Voice of OC is a non-profit investigative newsroom focused on daily coverage of Orange County’s city halls and government agencies, with an eye toward providing real-time information that allows people to make a difference.
An active, informed citizenry is essential to a healthy democracy and a strong quality of life.
We believe passionately in seeking truth and enabling vibrant debate on the important issues that face our community.
Independent news, we believe, is the only effective check on the myriad special interests that often press local government to work for them, instead of residents.
In addition to real-time investigations into government fraud, waste and abuse, our newsroom also regularly analyzes tough public policy debates asking what produces healthier communities.
Both are areas that traditional mainstream media outlets are increasingly abandoning with frightening implications for our local democracy.
Voice of OC doesn’t get involved or invested with electoral outcomes. We don’t care about the traditional liberal vs. conservative or business vs. labor approach toward public policy.
Our reporters are like engine mechanics who specialize in local government, with the constant goal of informing residents about what’s really happening in their city – along with ways to get involved.
Since our founding in 2009, we’ve continued to hone our approach and institutional knowledge, building up beat coverage around the county’s largest mega-agencies and key city halls like Anaheim, Santa Ana and Irvine.
For more information about our impact on local government across Orange County, click here.
We are a nonprofit organization and are primarily financed through a mix of private donations and foundation support.
Our most recent federal tax filings are available here.
Given that our newsroom doesn’t respond to the desires of advertisers and donors – and regularly challenges powerful special interests – it’s vitally important that our community support our efforts.
The stakes couldn’t be higher. Local government has a huge impact on our children’s education, our commute to work, the parks we enjoy on weekends, the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Every single one of these things gets worse without good civic coverage but gets better with it.
It’s that simple.
You have the power to craft a vibrant civic future. Follow our coverage, share our stories, and discuss them with family, friends and colleagues.
And if you want to help fuel our work, you can make a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.
We welcome any questions or comments you have.