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.

Authorities have now identified two Ventura County men who died in a traffic accident which also left two others injured in the Conejo Valley.

A car was westbound on Hillcrest Drive near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks at around six Thursday night when the driver hit the curb. It swerved into oncoming traffic, smashing into an eastbound SUV. Arturo Araujo and Gustavo Lopez of Thousand Oaks were pronounced dead at the scene.

The two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

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Jackie Ortiz loves animals. In fact, the college student loves them so much she moved from Kern County to Ventura County just so she could take part in a one of a kind educational program which combines animal science with wildlife management and training.

Ortiz is a student in the Moorpark College Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, better known as EATM, which is opening its doors to the public April 1st and 2nd.

Investigators are trying to determine what led to a traffic accident which left two people dead, and two injured in Ventura County.

A car was westbound on Hillcrest Drive near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks at around six Thrusday night when the driver hit the curb. It swerved into oncoming traffic, smashing into an eastbound SUV. The two men in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, and the two people in the SUV were taken to a hospital.

The names of the victims haven’t been released yet.

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A South Coast military base is still buzzing about a special visitor it had this week.

It was a Boeing 747 jumbo jet that’s one of the two planes used as Air Force One. It’s technically only Air Force One when the president is on board. But, one of the planes which has been used as Air Force One in the past, and is being prepared to go back into service, visited Naval Base Ventura County Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a maintenance and testing mission.

A huge hike in annual sewage charges for one Central Coast community has left some people angry, but a new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says the increase is justified.

The rates for the Laguna County Sanitation District in the Orcutt area have gone up 87% in the last six years. The district did a series of studies focused on the need for a major overhaul, and update to the more than half century old facility.

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Researchers say there’s new evidence that rat poison is posing a big threat to bobcats, and mountain lions in eastern Ventura County.

A necropsy on a sick bobcat in the Simi Hills which had to be euthanized showed that poison was a major factor in the big cat’s illness. Rat poison gets into the food chain through small rodents which are then eaten by bobcats and mountain lions. The poison has been found in 90% of the bobcats in and around the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area being studied by researchers.

Detectives say four people arrested following a wild car chase in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are suspects in a string of commercial burglaries and strong arm robberies stretching across the state.

The four people were spotted in Thousand Oaks Tuesday morning, and when law enforcement officers tried to pull over their car, they fled north on Highway 101. They were finally arrested in Gaviota, after spike strips blew out some of the vehicle’s tires.

A State Senator representing much of the Central and South Coasts introduced legislation intended to help create more affordable housing for seniors.

SB 62 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would create an Affordable Senior Housing Program. The program would work through the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to help with issues like location, funding, and permitting.

Jackson says the legislation was inspired by a unique senior housing project developed as a private-public partnership in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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It’s been an impressive rainfall season for the Central and South Coasts, but a researcher says it was far from a drought buster.

A church parking lot in Ventura County was the scene of a grim discovery.

A body was found in a van parked in the lot on the 2500 block of North Moorpark Road around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The person was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities think they had been dead for some time.

There were no apparent signs of foul play. The name of the person hasn’t been released.