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The Declaration of Independence

Editors Note: Today, as we as prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation and the defense of the freedoms that bring us all together, please take a moment to read the greatest story ever written, the Declaration of Independence. While the United States of America is still very much a work in progress, our founding…



DAILY: As of Thursday, June 23: 3,587 new daily cases, a 14.5% 7-day positivity rate, 9 new deaths (7,091 cumulative) and 175 hospitalizations with 23 in ICU, per OC Health Care Agency data.

VACCINES: As of the most recent vaccine data through Thursday, June 23, 2,324,587 people are fully vaccinated and 2,522,192 people have at least one dose, according to the OC Health Care Agency. The agency shows 1,329,788 residents have a booster dose.


Voice of OC News Team: Finalists in Southern California Journalism Awards

The Voice of OC newsroom is nominated in eight categories for the 64th Annual LA Press Club Awards. One of the oldest nonprofit newsrooms in the country, Voice of OC has been delivering accountability journalism to the residents of Orange County since 2009.  This year, Voice of OC Publisher, Norberto Santana Jr is competing for Online Columnist of the Year with none other than American…

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A pioneering leader in the nation’s rising nonprofit news movement and an award-winning journalist. Santana has established Voice of OC as the county’s civic news leader, uncovered the truths across Southern California governments for more than two decades and reported on Congress and Latin America.


Voice of OC’s food columnist — reporting on industry news, current events and trends. Panoringan has been writing about food for 8 years — interviewing more than 330 chefs and industry professionals. She has been recognized by the OC Press Club and is a recurring guest on AM 830’s SoCal Restaurant Show.


An award-winning photojournalist and visuals director. Leopo has captured a wide array of photographs visually documenting the news and soul of Orange County local government and community. Her work has also appeared in Vice, KCET, Ed Source, The California Endowment and OC Weekly.


An award-winning arts journalist, co-founder of Voice of OC’s Arts & Culture section and a USC professor. He was previously, an arts writer and critic at the OC Register and San Diego Union-Tribune. He holds degrees from USC, the University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of Music.