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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Researchers on the South Coast are developing a unique robot that can do what other robots can’t. This vine-like robot can expand and move around obstacles to navigate its environment. It could even be life-saving in medical and disaster relief situations.

Scientists on the South Coast are working to bring back an endangered marine animal from the brink of extinction. There were perhaps millions but now only several thousand white abalone remain in the ocean. A new exhibit is highlighting researchers’ conservation efforts to save white abalone.

Photo by California Lutheran University

A university on the South Coast is building a new math lab. The goal is to help underrepresented students succeed.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is creating a 700-square-foot Math Center inside Pearson Library.

Dr. Gabriela Cazares of Cal Lutheran says the project is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of underrepresented students who earn teaching credentials.

Some high school students in Ventura County are spending part of their summer learning the science behind flying.

This aviation course teaches them how to use STEM - which stands for science, technology, engineering and math – to design and build small airplanes.

Photo by Nadav Lensky/Geological Survey of Israel

UC Santa Barbara researchers helped solve a mystery as to why large salt deposits are piling up at the bottom of the Dead Sea in the Middle East.

The Dead Sea between Israel and Jordan is 10 times as salty as the ocean. In the summer, the lake has a top layer of hot, salty water and a bottom layer of cooler, less salty water. Since the top layer is less dense, the laws of physics don’t explain how all that salt could pile up at the bottom of the lake.

There’s a new way for kids on the South Coast to learn about science. A Ventura County museum has just unveiled an interactive lab where children can delve into the earth sciences in a creative and educational approach.

“That’s cool. It’s really sparkly,” says 10-year-old Rowan Rahbar who is looking at a piece of granite through a microscope.

“Those are the different minerals. So, the pink one is called feldspar and the black one is called hornblende and the clear one is quartz,” says museum educator Erin Valenzuela who gives her a science lesson.

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Engineering students on the Central Coast created a device to improve a severely injured veteran’s life.

Navy veteran Taylor Morris has been living as a quadruple amputee since he was wounded while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

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There’s a nonprofit based on the South Coast that aims to empower impoverished women in Africa in an unusual way. 

Thousand Oaks-based The Greater Contribution helps poor women living in Uganda by providing them with micro loans so they can start their own businesses.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

College students on the Central Coast are creating prosthetics for a boy who lost his fingers in a fiery car crash.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students are working on a pair of prosthetic hands for 10-year-old Julian Reynoso.

There’s a unique science program that’s being taught to some middle school students on the South Coast that involves eating insects. It may sound nasty, but they’re doing it in the name of science.

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Santa Barbara County public health officials are launching an initiative to educate the public about the potential dangers of marijuana.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s digital and social media-based cannabis education campaign includes a series of videos that uses science-based research to target teens and their parents.

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Some children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties who were victims of the Thomas Fire helped create a book that was just released to help other kids.

Eight-year-old Sierra Craig and her family were living in Ventura when their home and hundreds of other homes were destroyed by the devastating 2017 wildfire. 

“When the Thomas Fire burned our home, I was kind of sad,” she said.

She and her sister attended workshops by the nonprofit Sunflower Bridge to deal with emotional distress.

Photo by California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Crews are making progress on cleaning up hundreds of properties that were devastated by the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

It has been about six months since the Woolsey and Hill wildfires destroyed more than 1,500 properties. About two-thirds of those are under the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program with no direct cost to owners.

Photo by Sean Anderson

A United Nations report revealed that an enormous number of animal and plant species are in danger of extinction because of people, and a researcher says there may be some examples of that on the South Coast.

The UN report found one million species are threatened across the globe. It’s not clear how many locally, but Cal State Channel Islands Environmental Science Chair Sean Anderson cites his road kill surveys that show some animals are becoming increasingly rare, like the American badger.

An NPR news host emphasized the importance of listening at a time of much distraction in the world when he spoke in the Conejo Valley over the weekend. 

Morning Edition Host David Greene, appearing at a KCLU event on Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, says this is a time when we should be listening to each other more.