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Orange County Press Club!

The Orange County Press Club exists to support, promote, and defend quality journalism in Southern California. We believe that a free press is crucial to a free society.



 Eight Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists (so far)
 TwoEmmy Award-winning broadcasters

A special “Ask the Editors” panel, including the top editors from the OC Register, San Diego Union Tribune and The Oregonian



Join us for a day of inspiration and practical workshops.

The conference is free!

Email your intention to attend to ocpressclub@orangecountypressclub.com.

Organized by the Orange County Press Club and Chapman University’s Journalism Program. Sponsors include Chapman University, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.


Greetings, fellow OC Press Club members,

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far.

Well, it's the moment you've been waiting for -- time to announce the results from the annual OC Press Club elections.

The following 13 candidates have all been elected to one-year terms to the OC Press Club Board. The terms start during the first board meeting in September and continue through the end of August 2016.

Congratulations to all of the candidates, and thanks to all of you who voted and participated.

We'll see you at some of the exciting events we have planned for 2015-16!

All the best,
Richard Chang
VP, OC Press Club

2015-16 OC Press Club Board: 

Roger Bloom
Richard Chang
Alyssa Duranty
Alma Fausto
Dennis Foley
Brittany Hanson
Kathy Hobstetter
Patty Marsters

Jackie Moe
Jean Pasco
Parimal Rohit
Timothy Spangler
Pete Weitzner

Richard Chang
Richard Chang I have completed a year on the Orange County Press Club Board, and humbly ask for your vote to serve another year. Currently, I am vice president of the organization, and take pride in our accomplishments and outreach thus far. I want to continue to encourage young professionals and students to pursue and stick with this crazy profession we call journalism.  I have experienced this industry's ups and downs personally. For 14 1/2 years, I worked as an arts and entertainment writer and critic at the Orange County Register. Prior to that, I worked at daily newspapers since 1996. After a stint as director of public relations and marketing at the Sawdust Art Festival, I have returned to freelance journalism and occasional college instruction. It's not easy, but it's rewarding to do what you love.  I have experience working with a journalism board -- I served as a board member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Los Angeles Chapter, for 13 years, including roles as president, vice president, and national board representative. I'm a strong proponent of diversity, and I think the O.C. Press Club can continue to grow and strengthen itself with a more diverse membership and board. Thank you for your consideration.    Alyssa Duranty While attending Orange Coast College, a great professor, former journalist and all-around badass writer Tony Dodero said I had a knack from this journalism thing. So I ran with it. I graduated from Chapman University after serving as an editor on The Panther Newspaper staff and winning the Orange County Press Club Vi Smith scholarship. Moving quickly up The Orange County Register ranks from intern to staff writer, I am excited to motivate other young Register writers and journalists in general to become involved in the local journalism community outside the newsroom walls.   Alma Fausto I have been a reporter for The Orange County Register for the last two years. I first covered cities at the Register and am now a crime reporter, which I thoroughly enjoy. Before returning to my native Orange County, I lived in New York City while I attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for my master's degree.  I'd like to be part of the board because I believe young journalists and students are still very passionate about our mission despite the obstacles produced by the ever-changing industry. I want to help them not get discouraged about this tough, but necessary profession. As a board member, I would try to motivate young journalists to join the club so they can connect and learn from industry professionals who have been through many more ups and downs. Interactions with media veterans are invaluable to those of us younger-folk as we establish our journalism identities and writing styles.  I would also like to help increase diversity in the club and provide a network for OC journalists of different backgrounds. I believe the club and Orange County would benefit from diverse journalists exchanging ideas about how to cover and represent this ethnically rich county.  As a member of the Orange County Press Club I have been connected to reporters, editors, communications professionals, professors and others who I may not have otherwise known; I'd like to help more people do the same.    