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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, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.  He even did a story about his own kidney cancer surgery, taking listeners along as the operation was being performed.

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 four National Society Of Professional Journalists awards.  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year for the western U.S. 13 times. 

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