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.

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There will be a lot of excitement in Santa Barbara County this weekend, as a rocket carrying a satellite into space will attempt to land back at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

SpaceX is set to launch an earth observation satellite from the base Saturday night. In past flights from the base, SpaceX would land the Falcon 9 booster on a barge in the Pacific Ocean. But this Saturday, the company will try to land the booster at the base.

California Lutheran University and Moorpark College have received a $3.75 million federal grant to help more underrepresented students graduate from college.

The colleges will work together to redesign classes to create more culturally relevant content for groups like Latinos.

The project calls for as many as 50 classes at Cal Lutheran and at Moorpark College to be revamped. The hope is the effort will increase the graduation rate.

A South Coast film festival is going to honor an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning actress whose career has spanned seven decades.

The Ojai Film Festival will salute Eva Marie Saint during its Legacy Series event.

Golfers are putting away on a green at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

This golf course is home to one of the biggest annual events on the PGA’s Senior Tour, the Invesco QQQ Championship. You can see the TV booths going up for the internationally televised event taking place this month. Golf fans come to this course, and tune in to see some of the world’s top golfers.

But it means something else for more than 30 local non-profits.

Ventura County reached a settlement with a Newbury Park woman in a lawsuit over the removal of her religious head covering when she was being booked at the Ventura County Jail.

The incident happened in January of 2017. Jennifer Hyatt was arrested as a result of a domestic dispute. When she was taken to the jail, during the booking process the Muslim woman was forced to remove her hijab. In a lawsuit, she claimed it was violently pulled from her head. But, County Sheriff’s Office officials say video, and audio shows it wasn’t yanked from her head, and she was treated respectfully.

Authorities are now identifying a man whose murder over the weekend rocked a small Ventura County community.

Padraic Murphy was shot to death Saturday night in Meiners Oaks.

A pair of bills authored by a South Coast legislator intended to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace are now law.

Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1300, which is intended to give victims of sexual harassment more protection in court. It also adds new requirements for employers to educate workers about how to intervene to stop harassment, and reporting it if they see it.

A storm system is headed for the Central and South Coasts, but only light rainfall is now predicted.

An approaching upper level low in the Pacific could create the chance of rainfall for the region Tuesday through Thursday.  But, public safety officials monitoring the storm say they don't expect there to be flooding issues in the region's brush fire burn zones.  

It was the largest loss of U.S. Navy ships during peacetime in history, and it occurred right in our backyard, near Point Conception. A navigational error led to seven U.S. Navy destroyers slamming into the Santa Barbara County coastline. But, the accident nearly a century ago is now all but forgotten.

A Santa Barbara County man could end up spending three decades behind bars after entering a guilty plea to federal charges he defrauded thousands of would be renters, and homeowners.

Prosecutors say Michael Davenport operated various telemarketing businesses which offered good rental and purchase prices for housing, but forced interested home-hunters to buy a housing list for $199 dollars.

A bill authored by a Santa Barbara legislator to expand paid family leave for military families has been signed into law by the Governor.

SB 1123 expands California’s Paid Family Leave Program so family members can take time off if a family member is deployed, or being deployed overseas. It allows for up to six weeks of partial wage replacement, with workers taking part receiving 60% to 70% of their salary, depending on their income.

Five people have been convicted in Ventura County of what prosecutors  call a fraudulent debt collection scheme.

The prosecutors say over a five year period, Timothy Burke and Deisi Rivera of Las Vegas ran a string of fraudulent debt collection agencies in the county.

The Governor has signed into law a bill which clears one of the final hurdles for a Central Coast casino to offer off track betting for horse races.

The bill approved by the state legislature would allow the wagering at the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley.

A man in the Ventura County Jail for violating parole is now facing a murder charge.

Daniel Fuller is accused of fatally beating Jeffrey Kibler at the County’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility September 11th. Kibler was taken to a hospital after complaining of medical issues, but he died a few hours later.

The Governor has signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara legislator intended to help people make their homes more brush fire resistant.

SB 465 allows local government agencies to expand an existing program to help homeowners make energy and water efficiency improvements to include fire proofing efforts.