Dennis Foley I have proudly served on the board for many years, the past two as president. This year, the board pulled off mixers, panels, the annual journalism contest, scholarship awards, gala dinner and, for the first time, a one-day journalism workshop -- Excellence in Journalism Day at Chapman University. The conference included 11 Pulitzer Prize winners, two Emmy winners and two New York Times best-selling nonfiction authors and was offered free. A second conference will be held at Chapman on Sept. 26. My primary goal, if re-elected, is to recruit more and younger members, to ensure the Press Club's 60-plus-year legacy continues to flourish. Thank you.   Brittany Hanson Growing up in Orange County my family took two newspapers every day. Breakfast included eating something healthy, coffee if you drank it, tea if you didn't and muttering while we all passed sections of the paper around. Like most kids, I started out reading the funnies, then graduated to the local news and finally was allowed into the front page rotation. After reading a lot of news in the lead-up to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that failed to maintain objectivity, I decided the best way to keep news even was to learn how to do it myself. Albeit, I never did become a war correspondent. I was active in my high school and college papers, eventually landing a summer internship that turned into a job covering city, crime, news and education beats at The Garden Grove Journal. I was an assistant editor, reporter, photographer and I sometimes did layout. It was a very small paper. I hadn't yet graduated college, so I spent my mornings in class and my afternoons chasing down ledes.  I spent eight years in local reporting, including eventually coming to work at the Orange County Register. I worked in the University special sections and then covered city and veterans beats in Los Angeles. After the Los Angeles publication folded, I was brought back to O.C. to continue coverage in the University special sections. After all of that, I decided to make the switch to public relations at Chapman University. Yes, I play for the away team now. I have a good sense of humor about it.   The prospect of getting to work with others to promote the local journalism community is exciting to me. I think the Orange County Press Club plays an important role in providing an outside-the-newsroom avenue for journalists to meet, learn and impact their community. I'd like to play a larger role within it.   Kathy Hobstetter I am relatively new to the OC Press Club but would very much be interested in being considered for the Board. I have a magazine, iJump Sports, that has always been based here in the OC and have lived here since 1965. I truly love promoting or writing about just about anything and did extensive freelance writing before I opened my own magazine. I believe I will bring to the OC Press Club an energy and enthusiasm for journalism that will be fun and exciting. PS…Violette Murphy was my mother and I lived through her being one of the first journalists who went to jail in 1961 for refusing to reveal a news source, groundbreaking at the time.   Patty Marsters I have been a member of the OC Press Club board since 1999, serving once as president and twice as secretary. Since the club re-established its annual Excellence In Journalism contest, I have co-coordinated the entries, handling 2014's almost singlehandedly. I hope to continue to improve, refine and expand the contest, as well as participate on the scholarship committee. Having been a two-time recipient of the club's generosity, I seek to help build our future journalists. When I'm not working for the OC Weekly (I'm a lifer, there for all 20 of its years), I'm a Girl Scout leader, literacy coach at my daughter's elementary school and mentor to Newport Harbor High School students.   Jackie Moe I hope to be considered as a nominee for the Orange County Press Club Board. As a current reporter for the Orange County Register, I have provided coverage for the arts and entertainment spectrum throughout the county. For the past five years, I have written for several publications, including the Press-Enterprise newspaper and Inland Empire Weekly. I have also worked for three years as the Social Media Manager for IE Weekly and its sister publications CityBeat Long Beach and the national Culture Magazine. I received my Masters in Professional Communications with an emphasis in public relations at Cal State Fullerton in 2014, and I have returned to the campus to speak on the professional journalism panels about my experiences and the importance of staying up-to-date in all journalism avenues in the industry. In speaking on the college panels, I have had the opportunity to see the excitement and passion amongst journalism students which has fueled my own eagerness to keep the industry strong and thriving. In addition, I have experience in organizing and executing a PR campaign and fundraising jog-a-thon for a non-profit organization. I would love to see the OC Press Club have a strong presence in the community by getting involved in local charities, gaining and granting scholarships to journalism students, and implementing meet-and-greets or mixers for the public to interact directly with its local media.     