It wasn’t his education at El Camino College or his first job at PV News where Jeremiah Dobruck’s dedication to journalism was initially tested, it was arguably his second job—which he took up in New York City soon after marrying Lindsey Dobruck and moving there from Torrance—where he worked for a tiny weekly newspaper called The Forum Newsgroup, covering crime in southern Queens for a woman who ran a cupcake business out of the newsroom, and later (allegedly) used the rag to threaten someone for the mob. (No, employees did not receive cupcake compensation—just cash-filled envelopes.) The couple moved back home to Torrance where Dobruck became a copy editor for the Daily Pilot and then a public safety reporter for the Press-Telegram. His work as the Long Beach Post’s breaking news editor is award-winning. It’s the stories where he’s able to give a voice to the voiceless, for example the families of murder victims awaiting justice, when he feels his job is especially meaningful. “These people are the reason I write,” Dobruck said. A fun fact: If you ever see Dobruck at a party, skip the small talk. His one pet peeve is dampening the mood with the oftentimes sordid details of the job. Dobruck lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, who makes the most delicious baked goods—often times better versions of recipes from Snoop Dogg’s cookbook—for the always-hungry journalists at the Post. He and Lindsey have two young children.