Voice of OC Named Top News Site in Southern California

Voice of OC was awarded first place in the category for news websites exclusive to the internet by the Los Angeles Press Club. From left: Thy Vo, staff writer; Sonya Quick, digital editor; Nick Gerda, staff writer; Norberto Santana, Jr., publisher; Meg Waters, development director; Tracy Wood, civic editor; Theresa Sears, involvement editor; Colleen Clark, Voice of OC board member.

The Los Angeles Press Club awarded Voice of OC the best news website in Southern California Sunday night.

A panel of national judges applauded the website’s polished design, hard news and strong photography.

“Clean yet newsy front page. Plentiful pictures but not so many or so large they distract from the articles. The author profile pages were useful; they contained not just the author’s various stories but multiple ways to contact and follow reporters.”

Judges also recognized Voice of OC’s feature writing, awarding staff writer Thy Vo second place in the soft news category for “Viet LGBT Struggle For Understanding.”




  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    Congratulations Voice of OC team!
    We are out here, the grateful to you community members!
    Woohoo for you! ?

  • Well done! What a great resource you are for OC. Congrats!

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  • David Zenger

    Please ask Colleen Clark to present a financial analysis of the Civic Center reconstruction plan.

    • Meg McCarthy Waters

      David – Colleen retired from the county several years ago and is on Voice of OC’s Board of Directors.

      • David Zenger

        Yes, I know. So she is in a perfect position to bring some clarity to the whole deal without fearing the typical blow back.

  • Well deserved! Congratulations, Norberto, for putting together a world class team.

  • LFOldTimer

    Nice job Norberto and Staff!

    While I can’t say your reports and chosen topics are always unbiased and balanced (you lean to the left) you do excellent work uncovering shenanigans in county government. You’re worth your weight in gold in that respect.

    And I respect the quality of written communications by the VOC reporters. I can’t ever recall catching a misspelling or grammatical error. And most reports provide a thorough and detailed analysis of the subject matter.

    I concur with the LA Press Club’s choice. VOC deserved it.

    • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

      I second that. Love you guys.
      Keeping our County and Cities honest, one step at a time.
      Trust, but verify, baby!

      • LFOldTimer

        Nah. The trust got flushed years ago. But I’ll drink to verify.

        • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

          Good answer. Sad, but true. I concur.

  • Joel Block

    This is well-deserved recognition for a vital community media news source. Congratulations to the entire staff!

  • Rose Tingle

    Congratulations Norberto and company! Thank you for shining a light on Orange county and your nonpartisan and honest reporting.