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, ESA, and Patrick Kelly (University of Minnesota)

A South Coast scientist is among an international group of researchers that discovered the farthest star ever seen. 

Dr. Curtis McCully, an astrophysicist at Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, played a part in the discovery of an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus that’s located nine billion lightyears away.

Authorities are identifying a foreign exchange student who was riding in an Uber when she was killed in a crash on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s officials say 19-year-old Justine Van Ginderachter of Belgium was a passenger in an Uber that collided with another vehicle early Friday morning at Hollister Avenue and Storke Road in Goleta.

Recent storms drenched the South and Central Coasts. But, they did not bring enough wet weather to reach normal rainfall levels.

Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are still not on track to receive even close to normal rainfall this season.

“It’s been a very dry winter, and fortunately in March we have an above normal rainfall total for the month of March, which has helped make up a little bit of the deficit for the other four months, but has barely made a dent in it,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Fisher.

Thousands of people across the South and Central Coasts are marching in support of gun control as part of the national March for Our Lives movement.

In downtown Ventura on Saturday, a march and rally organized by high school students brought people of all ages to Plaza Park.

Eighteen-year-old Sofia Felino, a student at Santa Barbara City College, says she felt compelled to march.

Photo by United States Postal Service

It can sometimes be a headache to get or renew your passport. But there’s a way that South Coast residents can have an easier time. The Oxnard Main Post Office is holding a Passport Fair on Monday.

Oxnard Postmaster Laura McDowell says extra staff will be on hand to speed up the process, and no appointment is necessary.

Photo by NOAA/National Weather Service

The storm that is hitting the South and Central Coasts this weekend is on its way out. And the good news is that it hasn’t caused any problems for the brush fire burn areas.

Public safety officials say it never reached the threshold to order evacuations.

Photo by Amgen

You may have noticed a burgundy beam of light illuminating the sky on the South Coast.

Amgen has launched what it calls Spotlight Myeloma -- by shining a light from its Thousand Oaks campus as a way to raise awareness of the rare blood cancer, multiple myeloma.

Sea turtles are threatened with extinction. One of the biggest threats to their survival is illegal poaching of their eggs in Latin America. But, an innovative technological solution created by a wildlife conservation group on the South Coast is fighting illegal poaching of sea turtle eggs.

About 100 military veterans spent the past three days in the Santa Monica Mountains training to fight wildfires.

A group of mostly veterans is undergoing a communication training exercise. They’re holding a string while blindfolded, and they have to work together to create different shapes.

Photo by Soroptimist International of Ventura

There’s an effort on the South Coast this week to fight human trafficking and sexual slavery.

Dawn Schiller, a survivor and now advocate, will be at a Community Walk and Speaker Forum on Thursday in Ventura where she’ll talk about how she felt as a human trafficking victim that started when she was only 15 years old.

There’s something new that promotes literacy at parks in Ventura County.

Some people come to Camino Real Park in Ventura to play basketball. Others come for baseball. And now there’s another reason to stop by the park.

“It’s a little library. It’s a little free place for people to drop things off and pick up some cool treasures,” says Julie Morris of Ventura.

There was a rash of threats reported at schools around the country on Friday in the wake of the Florida shooting, but one led to an arrest on the South Coast.

Deputies responded to a threat of violence involving a firearm that they say was made by a Carpinteria Middle School student. School staff reported that the threat came from a 13-year-old boy on-campus and was overheard by his fellow students.

Poisons had long been used to protect levees and dams from rodents. But, now, Ventura County has turned to a more environmentally friendly approach. A South Coast Boy Scout troop is helping the county attract birds of prey to do the work that poisons once did.

Photo by National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

Many of the search dogs involved in the 1/9 Debris Flow rescue efforts in Santa Barbara County were trained in Ventura County before part of their training center was lost in the Thomas Fire.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is a Santa Paula-based non-profit that rescues and trains dogs to find people buried alive in disasters. Its 125-acre National Training Center opened just three months before the Thomas Fire.

A rocket launch from the Central Coast is getting delayed once again.

SpaceX was originally planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying satellites from Vandenberg Air Force just after 6 a.m. on Saturday.  It was pushed back to Sunday morning after officials wanted more time for pre-launch system checks. Then, it was postponed to Wednesday for additional time to perform final checkouts.  

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