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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More than a hundred South Coast kids competed in a spelling bee this weekend.

The SAGE Ventura County Spelling Bee took place at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on Saturday with 127 third through eighth-graders.

Photo by NASA/JHUAPL/LORRI/SwRI

A Santa Barbara County researcher was part of a team of scientists who discovered small craters in the outer solar system not seen before.

Sarah Greenstreet was a scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory based in Goleta when she used photos from the New Horizons spacecraft to look at craters on Pluto and its moon, Charon.

Wet weather is hitting the South and Central Coasts as a storm moves through the region.

The rain is steady and widespread but not intense, so no problems are expected for burn areas.

Photo by Brian Stethem

California Lutheran University is adding a film and television major.

For more than a decade, the Thousand Oaks-based university provided communication majors with the option of pursuing an emphasis in film and TV. But David Grannis, the program director of the new department, says that wasn't enough.

A Ventura County man who was wrongly convicted of a double murder and served nearly four decades in prison has reached a multimillion dollar settlement with a South Coast city.

Craig Coley will get $21 million dollars in a settlement with the city of Simi Valley.

More than 160 middle and high school students took part this weekend in a cybersecurity contest in Ventura County as part of a statewide competition.

Moorpark College was one of 12 regional sites to host the California Mayors Cyber Cup.

Photo by Gareth Harris

It may be hard to believe, but the brain, nervous system and genome of a particular type of worm is similar to that of humans. And that’s why several students at a South Coast college are conducting research with these kinds of worms to better understand how humans make decisions. 

An event to address gun violence -- organized by mostly students – was held over the weekend in the Conejo Valley.

Students paid tribute to each one of the Borderline shooting victims by telling their stories to open up this forum at Westlake High School.

Authorities have identified a Ventura County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team volunteer who was killed while helping victims of an accident.

They say Jeff Dye was killed while three other team members were injured – two critically -- after a car struck them.

Authorities have lifted mandatory evacuation orders for Santa Barbara County now that the brunt of the storm is over. Officials say rainfall did not reach critical levels to cause major debris flows.

The Ventura Beach RV Resort remains under mandatory evacuation.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team volunteer was killed while trying to help victims of an accident during the storm.

It happened just before 8 am Saturday on I-5 at Vista Del Lago near Pyramid Lake, which is about 30 miles north of Santa Clarita. 

Flowers not only make the world a more beautiful place, but they are also a bellwether on the health of the planet. That’s why South Coast researchers have embarked on a project that involves taking digital images of nearly a million flowering plants to create an online plant encyclopedia and then studying the effects of climate change.

UC Santa Barbara’s herbarium, which is a library of dried plants, is located at the north end of campus inside the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration.

Photo by PATH Santa Barbara

There’s a new program in Santa Barbara County that’s helping homeless people recover after leaving the hospital. 

Cottage Health has partnered with PATH Santa Barbara – an organization aimed at ending homelessness -- to launch the Cottage Recuperative Care Program.

Teenagers in the Conejo Valley are volunteering at a bike drive this weekend that benefits those in need in Africa -- mostly children.

On Saturday, the teens and other volunteers collected about 250 bicycles, as well as helmets, wheelchairs and crutches at Westlake High School in Westlake Village and Viewpoint High School in Calabasas for the nonprofit, Wheels to Africa.

Photo by City of Ventura

There’s a new bench near the Ventura Pier, and it’s made out of thousands of recycled cigarette butts.

The installation is a joint effort between the City of Ventura and the Surfrider Foundation.

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