KCLU News has won six Associated Press “APTRA” awards for 2015 for excellence in broadcast journalism, including “Best Newscast” and “Best Live Coverage Of A News Event”.
KCLU won the awards for stories which aired in 2014, and competed against other small market stations in 12 Western States.
The station won the “Best News Broadcast” award for “KCLU Morning News With Jim Rondeau,” and “Best Live Coverage of a News Event,” with Lance Orozco and Jim Rondeau for “Santa Paula Fire,” a brush fire which threatened Santa Paula Airport before being controlled. Orozco also won the “Pat Davis Reporter of the Year” award for outstanding reporter in the Western U.S. for the eighth time.
Orozco also picked up “Best Spot News” honors for “Swept Into The Sea,” a story about a man who almost died when he was pulled out into the ocean by a rogue wave in Goleta; “Best Investigative Reporting,” for “The Hidden Threat,” a look at gas and oil lines on or near the campus of a Ventura County elementary school; and “Best Newswriting,” for “50 Years of Beatledom,” a story with the legendary producer often called “The Fifth Beatle.”