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 new Grand Jury report says all law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County should be using body cameras.

A Central Coast university is going to go green in a big way, with solar power.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo reached a deal to host a nearly 19 acre solar farm which will generate about a quarter of the electricity needed to power the campus.

REC Solar will finance, design, build, and maintain the facility  which will be located next to Highway 1 on the west side of the campus. Cal Poly will buy the power generated by the facility.

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It was a sight straight out of a history book.

Nearly a dozen World War Two era B-25 bombers soared over the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio Tuesday. The handful of still flyable B-25’s, including one from Ventura County, were commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historic Doolittle Raid on Japan.

New details have been released about an officer involved shooting in Ventura County which left a man dead.

The shooting happened April 9th, on the 100 block of East Ventura Street in Santa Paula. Investigators now say it started when a woman reported a man charged at her car armed with a knife. Officers arriving at the scene minutes later reported seeing a man standing outside of some apartments with a kitchen knife.

A man who was under the influence of alcohol, and driving without a license when his pickup truck crashed into a Ventura County home, seriously injuring three kids has been sentenced to eight years in state prison.

Sonny Curtis Ramos was driving at more than 60 miles an hour when he drove past a stop sign, and plunged into the home at Gisler Avenue and Elm Street in Oxnard. Three children in the home suffered everything from broken bones to bleeding on the brain in the November, 2016 crash.

The founder of a more than 40 year old non-profit agency based in Santa Barbara dedicated to helping people with vision problems around the world has died.

Early in his career, Dr. Harry Brown saw how common sight-saving procedures in the United States were rarely available in countries like India and Afghanistan.

A woman with extensive experience in the non-profit field has been named as the new head of a Ventura County organization which helps the homeless and low income people.

Cynder Sinclair is the new CEO of Community Action of Ventura County. Sinclair is a past chief executive officer of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and CEO of the Girl Scouts of the California Central Coast.

The South Coast’s environmental community got an early Earth Day present this week.

An oil platform off the Santa Barbara County coastline which has been a controversial issue for decades is going to be removed. On top of that, it can’t legally be replaced, and the area will become part of a marine preserve.

A sting operation in Ventura County targeting people acting as contractors without proper licensing has resulted in 11 people being cited.

The state Contractors State License Board had undercover investigators pose as homeowners seeking improvements to a Newbury Park home. The law requires someone doing work with a combined cost of $500 in materials, and labor have a state license.

Ten of the 11 people were also cited for illegal advertising. Unlicensed contractors must state that in all advertisements.

Authorities have now released the name of a Central Coast woman they say is a murder victim, but still won’t talk about what they think happened.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Goodwin Road in the unincorporated part of Santa Maria at around 7 a.m. Sunday by reports of an injured woman.

Officers arriving on the scene found the body of a woman.

She’s been identified as Elyse Marie Erwin of Santa Maria. Detectives aren’t talking about the cause of death, or what they think led to the killing of the 28 year old woman.

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