OC Weekly Wins 25 Orange County Press Club Awards, Including 14 First-Place Nods

Behold, our first place awards! Photo by Cynthia Rebolledo

OC Weekly left Newport Beach with a ton of hardware Thursday night, but this time it was not the result of our sticky fingers being attached to an unattended tool box.

It was the result of having won a staggering 25 awards from the Orange County Press Club, including 14 first-place honors, during ceremonies at the Newport Marriott. 

Here’s what is now being proudly displayed in the Weekly offices this morning:

MULTIMEDIA DIVISION
Best Use of Multimedia
First place: OC Speakly podcast (submitted by OC Weekly)

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DESIGN & GRAPHICS DIVISION
Best Page Design
Second Place: Dustin Ames, “Away & Home Summer Guide 2017”

Best Illustration
First Place: Leslie Agan, “Angels in the Outpatient Room”

Best Political Cartoon
First Place: Leslie Again, “Snitch Trap”

Best Cover
First Place: Dustin Ames, Sept. 8 cover
Third Place (TIE): Dustin Ames, OC Weekly Best of 2017

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PHOTOGRAPHY
Best Slideshow (online)
First Place: Brian Feinzimer for photos of the Anaheim Hills blaze

Best Photo Essay (print)
First Place: Dustin Ames, “With 18 Bajillion Things to Do, See and Eat, No Single Trip to Tokyo Will Leave You Satisfied”

Best News Photo
Third Place: Brian Feinzimer, “Fill ‘em up” cover photo

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Still more awards. Photo by Cynthia Rebolledo

TRADITIONAL (PRINT) DIVISION
Best Public Affairs Story
FIRST PLACE: Mary Carreon, “Orange County’s First Needle Exchange Tries to Bring Hope to a Wretched Situation”

Best Feature Story
Second Place: Mary Carreon, “Tree of Life Nursery is Saving Our Ecosystem One Seed at a Time”

Best Business Story
Third Place (TIE): Gabriel San Román, “Will Buena Park’s New Retail Center The Source Put It on the Map—or be Its Biggest Boondoggle?”

Best Religion Story
First Place: Gabriel San Román, “A Gay Pastor Leaves His Santa Ana Flock, Exposing the United Methodist Church’s LGBT Rift”

Best Environmental News Story
Second Place: Mary Carreon, “Activists Protest Plans to Bury Nuclear Waste at San Onofre State Beach”

Best Arts or Culture Story
First Place: Gabriel San Román, “El Centro Cultural de Mexico Finally Gets a Home but Will Next Generation of Activists Come?”
Second Place: Cynthia Rebolledo, “Frederico Medina Captures Life and Culture in the Golden City”

Best Arts or Culture Review
First Place: Dave Barton, “William Wray’s Seemingly Straightforward Building Portraits Tell a Deeper Story”
Third Place: Dave Barton, “ Laguna Art Museum Celebrates the Legendary Beginnings of the California School of Fine Arts”

Best Travel Story
First Place: Edwin Goei, “Montreal Has Poutine, Yes, But Go With the Jewish Food First”

Best Music or Entertainment Story
First Place: Gabriel San Román, “After Her Mother’s Death, Turntables Brought DJ Lala Out of Depression and Into the Spotlight”
Second Place: Nate Jackson, “Meet Lorne Conner: The Happy Coachella Guy”
Third Place (TIE): Patrice Marsters, “Izabella Alvarez is Only 13 but Has Already Appeared on Westworld, Shameless—with More to Come”

Best Food/Restaurant Review
First Place: Edwin Goei, “Tin Vuong’s LSXO Combines Hip-Hop and the Best Vietnamese Food Outside of Little Saigon”
Second Place: Edwin Goei, “The New Northgate González Market in Anaheim Is Like a Mexican-Food Disneyland”

Best Round-Up or Best Of
First place: Edwin Goei, “Korean Fried Chicken Is Becoming a Thing in Orange County. Here Are Three New Spots”

Best Investigative Story
Second Place: R. Scott Moxley, “Orange County’s Informant Scandal Yields Evidence of Forensic Science Deception in Murder Trials”

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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