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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The owner of an elder care facility on the Central Coast has been sentenced to jail following the death of a patient.

The California Attorney General’s Office says Christopher Skiff, the owner of the Manse on Marsh Residential Care Facility for the Elderly in San Luis Obispo, was convicted of elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter.

Events are happening across the South and Central Coasts to pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

The civil rights leader is being celebrated on MLK Day with marches, rallies, music and dance performances, speakers and more.

Authorities are investigating a body found on the South Coast.

Santa Barbara Police say human remains were discovered by a passerby on Saturday around noon on the base of a cliff by Douglas Family Preserve near Hendry’s Beach. The body is that of an adult.

Photo by United Launch Alliance

A spy satellite has launched into orbit from the Central Coast after being delayed multiple times.

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:10 am Saturday.  

Thousands of people across the South and Central Coasts are joining those across the nation in Women’s Marches.

In downtown Ventura on Saturday morning, about 500 people participated in the 3rd Annual March for Justice with a smaller turnout than last year. They advocated for women’s rights, gun control, immigration reform, the environment, among many issues.

Scientists come from across the globe to the South Coast to conduct research on birds. A research center in Ventura County houses one of the largest collections of bird eggs, nests and skins in the world. It also serves to educate the community.

Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech

South Coast astronomers were part of an international team of scientists who made a new discovery about black holes.

Researchers from Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory used their worldwide network of robotic telescopes as they worked with other scientists, NASA satellites and the International Space Station to observe something never seen before.

Photo by Rachel Schmid

There’s an exhibit on the South Coast that shows how science is used to uncover mysteries in art.

This display at the William Rolland Gallery of Art at California Lutheran University is called “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.”  It allows visitors to see how scientific techniques can uncover forgeries, predict aging, restore works close to their original states and more. 

The brunt of the storm has already rolled in overnight across the South and Central Coasts with no major problems for burn areas. And that leaves scattered showers throughout the morning and early afternoon with the possibility of thunderstorms. 

Forecasters say the storm will bring between one and two inches of rain.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Office

A city on the South Coast has focused its law enforcement efforts on taking firearms away from people who are not allowed to have them.

In 2018, Camarillo Police Department’s Special Enforcement Detail seized 85 handguns and rifles and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition. They included assault rifles, a grenade launcher, high-capacity magazines and ammunition designed to pierce bulletproof vests.

Authorities are investigating what may be a anti-Semitic hate crime on the South Coast.

Ventura Police received a call Friday afternoon about vandalism of a synagogue on the 7600 block of Foothill Road. Officers learned a signboard in front of Temple Beth Torah was spray painted with swastika graffiti. 

We’re learning more about a triple murder that took place late last month in Santa Barbara County. Forty-three-year-old David Gerald McNabb is accused of killing his sister Nicole, mother Melanie and Carlos Echavarria at their Orcutt home before the suspect died in an officer-involved shooting. 

The Sheriff’s Office now says two deputies fired six less-lethal munitions at David McNabb. But after the suspect pointed a rifle in their direction, deputies fired 23 rifle rounds at him.

Photo by Adam Brothers Farming

A Santa Barbara County farm that federal health officials say is one source of the E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce is expanding the recall.

Adam Brothers Farming in Santa Maria is also recalling its red leaf and green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27th through the 30th.

Photo by T. Lister / C. Snodgrass / Las Cumbres Observatory / Faulkes Telescope Project

A comet is making a close approach to Earth on Sunday morning, and astronomers on the South Coast are keeping a close eye on it.

A comet is a collection of gas, dust and ice leftover from the formation of the solar system. And this particular comet called 46P/Wirtanen happens to be close to the sun and Earth – about seven million miles away.

Dr. Tim Lister with Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory is studying it using its global network of telescopes. He says it’s the 10th closest comet approach in the last 70 years.

Two South Coast organizations are working together to give much needed cancer medication to low-income patients in developing countries.

Pharmaceutical company Amgen based in Thousand Oaks is donating $93 million worth of cancer medicine that humanitarian aid nonprofit Direct Relief based in Santa Barbara is distributing to 18 developing countries including Armenia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras and India.

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