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 woman who was the driving force for the construction of Santa Barbara’s century-old main library is receiving statewide honors. 

Frances Burns Linn was the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Head Librarian 1906 to 1943. She realized the city needed a new library, and got a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to help make it possible.

He was the George Clooney, or Tom Cruise of his day. Iconic actor Tab Hunter died Sunday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talked with the longtime Montecito several times over the years about his career, his life, and his decision to come out as gay, and has a remembrance of the actor.

The Holiday fire didn’t just displace thousands of people in Santa Barbara County.  Ot forced the evacuation of horses, pets, and hundreds of animals from the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network’s North Fairview Avenue home.

The fire burned right up to the perimeter of the acreand a half facility, and singed some of the facilities, and contaminated ponds. 

The evacuated animals were moved to other rescue facilities in Santa Barbara County, and around the state. 

A destructive brush fire in Santa Barbara County is now fully contained.

Firefighters declared the Holiday Fire 100% contained Tuesday night. The fire destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others. 15 barns and other outbuildings were also destroyed.

It’s fair time in Santa Barbara County.

The 2018 Santa Barbara County Fair kicks off its five day run in Santa Maria Wednesday. It will have everything from traditional events like livestock, crafts, and carnival rides to unusual things like a live shark show.

Two state legislators are holding a public hearing on the South Coast this week to look at wildfire prevention and recovery efforts.

Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara and Democratic State Assemblywoman Monique Limon of Santa Barbara are hosting Thursday’s hearing.

(Santa Barbara Fire Department photo)

High surf from a hurricane off the West Coast apparently created some dangerous quicksand at a South Coast beach which trapped a woman.

Santa Barbara firefighters were called to the West Beach area just before eight a.m. Tuesday by reports of a woman stuck in the sand at the mouth of a creek. The found a 73 year old woman who was waist deep in sand, and couldn’t get out.

Firefighters are close to full containment of a destructive brush fire on the South Coast which destroyed 13 homes.

The Holiday Fire north of Goleta is now at 95% containment, with full containment expected Tuesday night.

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

You’ve heard the expression “Love Conquers All.”  There's a story from Santa Barbara County's destructive Holiday brush fire which puts that saying to the test, a story focused on a photograph which is getting worldwide attention.

(Photo from Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve broken up an organized retail theft ring which used teams of people to distract clothing store clerks while other members of the team would steal items.

Investigators say members of the ring stole more than three thousand dollars worth of items from a Victoria’s Secret Store in Thousand Oaks.

Firefighters are continuing to make progress towards fully containing a destructive brush fire which destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others in Santa Barbara County. The 100 acre Holiday Fire is now 90% contained, with firefighters hoping to reach 100% Wednesday. Firefighters are still busy sifting through the debris of homes, as well as some brushy areas looking for hot spots.

KCLU's Lance Orozco looks at the first few hours of the fire, in which the wind overwhelmed firefighters, and area residents raced to grab what they could before fleeing from the flames.

A new Santa Barbara County center to help Holiday Fire victims is now operating in Goleta.

The Local Assistance Center located at the Goleta Union School District offices opened Monday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Representatives from state, local and non-profit agencies are on hand to provide fire victims with help on things from social services to debris removal.

Depending on the need, county officials say they may extend the center’s operations, but for now it is open for sure Tuesday and Wednesday.

An agency which works to help create healthy children in Santa Barbara County has a new executive director.

Wendy Sims-Moten is the new head of First Five Santa Barbara County. Sims-Moten is familiar with the post, because she has been serving as its Interim Executive Director, and before that was the organization’s Business Manager.

Since it was founded in 1999, the non-profit has distributed more than $65 million dollars to programs which support the health and development of children in the county.

Hundreds of firefighters are continuing efforts to mop up a destructive 100 acre brush fire which destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others on the South Coast.

The Holiday Fire in the foothills north of Goleta is 80% contained, with full containment projected for Wednesday. All evacuation orders from the Friday night have been lifted, but some areas are open to residents only.

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

From the ashes of the Holiday Fire comes a story of love.

Ishu and Laura Rao lost their home off of Fairview Avenue in the Goleta area to the Holiday Fire Friday night. 

With the threat eased, firefighters allowed the couple to return to the remains of their house to search for Laura's Tiffany wedding ring.

Incredibly, it survived the fire, and they found it.  Ishu Rao dropped to his knees, and asked his wife again to marry him.

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