Behind the Badge OC wins 7 awards at O.C. Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest


Behind the Badge OC staff members took home seven awards, including four first-place honors, at the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Contest on Thursday night.

The awards, sponsored by the Orange County Press Club, were for stories and photographs published or posted in 2015. Behind the Badge OC launched in summer 2014.

Journalism professionals from outside Orange County, many out of state, judged the entries.

The awards, most in the digital/blogs category, were handed out May 26 at a dinner at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach:

First Place, Best Lifestyle or Family Blog

Greg Hardesty, Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, Lori Basheda

First Place, Best Feature Story

Greg Hardesty

Meth addict credits a Fullerton PD officer for turning his life around

First Place, Best News Feature Story

Greg Hardesty

After 40 years, La Palma Police believe they have found their killer

First Place, Best News Photo

Steven Georges

Funeral for an 18-year-old Buena Park PD explorer

Second Place, Best Feature Story

Jaimee Lynn Fletcher

Crips gang member shot in face reunites with Tustin PD officers

Second Place, Best News Story

Greg Hardesty

Funeral for an 18-year-old Buena Park PD explorer

Third Place, Best Slideshow

Steven Georges

Garden Grove Police worry that predicted monster El Nino will put homeless in peril