Lance Orozco

News Director

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, developing the station's local news coverage as it transitioned to a news/talk format. He has provided award-winning local coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, from brush fires and mudslides to Ronald Reagan's funeral. 

Lance has won more than 200 journalism awards for KCLU, including more than 90 Golden Mikes, 20-plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award (an honor which came to David Letterman’s attention on “The Late Show.”), and a national Society Of Professional Journalists Award  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year in the western U.S. nine times. 

Lance is a familiar face in the region, having worked nearly two decades as a television reporter and weathercaster in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. His adventures included an unexpected guest appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman."

You can reach Lance here.

Authorities are now calling a hit and run collision on the South Coast which left a man dead a murder.

Oxnard police were called to the intersection of Fifth, and Meta Streets early on the morning of September 23rd by reports of a collision. They found Jorge Tejeda lying in the street. He died a short time later at a hospital from his injuries.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

Detectives say they’ve seized more than $10 million dollars worth of drugs, and arrested more than a dozen people after breaking up a drug ring in Ventura County with links to a Mexican drug cartel.

Ventura County narcotics investigators first learned that there was a large scale dealer operating in the county just over a year ago.

A major concert planned for the South Coast Tuesday night featuring rock music star Sting has been cancelled, because of illness. Sting and Shaggy were set to perform at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Authorities are investigating the death of a bicyclist who was hot by a bus on the South Coast.

Oxnard Police say a 60 year old bicyclist was struck, and killed as he was riding eastbound on Gonzales Road near Lantana Street Monday afternoon.

Ventura County is close to adopting what some call the most cutting edge program to help farmworkers in the country.

The proposed Farmworker Resource Program would set up an agency with a dedicated staff to provide support for the workers.

An insurance company has notified Ventura County that it’s going to shut down one of its facilities in the county, and lay off nearly 70 employees.

State Farm Insurance sent a letter to Ventura County officials saying it will shut down its Westlake Village Operations Center.

It may be weeks still to the November election, but voting officially opened Monday.

You can pick up ballots at local elections offices on the Central and South Coasts. 

(SpaceX Photo)

It was a spectacular sight in the skies above California.

A groundbreaking mission to launch a satellite into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base Sunday night created a giant glow in the sky visible from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. The 7:21 p.m. launch of a climate monitoring satellite for Argentina went exactly as planned.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

There were some scary moments in a South Coast neighborhood when someone cleaning out their garage found what was believed to be a live World War Two era hand grenade.

The device was discovered at about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, on a home on Tajo Drive in Santa Barbara.

A pair of earthquakes rocked some of the Channel Islands.

A magnitude 3.3 quake hit the San Clemente Island area at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, followed by a 3.0 at 11:14. Both quakes were centered about six miles southeast of the island. San Clemente Island isn’t open to the public, because the 56 square mile island is home to some military facilities.

There are no reports of damage, or people feeling the quakes onshore. San Clemente Island is about 60 miles southwest of Dana Point, in Orange County.

A South Coast high school was evacuated after pepper spray was accidentally released on campus.

Ventura County Fire Department officials say it happened at around 10 Thursday morning, at ACE Charter High School in Camarillo.

Authorities say a problem with an automated chlorine dispersal system was responsible for Wednesday night's emergency at a pool in Ventura County, which injured 19 people.

It happened just after six p.m, at Daland Swim School in Thousand Oaks. There was apparently some chlorine routinely used to keep the pool water clean stuck in the pump system when it switched on, as kids were using the pool. The kids reported feeling sick, and having trouble breathing.

A new report by a forecast center in Ventura County indicates that a spurt of statewide economic growth is slowing, and will soon be in line with what’s happening across the country. California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting has released its third quarter forecasts for the state, and nation.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a new exhibition in Ventura County which takes you back more than 2,000 years in time.

It gives you a taste of one of the most famous disasters in history. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting the massive new exhibition “Pompeii.”

(Photo courtesy SpaceX)

A satellite launch planned for the Central Coast has been bumped back a day. Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say the Falcon 9 liftoff set for Saturday night has been rescheduled to Sunday night, with a window starting at 7:21 p.m. No problems are being reported with the rocket, or its satellite payload. The delay is to have more time for pre-flight inspections.