2017 CONTEST WINNERS​

BLOGS
Best Entertainment/Culture Blog
FIRST PLACE: Nate Jackson (editor), Heard Mentality, OC Weekly

Best Lifestyle/Family Blog
FIRST PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Brad A. Johnson: Food & Travel

BROADCAST 
Best Broadcast
THIRD PLACE: Matt Kollar, OC Weekly 
“The Donald Trump Rally: Orange Man Comes to Orange County”
SECOND PLACE: Matt Brown, Chapman University
“One Strong Teammate: Carter Ankeny”
FIRST PLACE: Anthony Porrazzo, Spotlight Video
“Orange Catholic Foundation’s Conference on Business and Ethics”

PHOTO
Best News Photo 
HONORABLE MENTION: Eric Hood, OC Weekly
Ku Klux Klan Rally and Counter-Protest @ Pearson Park in Anaheim
THIRD PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register
SECOND PLACE: Richard Koehler, Orange County Register
FIRST PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge

Best Sports Photo
THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register
SECOND PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register
FIRST PLACE: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

Best Feature Photo 
HONORABLE MENTION: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge
THIRD PLACE: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge
SECOND PLACE: Christopher Trela, Newport Beach Independent
FIRST PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register

Best Portrait
THIRD PLACE: Matt Masin, Orange County Register
SECOND PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 
FIRST PLACE: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register 

Best Photo Essay/Slideshow
SECOND PLACE: Eric Hood, OC Weekly
FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly

ADVOCACY JOURNALISM OR SPECIALTY PUBLICATION
Best News Story 
SECOND PLACE: Bill Rams, Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Behind the Badge
BTB Special Report: 164 on-duty cops shot so far this year
FIRST PLACE: Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Behind the Badge
VIDEO: Training, instinct save OCSD deputies from suicidal man who fired dozens of rounds from illegal automatic rifle

Best News Feature Story
SECOND PLACE: James Reed, Related California
Less traffic No sprawl Art and culture for all
FIRST PLACE: Greg Hardesty, Behind the Badge
Shot six times, this officer made sure not to let bad guy end the career he loves dearly

Best Feature Story 
THIRD PLACE: Richard Chang, THE Journal
Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment
SECOND PLACE: Liz Goldner, KCET Artbound
“Healing Through Art: PTSD Survival Stories”
FIRST PLACE: Amy DePaul, Narratively
The Thrill-Seeking Bodysurfers of California’s Most Terrifying Wave

Best Music/Entertainment Story or Review 
FIRST PLACE: Jessica Peralta, Halloween Every Night
‘The Witch’ Is a New Kind of Horror Classic


Best Arts/Culture Story or Review 
FIRST PLACE: Liz Goldner, KCET Artbound
“Laguna Beach in the Sixties: A Colony for the Arts”

DESIGN/GRAPHICS
Best Cover 
THIRD PLACE: Denise Smaldino, OC Family
“What are you thankful for?” 
SECOND PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly 
“The Rainbow Man”
FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly 
“Native Tongue”

Best Page Design
FIRST PLACE: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly
“Uncle Creepy”

Best Political Cartoon 
SECOND PLACE: Luke McGarry, OC Weekly 
“Pokemon Go Meets Black Lives Matter (subtitled Middle-Class Priorities)”
FIRST PLACE: Leslie Agan, OC Weekly 
“Santa Ana River Pastoral” 

PRINT
Best News Story 
THIRD PLACE: Martin Wiskol, Orange County Register
“Democratic surge shrinks GOP lead”
SECOND PLACE: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
Unlikely bond forms between O.C. jail escapee and his hostage
FIRST PLACE: R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly
Did OCDA Ignore Doctored CHP Reports to Convict Motorist of Murder? 

