Thanks for coming by. I’m a journalist (in print, on line and on radio), a writer/performer and singer/songwriter, and this is the place where you can find links to my songs, a couple of my radio shows from Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, CA, and a sampling of my writing. Further along the bar are references, my resume and a general overview of who I am and what I do. And my contact info is also there.
I hope you find something useful.
I wrote for more than two decades at The Sacramento Bee. I was the paper’s first and longest-working pop music critic. I was also The Bee’s outdoors writer, religion writer and a senior feature writer. I still contribute to the Op-Ed page on occasion.
I was the Editor-in-Chief of The Sacramento Press for three years. In addition to running the editorial department, editing stories and guiding the direction of the site, I also wrote news stories and Op-Ed pieces there.
Other clients include Bloomberg LLC, for whom I have covered state and federal courts since 2008. I’ve had an Op-Ed piece published by the Columbia Journalism Review, and I’ve had feature work in published in Under the Gum Tree, Sactown and Sacramento magazines, as well as in-flight magazines.
Clips under the WRITING tab.
Journalism also led me to Capital Public Radio, the Sacramento affiliate of NPR. After three years as substitute host of “Insight,” a live, hour-long interview show that airs daily on Capital Public Radio, I was the show’s interim host from December 2011 to March 2012.
Though I won’t be hosting year-round, I will continue to serve as substitute host, and contribute in other ways.
Click on the RADIO tab to hear some podcasts.
Songwriter/singer. One album: Straight. Have had one song, “Say What You Say,” covered. Twice!
I continue to write new ones. I’ll be posting them here more.
My recordings are also available for listening (and buying) at www.davidwattsbarton/bandcamp.com.