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.

Most mental illnesses start at an early age, with three quarters of all lifetime cases beginning by the age of 24. Yet young adults are among the most reluctant people to seek help.

Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara City College are teaming up in an effort to tackle mental health issues among students.

A Central Coast man could face up to ten years in federal prison after admitting selling counterfeit software via the internet.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say as part of a plea deal, Jeffrey Scott Patterson of Lompoc admitted in court that he was selling phony versions of Adobe software at below market prices.

They say the 52 year old man sold pirated versions of Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Creative Suite for several years. Patterson was arrested after federal investigators made undercover purchases from Patterson’s websites.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Former President Bill Clinton is visiting the South Coast today, as part of a campaign swing supporting his wife’s presidential bid.

Mr. Clinton flew into Santa Barbara this morning. He gave a lunchtime speech to an invited group of guests at a downtown Santa Barbara Hotel. It was closed to the media.

A team of volunteers from the Central and South Coasts is taking part in a very unique census effort.

For nearly 100 days a year, for eight hours a day, volunteers are camped out on a scenic bluff near U-C Santa Barbara, scanning the ocean for gray whales. It’s an important part of efforts to assess the state of the gray whale population.

Many new buildings on the Central and South Coast are getting high marks for being environmentally friendly.

But, a historic old building in Santa Barbara is now celebrating being certified as a “green” business.

The Lobero Theater’s multi-million dollar facelift included low flow toilets and eco-friendly lighting and landscaping. The theater also uses biodegradable products for food services, and has a composting program for scraps.

The Lobero will be honored for its efforts at a Green Business event in Buellton tomorrow.

There’s a new sign that the Los Angeles Rams could be spending more time in Ventura County.

The team already has a deal to hold spring workouts in Oxnard, at the longtime home of the Dallas Cowboys summer training camps. Now, a developer has filed an application with the City of Thousand Oaks to put up to 50,000 square feet of modular buildings on the north campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

California's drought is prompting all kinds of approaches to conserving water on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the most high-tech is a plant in Ventura County.

The plant saves millions of gallons of drinking water a day by purifying wastewater into water so clean it can be used for agriculture.

One of the White House’s top environmental officials got a closeup look at the Channel Islands today, as part of an effort to get kids interested in visiting the nation’s parks.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell toured the Channel Islands by boat, and was briefed on efforts to help the Island Fox make a comeback from near extinction.

The state has approved more than $14 million dollars in funding for some major transportation projects on the Central Coast, including repaving of a section of a heavily used highway.

Detectives had made an arrest in a more than decade old murder case in Ventura County.

On November 13th, 2005 Joaquin Castaneda was found shot to death on the 900 block of Richmond Avenue in Oxnard. Investigators weren’t sure what led to the killing, but found evidence indicating it might be linked to a string of robberies in the city that week.

A mysterious heart-related illness has caused one death, and a rash of serious illnesses in Ventura County.

County health officials are working with state, and federal investigators to try to determine what’s behind the unusual surge in the incidents.

The head of the Chumash Tribe has resigned.

Vincent Armenta has been Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians since 1999. He headed the tribe during the biggest period of financial growth in its history, overseeing construction of the Chumash Casino Resort, the purchase and relaunch of one of the largest hotels in Solvang, and the addition of multiple parcels of real estate in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Channel Islands are home to some of the most unique elements of nature in the world, yet most people living in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have never had a close up look.

What’s being called the largest nature webcam network in the world can now give you a glimpse of what’s happening on the islands, and under the sea.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries he suffered dealing with a domestic disturbance.

The deputy was called to the 800 block of Brossard Drive Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s Department officials say as the officer was collecting information about the incident, he was attacked and injured by Omar Flores. The 21 year old man then tried to flee the scene. The deputy caught him, and Flores fought with the officer.

A South Coast community says it’s investigating the possible internal theft of municipal utility services.

Oxnard officials say they launched a probe two months ago, when information about possible thefts was discovered. City officials say the allegations involve solid waste disposal services.

They say they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but will take appropriate steps to insure accountability and transparency.

The Oxnard Police Department is also conducting an investigation into the alleged thefts.

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