Best News Feature Story
HONORABLE MENTION: Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register
‘Open and affirming’: Irvine church is a haven for LGBT
THIRD PLACE: Nuran Alteir, Los Angeles Times
At local community colleges, transgender students’ names are now whatever they prefer
SECOND PLACE: Erika Ritchie, Orange County Register
Veteran who died at Doheny gets “dignified end” after friends, strangers put together details of his life
FIRST PLACE: Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register
Silence about gun violence is no longer an option for New Hope pastor in Orange

Best Investigative Story
HONORABLE MENTION: R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly  
Who Masterminded The Wood Chipper Plot Against A Judge, Prosecutors and FBI agents?
THIRD PLACE: Tracy Wood, Voice of OC
‘Behested Payments’ Add Another Layer of Money in Politics
SECOND PLACE: Tomoya Shimura, Orange County Register
“PAC money overtaking city elections, with $2.4 million spent in Irvine, Anaheim alone”   
FIRST PLACE: Tony Saavedra, Orange County Register
Police might not know where their guns are, and the law says that’s OK

Watchdog Award
FIRST PLACE: R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly

Best Public Affairs Story 
HONORABLE MENTION: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
“For Asians in the U.S. illegally, ‘there’s more shame and more quiet’”
THIRD PLACE: Jordan Graham and Theresa Walker, Orange County Register
“As Santa Ana Civic Center homeless population grows, so do crime, fear and disease”
SECOND PLACE: Nick Gerda, Voice of OC
“OC’s Rise in Suicides Largest Among Major U.S. Counties”
FIRST PLACE: Mary Carreon, OC Weekly
“How Irvine Became SoCal’s First Non-Toxic City”

Best Feature Story 
HONORABLE MENTION: Hannah Fry, Daily Pilot
“Balboa Island sculpture is planned to memorialize couple as a symbol of the community” 
THIRD PLACE: Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, LA Times
“Jails serve inmates and immigrants” 
SECOND PLACE: Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
“Nonprofit law firm goes to battle for hundreds of O.C. Veterans”
FIRST PLACE: Keith Sharon, Orange County Register
“On 9/11, he was in the Pentagon and his childhood friend’s plane crashed into it”

Best Round-Up or Best Of
THIRD PLACE: Christopher Trela and Catherine Del Casale, Newport Beach Independent
Off the Menu: Memorable Dining Experiences of 2016
SECOND PLACE: Gustavo Arellano, editor, OC Weekly
Fans Remember Their Encounters in Orange County With Kobe Bryant, OC’s Most Regular Famous Guy
FIRST PLACE: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
OC Fair: Here are the must-try foods for 2016

Best Business Story 
HONORABLE MENTION: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register
How to fix the housing crisis: Embrace high-density development or face rising prices and rent, experts say
THIRD PLACE: Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
How hard is exporting? Here’s how one small Irvine business went global
SECOND PLACE: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register
No voucher, no vacancy, no help: The cruel realities of Section 8 housing in Orange County
FIRST PLACE: Matt Coker, OC Weekly
Why OC Must Lose the ‘War’ On Sober-Living Homes

Best Sports Story
HONORABLE MENTION: Mirin Fader, Orange County Register
#DiegoStrong: La Habra football player is in the fight of his life – and he won’t give up
THIRD PLACE: Ryan Kartje, Orange County Register
Retiring Vin Scully, the voice of generations, says farewell to Dodger Stadium on Sunday 
SECOND PLACE: Mirin Fader, Orange County Register
Queens of the court: They may be petite, but their love of basketball is huge
FIRST PLACE: Joey Kaufman, Orange County Register 
Most Influential 2016: Sam Darnold helped save USC’s season

Best Arts/Culture Story 
HONORABLE MENTION: David Jerome, Orange County Register
Mr. Bucketlist: Rubbing elbows with celebrities I actually remember
THIRD PLACE: Todd Harmonson, Orange County Register
Spend a fortune on ‘Hamilton’? Worth it!
SECOND PLACE: Richard Chang, Laguna Beach Magazine
Lasting Landmarks: Laguna architect Mark Singer, who died in September, lives on in his work around town
FIRST PLACE: Nick Schou, OC Weekly
Curtis Rainbow Helped to Organize the Biggest Hippie Happening in OC History. Now, He’s Homeless

