Lance Orozco

News Director

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, developing the station's local news coverage as it transitioned to a news/talk format. He has provided award-winning local coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, from brush fires and mudslides to Ronald Reagan's funeral. 

Lance has won more than 200 journalism awards for KCLU, including more than 90 Golden Mikes, 20-plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award (an honor which came to David Letterman’s attention on “The Late Show.”), and a national Society Of Professional Journalists Award  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year in the western U.S. nine times. 

Lance is a familiar face in the region, having worked nearly two decades as a television reporter and weathercaster in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. His adventures included an unexpected guest appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman."

You can reach Lance here.

A sting operation in Ventura County intended to raise awareness about underage tobacco sales has led to a number of arrests.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura County Public Health Department had 18 year old decoys go to 40 stores in the Conejo Valley in an effort to buy tobacco products.

Clerks at 11 of the stores sold tobacco to the decoys. The clerks were arrested.

Residents of a Santa Barbara County community approved a special tax to help support a number of community services ranging from lighting to parks.

A non-profit choral group has helped get hundreds of kids in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties started in music.

The Los Robles Children’s Choir is celebrating its 20th anniversary season with performances in London, New York, and now one back at home in the Conejo Valley.

A man is facing a vehicular manslaughter charge after Oxnard Police say the van he was driving drifted onto the shoulder of a road, and struck and killed a bicyclist.

Police investigators say Sean Patrick Donovan was driving a van southbound on Victoria Road near Gum Tree Street in Oxnard Tuesday afternoon when he ended up on the dirt shoulder. The van hit Armando Johnson of Oxnard.

The 46 year old Oxnard man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers say they arrested Donovan after they determined he was under the influence of prescription drugs.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve seen a rash of telephone extortion attempts in the county during the last few weeks.

Prosecutors say that a fatal officer involved shooting in Santa Barbara County was justified.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors have been investigating the November, 2016 confrontation between Lompoc Police and Michael Giles which led to the man’s death.

From Afghanistan and Iraq, to Chad and the Congo, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Lynsey Addario has traveled the world to document the impacts of war, and strife. She’s gone to some of the dangerous hotspots around the globe, and been kidnapped twice.

Her story is being turned into a feature film starring actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Addario, who’s speaking on the South Coast this weekend, says she’s on a mission to document what’s happening to get the world to take notice, and act.

An actor best known for his roles in “Melrose Place” and “General Hospital” is apparently going to run for Congress in Ventura County.

Republican political consultants say Antonio Sabato Jr. will take on Democratic Congressman Julia Brownley for the 26th District Congressional seat. Brownley has held the seat since 2013, easily winning re-election last November. She’s up for re-election in 2018.

Voters in one South Coast community are deciding whether they are willing to tax themselves to support services ranging from lighting to parks.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says one of the region’s police departments had done a good job in filling what had been an ongoing shortage of officers.

In 2014, the Santa Barbara Police Department had more than two dozen unfilled positions. Recruitment efforts were hampered by efforts ranging from the high cost of living in Santa Barbara, to competition from other law enforcement agencies. Department officials say the controversial police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri also hampered efforts to recruit new officers.