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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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.

VCFD Air Unit

A wildfire burning in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County has scorched nearly 1,500 acres of land.

More than 300 firefighters are battling the Pine Fire located about 11 miles north of Ojai in the Sespe Wilderness. So far, there's no containment.

There’s a new place to play on the South Coast for you and your four-legged friends. 

For many years, pet owners have been bringing their dogs to Campus Park in Oxnard for some outdoor playtime. The park located at the corner of fifth and H streets has been an unofficial dog park. But, this week it’s becoming official.

“We’re really excited about offering this improved space to pets and their owners,” said Oxnard Public Relations Manager Delana Gbenekama.

Relay For Life of Santa Maria

About a thousand people on the Central Coast were walking for 24 hours over the weekend to fight cancer.

Relay For Life took place at the Santa Maria Fairpark with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Each team took turns walking around the track from 10 am Saturday until 10 am Sunday.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, there’s an event on the South Coast Saturday which may help you.

The Ventura County Community Development Corporation is holding its annual Homeownership Fair at its facility on Sturgis Road in Oxnard.

The sweltering heat continues for the South and Central Coast, and that could pose a challenge for firefighters battling the Sherpa Fire.

You can expect record-breaking temperatures.

"There is excessive heat warnings out," said National Weather Service Specialist Stuart Seto.

Nearly 200 volunteers spent time over weekend on the south coast picking produce to help the hungry. 

On Saturday, locals gleaned for oranges at a family-owned farm in Somis.

Christian Cummins was among the volunteers, and together they picked more than 20,000 pounds of oranges. 

A tech savvy student on the South Coast is using his skills in a way that could someday help launch his dream job.

Seventeen-year-old Will Oakley, a senior at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, created the DPHS app.

He’s working with the district to get the app approved so that students can use it to access their grades and the school’s college application service, check school athletic scores, among other things. 

Authorities are investigating a triple fatal, wrong way crash on the South Coast.

The accident happened on Sunday around 1:30 a.m. on Highway 126 near Center Street in the Moorpark area. The California Highway Patrol says a 35-year-old Los Angeles man driving a 2015 Kia Optima traveled eastbound on the westbound #1 lane and crashed head-on into a 2012 Toyota Camry that was carrying two women from Fillmore.  All three people were killed in the collision.

Technology has apparently helped to nab a burglary suspect on the South Coast who tried to steal from a neighbor’s home -- not once, but twice. 

The victims had a large amount of cash stolen from their Fillmore home about a month ago. That prompted them to install a WiFi–enabled motion activated camera system, which operates with an application on a cell phone.

Throughout this Memorial Day weekend, you may notice an increased law enforcement presence in the South and Central Coast. Officers are targeting drunk and drugged drivers.

Many other law enforcement agencies have set up DUI checkpoints and have increased patrols.

Many people consider the YMCA as a place for families and children. But a South Coast branch will be dedicating one day this week to a different demographic.

It’s called Senior Day, and it’s at the Ventura Family YMCA where many seniors are already members.

“This is really all about making sure seniors have everything that they need,” said Executive Director Amy Bailey Jurewicz.

Renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle explores different species in the depths of the ocean at the Channel Islands this weekend. She conducted two live dives yesterday off Anacapa Island that was broadcast to the National Mall in Washington DC and to locals at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center at Ventura Harbor. 

California Strawberry Festival

About 60,000 people are expected to attend a festival this weekend that celebrates a fruit grown on the South Coast. It’s the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival that takes place this weekend at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.

"It's probably the best thing to happen to Oxnard, where we feature the strawberry and invite families to come enjoy this two-day festival," said Kim Gibas, the festival's chairperson.

Ventura County firefighters receive numerous calls about snakes this time of year.

“We share the real estate with those snakes,” said Fire Captain Robert Welsbie.

Snakes start to come out more frequently as the weather warms up from March through October.

The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered inside a home in Oxnard, and detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

Oxnard Police Sergeant Bakari Myers says officers were called to the 5400 block of Barrymore Drive just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and a female deceased from apparent gunshot wounds," he said.

Conejo Valley Days

A large festival that attracts thousands of people to the Conejo Valley is celebrating its 60th anniversary as it continues through the weekend. Conejo Valley Days started on Wednesday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 15 at Conejo Creek Park South in Thousand Oaks.

Ken McAlpine of Ventura is reading an excerpt from his book, Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization. He describes what it was like for him to camp for a week in solitude on each of the five islands within Channel Islands National Park.

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.

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