Best Arts/Culture Review
THIRD PLACE: Dave Barton, OC Weekly
‘Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty’ at OCMA Nails the Artist’s Pathology of Beauty
SECOND PLACE: Liz Goldner, ArtScene
“Helen Lundeberg”
FIRST PLACE: Liz Goldner, Art Ltd.
Report: Orange County

Best Music/Entertainment Story or Review
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Kohn, OC Weekly
Irvine Meadows Says Its Final Goodbyes Before Getting Demolished for Apartments
THIRD PLACE: Josh Chesler, OC Weekly
The Story of Sublime’s Iconic Sun Logo and How It’s Rising Into the Mainstream
SECOND PLACE: Nate Jackson, OC Weekly
Gabby Gaborno Tells His Fans Goodbye With a Birthday Show of a Lifetime
FIRST PLACE: Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly
The Life and Times of Malvina Reynolds, Long Beach’s Most Legendary (and Hated) Folk Singer

Best Food/Restaurant Story
HONORABLE MENTION: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
Brad A. Johnson’s guide to Chinese food in Orange County
THIRD PLACE: Bradley Zint, Daily Pilot
Bon Voyage, Nino – 88-year-old who started Laguna’s Ristorante Rumari at 60 is ready to retire
SECOND PLACE: Christopher Toland, OC Weekly
A History of Loquats in Orange County, and How So Many Ended Up in Santa Ana
FIRST PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
Best of the best: Brad A. Johnson’s annual chef and restaurant awards

Best Food/Restaurant Review
THIRD PLACE: Edwin Goei, OC Weekly
Taverna in Laguna Beach Has Mastered the Art of Risotto
SECOND PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
Review: Hana re
FIRST PLACE: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
Review: The Ritz

Best Travel Story 
THIRD PLACE: Joseph Pimentel, Orange County Register
Hong Kong Disneyland vs. Anaheim: How does theme park differ abroad?
SECOND PLACE: Jessica Kwong, Orange County Register
Cuba: How to get there ahead of the American tourist invasion
FIRST PLACE: Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register
Here’s how we found bliss on a trip to Belize

Best Profile 
THIRD PLACE: Meghann Cuniff, The Daily Journal
“JAMS co-founder and former justice Jack Trotter retires”
SECOND PLACE: Keith Sharon, Orange County Register 
“This ‘Unsung Hero’ was a convicted murderer until Gov. Brown set him free immediately”
FIRST PLACE: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
“How Amar Santana went from an impoverished childhood to ‘Top Chef’ contender”

David McQuay Award for Best Columnist
THIRD PLACE: David Jerome, Orange County Register
Mr. Bucketlist
SECOND PLACE: Barbara Venezia, Daily Pilot
FIRST PLACE: Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC
Behind the Orange Curtain

Marjorie Freeman Award for Best Humorous Story 
HONORABLE MENTION: Roderick Reed, Laguna Beach Independent
To be truly tired one must experience a vacation
THIRD PLACE: Mark D. Crantz, Laguna Beach Independent
“Party Hardy”
SECOND PLACE: Kedric Francis, OC Family
Silly move puts Dad in a sticky situation
FIRST PLACE: Pamela Knudsen, Los Angeles Times
I had to ditch all the dating apps so I could find love

SPECIAL
The Real O.C. Award
THIRD PLACE: Nuran Alteir, KPCC
This Ramadan, breaking the fast while getting to know a new country
SECOND PLACE: Hannah Fry, Daily Pilot
O.C.’s iconic piers, with their colorful pasts, help define their cities
FIRST PLACE: Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly
Ah, Pachucos! Orange County’s Great Zoot Suit Panic of 1943