Jean Pasco I'm a legacy and a former, and — once again — I'm asking for your vote to be a continual for another year. I have been a member of the OC Press Club board since 1984. I put in 26 years as a reporter with the Prescott (AZ) Courier, the OC Register and the Los Angeles Times. I left reporting in 2006 to become a county government manager but have continued my commitment to the Press Club. The club's focus in recent years has been on journalism education and career development, an emphasis I support and encourage. I look forward to the club providing information about how journalists can continue to practice reporting in the age of new media and expanding career opportunities, both for students and professionals. Social fellowship has long been a hallmark of the club and that's a tradition worth keeping. Thank you for doing your part to support the Orange County Press Club.   Parimal Rohit Greetings fellow journos! Thank you for the opportunity to be considered for the OC Press Club Board! My goal, if selected to the board, would be to be to add a new voice to the Press Club and help continue the dialog of how journalism can thrive in the digital age. I am a newcomer to both the club and Orange County, but a 10-year veteran who has covered prep and professional sports, local and regional politics, Hollywood and Bollywood, and, now, maritime policy. My career covering multiple beats and experience in reporting in the digital era would be a great asset for the OC Press Club and its members. I am currently a Staff Writer at The Log, a bi-monthly newspaper covering recreational boating and fishing; I also freelance with India West, the largest Indian American newspaper in the country. Prior to joining here in September 2014, I was a managing editor at the Mirror Media Group, which included the Santa Monica Mirror, Westside Today, Brentwood News, Century City News and Yo Venice. I was also the Editor-in-Chief of Buzzine Bollywood (part of Buzzine Networks) and a Staff Reporter at The Signal (a daily in Santa Clarita). Other freelance gigs included Campus Circle and Sun Community Newspapers (in the San Fernando Valley).  Here at The Log, for example, I am spearheading our foray into social media and digital publishing. During my 10 months here, I’ve nearly tripled our Twitter followers and increased the Likes for our Facebook page by 21 percent. I am also helping establish the editorial department’s standards for digital publishing and social networking. Serving on the Press Club board, I hope to at least organize a panel or educational session on how Orange County publications can adapt to today’s changing digital era.  Again, thank you for your time! I look forward to making a valuable contribution to the Press Club!   Timothy Spangler I entered journalism by very much a “non-traditional” path. Having trained and worked as a lawyer, I began writing articles initially in specialist periodicals directed at practitioners. Over the years, I have broaden my focus both in terms of subject matter and audience. I currently write a weekly Op-Ed column for the OC Register, which is syndicated by Creators <http://www.creators.com/opinion/timothy-spangler.html>. I also write for The Guardian (UK),<http://www.theguardian.com/profile/timothy-spangler> The New Yorker<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/timothy_spangler/search?contributorName=Timothy%20Spangler> and Forbes<http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothyspangler/>. I also host a weekly radio show on KRLA 870AM<https://www.facebook.com/TheBiggerPictureWithTimothySpangler>. My goal is to help OC journalists with interests in financial reporting and international affairs get heard!   Pete Weitzner I’m Pete Weitzner—professor, director of the broadcast journalism program at Chapman University and 25-year business and political journalist in Orange County. In 2012, my Press Club colleagues awarded me their highest honor, the Sky Dunlap Award, which cites contributions to Orange County journalism. Since 1999, I've hosted and produced the award-winning Chapman Business Report, now broadcast and cablecast throughout the country. In my seventeen-year tenure at Chapman, I've helped launch hundreds of careers in journalism, from Helena to Los Angeles, from Bristol to New York. I've been an OC Press Club Board member since 2007 and would be privileged to continue to serve our journalistic community on the OCPC Board. Thank you for your consideration.

Dave Simpson
Principal, Government Relations
Phone: 714.560.5570

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