Diablo magazine Receives Two Prestigious MAGGIE Awards

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Diablo magazine has received two MAGGIE Awards for magazine excellence from the Western Publishing Association. The winning awards were for Best Series of Articles for Diablo magazine's April issue "The Setup" and "On The Record," and for Best Overall Design/Consumer for Diablo’s November Food Issue.

The Western Publishing Association’s annual MAGGIE Awards is the most prestigious publishing event in the West. Publishing professionals gather to honor excellence in print and electronic publishing in over 100 categories. For more than fifty-eight years, WPA has bestowed awards of excellence to deserving individuals and companies whose work is deemed “The Best in the West.”

The editorial award was given for Diablo magazine’s April cover story, “The Setup” and December feature article, “On the Record.” This series of articles by Senior Editor Peter Crooks gave readers the inside story on how a confidential informant and the State of California’s Department of Justice exposed the alleged criminal activities of Chris Butler, a former SWAT police officer turned private investigator, and Norm Wielsch, the former commander of the Central Contra Costa Narcotics Enforcement Team (CCCNET). Wielsch and Butler were both charged by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office with 28 felony counts, including stealing and selling narcotics from police evidence lockers.

The design award was given for Best Overall Design for Diablo’s November Food Issue, featuring Art Director Roger Gurbani’s layouts showcasing the East Bay food scene. The Food Issue featured Diablo’s annual “Food Awards” highlighting the East Bay’s best restaurants, judged by northern California’s top foodies. The issue also featured “Chasing the Perfect Brew,” a behind the scenes look at Blue Bottle Coffee and other stars of the beverage’s third wave.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Western Publishing Association. The MAGGIE Awards are a testament to our pursuit of editorial and design excellence and content to deliver stories that are relevant and important to our readers,” notes Barney Fonzi, group publisher of Diablo Publications.

About Diablo Publications For over 32 years, Diablo Publications has been creating award-winning publications, including Diablo magazine, Napa Sonoma magazine, The Walnut Creek Book, Diablo Arts, and the Tri-Valley California Visitors Guide. Covering travel, theater, lifestyle, and home design, Diablo Publications celebrates the people, places, and pleasure of the East Bay and North Bay. Diablo Publications’ custom content division, Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP), provides complete print and online marketing communications and customer publishing services for corporate clients nationwide. For more information, visit diablomag.com or dcpubs.com.


Dave Reik
Diablo Publications