SKY DUNLAP AWARD

For lifetime achievement and community service

Thomas Johnson




2016 CONTEST WINNERS

DIGITAL/BLOGS


Best News Story
First place: Nick Gerda, Voice of OC
"Supervisors Backed Off Criticism of Jail Phones After Contributions From Vendor"
Second place: Greg Hardesty, Behind the Badge
"A young police explorer, a funeral, and the one thing he dreamed of having: a badge"
Third place: Nick Gerda, Voice of OC
"Dog Attack on Pregnant Woman Raises More Questions About County Animal Control"

Best News Feature Story
First place: Greg Hardesty, Behind the Badge
"Anatomy of a Cold Case: After 40 years, La Palma Police believe they have their killer"

Second place: Amy DePaul, Voice of OC
"Battered Lives: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Abuse Hard for Immigrant Families"
Third place: David Washburn, Voice of the OC
"A Fighter Steps Out of the Ring"

Best News or Political Blog
First place: Norberto Santana Jr., Voice of OC

Best Public Affairs Story
First place: Adam Elmahrek, Voice of OC
"Fast Times at Rancho Santiago: College District Officials Travel in Luxury on Taxpayer’s Dime"

Second place: Thy Vo, Voice of OC
"Dick Jones’ Sweet Deal in Westminster"

Third place: Amy DePaul, Voice of OC
"Battered Lives: Santa Ana’s Ongoing Struggle With Domestic Violence"

Best Feature Story
First place: Greg Hardesty, Behind the Badge
"From the back of a Fullerton PD car, a suspect utters surprising words to arresting officer"
Second place: Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Behind the Badge
"Crips gang member shot in face reunites with Tustin PD officers who arrested him"

Third place: Thy Vo, Voice of OC
"Struggles of Second Generation Reveal Long Shadow of War"

Best Food Blog
First place: Kristine Hoang, editor, "Stick a Fork in It," OC Weekly

Best Entertainment or Culture Blog
First place: Nate Jackson, editor, “Heard Mentality,” OC Weekly
Second place: Matt Coker, OC Weekly

Best Music/Entertainment Story
First place: Nate Jackson, OC Weekly
"Why Should People High Five Each Other More Often at Coachella?"

Best Music/Entertainment Review
First place: Daniella Litvak, Orange Curtain Review
"VietLove or VietLust? : Vietgone @ South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa"

Best Arts/Culture Story
First place: Liz Goldner, KCET Artbound
"The Roots of Radical Art at University of California, Irvine"

Second place: Liz Goldner, KCET Artbound
"Sandow Birk: Re-contextualizing the California Experience"
Third place: Richard Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Young Chinese Artists Have a Lot to Say"

Best Lifestyle or Family Blog
First place: Greg Hardesty, Lori Basheda, Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Behind the Badge

PHOTOGRAPHY

Best News Photo
First place: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge
"Photo of Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez"

Best Photo Essay (print)
First Place: Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register
"Shrines, prayers for Our Lady of Guadalupe"
Second Place: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register
Third Place: Leonard Ortiz, Coast

Best Sports Photo
First place: Michael Goulding, Orange County Register

Second place: Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register
Third place: Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register

Best Feature Photo
First place: Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register
“Christmas Babies” 
Second place: Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register
“Military School Graduation”
Third place: Cindy Yamanaka, Orange County Register
“Virtual Reality” 
Honorable mention: Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register
“The Wedge”

Best Portrait
First Place: Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register
"Photo from June 14"
Second Place: Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register
"Photo of Graduate"

Third Place: Ana Venegas, Orange County Register
"Photo of The Most Venerable Thich Quang Thanh"

Best Slideshow (online)
First Place: Julie Leopo, The Voice of OC
“Summer In The City: Innocence Lost and Found”
Second Place: Julie Leopo, The Voice of OC
“The Voice of Fourth Street”

Third Place: Steven Georges, Behind the Badge
“Garden Grove Police Help Homeless”
Honorable Mention: Brad Johnson, Orange County Register
“Where to Eat In Mexico”


