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 David Hubbard

Last season’s El Nino didn’t bring a lot of rain to Southern California. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says it may a have actually been one of the most powerful climate events in the last 150 years.

Ecologist David Hubbard with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute is among a team of researchers who examined the 2015/2016 El Nino and its impact on beach erosion of the Pacific Coast. The results were astonishing.

“The erosion was 76% higher than normal. Most of the beaches in California eroded beyond their historic extremes.”

Scientists collected data from 29 beaches along more than 1,200 miles of coastline.

Residents who live near an old nuclear testing and rocket lab facility in Ventura County displayed mixed views at a hearing over the weekend on proposals for a cleanup.

The U.S. Department of Energy released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that included several plans to remove pollution from nearly 500 acres of land east and northeast of the Santa Susana Field Lab, and the public was invited to weigh-in on Saturday in Simi Valley.

While some residents say they’re pleased with cleanup efforts, others used the hearing to voice their opposition.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Rescue crews have located the body of a man who may have been swept away by heavy flooding in the Conejo Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say around 8:45 Saturday morning, officials in a sheriff’s helicopter and swift water rescuers found the body in a remote area of the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks. The man has not yet been identified.

Crews have been searching for a man in his 20s who was swept away Friday afternoon by fast-moving water when heavy rainfall flooded the barranca area near the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks. Just after 2 p.m., they rescued three people who were stranded within the barranca, and they told authorities that a fourth man had been swept away by the water.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A South Coast airport and a major highway reopens, but some flooding issues persist as the storm tapers off on Saturday.

The Santa Barbara Airport -- that had to shut down Saturday afternoon because part of its main runway flooded -- has reopened. Officials say runways were reopened to all aircraft at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, but travelers are warned that standing water is still an issue on roads leading to the airport.

A portion of Highway 101 on the South Coast, which was closed for more than six hours by storm flooding on Friday afternoon, is finally open.

The Channel Islands are famous for the tiny island fox. But, did you know that they were also home to mammoths – weighing anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 pounds?

Researchers are now preserving a rare mammoth fossil that was discovered on the Channel Islands, and you can get a firsthand look as they try to learn more about it.

Photo by United Way of Santa Barbara County

With tax season underway, some Santa Barbara County residents are getting help filing their returns.

Families and individuals who earned less than $62,000 last year qualify for free tax preparation. The United Way of Santa Barbara County runs this Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Thousands of protestors for and against Planned Parenthood took to the streets across the nation, throughout California and even right here on the South Coast.

In Ventura on Saturday, demonstrators were part of a De-Fund PP Nationwide rally that called on Congress and President Trump to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding. The group of pro-life supporters say they want to reallocate those funds to health centers that help disadvantaged women without resorting to abortion.

Meanwhile, a counter-protest of pro-choice supporters was held outside the Ventura County Government Center where protestors advocated for continued funding for Planned Parenthood and in favor of women’s reproductive rights.

You can step into maritime history on the South Coast.

Lady Washington, a tall ship, is docked at Ventura Harbor for the public to explore.

Captain James Mcclurg said she’s a replica.

"The original would have been built in 1782 and was a cargo-carrying vessel. We now use this ship for education purposes," he said.

This tall ship has been in several motion pictures including Pirates of the Caribbean.

Hundreds of girls from Ventura County schools are being encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM. It’s part of a nationwide push to get girls excited about these industries. 

“Girls STEM Day” was held at Pacifica High School in Oxnard, where these young women got a chance to explore the fields of engineering with some help from female engineers.

Photo by Daniel Barnett

High school students are beautifying Santa Barbara with art.

If you stroll through Santa Barbara’s “Funk Zone,” you may come across large-scale murals. These brightly painted eight-foot by eight-foot panels on the Yanonali Street side of Anacapa were created by 43 students from Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy.

“Painting in the background colors and then going back over with black to do the smaller details,” 17-year-old Allie Cole said.

The six murals depict influential artists including Ai Wei Wei and Diego Rivera.

“All art is diverse. These totally different artists all inspire us,” she said.

The students worked with Ventura-based international mural artist David Flores, who taught them life-long lessons.

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