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OC Weekly is a free weekly paper (an alternative weekly) distributed in Orange County and Long Beach, California. OC Weekly was founded in September 1995 by Will Swaim, who acted as editor and publisher until 2007.[3]

OC Weekly
OC Weekly (front page).jpg
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Duncan McIntosh Co
PublisherCynthia Rebolledo
EditorMatt Coker
Headquarters18475 Bandilier Cir.
Fountain Valley, California 92708
Circulation45,000 (2016)[1][2]

The paper is distributed at coffee shops, bookstores, clothing stores, convenience stores,and street boxes. OC Weekly prints art and entertainment listings for both Orange and Los Angeles counties. As of 2016, it had a total circulation of 45,000 papers[1] with an estimated readership of 225,000.[4].


The weekly highlights content that critiques local politics, personalities and culture and has been described as "what some people might politely call an edgy brand of journalism."[4] Popular features include: the syndicated column "¡Ask a Mexican!", in which Arellano responds to reader questions about Latino stereotypes in an amusing politically incorrect manner;[5] an award-winning news blog called Navel Gazing; a food blog called "Stick a Fork in It"; and the award-winning investigative work of R. Scott Moxley, Nick Schou and Matt Coker.


Duncan McIntosh Co., Fountain Valley, California, owns the publication along with Sea Magazine, BoatingWorld, The Log, and Editor & Publisher.[1] The previous owner was Voice Media Group and was a sister publication of the LA Weekly and The Village Voice.[6] In January 2015, Voice Media Group offered the OC Weekly for sale.[6] Duncan McIntosh purchased the paper in 2016.[1]

Awards and reputationEdit

For his newspaper work, the publisher Gustavo Arellano received a 2014 Distinguished Journalist Award from the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2008 Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus as well as awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Los Angeles Press Club and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.[7]

The OC Weekly's articles frequently target conservative politicians and hypocrisies within the local establishment.[3] Exposés have led to felony indictments against two consecutive Huntington Beach mayors.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Fry, Hannah (February 6, 2016). "Newport harbor commissioner buys OC Weekly". Daily Pilot. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  2. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. December 21, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Reza, H.G. (January 26, 2007). "OC Weekly editor quits in dispute with owners". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b Lanser, Jonathan (27 January 2015). "Anyone want a used weekly? OC Weekly up for sale". Orange County Register. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ Tim Gaynor, "Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!", Reuters, 1 May 2007. Accessed 2010-10-21.
  6. ^ a b Dimartino, Mediha (January 27, 2015). "OC Weekly on Sales Block". Orange County Business Journal.
  7. ^ "SPJ/LA Announces 2014 Distinguished Journalist Honorees". Awards. Society of Professional Journalist/ Los Angeles. November 3, 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2015.

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