BROADCAST

Best News Story
First place: Anthony Porrazzo, Orange County Catholic
"Fr. James Nieblas Receives Bishop’s Blessing Prior to Meeting Pope"

Best Sports Story
First place: Anthony Porrazzo, Orange County Catholic
"It Was Mater Dei Over Servite in Football Rivalry"

Best Feature Story
First place: Matt Kollar, OC Weekly
"What’s It Like Behind the Scenes at Medieval Times?"
Second place: LP Hastings, OC Weekly
"Real Shop Cats of OC"

DESIGN AND GRAPHICS

Best Page Design (single story)
First place: John Cheresh, UCI @ 50
"A Half-Century of Superlatives"

Best Graphic or Illustration
First place: Bob Aul, OC Weekly
"Guilty"
Second place: Kurt Snibbe, UCI@50
"Aldrich Park"

Best Cover
First place: Denise Smaldino, Orange County Register
"Creativity"

Second place: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly
"Masquerade"

Third place: Denise Smaldino, Orange County Register
"Let’s Eat Out"
Honorable Mention: Dustin Ames, OC Weekly
"Stink City" 

PRINT

Best News Story
First place: Erika Ritchie, Orange County Register
"Tangled in trouble: Record number of ensnared whales, may be due to warmer waters"
Second place: Scott Schwebke and Alma Fausto, Orange County Register
"‘They are going to whup me’: Carjacking, kidnapping suspect calls Register while barricaded inside Santa Ana mobile home"
Third place: Deepa Bharath, Orange County Register
"After UC Irvine grad chooses to die, ‘Death with dignity’ gains traction, but some fear dire consequences"

Best News Feature Story

First Place: R. Scott Moxley, OC Weekly
"Accused Murderer Awaits Execution While OC Prosecutors Hide Exculpatory DNA"
Second Place: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
"Vietnamese refugees began new lives in Camp Pendleton’s 1975 ‘tent city’"
Third Place:
 Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
"Death threats, protests and lawsuits: Little Saigon newspaper war is about ideology, not just circulation"
Honorable Mention: Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register
"‘It’s like something you’d see on TV’: 29 years after he held her just once, woman found her father on Facebook"

Best Profile
First Place: Jordan Graham, Orange County Register
"How an obsessive photo collector unwittingly accumulated three storage lockers full of ‘priceless’ O.C. history"
Second Place: Anne Valdespino, Orange County Register
"The Fab Five: Are these the best ‘Iron Chefs’ in Orange County?"

Third Place: Erika Ritchie, Orange County Register
"Everyday Heroes: Howdy’s Homeless Helpers and how you can get involved"

Best Feature Story, as published in a newspaper
First Place: Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
“Vietnamese refugees began new lives in Camp Pendleton’s 1975 ‘tent city’”
Second Place: Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register
“Being parents of suicide victim ‘a club you don’t want to be in’”

Third Place: Greg Mellen, Orange County Register
“Aaron’s heart: Man got a life-altering gift after Huntington Beach woman decides to donate her brother’s organs”

Best Feature Story, as published in a magazine
First Place: David Ferrell, Coast Magazine
"Notes on a Winery"
Second Place: David Ferrell, Coast Magazine
"Laguna artist Elizabeth McGhee finds beauty in the past"

Third Place: Richard Chang, Laguna Beach Magazine
"Capturing the Canyon: The Story of the Tell"

Best Business Story
First place: Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
"A push to end mandatory workplace arbitration: Will aggrieved workers get their day in court?"
Second place: Jeff Collins, Orange County Register
"In the continuing drought, can Orange County keep building?"

