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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Photo by Ventura County Transportation Commission

Caltrans, and Ventura County transportation officials are developing a plan which aims to relieve traffic congestion on Highway 101, and you can weigh in.

The idea is to widen the 101 corridor between Highway 23 in Thousand Oaks and Highway 33 in Ventura.

“It would be adding one carpool lane in each direction for the entire 28-mile stretch of the 101,” says Darren Kettle with the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

He says 12% to 13% of commuters in the county carpool.

Authorities on the South Coast are investigating the death of a jail inmate.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says on Friday around 6 pm, 62-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez told a deputy at the County's Main Jail that he wasn’t feeling well.

Families of young children with special needs in Ventura County gathered for an event over the weekend to learn about resources and strategies to help their kids.

The 28th conference called “Walking the Path Together: Tools for Building the Path” took place Saturday at the Ventura County Office of Education in Camarillo.

Photo by Circle V Ranch Camp

A summer camp for kids on the Central Coast that was damaged by a wildfire almost two years ago is reopening this summer.

Circle V Ranch Camp located in the Santa Ynez Valley near Lake Cachuma suffered damage from the Whittier Fire in July 2017.

Photo by the Squire Foundation

There’s a new kind of vending machine on the South Coast that pops out literature.

The Squire Foundation and the Santa Barbara Public Market are introducing the Short Edition Short Story Dispenser to the Santa Barbara Community.

A pair of traffic collisions over the weekend across the South and Central Coasts have claimed the lives of at least three people.

Captain Daniel Bertucelli with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said first responders arrived at the scene of a crash on Highway 166, east of Santa Maria near Rock Front Ranch, around 12:30 Saturday afternoon.

You may notice more and more people using standing desks at work. Many of them opt for standing, rather than sitting, for its health benefits.

However, a scientist on the South Coast says his research shows that standing is not as healthy as you would expect. The study found people who stand when working only burn a few more calories than those who sit.

A Conejo Valley-based company is posthumously honoring the sheriff’s sergeant who was killed in the Borderline shooting.

Easton Diamond Sports in Thousand Oaks, which manufactures baseball equipment, announced a scholarship program in Sergeant Ron Helus’s name during an event on Sunday to honor first responders.

A small earthquake shook up parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Sunday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 3.1 magnitude quake happened at 3:52 am. It was centered in the Northridge area, and it was felt in Los Angeles as well as eastern Ventura County.

Unemployment dips across the South and Central Coasts.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting a jobless rate of 4% in February for Ventura County, which is down from 4.4% in January.

A teenager on the South Coast has been arrested after he was accused of threatening to commit a school shooting.

Ventura police say just after 1 pm on Friday, a school resource officer working at Buena High School was alerted to the threat made by a male student.

Imagine your phone telling you if you have a bacterial infection. There’s now a tool designed for clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices that can do just that. UC Santa Barbara researchers developed a smartphone app that allows users to detect bacteria at a low cost in under an hour, which can be life-saving.

Photo by ShelterBox

A humanitarian aid organization based on the South Coast launched a campaign to highlight gender disparities during disasters and conflicts. 

Santa Barbara-based ShelterBox, which provides shelter, aid and supplies to victims of humanitarian crises around the globe, started the She Campaign. The nonprofit is trying to raise awareness that it is women and girls who are hurt the most during emergencies.

There was a celebration this weekend on the South Coast with the grand opening of a new school.

Elm Street School in Oxnard, which serves kindergarten through fifth grade, was completely rebuilt on the original campus.

A Ventura County woman who is a human trafficking survivor has become an advocate for those impacted by the crime. 

Karie Rothschild of Thousand Oaks says in the late 1980s at the age of 13 she was forced into sex trafficking by her own mother as way to support her mom’s meth addiction.

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