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.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train at a South Coast train station.

Witnesses told police that a man appeared to be trying to cross railroad tracks just as a passenger train was arriving at Santa Barbara’s train station last night.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

A pair of small earthquakes rocked parts of the South Coast.

A magnitude 2.4 quake, followed by a magnitude 3.3 quake occurred Wednesday night off the Southern Santa Barbara County coastline. The first quake occurred at 8:18 p.m., and the second at 8:49.

Both were centered in the Pacific Ocean about 17 miles west of Isla Vista. Hundreds of people reported feeling the larger of the quakes, the magnitude 3.3 temblor. There were no reports of injuries, or damage.

The persecution and murder of Jews during World War II is a difficult, but well documented part of history. But, what isn’t as well known is what happened to some other minority groups.

Professor Samuel Torvend, with Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, is studying Nazi Germany’s persecution of sexual minorities, especially gay men. The researcher, who’s speaking on the South Coast Thursday night, says it’s a largely forgotten part of history.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County officials say last week’s storm caused more than seven million dollars in damage in the county, prompting them to declare a local emergency.

The move, which County Supervisors will be asked to formally ratify next Tuesday, could open the door to state and federal aid. County officials say the new damage comes on top of seven million dollars in damage from storms in January.

Roads and highways were damaged, trees were knocked down, and the Goleta Pier was hit hard, and is closed pending repairs.

Ventura County prosecutors ruled the fatal shooting by a Sheriff’s deputy of a man armed with a knife was justified, because the officer was in clear danger.

It happened in December of 201, in Camarillo.  Bryant Duncan called 911 from a Camarillo convenience story, saying that he was going to rob it, and that he needed deputies to come and kill him.

Five year old Naya Bowers is creating some art, by pushing some brightly colored plastic pegs into a giant illuminated wall.

It’s a giant, bigger than life version of the popular 60’s and 70’s children’s toy called “Lite Brite,” which makes creating art fun for kids. This is one of more than 70 exhibits at MOXI. The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, which officially opens its doors to the public for the first time this Saturday. It’s a children’s museum intended to make learning about science and technology fun.

(Photo courtesy CHP)

CHP investigators say a man with dementia apparently wandered onto Highway 101 in Ventura County, where he was struck and killed.

The body of the 68 year old man was discovered just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on the center divider of the northbound 101 near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks. His name hasn’t been released yet, and an autopsy is still pending.

Officers say evidence at the scene indicates the man might have been struck by a Toyota which didn’t stop, so they are looking with a vehicle with front end damage.

A judge has denied efforts by the company which owns the pipeline which caused the big 2015 Santa Barbara County oil spill to dismiss criminal charges stemming from the accident.

Plains All American pipeline had sought dismissal of 46 criminal charges against it, as well as three charges against one of its employees. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge did dismiss one of the three charges against the employee, but let the remaining two misdemeanor counts against him stand.

LA’s chances of getting the 2024 Summer Olympics appear to be improving, with one of the two other competing cities on the verge of dropping its bid for the games.

A Hungarian political group has gathered more than 250,000 signatures to force a referendum on the issue, and organizers in Budapest have suspended their campaign to get the games. Observers say they could completely drop their bid this week, leaving just LA and Paris as contenders. But, if LA gets the Games, the South Coast could be left out if it.

(Photo courtesy CHP/Moorpark Office)

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the death of a 68 year old man whose body was found on Highway 101 in Ventura County.

Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, motorists spotted the body in the center divider of the northbound lanes of the highway near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks. The freeway’s fast lane was closed for much of the morning as a result of the investigation, resulting in traffic backups.

It reopened at about noon. Investigators haven’t released the name of the man.

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