Barbara Venezia...
Stirring the pot of controversy
 one column at a time...

Its been an interesting journey from my days cooking in the garage on the comedy cooking show At Home on the Range, to my days at the  Daily Pilot and OC Register.

I never thought I'd be a columnist. But I have been since 2007. 


That was the year I was offered a weekly opinion column in the Daily Pilot by then-Publisher Tom Johnson


From comedy cooking to writing about local politics?

Johnson didn't think it was a stretch. He felt my natural curiosity and no-holds-barred opinions would resonate with readers, which it did.

Again, I was stirring, only this time it was the political pot.

The column found a voice and caught the eye of the Orange County Register in 2008. They made me an offer I couldn't refuse, and the column moved there.

In addition to the Newport-Mesa political column, I've also wrote a weekly lifestyle column for the Register's local section every Saturday. And in 2012 I developed the Tasty Tidbits restaurant column for the paper. 

But in January of 2014 the paper ran into financial trouble.  




 February 2014 the Orange County Register called to say that because of cutbacks the newspaper would be keeping only my lifestyle column in the local section and cutting my Newport-Mesa political column in The Current and Tasty Tidbits.


February 27, 2014 the Newport-Mesa column moved back to the Daily Pilot and I guess I've come full circle.  

Writing for both newspapers was pretty much unprecedented in OC, but once again, I blazed a new trail. 

But the OC Register's financial troubles just seem to get worse and on June 13th I received a call that my lifestyle Saturday column would be no more. It was a good run from 2008 until 2014 when I returned to the Daily Pilot.

 Jan 28th 2014 I ventured into the world of  podcasting with a show called "living Out Loud". 

Loaded on the platform, the talk show  with co-host Rene Horsch grew over the years - even adding Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and social media trendsetter Ben MacDonnell in 2016.  We called it quits after three years. 

Today I share my time between homes in Newport Beach and Las Vegas , and no matter what city I'm in, I continue to write for the Daily Pilot covering politics locally in Newport/Costa Mesa.