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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An arrest has been made in connection to a series of arson fires in Ventura.

Police said 37-year-old Elisabeth Hurtadovera started at least six fires on Saturday between midnight and 3:30 in the morning. Firefighters responded and knocked the fires down.

Authorities said the first fire was spotted in the area of Shenandoah Street and Portola Road at about 12:20 am. Then, just before 2 am, four additional fires were found burning between the 2400 and 2600 blocks of Main Street. At just before 3:30 in the morning, a witness reported that a woman set fire to a trash can and shopping cart near Ventura Avenue and Prospect Road. 

Two former executives of a Conejo Valley-based company have agreed to plead guilty to participating in a fraud scheme, embezzling millions of dollars.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the defendants agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection to stealing $5 million from iPayment, a payment processor based in Westlake Village.

When you learn about research being conducted on the universe, you usually hear about it in the news, a lecture hall or a conference. But, now, astronomers on the South Coast are talking about their research to the general public in an unlikely place.

A bartender is shaking up a cocktail for a customer at the M8trx Nightclub and Lounge on State Street where 250 people have packed it to capacity. It seems like a typical night at a crowded bar. That’s until Iair Arcavi, an astronomer who’s doing postdoctoral research at UC Santa Barbara and Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, steps on stage.

There was a scary moment during a baseball game at a Conejo Valley high school this weekend.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said students were playing baseball at Agoura High School on Saturday when a vehicle drove onto the field. An off-duty officer detained the driver until Sheriff’s deputies arrived. They arrested the man for assault and reckless driving.

Luckily, no one was injured. No word on what caused the man to drive onto the field during the game.

It’s time to pull out your umbrella  again. Wet weather heads our way.

A weak cold front is moving through the South and Central Coasts on Sunday.

The National Weather Service said rain hits Ventura,  Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in the morning. The rain will then turn into showers and will be over for most areas in the afternoon and early evening. There could be a few lingering showers for the rest of the day.

This storm is only expected to produce a tenth to a quarter inch of rain. Temperatures will stay cool  with highs in the 50s to lower 60s.

Things are looking a little dim when it comes to the job market on the South and Central Coasts.

The California Employment Development Department has released numbers showing that the unemployment rates for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are up while the state’s jobless numbers are down.

In Ventura County, the unemployment rate was 5.1% in January, climbing from 4.8% in December. The percentage of those out of work in Santa Barbara County was 5.9% in January, which is a 0.5% increase from the month before. And, the jobless rate in San Luis Obispo County was 4.2% in January, a jump from 3.9% in December.

Authorities are investigating a murder on the Central Coast.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says around 1:30 Saturday morning, deputies responded to a report of a man with a gun at a bar in Orcutt. They arrived at Elmer’s on Clark Avenue and learned that a man was down with a gunshot wound. Deputies and paramedics located the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. During that time, neighbors received an emergency alert that notified them to shelter in place.

Photo by City of Santa Barbara

The South Coast is still dealing with problems created by the biggest storm of the season, but work will be done this week to ensure all boats can access the Santa Barbara Harbor.

The February 17th storm brought torrential rains, strong winds and large ocean swells to the harbor, which damaged sand berms and pilings and destroyed four anchored sailboats that were washed away.

“The biggest issue was that it deposited massive amounts of sand into the mouth of Santa Barbara Harbor,” said Dominique Samario with the Santa Barbara Waterfront.

It’s not the Oscars, but there’s a movie event happening on the South Coast to honor scholarship winners.

YCE, a Ventura-based engineering firm, is rolling out the "green" carpet on Sunday afternoon. Two female students pursuing degrees in engineering and agriculture will be receiving scholarships.

The company’s founder and president Marta Alvarez -- a civil engineer herself -- says she hopes to encourage young women to pursue engineering.

Authorities have released the names of the father and young son who were killed in an apartment fire on the South Coast.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said 24-year-old Mario Rangel and his five-year-old son, Diego, died from smoke inhalation.

The fire happened around 4 a.m. on Friday in a two-story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme. Neighbors told firefighters that Mario got his wife and daughter out of the home safely and then went back inside to save his son. But both got trapped inside and died.

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