Debra Greene

Weekend On-Air Host / Reporter

Debra Greene is an award-winning broadcast journalist. She is a native Southern Californian, Phi Beta Kappa graduate from UCLA with an M.A. in broadcast journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. She started her career as a weekend news writer for a station in Los Angeles and then moved to Northern California to become a news reporter for a top Sacramento radio station. She returned to Los Angeles to report for radio, with a stint at KCET’s newsmagazine show, SoCal Connected. Before joining KCLU, Debra anchored at an Inland Empire-based radio station and worked as a radio news correspondent for 24/7 News Source, where her reports were aired on stations across the country.
Debra has earned numerous journalism awards including the Simon T. Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism from USC, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, an APTRA Mark Twain Award, a NorCal RTNDA Award and four Golden Mikes.
You can hear Debra anchoring on weekend mornings and her reports during the week, and you can reach Debra here.

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There’s a growing need for people to fill jobs in a field of engineering called mechatronics, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer programming. Some Ventura County teenagers are gaining the skills now to pursue such a career in the future.

Photo by Cuesta College

A Central Coast college is one of the few in the region to offer courses in a particularly high-demand field of information technology.

Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo has received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch courses and a certification program for Geographic Information Systems known as GIS. 

“It combines mapping and data analysis to help solve problems,” says GIS instructor Feride Schroeder.

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Authorities seized thousands of illegal marijuana plants during the third day of their sweep in rural areas of the Central Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say on Friday, detectives served a search warrant on a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site near Sisquoc and another near Lompoc. These sites did not have any licenses from the state or the county to operate legally.

A bill by a state lawmaker from the South Coast that’s aimed at protecting smart devices from being hacked has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

AB 1906, authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, requires manufacturers to equip smart devices with a security feature to prevent cyberattacks.

Art by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

New Year’s may be several months away, but students at a Central Coast university are working hard on their float for the Rose Parade.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students are creating their 2019 float named "Far Out Frequencies." It celebrates the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”

Photo by Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

A museum on the South Coast went through a major facelift, and the renovated areas reopened to the public on Saturday.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History unveiled its new Butterfly Pavilion, Museum Backyard and Nature Club House.

A new national study involving a Central Coast university has helped develop an approach for pregnant women to control unhealthy weight gain.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo contributed to the study that found lifestyle changes can help pregnant women who are overweight or obese reduce excess weight gain.

Photo by UC Santa Barbara

South Coast scientists have figured out how to use DNA to find white sharks.

Kevin Lafferty, a UC Santa Barbara researcher and U.S. Geological Survey scientist, has been working with colleagues from across the country to determine how to locate white sharks by using what’s called environmental DNA. That’s genetic material from what animals leave behind.

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A college student is hurt after falling off a balcony on the South Coast.

Sheriff’s officials say just before midnight on Friday, deputies, UC Santa Barbara police and Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a report of a young woman who fell from a balcony, over a cliff and into the water in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista. A witness says the 20-year-old Santa Barbara City College student was sitting on the balcony when she fell backward over the cliff.

Photo by NASA/Kim Shiflett

A NASA satellite and a small satellite from a Central Coast university were launched from Santa Barbara County on Saturday morning.

A Delta II rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 am and headed over the Pacific toward polar orbit.

A unique event on the South Coast this week is trying to educate people about waste. 

The city of Oxnard is hosting an event to highlight the dangers straws and other single-use plastics pose to the ocean and marine life.

Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation by a South Coast lawmaker to try to block new offshore oil drilling in federal waters off the California coast.

The state Senate last month sent the governor the bill that would ban docks, pipelines or other onshore infrastructure needed to support new offshore drilling rigs.  He signed it into law on Saturday.

Four young men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by paintball gun shooting on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say just after midnight on Saturday, they received a report of people inside a moving vehicle shooting at pedestrians with a paintball gun in Isla Vista at the 6600 block of Picasso Road and the 700 block of Camino Del Sur. One of the victims suffered from injuries to his chest, arm and leg.

Photo by Melody Rose Hitt

There’s an event taking place on the South Coast this weekend that features art created from the ocean, and it benefits a wildlife nonprofit.

The Santa Barbara Sea Glass and Ocean Arts Festival features 46 artists from around the country.

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An astronomer is coming to the South Coast this week to talk about her research into one of the most unusual stars ever discovered.

Dr. Tabetha Boyajian – a professor at Louisiana State University – has used Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory’s worldwide network of telescopes to lead research into a unique star nicknamed “Tabby’s Star.”