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.

Did you know that porcupines can float? Or, how about this. Croquet was once actually an Olympic sport, during the 1900 games. Those are some of the fun and obscure facts highlighted in a new museum exhibition in Ventura County called “Did You Know: 500 Wacky Facts to Boggle Your Mind!”

(City of Oxnard photo)

A South Coast city is continuing its efforts to deal with the discoloration of some ocean water which alarmed area residents.

Some of the water in the Channel Islands Harbor area started having a brown coloration a few weeks ago. Nearby residents were worried it might be some type of pollution.

Detectives say they are trying to determine if a brutal attack on two men in a South Coast park by as many as ten teens was a hate crime.

The two men were in Isla Vista’s Estero Park Saturday night when they were attacked. A passerby on a bicycle saw what was happening, and started yelling at the attackers, who fled.

It’s fair time on the South Coast. The 2018 Ventura County Fair opens August 1st. It’s the 143rd annual fair, and features exhibits, entertainment, all kinds of food, and of course carnival rides.

A test flight of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the Central Coast early Tuesday morning ended when a problem prompted the launch team to blow up the rocket.

Air Force officials say the Minuteman III launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base was terminated over the Pacific Ocean, after what they called an unexpected anomaly was discovered.

A little girl uses a small knife to turn what was a cardboard box into a new creation.

In fact, there are about 20 first and second grade children at Santa Barbara’s Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, better known as MOXI, giving new life to recycled cardboard.  They are having fun while learning about engineering at the same time.

Detectives say they have a man in custody for a crime wave which included three robberies, an attempted robbery, and a murder all in one day in Oxnard.

The crimes occurred on June 27th. Investigators think Osvaldo Hernandez committed the series of robberies, and the robbery attempt between four and six a.m. Then, they say he shot to death Robert De la Cerda on the 4000 block of J Street.

A half million dollar plus grant is going to set the stage for a South Coast university to expand its athletic program.

A family from Washington State whose daughter graduated from Westmont College gave it $575,000 towards adding a women’s swim team, and men’s and women’s golf.

The money from the Tom and Meg Names Foundation is intended as seed money to help start the sports programs at the college in Montecito.

A project to build a new children’s museum on the South Coast is picking up steam.

The non-profit group KidSTREAM just received a $50,000 grant from the Camarillo Hotel & Tourism Association.   KidSTREAM is planning to convert the City of Camarillo’s old library complex on the 3100 block of Ponderosa Drive into its museum. 

A police officer was hurt, and a wanted man was shot following a confrontation in Ventura County.

An Oxnard Police officer on patrol in a mobile home park on the 1300 block of East Ventura Boulevard Sunday night spotted a man wanted for several arrest warrants. The officer says when he stopped Joel Tapia Junior to arrest him, the 30 year old man resisted.

Work officially gets underway Monday on a new 90 unit complex on the South Coast intended to help low income senior citizens.

The Gardens On Hope project in Santa Barbara is specifically designed to support frail seniors, and will have services like meal service and housekeeping.

(Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force)

A military missile test launch is planned for the Central Coast early Tuesday morning.

The Air Force is planning to launch an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which runs from 12:01 to 6:01 a.m. 

In a giant tank at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, people are getting an eye to eye look at some giant fish. They are Giant Sea Bass. The endangered fish are the focus of a new research project involving the aquarium and UC Santa Barbara.

A fund to help undocumented South Coast residents recover from the financial impacts of the Thomas Fire and flood has received a big boost.

The Ventura County Community Foundation has donated $500,000 to the 805 UndocuFund. The UndocuFund has raised more than $1.2 million dollars since its creation.

The idea is to help undocumented immigrants and their families who are ineligible for conventional government relief in the wake of the two related disasters.

(Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities say a bizarre chase involving a stolen fire department pickup truck which started in Monterey County ended in Santa Barbara County, with the arrest of a man. T

he truck was spotted around noon today in Los Alamos. The driver headed towards Vandenberg Air Force Base on Highway 135, with speeds approaching 100 miles an hour at times.