Third place: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
"Stalling, disputes, evictions: What’s slowing Union Market grand openings at The District"

Honorable mention: Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
"Frank Jao’s story: From refugee to business mogul"

Best Sports Story
First Place: Josh Chesler, OC Weekly
"Eddie Bravo Became a Jiu Jitsu Legend with One Win. Can His Fighting Style Now Conquer MMA?"
Second Place: Mirin Fader, Orange County Register
"CSUF soccer star thrives after overcoming homelessness, personal challenges"

Third Place: Keith Sharon, Orange County Register
"How Mickey Mouse and China led to that life-sized Mike Trout bobblehead"

Best Round-up or “Best of” Feature
First place: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
"Santa Ana’s 4th Street Market: A guide to the food hall and tips on must-try dishes"
Second place: Gustavo Arellano, Edwin Goei, Charles Lam, and Dave Lieberman, OC Weekly
"The Only Taco Guide to Orange County You’ll Ever Need"

David McQuay Award for Best Columnist
First Place: Mark D. Crantz, Laguna Beach Independent
Second Place: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register

Best Arts/Culture Story
First Place: Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register
"Sold-out shows and thousands of DVDs sold: So why is Little Saigon’s popular ‘Paris by Night’ fighting to survive?"
Second Place (tie): Matt Coker, OC Weekly
"David Koenig has exposed the Disneyland secrets Mickey doesn’t want you to know about"
Second Place (tie): Richard Chang, Los Angeles Times
"Que pasa, Romeo?"

Third Place: Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly
"Enough’s Enough: It’s Time to Save Orange County’s Chicano Murals"

Best Arts/Culture Review
First Place: Dave Barton, OC Weekly
‘Alien She’ Brings Riot Grrrl Energy to OCMA
Second Place: Paul Hodgins, Orange County Register
"‘Of Good Stock’ captures sisterly love, rivalry"

Third Place: Liz Goldner, art ltd.
"Alien She"

Marjorie Freeman Award for Best Humorous Story
First Place: Mark Crantz, Laguna Beach Independent
"Always on the Wrong Side"
Second Place: Kedric Francis, OC Family
"Gray is the way: Why old dads rule"

Third Place: Roderick Reed, Laguna Beach Independent
"Something Fishy on Valentines Day"

Best Food/Restaurant Story
First Place: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
"Doritos born at Disneyland? Top iconic foods with O.C. roots"
Second Place: Paul Hodgins with Bo McMillan, Orange County Register
"Vodka, in flavors you can savor"
Third Place: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
"25 Best Things to Eat in O.C.’s Little Saigon"


Best Food/Restaurant Review
First Place: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
"Restaurant review: Twenty Eight"
Second Place: Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register
"Restaurant review: Tra House"
Third Place: Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly
"Carnitas Uruapan in Santa Ana Is Pig Heaven"
 
Best Travel Story
First Place: Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register
"Winetasting a trail along Santa Ynez Valley’s Foxen Canyon Road"
Second Place: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register
"Quick Getaways: Shake Shack stacks up to hype in Las Vegas"
Third Place: Erika Ritchie, Orange County Register
"Quick Getaways: As spring approaches Mammoth still beckons"

Best Music/Entertainment Story
First Place: Nate Jackson, OC Weekly
"The Soul of Billy Preston is Being Fought Over in a Santa Ana Courtroom"
Second Place: Kathleen Luppi, Los Angeles Times
"Rocker Marco Mendoza’s new life with The Dead Daisies"
Third Place: Aimee Murillo, OC Weekly
Why South County is Becoming a Necessary Haven for House Shows

Honorable Mention: Joe DeLillo, Orange County Register
"Letterman’s retirement will leave emotional void"


Best Music/Entertainment Review
First Place: Joseph Pimentel, Orange County Register
"Disney’s new World of Color celebrates Walt Disney’s legacy"

Best Public Affairs Story
First Place: Kristine Hoang, OC Weekly
"OC’s Homeless Await El Niño in the Santa Ana Riverbed"

THE REAL O.C. AWARD
For the story, review, feature, blog, column, photo or broadcast/video that best captures something special, surprising, telling or essential about Orange County
Joseph Pimentel, Orange County Register
"The first two kids to walk into Disneyland"


SKY DUNLAP AWARD

For lifetime achievement and community service

Dennis Foley