Awards

Voice of OC’s work has been recognized by regional and national journalism organizations. Here is a summary of all the awards, honors and recognitions for Voice of OC staff.


OC PRESS CLUB

2018 Awards (for 2017 content)

David McQuay Award for Best Columnist – 1st Place – Norberto Santana, Jr.

Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was awarded the David McQuay Award for Best Columnist. He was awarded for this series of columns on Orange County government:

Best Political Columnist – 1st Place – Norberto Santana, Jr.

Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was awarded for these columns related to local government:

Best Beat Reporting – 1st Place – Nick Gerda

Best Environmental News Story

First Place: To Desalinate or Not to Desalinate: UCI Debate Over Controversial Huntington Beach Plant by Amy DePaul

Best Investigative Story

Third Place: Hundreds of Dollars in ‘Gifts’ From Contractors to Supervisor Nelson Raise Legal Questions by Nick Gerda

Best News Story

Third Place: Airport Controversy Heats Up as Supervisors Award Contract to Low-Ranked Firm by Nick Gerda

Best News Photo

Third Place: Sheriffs patrolling homeless camp by Jeff Antenore

2017 Awards (for 2016 content)

David McQuay Award for Best Columnist

Publisher Norberto Santana, Jr., was awarded the David McQuay Award for Best Columnist. He was awarded for this series of columns on homelessness:

Best Investigative Story

Third Place: “‘Behested Payments’ Add Another Layer of Money in Politics” by Tracy Wood

Best Public Affairs Story

Second Place: “O.C.’s Rise in Suicides Largest Among Major U.S. Counties” by Nick Gerda

2016 Awards (for 2015 content)

Best News Story

First Place: “Supervisors Backed Off Criticism of Jail Phones After Contributions From Vendor” by Nick Gerda

Third Place: “Dog Attack on Pregnant Woman Raises More Questions About County Animal Control” by Nick Gerda

Best News Feature Story

Second Place: “Battered Lives: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse Hard for Immigrant Families” by Amy DePaul

Third Place: “A Fighter Steps Out of the Ring” by David Washburn

Best News or Political Blog:

Voice of OC, Norberto Santana, Jr. for his series of columns on the county’s problems addressing the homeless situation at the Santa Ana Civic Center.

Best Public Affairs Story

First Place: “Fast Times at Rancho Santiago: District Officials Travel in Luxury on Taxpayer’s Dime” by Adam Elmahrek

Second Place: “Dick Jones’ Sweet Deal in Westminster” by Thy Vo

Third Place: “Santa Ana’s Ongoing Struggle with Domestic Violence” by Amy DePaul

Best Feature Story

Third Place: “Struggles of Second Generation Reveal Long Shadow of War” by Thy Vo

Best Slideshow

First Place: “Summer in the City: Innocence Lost and Found” by Julie Lopo

Second Place: “The Voices of Fourth Street” by Julie Leopo

2014 Awards (for 2013 content)

Best Investigative Story

First Place: “Santa Ana Mayor’s Property Swap Raises Questions” by Adam Elmahrek

Second Place: “Campaign Filings Draw Scrutiny to Cypress Trucking Center” by Nick Gerda and PBS SoCal’s David Nazar

Best News Story

First Place: “OC Register Set to Be Anaheim’s Sponsorship Broker” by Adam Elmahrek and Nick Gerda

Second Place: “The Story Behind Councilwoman Kring’s Recent Flip-Flops” by Adam Elmahrek

Best Public Affairs Story

Third Place: “The Paradox of Latino Health” by Amy DePaul

Best Broadcast

First Place: Voice of OC/PBS SoCal report – “City Jobs for Family of Garden Grove Leaders” by Norberto Santana Jr.

2013 Awards (for 2012 content)

Best Investigative Story

Second Place: “Edison to Permanently Shut Down San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant” by Nick Gerda

2012 Awards (for 2011 content)

Best Investigative Story

First Place: “Anaheim’s Green Deal Gone Bad” by Adam Elmahrek

Third Place: “Anaheim Outsources Work to City Building Official’s Firm” by Adam Elmahrek

Best Series

Third Place: “No Room To Run” by Tracy Wood and David Washburn

News Feature

Third Place: Tracy Wood

2011 Awards (for 2010 content)

Best Investigative Story

First Place: “Questions Swirl Around Water District Director’s Expense Reports” by Tracy Wood and Adam Elmahrek

Second Place: “Dealing for DNA” by Tracy Wood


LA PRESS CLUB

2016 Awards (for 2015 content)

Best Online Personality Profile/Interview

First Place: “A Fighter Steps Out of the Ring” by David Washburn

Best Online Hard News Feature

Third Place: “A War Correspondent Turned Lifelong Corruption Fighter” by Tracy Wood

Third Place: “Struggles of Second Generation Reveal Long Shadow of War” By Thy Vo