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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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

A UC Santa Barbara student has been arrested for a brutal attack on a local pastor.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say on Saturday at about 2 a.m., 22-year-old Paul Gusman began throwing his body against the front door of Father Jon Stephen Hedges’ home located on the 68-hundred block of Fortuna Road in Isla Vista.

A South Coast university is celebrating a new federal guideline that gives students more freedom to fly drones.

On May 4th, the FAA announced that it supports students’ use of unmanned aircraft at accredited educational institutions. By re-classifying such students as “hobbyists,” they now can fly drones with fewer restrictions.

UC Santa Barbara students and community members held a rally on Sunday afternoon in front of University United Methodist Church to declare Isla Vista a safe zone. 

“There’s no room for any discrimination against anybody,” said Reverend Frank Schaefer.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Authorities on the Central Coast are investigating a two-vehicle crash, involving a reported stolen car, that left an animal dead and a woman with major injuries.

It happened on Saturday around 5:30 am on Highway 154 near Foxen Canyon Road in the Buellton area. Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said one vehicle slammed into a donkey that was wandering in the area.

A historic pier on the South Coast has reopened to the public this weekend after it was closed for over four months following serious damage caused by high surf.

More than a hundred people gathered at the Ventura Pier on Saturday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Erik Nasarenko and other city officials. After it was officially reopen, residents took a walk along the landmark and some spent the day fishing and enjoying the views of the Ventura Coast.

An alleged arsonist is now in custody in connection to a destructive apartment complex fire on the Central Coast last year that seriously injured one person.

Santa Maria Police say 19-year-old Daniel Abraham Reyna of Lake Forest was arrested on Thursday and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on a felony arson charge. Investigators say they believe he set the fire to the Vizcaya Apartments on Sonya Lane in Santa Maria on March 12th of last year. Firefighters say they arrived on the scene and found several apartments engulfed in flames and smoke.

Lucy Ferrier from Santa Paula reads one of her favorite Shakespearean sonnets. 

“Shakespeare really speaks to the human condition and the human heart," she said. "Things we’re feeling and fearing and dealing with today.”

Foster children in Ventura County are getting a boost with an event over the weekend that raised money and awareness for their cause. The 4th annual HOPE4Kids Run &Festival was held on Saturday at the Camarillo Community Center Park.

Among hundreds of people who attended was 11-year-old Esmeralda Gutierrez, who was once a foster kid.

"It changed my life so much," she said. "Now I have support in school and options to do my dream.  I'm so grateful for that." 

A former longtime television news anchor in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties will be serving some time behind bars.

A couple thousand people have more reason to “smile” after a visit to the South Coast over the weekend. Many low-income people received free dental work at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Authorities on the Central Coast are investigating a dispute between a mother and her adult daughter that turned deadly.

Santa Maria Police say their argument led to a traffic collision that ended in the daughter’s death.

A two-day event aimed at tackling climate change, “The Environment: Issues and Strategies in the U.S. and China” is being held at UC Santa Barbara and has drawn experts from both China and the United States.

The annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday in Alameda Park, organized by the Community Environmental Council.

Farm workers chant "Si, Se puede," meaning "Yes, we can."  They hold up signs that say “We Feed You” and pictures of Cesar Chavez, along with dancers dressed in colorful Aztec costumes and a little mariachi. More than 100 people marched through the streets on Sunday, sending one clear message.

More than a hundred young people from across California and Nevada just wrapped up a week of training on the South Coast to become firefighters.

Two people have been found dead inside a South Coast home, and authorities believe it may be a murder-suicide.  Ventura County Sheriff's officials say investigators are looking for clues at the house located on the 2000 block of Paseo Noche in Camarillo. The bodies of a man and a woman in their 70s were discovered in a bedroom by their daughter just before midnight.

"We believe that whatever parties were involved are in the house," said Sgt. John Franchi. "We don't believe that we have any suspect on the loose."

City of Ventura

Today is the 150th birthday of the city of Ventura. The city, then called San Buenaventura, was incorporated in 1866. That's more than 80 years after Father Junipero Serra founded California’s ninth mission there. The city’s century and a half anniversary calls for celebration today.

Hundreds of high school students from across California and China wrapped up a mega robotics competition in Ventura this weekend.

Inside a crowded arena at Ventura College, the focus was on the field. Robots -- controlled by students -- catapult balls, cross over obstacles and scale tower walls in this Medieval-themed competition organized by FIRST Robotics.

Volunteers spent part of the weekend building homes for low-income families in Santa Paula.

They sawed wood to lay down the foundation of a four-bedroom house; that home will soon belong to a struggling family.

Michael Pearce

A new take on Celtic and Medieval traditions is the focus of an art exhibit on the South Coast.

Tributes continue to pour in from around the world for former First Lady Nancy Reagan following her death yesterday.

There’s concern about frequent bicycle accidents at and around UC Santa Barbara.

They looked like ships straight out of the 1700’s, and appeared in movies like “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

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