DiscoverSD team's proudest moments

Putting together 100 editions of DiscoverSD is a lot of work. Don't get us wrong. When we say "work," that is typically accompanied by lots of laughter, conversations about wacky story ideas and Googling things like "sexy Santa costumes" when trying to put together a holiday cover photo shoot. So, as we hit this milestone of 100 magazines under our belt, we wanted to share with you some of the fun we've had along the way while sharing all there is to know about San Diego.

Michelle Dederko, Online Editor

What's the most memorable story you wrote?

One story I'm particularly proud of is an in-depth look at Child of Wild, a revolutionary jewelry company based right here in San Diego by a (then) 26-year-old bombshell. Eileen's passion for understanding the international cultures that she pulled from was just as impressive as the products she was producing, and her "started from the bottom" story inspired me as well as many readers.

What was the best event DiscoverSD covered?

Our coverage at Comic-Con is extremely exhaustive and comprehensive, and I'm always amazed at what our little team can produce on such limited time and resources. It's a high-stress thrill ride every year, but our live coverage is incomparable.

What was your favorite cover?

I love the cover featuring San Diego's four leading ladies in the juice scene, another story I wrote. The four women all have this incredible work ethic, but are also so sweet and down-to-earth. We got some beautiful cover shots on Coronado Island with the downtown skyline in the background.

Also, our sexy Santa bartender was pretty memorable.

What are you looking forward to in the next 100 editions of DiscoverSD?

Starting a few new series that spotlight more adventures around San Diego and inspiring stories from the locals who make it shine. Plus, I'm pushing for more half-naked hot guys on the covers.

Leslie Hackett, Content & Product Manager

What's the most memorable story you wrote?

I am known around these parts as the bacon queen, so of course my favorite story was about Bacon Week and the accompanying story about five ways to incorporate more bacon. I'm equally as excited for our Meat March Mayhem bracket that launched this week, too.

What was the best event DiscoverSD covered?

I am always really proud of our team for coverage of Coachella and Comic-Con. These are such huge events and with our little staff, I think we knock it out of the park.

What was your favorite cover?

I loved our San Diego fun runs cover from February 2015. It was the most fun I had styling a shoot and photographer K.C. Alfred took a beautiful photo.

What are you looking forward to in the next 100 editions of DiscoverSD?

While stressful at times, I really love styling our covers. We've come a long way since our first cover and I can't wait to see how the next turn out. I'm 100 percent with Michelle on trying to increase the amount of half-naked guys on covers - any volunteers?

Liz Bowen, Lifestyle & Entertainment Writer

What's the most memorable story you wrote?

One of the more memorable, fun stories I wrote was a story covering The Flaming Lips' performance at CRSSD Fest 2015. I'm a huge Flaming Lips fan girl and to be able to go and watch their incredible show and then attempt to describe all the antics was really great for me.

What was the best event DiscoverSD covered?

We do a lot with very few people here at DSD and it's inspiring to be a part of, generally speaking. KAABOO was an example of that. We had a small team take over the Del Mar Fairgrounds and we did an awesome job with varying stories and coverage, in my opinion. It was so special to be a part of the festival's first year in San Diego, especially knowing it will likely only get bigger in the future.

What was your favorite cover?

So. Many. Choices. I'd have to say my favorite is the Star Wars edition cover, starring a bad-ass Storm Trooper hanging out on the beach at Torrey Pines. It was epic and the perfect example of us putting our unique, San Diego spin on a huge trending topic.

What are you looking forward to in the next 100 editions of DiscoverSD?

We have some stellar new ideas coming soon, like a focus on all the incredible local musicians in San Diego, that I can't wait to see come to life. I'm excited most to see how everyone continues to work together, from design to writers. It's all about being cohesive and creative which I think we are pushing for more than ever recently.

Source: DiscoverSD

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