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.

It’s a key highway for more than 60,000 vehicles every day.

But, for commuters, Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara can also be a daily headache. From Carpinteria to Santa Barbara, Highway 101 shrinks from three to two lanes in each direction.  Now, a major new state grant is going to fund contruction of new lanes to help ease the crunch.

It’s a big week for some Ventura County high school students headed to places like Yale, UCLA, and USC.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 16 students in the county. 

The high school seniors were honored for their leadership and character in high school.  The Reagan Foundation has been awarding scholarships to college bound students in the county for nearly two decades.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the Central Coast which caused a scare Thursday afternoon.

The fire started in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley just before 1 p.m. Windy conditions quickly expanded the fire to about 60 acres.

As of 5 p.m., it was 50% contained. No homes were threatened. Investigators say a hay harvesting operation triggered the blaze.

As many as 60,000 people are expected to take part in a weekend long celebration of all things strawberry on the South Coast this weekend. But, there’s a lot to the top crop in the region than you probably don’t know.

A transient caused a brief scare at a South Coast school, leading to it being placed on lockdown.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say the man walked into the office at Ellwood Elementary School in Goleta just before 11 am. Wednesday, and asked for help. They say he then made a suicidal statement, and locked himself in the office bathroom.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says some special districts in the county have skirted elections for decades.

Special Districts are local agencies which provide services like water, and wastewater treatment, and are run by boards of directors. But, a new Ventura County Grand Jury report says some districts haven’t had elections for years.

Ventura County is the latest agency to lawyer up for a potential lawsuit against a utility company for losses suffered from the Thomas Fire, and flood.

County Supervisors approved hiring the law firm of Baron & Budd to represent it in legal action over the twin disasters.

Some new milestones have been reached in a cutting edge effort intended to help mountain lions and other wildlife safely cross Highway 101.

It’s an ambitious plan to create a freeway overpass between some wildlife corridors separated by eight lanes of freeway between Calabasas, and Agoura Hills.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s motorcycle officer was injured when his bike was hit by the car of a fleeing shoplifting suspect.

It happened just before 4 Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Home Depot on Market Place Drive in Goleta.

Authorities are just releasing details of a terrifying incident involving two teenagers in Ventura County, in which they were shot at, injured, and then chased by some mystery attackers.

It happened just after two a.m. Saturday, in the Ventura area.

It was a big day Monday for cycling fans on the South Coast, with the nation’s largest pro cycling event coming to the region.

Tens of thousands of pro cycling fans lined South Coast highways, and streets for the 2018 edition of the Amgen Tour of California.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a motel fire which left two people injured on the Central Coast.

The fire was discovered just before 6:30 Monday morning, at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on the 500 block of Avenue of the Flags in Buellton.

Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from one of the rooms.

They were quickly able to knock down the blaze before it could spread to other rooms. Two people were taken to a hospital for treatment of what were described as minor burns and smoke inhalation.

An effort to get some guns out of the community on the Central and South Coasts is being called a big success, with more than 250 weapons collected.

Santa Barbara Police and the Coalition Against Gun Violence held an anonymous gun buyback over the weekend.

The nation’s largest professional cycling event comes to the South Coast Monday.

It’s Day Two of the Amgen Tour of California.

For nearly six weeks people around the world and around the country saw, and heard reports about the threat, and destruction caused by the Thomas Fire, and southern Santa Barbara County flooding.

While cleanup and recovery efforts continue, those images have stuck in some people’s minds, not a good thing for a region which relies on tourism.   The tourism industry effort is working to counter those perceptions, with a major marketing campaign.