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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A Conejo Valley walk on Sunday honored those who died  in the September 11th terrorist attacks, and it promoted peace. 

It was a walk through California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks with people holding up signs of peace heroes, who are individuals and organizations promoting nonviolent solutions to conflicts.

Organizer Shepha Vainstein said it is appropriate to hold this Peace Heroes Walk on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

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Bells rang Sunday morning throughout South and Central Coast fire stations to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Flags were lowered to half-staff, and there  were moments of silence for reflection.

In Ventura County, five bells were rung four times in a row at 6:59 Sunday morning, coinciding with the time of the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower.

A Ventura mother accused of child endangerment and attacking officers is finally in custody. 

Police officers responded to the Bayshore Inn on Main Street Friday afternoon for a welfare check of a 29-year-old woman and her six-month-old baby.

Ventura Police Sergeant William Dolan said the woman – identified as Allison Silva – ran from officers holding onto her child.

Clothing can be more than a fashion statement. An art exhibit on the South Coast explores how clothes can represent serious social issues.

Rachel Schmid, curator of the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks created an exhibit called Material Culture.

“That idea of how much cloth means to society and particularly to women’s rights,” she said.

The music manager credited with introducing the rap group N.W.A. to the masses has died following a traffic collision in Ventura County.

Authorities said Jerry Heller may have suffered a medical condition while driving a Lincoln sedan on Triunfo Canyon Road in Thousand Oaks just before noon on Friday.

Sheriff's investigators say he was approaching Westlake Boulevard when he rear-ended a mini-van, pushing it up and over the center median and it came to rest in the eastbound lanes of the roadway. Heller’s Lincoln ended up on the center median.

The minivan driver was treated at the scene for injuries and released. Heller was transported to Los Robles Hospital where he died Friday night. He was 75 years old.

Photo by Alex Mooney

A little bit of Hawaii comes to the South Coast this weekend. It’s the 12th annual Aloha Beach Festival at Surfer’s Point/Promenade Park in Ventura. It features a longboard surf contest, paddle board and outrigger races and Polynesian and Hawaiian dancers.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The 1400 firefighters battling a large wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County are getting a better handle on it.

Officials say the 33,000-acre Rey Fire in the Los Padres National Forest has moved up to 54-percent containment and has not spread since Friday. Crews are concentrating on securing and mopping up the remaining uncontained fireline on the northeast corner of the fire.

Two suspects believed to be responsible for a large number of “window smash” car burglaries on the Central Coast have been busted.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say deputies arrested 24-year-old Daniel Castro and 19-year-old Salvador Perez following a month-long investigation. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a third suspect.

“805” has become synonymous with the South and Central Coast. However, it appears a new area code is coming to the region.

Photo by Los Padres National Forest

The fast-moving brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest of Santa Barbara County has almost doubled in size within 24 hours. Officials say the Rey Fire has now scorched nearly 19,000 acres of land, and containment remains at just 10%.


Ventura County residents who are struggling to buy a home can now get some “virtual” help. 

Ramiro Lopez lives with his wife and 20-month-old daughter in a small one-bedroom apartment that they rent in Oxnard.

“It would be nice to one day have a place that is ours,” he said.

They can’t afford a down payment for a house. So, they turned to the Ventura County Community Development Corporation, which provides services and resources for prospective homeowners.

“Free time isn’t a big thing right now for us,” Lopez said.  

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A fast-moving wildfire in central California that started Saturday and forced evacuations of a lakeside community has now burned nearly 1,500 acres. It’s now 10-percent contained.

Authorities have arrested a wanted suspect on the South Coast, but not before a wild police chase.

Thousand Oaks Police detectives were investigating 34-year-old Joshua Nation of Newbury Park, who was accused of several counts of felony identity theft and felony domestic violence. When officers tried to stop him Friday afternoon in Simi Valley at East Los Angeles Avenue and 5th Street, the suspect sped away.

A group of college students from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is on the East Coast for a two-week trip that could mold their future careers. 

Kendra Saunders, who will be transferring to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks from Ventura College this fall, is among 20 STEM students – mostly first generation and low income students– in this UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program.

Authorities on the South Coast are investigating a deadly crash that left an elderly woman and her dog dead.

