Voice of OC Reporter Nick Gerda is one of the top five online journalists of the year in Southern California in the award finalists announced by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Gerda’s nomination is one of 10 finalists Voice of OC has earned in the Southern California awards contest — ahead of last year’s eight finalists. And as VOC expanded last year with an Arts & Culture section and has added infographics, the agency is now a finalist in those categories as well.

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“It’s a great honor for all of us to see Nick Gerda recognized by the LA Press Club. We are all incredibly proud of Nick and his work on the county beat and in the City of Santa Ana,” said Voice of OC Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., who earned first place as online journalist of the year last year.

“His accountability-focused coverage on the county beat has made a huge difference in the lives of Orange County’s most vulnerable, the homeless, and ultimately helped officials craft the basics of a continuum of care system for our county. He’s also been there for Santa Ana neighborhoods, helping craft precise and meaningful city hall coverage that has really given community members a voice at the table. As a journalist, I very much value and respect his commitment to accuracy, fairness and engagement as well as his ability to present readers with hard data in ways that are meaningful and accessible.”

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