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A quick note of congratulations and thanks to the writers who’ve shared their talents with us this year.

Valerie Scher and Roxana Popescu, two local freelance writers, took home first place wins in last night’s journalism awards sponsored by the San Diego Press Club for stories they wrote for VOSD.

Scher spent a day in the life of a salty symphony librarian last fall, illuminating the fastidious work of a person whose role is usually hidden from the public. For her story about Nancy Fisch, Scher placed first in the “Arts and Entertainment Reporting” category.

A few months after learning about Fisch’s affinity for cow knickknacks, Scher ventured down a dirt road in North County’s Elfin Forest to see how sculptor Anne Mudge lives immersed in nature. Scher’s story about Mudge won first place in the “Profiles” category last night.

As the legions involved in San Diego Opera productions bustled to prepare last season’s “Faust,” writer Roxana Popescu dove into the frenzy to show us how opera happens. Her series, which wove in dozens of VOSD’s Sam Hodgson’s photographs, won first place in the “News Feature Series” category last night.

Congratulations also to first-place winners from other outlets, including Union-Tribune theater critic James Hebert for his review of The Old Globe’s “August: Osage County;” Marcia Manna for her look at the backstages of many popular local music venues for San Diego Magazine; Pat Launer and Michael Rovatsos for their radio review for Jazz 88 of La Jolla Playhouse’s “Ruined” and Jonathan Young for his preview of Cygnet Theatre’s “Cabaret” for LGBT Weekly. The Poway News Chieftain and La Jolla Light also took home first place awards for arts writing.

The Press Club’s complete list of winners is here.

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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