Best Freelance Journalist - 2013
Rising superstar/freelance journalist John Hrabe—a product of Cal State Long Beach, the London School of Economics, and the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy—has become a reporting powerhouse in Orange County and throughout California during the past several years. We first noticed this world traveler after he penned an excellent exposé on how public-employee labor unions funneled money to get liberal Sharon Quirk-Silva a victory over GOP Assemblyman Chris Norby, thus handing super-majority control in Sacramento to the Dems. Hrabe's also been dogged in revealing dubious ethics at Goodwill Industries. You can find his work at CalWatchdog.com, FlashReport.com, Huffington Post, The Orange County Register and www.JohnHrabe.com.