

Farm worker Jose Guadalupe, who’s undocumented, said he’s calling for protections against deportation.

More than 200 people came together on the South Coast this weekend to talk about equity in education.

Educators, administrators, students and parents attended Cal State Channel Islands’ 9th Annual Conference for Social Justice in Education yesterday at its campus in Camarillo. This year’s theme was “First Do No Harm: Challenging Laws, Policies and Practices that Undermine Social Justice in Education.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of an overnight apartment fire that displaced four people and led to evacuations of dozens more on the South Coast.

Ventura County Fire officials say the fire started around 2:30 Saturday morning in the 400 block of East Clara Street in Port Hueneme. About 60 people were evacuated from the building. The fire that was confined to a single 1,000-foot apartment unit was knocked down by firefighters in less than 20 minutes.

Someday in the future, NASA hopes to send a swarm of autonomous rovers to explore Mars. But, before they can do so, they need to create a computer code so that these robots can run on their own and work together. Some computer science students on the South Coast are among those across the nation who are working on code that could revolutionize space exploration.

Photo by Darcy Bradley

A UC Santa Barbara researcher has been studying how scuba diving with sharks – which has become a multi-million-dollar global tourism industry -- impacts the shark population. The findings were surprising.

With a quarter of shark species at risk of extinction, Darcy Bradley, a postdoctoral researcher with the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB, wanted to know if scuba diving influences the behavior and the abundance of shark populations.

“So, our question very simply was:  Do sharks avoid areas that are frequented by scuba divers?” she said.

Conejo Valley residents came together to unite against hate and to promote tolerance following hate crimes that recently hit the community.

A Chumash blessing kicked off this Unity in the Community event at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park. Twelve-year-old Ethan Skopp said he hopes it sends a clear message.

“We came out here today to help promote diversity and unity and to speak out against hate,” he said.

Participants wrote messages for the traveling Peace Tree and did expressive painting on intolerance.

Three men from Fresno have been arrested on the South Coast on human trafficking charges.

Ventura Police say they received a call from the National Human Trafficking Center hotline on Saturday evening about a 17-year-old girl who claimed she fled from a human trafficking situation and was hiding near Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road. Officers found the teenage girl, and she told them that she was with three men for the last three days and was forced to commit acts of prostitution in San Diego County until they arrived at a motel in Ventura. She claims that she was not free to leave and was threatened with physical harm.

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