May 08, 2015

Diablo Magazine Receives Three Prestigious Maggie Awards

The Maggie Awards ceremony is the most respected publishing event in the West

Diablo Magazine Receives Three Prestigious Maggie Awards

Diablo magazine was honored with three Maggie Awards for magazine excellence from the Western Publishing Association (WPA) at the ceremony in Los Angeles. The winning awards were for Best Overall Publication/Consumer, Best State/Regional Consumer Publication, and Best Special Theme Issue/Consumer Publication for the November Food Issue.

This was the third time Diablo took honors for the Best State/Regional Consumer Publication and the second time it took the top honor for Best Overall Publication/Consumer. As Ron Epstein, President of Epstein Custom Media and President of the WPA Board of Directors, stated, "This year’s Maggie Awards were extremely competitive, with entrants in several categories winning by just one point. We honored writers and editors, long-standing media properties, and many new and innovative ones. Our industry finds new ways each year to connect with its audience, and I’m proud to see the continued growth."

Diablo took its third award, Best Special Theme Issue/Consumer Publication, for its November Food Issue, which featured Diablo’s annual "Food Awards," highlighting the East Bay’s best restaurants. The issue also featured "Empire Builders," about three hot chefs who define the East Bay food scene.

Barney Fonzi, President of Diablo Publications accepted the awards. "We are honored to be recognized by the Western Publishing Association. The Maggie Awards are a testament to our team’s pursuit of editorial and design excellence in delivering stories that are relevant and important to our readers," notes Fonzi. "I'm very happy to bring back three Maggies for us to celebrate and share. It’s especially rewarding to our team as we became an employee-owned company at the beginning of the year."

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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 64 years, the WPA has bestowed awards of excellence upon deserving individuals and companies whose work is deemed "The Best in the West."

About Diablo Magazine 

Covering topics ranging from travel, culture, and personalities to entertainment, recreation, and food, Diablo magazine is written specifically for the San Francisco East Bay market—from Central Contra Costa, into the Oakland and Berkeley hills, and throughout the Tri-Valley. With locally driven editorial content, beautiful photography, and resource listings, Diablo is a unique celebration of the San Francisco East Bay. Published since 1979, Diablo has been recognized for its editorial and design with numerous awards, including previous Maggie Awards for Best Overall Publication and Best Regional and State Magazine in the consumer category.

About Diablo Publications 

For 35 years, Diablo Publications has been creating award-winning publications, including Diablo magazine, Napa Sonoma magazine, Diablo Weddings, the Diablo City Book Series, Diablo Arts, Concierge East Bay and the Tri-Valley California Visitors Guide. Covering travel, theater, lifestyle, and home design, Diablo Publications celebrates the people, places, and pleasures 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 or Diablo Publications is an employee-owned company.