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.

There may finally be a break in an earthquake swarm that’s rattled Ventura County.

13 quakes occurred between just before midnight Friday, and early Sunday morning.

The biggest in the series was a magnitude 4.1 quake which happened at 12:42 Saturday morning. Most of the quakes were centered in an area about 10 miles northeast of Ojai, with the majority too small to be felt.

No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.

(Photo courtesty CHP)

Traffic is once again flowing normally on Highway 101 in Central Santa Barbara County, but that definitely wasn’t the case this morning. A series of traffic accidents involving a half dozen vehicles closed down the northbound 101 near the Gaviota Rest Stop for nearly three hours.

More than a dozen earthquakes have rattled Ventura County. The wave of quakes started with a magnitude 3.3 temblor at 11:27 Friday night. It was centered 11 miles northeast of Ojai.

Then, a magnitude 4.1 quake struck in the same area at 12:40 Saturday morning. It was the largest in the series of quakes.

The nation said goodbye to former First Lady Nancy Reagan during ceremonies in Ventura County today.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was at the funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and wraps up our week long coverage of the passing of the First Lady.

Nearly a thousand invited guests ranging from former president George W. Bush to Michelle Obama are in Ventura County for the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

After three days of memorial events, the funeral is now underway at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will be followed by her burial on the library grounds next to the late President.

Final preparations are underway for Friday's funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

A thousand people are expected to be on hand for the private funeral ceremony of the former First Lady

A Ventura County gang member has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for a pair of shootings which wounded a nine year old girl, and a man.

Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore entered guilty pleas to nine charges stemming from the attacks last June on Ramona Street, in Ventura.

The nine year old girl, as well as adult male victim escaped with minor injuries.

Three days of formal mourning for Nancy Reagan are underway, as the former First Lady’s casket arrived at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for public viewing, and her funeral.

Tens of thousands of people are showing up to pay their respects.

About a thousand people are invited to the private funeral ceremony, and it’s a broad mix of people from politics to show business.

We of course know the names of the four Beatles, but there was a fifth man involved with the group who’s now largely forgotten.

Sir George Martin arranged the music on some of their greatest hits, and helped create their unique sound.  He died this week, at the age of 90.

Ventura County is joining a dozen other counties around the state in adopting a state law intended to provide new help for some mentally ill people.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are among the dignitaries planning to attend Nancy Reagan’s funeral in Ventura County on Friday.

About one thousand invited guests are expected for Friday’s private ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley.

Technology and some enterprising South Coast university researchers are giving a tiny dog which was only born with two legs the chance to run for the very first time in its life.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is critical of operations of a community services district in the county.

The report says the Cuyama Community Services District reliably performs its primary function, which is to provide water and sewer services to residents of New Cuyama.

But, the Grand Jury has issues with the way the District is being managed, saying it’s failing to do annual performance reviews, and isn’t enforcing a number of workplace environment policies.

Details have been released about memorial plans for former First Lady Nancy Reagan, which will include opportunities for the public to pay their final respects at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

It’s a basic sense most of us can take for granted.

But what would happen if your sight started to become impaired, through any one of a number of problems like macular degeneration?

As the world mourns the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, plans are now being finalized for memorial events at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports there are plans for public and private events before she is laid to rest next to the late President on the library grounds.

Plans for memorial events  in Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties for former First Lady Nancy Reagan are now being finalized. A series of events will take place this week to commemorate Mrs. Reagan. Her body is now at a Santa Monica funeral home, where family members and friends will be able to have private visitation.

Condolences are coming in fram around the world to Sunday morning's news that former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died.

She passed away Sunday morning at her Bel-Air home, as a result of congestive heart failure.  She was 94 years old.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was closed to the public today as a result of the news.  Preparations are being made for her memorial service at the Simi Valley Library and Museum. 

Numbers of the California Red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) have been dwindling. Lance Orozco reports on efforts to make a safe zone for these native amphibians.

There’s a major new development in a controversy over plans to ship thousands of truckloads of sand from Ventura County to Malibu for a project to try to prevent coastal erosion.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story we first brought you Thursday.

Would you want hundreds of trucks a week full of sand passing through your community? Most people wouldn’t.

Efforts by a special district in Malibu to get sand from Ventura County quarries to stop some coastal erosion by creating a new beach have triggered a battle involving two cities, and the county over truck routes.

They are unique, one of a kind landmarks off our coastline which have been home to unique plants and animals, as well as some of California’s earliest residents.

But most of us don’t know a lot about the Channel Islands, and many people have never visited them.

Now, an ambitious documentary called “West of the West - Tales From California’s Channel Islands” is trying to tell the islands story.

It took crews more than three months to seal the gas leak in the San Fernando Valley community of Porter Ranch which forced thousands of people from their homes.

Aside from plugging the leak, there wasn’t much which could be done to deal with the gas spewing into the atmosphere.

An Academy Award winning actor who was a longtime Ventura County resident has died.

George Kennedy starred in more than 200 movies, and television shows.

Some centuries old priceless artifacts from the religious and art worlds are going to go on display this week in Ventura County, in a one of a kind exhibition.

Missile Launch 2/25
Staff Sgt. Jim Araos / U.S. Air Force

If you were out late last night, you might have gotten a glimpse of the latest missile launch from the Central Coast.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:01 p.m.

The missile successfully flew 4200 miles to a test range in the Western Pacific, where an instrument package was deployed.

It’s the second Minuteman III launch from the base in less than a week, with one successfully tested last Saturday.

A key congressional committee is supporting efforts by a Ventura County congresswoman to establish a consolidated outpatient facility for veterans in the county.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee yesterday okayed $6.2 million dollars for the VA facility.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley has been championing the effort.

A specific site hasn’t been proposed for the 47,000 square foot facility.

The idea is to expand services available for veterans in the county, so they don’t have to travel to Los Angeles for treatment.

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Living alone isn't always easy, but living alone for almost two decades?

On San Nicholas Island, the woman who inspired "Island of the Blue Dolphins" did just that.

It’s a tiny, and poor South Coast community so small it doesn’t have restaurants or gas stations. Unfortunately, for the hundreds of kids who live there, it also doesn’t even have a park.

But, thanks to a campaign involving everyone from community residents, to government leaders it’s soon going to have its own community center, and park.

KCLU's Lance Orozco has the story.

 

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