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 pair of earthquakes rocked parts of the South Coast Sunday morning.

The first quake was a magnitude 3.5 temblor, and hit at 10:55 a.m.  It was centered near Montecito.  

The second one, a magnitude 3.1 earthquake, occurred at 11:56 a.m.  It also had an epicenter  near Montecito.  No damage was reported.

There’s good news about the unemployment picture statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts.

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in March, the first time it’s been below 5% since 2006.

The jobless rate also dropped in our region. Ventura County went from 4.7% in February, to 4.6% in March. Santa Barbara County took an even bigger drop, with the unemployment rate dipping from 5.5% to 5.2%. San Luis Obispo County’s numbers also dropped, with a 3.9% jobless rate in February, and 3.8% in March.

The accuracy of what comes from the news media is going to be the focus of a major forum in Ventura County.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library are teaming up with Pepperdine University to present “Truth and The News: A Media Literacy Forum.”

The May 6th event at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley will include a number of different sessions related to the subject, as well as speakers from Capitol Public Radio, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and university professors.

Tragedy has hit a camping trip on the South Coast.

A woman and three of her children were driving in a van at the Lake Casitas Campground Friday morning when it suddenly veered off the road. It rolled down a hillside, throwing one of the children out of the van.

The 14 year old girl was seriously injured, and died a short time later at a hospital. The mother, and two other children were treated for minor injuries. The CHP is trying to determine what led to the accident.

The names of the victims haven’t been released.

A Santa Barbara County man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Elyse Marie Erwin was shot to death last Sunday morning, as she was visiting a friend in Santa Maria. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they found evidence that her ex-boyfriend, Jorge Tovar, might be the killer.

The 26 year old Lompoc man and the victim had a six year old child.

He was questioned at his Lompoc home after the killing, and then arrested later in the week when he showed up in court for a custody hearing for the child.

April 22nd is “Earth Day,” and a number of events are taking place on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the biggest Earth Day events is in Santa Barbara’s Alameda Park, where the event has become so large it is taking place on both Saturday and Sunday. Other events are taking place in Ventura’s Plaza Park, and in San Luis Obispo at El Chorro Regional Park.

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it or heard it before. To dance, or not to dance. That is the question, as a new production of “Hamlet” in Ventura County is set in a 1970’s disco.

A police officer checking up on some people sleeping in a car on the Central Coast found a mobile counterfeit money printing operation.

The officer noticed people in a parking lot of a motel on the 1400 block of Calle Joaquin in San Luis Obispo early Thursday morning. After discovering one of the two people in the car was on felony probation, officers search the vehicle, and say they found drugs. They say they also discovered more than two thousand dollars in counterfeit bills, additional bills which were still unfinished, and a printing press.

State officials say the biggest gaps in California’s voting roles are among young people, people of color, and working class families.

On Thursday, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla visited a Ventura County high school campus, holding to what amounted to a pep rally at Hueneme High School to get kids fired up about voter registration.

Padilla says a law authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara allows teens to pre-register to vote, so they’re ready when they turn 18.

It’s a sound you don’t want to hear if you’re on a hiking trail, the sound of a rattlesnake’s rattle.

Warmer weather is bringing with it rattlesnake season, and they are common in the foothills and mountains on the Central and South Coasts. Rattlers get a bad rap, and stoke fear. But, a Central Coast researcher says as much as you don’t want to encounter one of the snakes, they don’t want to run into you.

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