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.

The first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State is going to speak in Ventura County.

Condoleezza Rice will appear at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks May 4th.

There were some scary moments on the South Coast Friday morning when a helicopter clipped some power lines, forcing it to make an emergency landing.

The crop dusting helicopter was flying on the 1100 block of Ellwood Ranch Road in West Goleta at about 8:30 a.m. when the accident happened.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Investigators say that a vehicle involved in a fatal head-on crash Friday morning in Santa Barbara County was stolen.

The crash happened just before six a.m. Friday, about eight miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 intersection near Gaviota. It snarled traffic for much of the morning commute.

(San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office photo)

Some Central Coast communities are trying a unique approach to make it safer for people trying to buy or sell items through online marketplaces.

Maybe you find something you want to buy online from Craigslist, or other online marketplaces. Maybe it's even a car. But, how comfortable do you feel meeting someone you don’t know, possibly with hundreds or thousands of dollars in cash? In San Luis Obispo County, law enforcement agencies are stepping up to help by creating what are called “safe exchange zones.”

A police officer is recovering from injuries he suffered when he was attacked by a homeless man in Ventura.

It happened Wednesday night, at Ventura County Medical Center.  Hospital staff members had called Ventura Police when they became concerned that a man who had come to the emergency room might be armed.

A Central Coast biology professor has written what could be the definitive book on California’s plants.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo biology professor Dr. Matt Ritter is the author of “California Plants: A Guide To Our Iconic Flora.” The new 300 plus page book even comes by a forward written by California Governor Jerry Brown.

A man who was apparently randomly attacked while he was eating dinner with his family at a South Coast restaurant has died.

Ventura Police say the stabbing occurred just after nine Wednesday night at a restaurant on the 300 block of California Street.

A Ventura County woman has been arrested on charges she embezzled more than $20,000 from the private school where she worked as an office manager.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the Montessori School of Ojai notified them last November that they had discovered some financial irregularities.

She was an Oxnard teen with a simple dream: To go to college. But, fate would put Clarissa Swallows plan on hold for decades. It got worse, with her father developing prostate cancer, and her mother breast cancer. Even though she was an honors student, she dropped out of high school to take care of her ill parent, a move that ultimately sidetracked her college ambitions until now, some two decade later. A unique Ventura College scholarship program is helping her get her degree.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has moved a more than four decade old toxic waste site on the Central Coast up the priority list for cleanup. The Casmalia Resources Hazardous Waste Landfill is a 252 acre toxic waste site which has an estimated five point six billion pounds of wastes.

A longtime Santa Barbara County employee has pled guilty to theft of public funds, forgery, and conspiracy charges her role in an operation which stole more than two million dollars from the county.

Lynn Gay Hogan was a senior accountant with the County’s Public Works Department. Prosecutors say she created fake vendor numbers to make fraudulent payments to people, and organizations over a nine year long period.

It’s a weekday tradition, but not a pleasant one. The morning and afternoon commutes mean big traffic backups for miles on Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara.

Caltrans and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments have been working on projects to reduce the jam, from buses to the recently started commuter train service. The big idea that’s been talked about for decades is expanding the number of lanes on the 101, and a court ruling now opens the door for it to happen.

Six people were injured when a fire hit a senior apartment complex on the South Coast Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported just after 8:30 a.m., on the 300 block of North F Street in Oxnard.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from one of the ground level units of the five story complex.  The building's fire sprinklers had been activated, and firefighters were able to knock down the fire in minutes.

A just completed investigation by Ventura County prosecutors concludes that a Santa Paula police officer was justified in shooting, and fatally wounding a man charging at him with a kitchen knife.

The report closes the books on the investigation into the April, 2017 incident in Santa Paula.

(Santa Maria Police Department photo)

Investigators are trying to determine what started a huge fire which heavily damaged a warehouse on the Central Coast.

The fire started just after 3:30 Monday afternoon in a building on the 1200 block of West Stowell Road in Santa Maria.

(Photo courtesy CSUCI)

A South Coast university announced that it will honor the former Second Lady of the United States at its commencement ceremonies this year.

Tipper Gore will receive an honorary doctorate from Cal State Channel Islands during the May 19th ceremonies.

A South Coast city is going high tech with its parking. Crews are set to start work Tuesday on replacing the City of Ventura’s parking pay stations.

(Santa Maria Police Department Photo)

Firefighters are battling a big fire at a warehouse on the Central Coast.

The fire was reported just before 4 Monday afternoon on the 1200 block of West Stowell Road, in Santa Maria.

Two men have quite a story to tell today, after the boat they were in capsized in the Channel Islands, and they had to be rescued by the Coast Guard.

It happened Saturday afternoon.

Parts of the Central and South Coasts have had some spring showers, but meteorologists say there are no flooding concerns from the system for brush fire burn zones.

A low moving through the region dropped some rain north of Point Conception Sunday and Monday.

Santa Barbara County is holding budget workshops this week to start what could be a very difficult process, with the county having to cope with financial impacts of the Thomas Fire, and flood.

County officials say aside from the immediate financial impacts of dealing with the twin disasters, the damage will affect the revenue base for several years.

It’s lunchtime, and a couple of workers are sitting at some outside benches enjoying their meals in an Oxnard industrial park.

The complex near Rose Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard is filled with giant gray warehouse style buildings which mostly look alike. But, one of these buildings shocks everyone who steps through its doors. It’s Disneyland for hard core auto lovers, and home to some of the most prized vehicles in the world.

A fire alarm turned out to be a costly mistake for an illegal marijuana growing operation on the South Coast, because firefighters responding to the alarm stumbled across the plants.

Ventura County firefighters were called to a commercial building in Camarillo March 22nd by an alarm. After they determined there wasn’t a fire, but spotted the plants they called Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives.

The Boston Pops will pay tribute to iconic composer John Williams during a West Coast tour, which includes a Friday night concert in Ventura County.

She was woman who was a pioneer in what was considered a man’s job. For more than half a century, Mabel Stark was a tiger trainer. This remarkable woman who was mauled multiple times during her career, but loved her big cats is the focus of a just released documentary by a Montecito filmmaker called “Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer.”

Thousands of excited elementary school students poured into the Santa Barbara Bowl, but it wasn't to see a traditional concert like Katy Perry or Sugarland. They were on hand to learn about culture and music.

A state senator from Santa Barbara who’s fought for years for equal pay for women has authored a new bill to continue the battle.

SB 1284 would require companies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual salary report to the state, with a breakdown of compensation by gender, race, ethnicity, and job category.

A high pressure ridge which brought some record setting temperatures to the Central and South Coast Monday is breaking down, translating into some significant cooling Tuesday.

There were temperatures in the 90’s Monday for much of the region.

Some people feared him. Rival gang members tried to kill him. And, detectives tried to put him behind bars. George Christie was a Hells Angels gang member in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties for more than three decades. Christie left the Hells Angels several years ago. But, rather than trying to distance himself from his past, he’s actually telling his story in a new one-man stage show, called “Outlaw.”

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

It was a busy weekend for some law enforcement officers on the South Coast, with an estimated 10,000 people showing up in Isla Vista for an unsanctioned, unsponsored spring break party.