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.

California's drought is prompting all kinds of approaches to conserving water on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the most high-tech is a plant in Ventura County.

The plant saves millions of gallons of drinking water a day by purifying wastewater into water so clean it can be used for agriculture.

One of the White House’s top environmental officials got a closeup look at the Channel Islands today, as part of an effort to get kids interested in visiting the nation’s parks.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell toured the Channel Islands by boat, and was briefed on efforts to help the Island Fox make a comeback from near extinction.

The state has approved more than $14 million dollars in funding for some major transportation projects on the Central Coast, including repaving of a section of a heavily used highway.

Detectives had made an arrest in a more than decade old murder case in Ventura County.

On November 13th, 2005 Joaquin Castaneda was found shot to death on the 900 block of Richmond Avenue in Oxnard. Investigators weren’t sure what led to the killing, but found evidence indicating it might be linked to a string of robberies in the city that week.

A mysterious heart-related illness has caused one death, and a rash of serious illnesses in Ventura County.

County health officials are working with state, and federal investigators to try to determine what’s behind the unusual surge in the incidents.

The head of the Chumash Tribe has resigned.

Vincent Armenta has been Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians since 1999. He headed the tribe during the biggest period of financial growth in its history, overseeing construction of the Chumash Casino Resort, the purchase and relaunch of one of the largest hotels in Solvang, and the addition of multiple parcels of real estate in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Channel Islands are home to some of the most unique elements of nature in the world, yet most people living in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have never had a close up look.

What’s being called the largest nature webcam network in the world can now give you a glimpse of what’s happening on the islands, and under the sea.

A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from injuries he suffered dealing with a domestic disturbance.

The deputy was called to the 800 block of Brossard Drive Tuesday morning. Sheriff’s Department officials say as the officer was collecting information about the incident, he was attacked and injured by Omar Flores. The 21 year old man then tried to flee the scene. The deputy caught him, and Flores fought with the officer.

A South Coast community says it’s investigating the possible internal theft of municipal utility services.

Oxnard officials say they launched a probe two months ago, when information about possible thefts was discovered. City officials say the allegations involve solid waste disposal services.

They say they are still in the early stages of the investigation, but will take appropriate steps to insure accountability and transparency.

The Oxnard Police Department is also conducting an investigation into the alleged thefts.

A tiny, one school Ventura County school district is dealing with what it considers a potentially explosive problem.

Concern about possible danger from four oil and gas pipelines which run through, and next to the campus prompted the district to move ahead with a plan to relocate the entire school.

There’s a warning in one Santa Barbara County community this morning about auto burglaries, after it’s been hit by more than three dozen break-ins since the first of the month.

The burglars have targeted vehicles in the Winchester Canyon, Fairview Avenue, and Langlo Ranch areas of Goleta.

Four Central Coast teenagers have quite the story to tell after their hike ended with them being the focus of a search and rescue mission.

The 17 year olds were hiking near Mussel Point, west of Santa Maria Sunday afternoon when they became lost.

Four people have been arrested for a commercial burglary in Ventura County in which more than $500,000 worth of high end wire and electrical gear was stolen. The four were found in a vehicle near the scene of the burglary of an industrial building on the 700 block of Science Drive February 18th.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department investigators say thousands of dollars worth of stolen items were found in the vehicle.

(Photograph courtesy Douglas Biklen)

There’s been a lot of attention during the last few years on the potential causes of autism, and how to help children cope with it.

But what about adults, who often got little or no treatment, and were sometimes even undiagnosed?

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?

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