Santana: Meet Your Civic Editor Tracy Wood

Photo from "War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam"

Voice of OC Civic Editor Tracy Wood in Vietnam, 1972.

She was one of the few female combat correspondents in Vietnam, which means she’s worked under real fire – with bullets.

She also helped Walter Cronkite get to Hanoi when American prisoners of war were being released.

She was part of the 1993 Los Angeles Times Pulitzer-prize winning team covering the Rodney King riots. And she’s headed investigative journalism efforts for the Orange County Register, breaking countless news stories on political corruption including former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona’s ties to Donald G. Haidl which ultimately led to his conviction on corruption charges.

Tracy Wood can easily fill a room with her awards, and honors.

You might think she was a visiting news celebrity, on the speaking tour circuit from a national print or broadcast news organization.

Yet Tracy Wood is your local news editor.

That’s the kind of top quality journalism that Voice of OC brings to Orange County.

Our newsroom is an extraordinary place where gifted editors, reporters and photographers are truly empowered to make a difference.

They focus on your civic life, searching for truth instead of he-said, she-said with the aim of helping you engage, connect with your government. And it keeps making a difference, helping fuel things like better homeless outreach, efforts to save the OC Fairgrounds, groundbreaking on a new county animal shelter and establishing ethics reform.

You can’t run a great newsroom without top quality leadership. Tracy is an amazing mentor and teacher. She walks the talk and demands excellence and integrity from her reporters. She has lived her life and career seeking truth, uncovering corruption and holding government accountable.

Reporters and interns working under her leadership really learn how to cover local government, in fact they learn how to investigate it every day, for you. They find answers not just questions. This is the kind of team and reporting we bring you every day.

Now, if you value the information we bring to you, and the change it triggers, please consider a tax-deductible donation today.

We are fortunate to have a matching grant opportunity, NewsMatch, through December 31. As a non-profit newsroom we depend on readers like you and sponsors who are committed to news that allows the public to keep tabs on local government.

Because of Voice of OC local reporters, and leaders like Tracy, citizens are increasingly taking control of their government here in Orange County.

Voice of OC is there for you every day, helping you shine a light on your city hall.

This Holiday Season, consider joining leaders like Tracy and the hundreds of local donors who have already stood by our newsroom this year, helping us keep our own lights on.