| Apr 7, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Five years ago this week I became a weekly columnist for the Daily Pilot.
Today — some 250 published columns later — I'm still at it, and can scarcely believe it.
I received a call from a Pilot editor in April of 2009, asking me if I'd...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:55 AM
The April 17 Feet to the Fire Forum looks at the race for the 74th Assembly District, which covers parts of Irvine, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Costa Mesa.
The forum returns to the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Working well in Sacramento and sending money back to Orange County were among the ideas marking the 2014 election season's first Feet to the Fire forum Thursday night.
The roughly hourlong debate in the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center featured...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:27 PM
From his Sports Illustrated column to his work as columnist and personality with ESPN.com and ESPN, Rick Reilly has become a celebrated sports journalist.
Reilly, who has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times, will speak at the Newport...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:47 PM
When Orange County Register columnist Barbara Venezia and I met four years ago at the Balboa Yacht Club, we began an unlikely friendship.
I say unlikely because we worked for competing papers. And she, to put it mildly, was as outgoing as her red hair...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 4:21 PM
As Rick Reilly talked about his dreams to be a pro golfer or someone like Derek Jeter, it was difficult to ignore the sign near where he stood at the Newport Beach Library Saturday afternoon.
The sign read, "The Witte Lectures: A forum for ideas with...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 7:52 PM
By now you've probably read about the Feet to the Fire Forum lineup planned for 2014.
Those are the political debates I host with my friends from the Orange County Register and Voice of O.C. We're planning to interview candidates for county supervisor,...
| Jan 9, 2014
Gabrielle Scout and Emily Thompson were kidding around over coffee.
Flipping through the arts-centric Dossier Journal, the Costa Mesa residents dreamed out loud about spearheading a publication of their own. A picture of Thompson's forehead could be...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 2:03 PM
I don't suppose one can expect Stars and Stripes forever.
I refer not to Old Glory, America's cherished red, white and blue national symbol, but Stars and Stripes, the ubiquitous and venerated daily newspaper published for eons by the U.S. military....
| Nov 29, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Joseph Bell, a longtime Newport Beach resident known for his extensive publishing record as a freelance writer, journalism educator, author and Daily Pilot columnist died on Thanksgiving, members of his family said. He was 92.
Bell died Thursday...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 11:27 AM
A magician never reveals his secrets. He can't. If he does, it will be plain for all to see that he has no magic at all.
A grammar columnist reveals her secrets every week, again and again. Yet for some reason people still think she's privy to some...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Their online surf and style magazine averages 2,000 hits a day, they have thousands of followers on Instagram, manage a team of contributing writers from Orange County to Australia — and they're only 17.
While many girls their age are reading...