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.

District Attorneys from four California counties met in Santa Barbara Friday to look at how they want to handle the trial of the man authorities think is a serial killer who terrorized parts of the state for more than a decade.

Joseph James DeAngelo is suspected of being the “Golden State Killer,” responsible for 12 murders, including four in Goleta and two in Ventura, plus more than 50 rapes.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Authorities are now identifying a teen they say went on a rampage with a SUV in Ventura County, intentionally hitting several vehicles and injuring two people, including a CHP officer.

A coalition of groups on the South Coast is trying a unique approach to dealing with the region’s lack of quality preschool care.

It’s helped open a series of new preschools, including the latest on a Boys and Girls Club campus.

Narcotics detectives say they’ve broken up an operation run out of Mexico which was literally delivering heroin to the doors of homes in Ventura County.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they found out about a drug delivery service called “The Boys.” It was delivering heroin to homes in the Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and the Ojai Valley areas.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Investigators are still trying to unravel what led to a man hitting several vehicles, and a CHP officer in Ventura County.

The incident started at about seven Thursday night, when a car hit some vehicles in a Camarillo neighborhood. CHP officers say the 18 year old driver left the scene and then returned, and apparently then tried to hit his parents.

The man accused of being a serial killer responsible for 12 slayings statewide is now facing four first degree murder charges in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney Joyce Dudley Thursday afternoon announced the new counts against the man believed to the “Golden State Killer.”

The State Assembly passed a bill by a legislator from Ventura County intended to help keep people who sexually harass co-workers out of the workplace.

AB 2770 allows employers who fired a worker because of sexual harassment to release the information to prospective new employers.

Music and words are being used this week to honor those who fought to protect people, and homes from the Thomas Fire and flooding, and to remember the losses.  The nearly 282,000 acre fire, and resulting flooding claimed dozens of lives, and caused billions in damage in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The Museum of Ventura County is hosting a special performance called “Out Of The Ashes: Healing In Story And Song.”

A South Coast military base is on alert, but it’s a big drill.

Naval Base Ventura County is holding a two day readiness exercise.

(Santa Barbara Fire department photo)

Eight people are homeless after a fire hit a South Coast apartment complex.

The fire was discovered at about 12:30 Thursday afternoon in a two story complex on the 1000 block of Cliff Drive in Santa Barbara.

The Thomas Fire and flood are responsible for everything from dozens of deaths, to what are estimtaed to be billions in financial losses.

But, could the twin disasters have also fueled a spike in the number of cases of an unusual type of illness in the region?  Ventura and Santa Barbara County public health officials have been keeping a close eye on Valley Fever statistics, to see if the disasters were a factor in the hike.

A Muslim woman is suing Ventura County, claiming she was forced to remove her religious head covering when she was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies.

The incident happened in 2017. An attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations says a domestic dispute in Thousand Oaks led to Jennifer Hyatt being arrested.

Attorney Marwa Rifahie told KCLU News that despite Hyatt’s repeated request to keep her hijab on, she wasn’t allowed to wear it for more than four hours until she was released from the Ventura County Jail on bail.

Reggae band UB40, country singer LeAnn Rimes, and rock band Plain White T’s are among the headliners just announced for the 2018 Ventura County Fair.

The fair will also feature The Fifth Dimension, Boys II Men, and Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. This year’s fair will take place August 1st through 12th.

(Photo by Land Trust of San Luis Obispo County)

One of the most scenic ranches on the Central Coast, a place with sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, has now been protected from development forever.

The 1700 acre Hill Ranch northwest of San Luis Obispo is mostly pristine property with natural woodlands and a wide range of wildlife.

A new bill by a South Coast legislator intended to get more rapid mental health services for veterans has been passed by the State Assembly.

AB 2325 bans counties from denying mental aid to veterans because they might be covered the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.