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Culture OC Team Honored with 14 Awards from the OC Press Club

Updated: Jun 14

Awards for the Culture OC writing team includes five first place honors for 2023 stories.



At the annual awards ceremony for the Orange County Press Club held on June 13, the writing team at Culture OC took home 14 awards, including five first place honors. Awards were received in every category entered by this publication. Because our team was writing for Voice of OC during the first half of 2023, we have also included those honors on this list.


In addition to accolades given for work written for Culture OC/Voice of OC, contributors Richard Chang, Jessica Peralta and Paul Rodriguez and one of our board members, Christopher Trela also received awards for work written for other publications.


All of our contributors' honors are listed below. For the full list of awards, visit the OC Press Club website.


Best Arts/Culture Review

HONORABLE MENTION   Paul Hodgins, "Orange County Gets a Big Dose of Muti Magic"

Best Arts/Culture Story

2nd PLACE  Eric Marchese, "Stage Door Closes Its Doors, For Now," written for Voice of OC

HONORABLE MENTION  Christopher Trela, "Maestro for a Day: My Conducting Debut with Pacific Symphony," written for the Newport Beach Independent

Best Arts/Culture Story or Review, Sponsored Content

HONORABLE MENTION  Richard Chang, "More than Just a Phase: L.A. Gallery Helps UCI Art Students and Alumni," written for UC Irvine


Best FEATURE STORY, Sponsored Content

HONORABLE MENTION  Richard Chang, "Formerly incarcerated women find a second chance through Project Rebound," written for Cal State Long Beach


Best Food/Restaurant Story

2nd PLACE  Anne Valdespino, "CBD Power Lunch at Knife Pleat"

3rd PLACE  Anne Marie Panoringan, "Panoringan: Santa Ana’s Culinary Scene Is Trending," written for Voice of OC

Best Music/Entertainment Review

Best NEWS FEATURE STORY, Sponsored Content

1st PLACE  Richard Chang, "CSULB students aim to help alleviate housing crisis with sustainable tiny house," written for Cal State Long Beach


Best NEWS photo

HONORABLE MENTION  Paul Rodriguez, for The Orange County Register


Best Profile

Best Round-Up or Best Of

2nd PLACE  Christopher Trela, "Favorite Dining Experiences of 2023," written for the Newport Beach Independent

3rd PLACE  Richard Chang, Kristina Garcia, Timothy Mangan, Eric Marchese, Anne Marie Panoringan and Kaitlin Wright, "What’s Coming Up in Arts & Culture for 2023?," written for Voice of OC


Best SPORTS photo

2nd PLACE  Paul Rodriguez, for The Orange County Register


​Best Travel Story

1st PLACE  Christopher Trela, "California’s Central Coast Offers Wonderful Wines and Unique Experiences," written for the Newport Beach Independent


​Best USE OF MULTIMEDIA

1st PLACE  Jessica Peralta (with her colleagues Emily Reyes, George O’ Connor and Shawn Price), "Creepmas is Trending," written for the Halloween Every Night

3rd PLACE  Jessica Peralta (with her colleagues Kitae (Thomas) Kim and Shawn Price), "The Hotel Who? Returns for Spring with ‘A Love Story’," written for the Halloween Every Night


The Real O.C. Award

3rd PLACE  Anne Valdespino, "CBD Power Lunch at Knife Pleat"


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