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.

It was a sold out music event intended to help victims of Thomas Fire, and flood.

The totals are now in, and the word is the March 18th Santa Barbara Bowl event hosted by Jack Johnson raised more than $500,000 for non-profits helping disaster victims.

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to three teenagers being stabbed in Santa Barbara County.

It occurred at about nine p.m. Wednesday, on the 800 block of Camino Del Sur in Isla Vista. 

(Pool photo by Randy Pench, Sacramento Bee)

A judge ruled that a man accused of being a serial killer responsible for 12 murders, including six in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has to give additional DNA samples and other physical evidence. The decision came during the third court appearance for the 72 year old man accused of being the Golden State Killer.

A slice of Hollywood has come to a South Coast junior high school.

The “Youth Cinema Project” is giving some sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students in Ventura County the chance to learn about everything from writing to teamwork.

Some scammers claiming to represent the court system on the South Coast are using e-mails, and phone calls to try to get personal information.

Ventura Superior Court officials issued a warning about the scam. They say some county residents have received some official looking e-mails regarding issues like court fines and notice to appear in court.

A Ventura County man could end up spending more than two decades behind bars after being convicted of repeatedly molesting a teenager.

Prosecutors say Vincent Velasquez of Ventura was convicted of 12 counts of child molestation. They say the 55 year old man molested the teen during a more than two year long period.

He faces a maximum of nearly 23 years in prison when he’s sentenced later this month.

A recall effort targeting the mayor of a South Coast city, and three city council members has apparently failed. Some vote by mail and provisional ballot have yet to be counted, but it appears the four Oxnard City Council members being challenged will retain their seats by significant margins.

This is a huge week for air travelers on the Central and South Coasts, with word that yet another airline is planning new service to the region.

On Tuesday, Frontier Airlines announced it would return to Santa Barbara Airport with regular service after leaving the market a few years ago.

Then Wednesday, Sun Country announced it will begin seasonal service from Santa Barbara to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The low cost carrier will offer Thursday and Sunday flights beginning in August.

The final countdown is on for the first-ever West Coast launch of a mission to Mars.

There’s lot of excitement, but perhaps no one is as thrilled as a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who actually got the opportunity to be a part of the project. Alfonzo Gonzales is an aerospace engineering major at Cal Poly. He’s one of the students who worked on a pair of communications relay satellites being sent toward Mars along with the primary payload, a spacecraft called “Insight” which will land on the planet.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Detectives say a chase which started when two teenagers stole a van from a group home on the Central Coast led to seven people being injured in a chain reaction traffic accident.

Investigators say it started at about 6:30 Tuesday morning, when one of the teens assaulted an employee at the Santa Maria facility, and the two stole the van. Law enforcement officers started chasing the vehicle southbound on Highway 101 until the van’s tires were damaged, and it became disabled in the center divider a few miles north of Gaviota.

A South Coast university has received a two million dollar grant to beef up the success rate for students.

The money will be used for Westmont College’s new Center for Student Success. The center will help students with support inside and outside of the classroom.

An isolated part of the Channel Islands was rocked by a series of small earthquakes Tuesday.

Three quakes all registering between magnitude three and four hit early Tuesday morning, all centered about six miles southwest of San Clemente Island. That’s about 110 miles southeast of Ventura.

An annual quarantine of mussels along the Central and South Coasts for recreational harvesters is now in effect.

The California Department of Public Health put the statewide quarantine in effect Tuesday. The concern is that there could be dangerous levels of toxins in the mussels which can cause paralysis, and even death.

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A new webcam in the Channel Islands, on Anacapa Island is providing what researchers are calling the first ever live view of a peregrine falcon nest, with three eggs in the process of hatching. The falcons are amazing. They’ve been tracked diving for prey at more than 240 miles an hour, making them fastest recorded animal.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

A teacher has been seriously injured by a chemical spill in the science room at a South Coast junior high school. The accident was at Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Junior High School.