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Rick Reiff (pronounced Reef) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor at large of the Orange County Business Journal and a host and producer of public affairs programs. He is a four-time Golden Mike winner, three-time Emmy nominee and recipient in 2018 of the Orange County Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Reiff has been with the Orange County Business Journal since 1990. He served 10 years as editor and originated and wrote the paper's "OC Insider" column for 15 years.
He began his journalism career as a sports intern with the Chicago Sun-Times and as a stringer for the Chicago Tribune. His first full-time reporting job was at the Norwalk (Ohio) Reflector. He then joined the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, where he was the lead reporter on a team that won a 1987 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Goodyear's battle with a corporate raider. Reiff became managing editor of Business First in Columbus, Ohio, then editor of the Westchester (N.Y.) Business Journal before joining Forbes magazine as a staff writer.
From 2004 through 2018 Reiff hosted and produced "Inside OC with Rick Reiff” and "SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff," which aired on PBS SoCal, the Los Angeles region's PBS flagship station. The shows also aired on KDOC-TV and Cox Cable. He co-hosted "Studio SoCal" for three seasons on PBS SoCal. "Inside OC" won the Golden Mike for Best News Public Affairs Program in Southern California, Division B, in 2011 and "SoCal Insider" won the same award in 2012 and 2013.
Reiff is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He roots, too often in vain, for the Chicago White Sox, the team formerly known as the Cleveland Indians and the team formerly known as the Anaheim Angels. He is an avid, if frustrated, golfer.
He is married to Mary Ann Brown, a corporate board director and retired executive vice president of Pacific Life Insurance Co. He has a daughter, Jennie Reiff; a son-in-law, retired OC Fire Authority Capt. Stephen Miller; and three Miller grandchildren, Elias, Anna and Oliver.
Rick has been a supporter of Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the UCI Diabetes Foundation and the OC chapter of Childhelp. He and wife Mary Ann are supporters of South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse and other local organizations.