It happened around 6:30 Saturday evening in Ventura at Telephone Road and Ramelli Avenue. Police say the woman was walking her dog along a crosswalk when a vehicle, driven by a 25-year-old man, plowed into them. Investigators say the man was traveling northbound on Ramelli and made a left turn onto westbound Telephone when he struck them.

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Researchers on the South Coast are helping African scientists stave off starvation.

Geographers with the UC Santa Barbara and the U.S. Geological Survey’s Climate Hazards Group will be using remote sensing and climate data to predict poor harvests so that they can mitigate them and prevent severe hunger.

About 150 men and women -- who served our country but are now living on the streets -- have been getting a little bit of help on the South Coast. 

The Ventura County Stand Down was held over the weekend at the Army National Guard Armory in Ventura. Homeless veterans received free services including dental work; medical screenings; optometry exams; psychological, legal and employment counseling; clean clothes; hot meals and a place to sleep for three nights and two days.

A skydiver has set a world record on the South Coast.  

Luke Aikins jumped 25,000 feet without a parachute at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley on Saturday. He hit the 100-by-100-foot net perfectly, quickly climbed out of it and walked over to hug his wife.  It was broadcast live on the Fox network. 


Thousands of marijuana plants have been confiscated after investigators say they discovered a multi-million-dollar illegal marijuana grow in Ventura County.

Search warrants were served Friday on two properties located on the 13000 block of Grand Avenue, just outside of Fillmore. Detectives found about 8,000 marijuana plants on 80 acres of land. They determined it was illegally being operated under the guise of a marijuana cooperative as part of the Compassionate Care Act in which California voters legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.

A local computer scientist is bringing technology from her lab into the fields to create smarter and more sustainable farming. 

Chandra Krintz grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana. Now, as a UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s co-leading a team of scientists and students to develop a tech-based system called SmartFarm. 

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council

An 81-year-old Conejo Valley woman has reached her goal of horseback riding for 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Ruth Gerson, along with four of her female friends, returned on Saturday from a six-day ride on the newly completed Backbone Trail. The five women started Monday from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County and ended at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles.


The continuing heat wave, mixed with other weather conditions across the South Coast, is ripe for wild fire danger.

Red flag warnings are in effect for Southern Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County mountains on Saturday.

A Conejo Valley woman embarks on a six-day horseback ride on Monday through the Santa Monica Mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ruth Gerson, who’s 81-years young and full of adventure, says she’s excited to ride the 67-mile Backbone Trail -- from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County to Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles -- with four of her female friends.  

“This is not just for young people," she said. "This is for anyone who wants to do it.”

A Ventura County woman who spearheaded a program to train search dogs and their handlers for disasters has recently been recognized for her efforts.

Eighty-two-year-old Wilma Melville of Santa Paula founded the Ojai-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in 1996 and recently received the Award of Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts from the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots.

Los Padres National Forest

The 2,300-acre brush fire that has been burning for more than two weeks in the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County is almost fully contained.

Officials say the Pine Fire is now 93% contained, and full containment is expected Sunday. Nearly 200 firefighters are battling the fire: suppressing hotspots and improving fire lines.

A renowned architect, who motivated a South Coast city to adopt one of the “greenest” energy codes in the nation, is returning this week.

Edward Mazria said his talk in Santa Barbara a decade ago prompted the city to become a leader in energy efficiency by creating a very progressive energy code for the building sector.

“It was a local code that actually went beyond the state code," he said. "And it was the first one to do that.”

Twenty men have been busted in a prostitution sting at a hotel on the South Coast.

The arrests came following a reverse “John” sting operation on Thursday and Friday conducted by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives and Santa Barbara Police officers at a Goleta hotel.

A former Ventura County man living in Mexico and wanted for the double murder of his estranged wife and her boyfriend more than 25 years ago is finally back in the U.S.

The FBI says 46-year-old Everardo Meza Alamillo, who was once a resident of Santa Paula, was extradited yesterday. He was arrested in Mexico in November of last year following a joint investigation by detectives with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, FBI agents and Mexican law enforcement officials.

A national exhibit, that explores the history of Asian Pacific Americans, makes a stop in the South Coast.

“[It] Highlights the history of Asian Pacific Americans whether they were born here or immigrated here,” said Stefanie Davis, who works at the Museum of Ventura County in downtown Ventura.

Los Padres National Forest

Several hundred firefighters continue to battle a brush fire burning in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, which has now grown to almost 1,600 acres. It still stands at no containment.