By Michelle Alexander, SacramentoPress.com, Nov. 4, 2011
Honoring journalists for covering the regional arts scene, during the past year with accuracy, vigor and relevance.
David Watts Barton has been a part of Sacramento’s arts and culture scene for 35 years as critic, columnist, blogger, editor, radio host and performer. Starting with local music mags Rock ‘n’ Roll News and Tower Pulse, Barton became The Sacramento Bee’s first pop music critic and wrote about arts and culture for 25 years. He has since covered the arts for Sactown and Sacramento magazines, appeared in his signature segment “Plugged In” on KFBK, and until recently was Editor-in-Chief of The Sacramento Press. Barton currently serves as regular guest host of Capital Public Radio’s “Insight,” appears on KFBK, writes on business for Bloomberg News LLC and is working on a book. A singer/ songwriter himself, Barton has played many local venues and released an album of his own songs, some of which have been recorded by local favorites Mumbo Gumbo.
Award Finalists: Jeffrey Callison, Capital Public Radio; Jeff Hudson, Freelance Arts Corespondent